Bone Broth is touted as the miracle cure of many things from autism, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome),ADHD, arthritis, cellulite, Crohns and Colitis, brittle nails and dry skin
In the case of IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) and IBS, bone broth has been shown to heal and reverse IBS, IBD and other digestive problems .
In ALL cases of IBS and IBD, the physical condition of the digestive tract has been compromised. The damage may be permanent or temporary.
Not only does this result in the anti social and uncomfortable symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, gas and pain, it also results in malabsorption of nutrients.
Healing your gut is THE absolute first thing to get back to living your life not just existing.
Although it feels like the odds are stacked against you, you CAN reverse the odds and start feeling better with the addition of one thing to your diet.
Why is broth made from bones such a wonderful addition to our diet?
It all starts with collagen – the glue that holds our bodies together. Cooking breaks down collagen into gelatin, creating accessible amino acids to maintain and repair our joints, our digestive tract, our skin, hair and nails and to help with creaky joints.
Bone broth is made using bones including but not limited to beef, bison, chicken and lamb. The broth is cooked over a low heat for between 20 and 48 hours to allow the vitamins, minerals and amino acids from the bones to be dissolved in the cooking liquid. The resulting liquid is brimming with nutrients more easily assimilated by the body than supplements. To make the broth even more valuable, the addition of feet increases the collagen quotient and increases the value of each sip of bone broth due to concentration of ‘goodies’.
With the rise of osteoporosis and related diseases, calcium and vitamin d supplements are very common.
What most of us are not told is that our bones also contain collagen to keep them flexible. Without this flexibility, broken bones and fractures would be much more common. Bone broth contains the basic building blocks of bone and restores or maintains the mineral levels and patterns of lattice in our bones.
Four primary amino acids contributing to the magic elixir status of bone broth:
Proline for Healthy Collagen and Cartilage
Proline must be sourced from food, as the body cannot produce it. In a normal individual, a deficiency is unlikely. However a diet low in animal protein, high in carbohydrates, low in vitamin C and iron will negatively impact the absorption on proline.
Glycine for Healthy Blood, Fat Digestion, Detoxing and More
Glycine is the basic prerequisite for the manufacture of other amino acids. Without sufficient glycine, people have been known to experience acid reflux, decreased immunity to disease and infection, less than optimum pregnancies, malnutrition and an inability to effectively process toxins through the liver.
Glutamine for Gut Health
Glutamine is a prerequisite for any cell proliferation.
Vital for gut health, glutamine helps the villi of the small intestine heal and grow.
Glutamine has helped heal ulcers, IBS, Crohns and Colitis. 
Additionally glutamine stimulates immune cells and supports recovery from surgery, burns, trauma and many major illnesses.
Liver health and the detoxification pathways are supported by glutamine, working together with cysteine and glycine.
Glutamine is a ‘brain food’ crossing the blood brain barrier helping ADHD, autism, epilepsy and Parkinson’s .
Alanine for Athletes and the Elderly
Decreased by endurance activities, alanine can also help the elderly maintain their physical functioning.
Although bone broth is really just about throwing some bones in water and forgetting about them for a day or two, the following is important:
- Cooking Times – longer cooked broth yields up to three times as much amino acid concentration than fast cooked broth . The cooking duration varies based on the type and size of bones and extras being used. I usually cook chicken stock for at least 12 hours when using the whole chicken. With bones only, the cooking time is six to eight hours.
- Bone Source – obtain the ‘cleanest’ bones and extras you are able to afford. Grass fed and grass finished is optimal to avoid concentrating any toxins accumulated during the farming process. However, starting with what’s available is the most powerful thing you can do for you and your family!
Weston A Price Foundation
Nourishing Broth Book
How to Make Bone Broth – video instruction
Some Sources of Ready Made Broth – Shipped to Your Door and No Excuses!
US Wellness Meats – Chicken, Beef, Duck
Wise Choice Market
Before you roll up your sleeves and make some broth here are some helpful tips from experienced broth makers:
- Save bones from meals and store in the freezer until it’s time to make broth
- Use ice cube trays to easily store broth for later use
- Based on your flavor preference, broth can include vegetables for a savory taste or can be omitted for a simpler taste
- Broth can be used to cook rice instead of water, creating more flavor and including more nutrients
- After straining broth, put back in the pot and cook with lid off till liquid reduces by at least an inch. This creates a richer and more flavorful broth .
Simple Chicken Broth Using a Whole Chicken or Bones
WHAT YOU NEED:
A whole chicken – approx. 5 pounds
2 chicken feet
Cold filtered water
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
WHAT TO DO:
Place chicken and feet in slow cooker or stockpot.
Set aside any organ meats for a dog treat or to make pate.
Cover with water and add vinegar.
Let stand for 30 to 60 mins to allow vinegar to start breaking down the bones.
Cover and cook on love for six to twelve hours ensuring the bones remain covered with water.
Remove feet and bones with tongs and set aside.
Meat can be removed from bones later.
Strain broth through a fine mesh sieve, metal coffee filter or cheesecloth lined colander.
Store broth in covered container in fridge for up to five days or freeze in small portions for later use.
Note: If addition flavor is desired, add non starchy vegetables to the pot.
Carrots, celery and onion are ‘safe’ options. More adventurous options include turmeric, garlic, thyme, bouquet garni mushrooms, nori or seaweed flakes that may cause adverse reactions in the early stages of gut healing.
Here’s to you enjoying healing power of broth!
And you can read more about IBS symptoms here.
Sources of Local ‘Clean’ Broth Ingredients:
Sierra Vista Farmers Market Vendors:
Star Bar Ranch
Sky Island Beef
Josh’s Foraging Fowls – available thru San Ysidro Farm every second week.
San Ysidro Farm – every second week
Sierra Vista Food Co-op
 Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon Morell & Dr Kaayla Daniels, 2014
  Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon Morell and Dr Kaayla Daniel, 2014
  Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon Morell and Dr Kaayla Daniel, 2014
  Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon Morell and Dr Kaayla Daniel, 2014 and Kim Schuette of Biodynamic Wellness http://www.biodynamicwellness.com
 Whole chicken can be substituted for bones of any kind. Recipe can be adapted to what’s available.