Bone Broth is claimed to be the miracle cure for 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 healed and reversed IBS, IBD and other digestive problems .
In ALL cases of IBS and IBD, the physical condition of the digestive tract is compromised – permanently or temporarily.
Not only does this result in the antisocial and uncomfortable symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, gas and pain, it also causes 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 start feeling better by adding one thing to your diet. You guessed it – bone broth!
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, adding 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; the human body cannot produce it.
In the average person, 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, you may experience :
- acid reflux
- decreased immunity to disease and infection
- less than optimal pregnancies
- 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 support 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 roast beef bones first and cook for 24 hours on low. Chicken bones are usually cooked for 12 hours or until bones break easily
- Bone Source – obtain the ‘cleanest’ bones and extras you can 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!
New Update August 2017
One of the downsides to broth becoming popular is the cost of bones due to increased demand and decreased supply.
Conventional bones are more readily available and more affordable. However, conventionally raised animals have a different life experience than their grass-fed cousins.
They receive organic feed and stretching their legs in the paddock and sunshine, creates a different nutritional profile.
From the use of pesticides on feed, the type of feed and antibiotics it’s all absorbed into the body of the animal and passed onto the purveyors of fine food – us!
These ‘extras’ are not something our bodies need or miss having. But it’s often a tough choice to balance health with the budget.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop has a very detailed article about getting the most out of your bone broth and the impact of pesticides on the absorption rate of nutrients in bone broth.
How to Make Bone Broth – video instruction
Sources of Ready Made Broth – Shipped to Your Door – So Easy!
Before you roll up your sleeves, read these 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
- Include vegetables for a savory taste or omit for a simpler taste
- Use broth 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 or chicken bones saved from a wing-tastic dinner – approx. 5 pounds
2 chicken feet – if available for extra healing gelatin
Room temperature 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.
Cover and cook on low for 12 to 24 hours ensuring the bones remain covered with water.
Remove feet and bones with tongs and set aside.
Remove meat 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.
Freeze broth in ice-cube trays or mason jars for later use.
Note: Non starchy vegetables add flavor to the broth and enhance nutrition availability.
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 enjoying the healing power of broth!
And you can read more about IBS symptoms here.
Sources of Local ‘Clean’ Broth Ingredients:
Sierra Vista Farmers Market Vendors
Josh’s Foraging Fowls – available thru San Ysidro Farm every second week.
   Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon Morell and Dr Kaayla Daniel, 2014
 Whole chicken can be substituted for bones of any kind. Recipe can be adapted to what’s available.