What is all the commotion about bone broth, anyway?
Believe it or not, bone broth has been a part of dietary/nutrition recommendations in Chinese medicine for thousands of years; but recently it has gained hype in other walks of life and can be seen on grocery store shelves everywhere and in basically any form imaginable—pills, powders, frozen, fresh, you name it. I’m sure they will be making it in dehydrated form for astronauts sooner than later, if not already!
So what is with this ‘miracle food’? If you want the skinny, please peruse on! Read until the end if you want the quick and easy method I use to make my own at home…
4 Reasons to Add Bone Broth to Your Routine
1: Bone Broth = Blood Health
A common imbalance I see in my office is something called ‘blood deficiency.’ What this roughly translates to is that you don’t have enough blood to carry out the functions in your body (deficiency=not enough/lacking). (This is not the same as anemia. If you have anemia, you will have blood deficiency; but if you have blood deficiency you will not always test positive for anemia.) There are different levels of blood deficiency, and one of the miraculous aspects of Chinese medicine is its ability to pick up on things before they become too severe.
How do you know if you might be affected? Some common signs/symptoms of blood deficiency are dizziness, vertigo, fatigue, dry hair/skin/nails, dull complexion (pale), headaches, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations (any sensation of feeling your heart beating in your chest), light periods, depression, mood swings, dull/achey pain in the lower abdomen or back, tingling/numb fingers and toes… to fly through a few of the most common! Seriously. Some aspect of blood deficiency is present in many of us, y’all.
Consuming bone broth helps you to build up your blood count by nourishing the Spleen organ system, which is ground zero for blood health in Chinese medicine. Bone broth is the most nourishing whole food base/foundation you could give yourself to support the blood in your body.
Another magic buzzword, right?! Collagen is all the rage right now, and people are putting their peptides in everything from coffee to their favorite breakfast cereal on a daily basis. And, well, yay! Collagen contributes greatly to bone, blood, and tissue health on a deep level. It works wonders on hair, skin, and nails which again, the health of which depend rootly on the blood.
Bone broth is one of the best ways you can up your collagen intake daily. Expert tip: If you prepare your bone broth by using a longer, slow cooking process the more collagen you will allow to seep from the bones.
3: Weight loss. Particularly from the abdomen.
Bone broth is amazing for the Spleen! If you are no stranger to my blog, you have heard me talk endlessly about the Spleen because of its importance in our system of medicine. If you’re new or need a refresher, the Spleen likes warmth! Cold, raw, uncooked foods are the worst thing you could give your Spleen. After all, it relies on fire to help digest the food you eat. When you introduce cold to your body, you are dousing the fire instantly. For some, with weaker digestive systems, this could literally be detrimental to the body.
Bone broth is—you guessed it—warm! Not only do the nutrients in the bone broth help with the organ health—the Spleen in particular—but the warmth of it also helps to rehabilitate a poor, abused, cold Spleen. When your Spleen is healthy you can eat anything and never feel any adverse reactions. When it is not healthy, excess weight gain, especially in the abdomen, can happen almost instantly.
4: It Calms the Mind.
Do you recall the connection I made above to blood deficiency and the mental/emotional symptoms that can arise when there is an imbalance in the body? Eating/drinking bone broth regularly helps to boost the blood and therefore also calms the mind. This means falling and staying asleep will be easier, mood will improve and become more stable, and you will begin to feel more grounded in your day to day life.
Who isn’t looking for more of that in their life?
There you have it, four of my favorite, not-so-traditional reasons drinking bone broth should be high on your priority list! Now, for the simplest of simple recipes, read on:
Holly’s No-Fail Bone Broth Recipe
Select some really good quality bones. Go to a whole foods store or a butcher shop near you and ask for some good marrow/soup bones. *Note: Chicken bones are by far the mildest flavor and easiest to create a great tasting soup with. I tend to use a combination of beef and chicken bones, but I have also been drinking bone broth on the regs for quite some time now. You’ll have to play around with which combination works (and tastes) best to you.
Put bones in a crock pot and fill the pot with water. I usually let this cook on low for about 6-8 hours.
Add in all the veggies! My staples are always carrots, celery, and onion, but I honestly throw in whatever veggies I like. Typically, I will save the ends or shavings from veggies that I cook with throughout the week and then add that in with the bones to the pot.
Let the bones/water/veggie mixture cook on low heat with the veggies for anywhere up to 24 hours. *Note: the smell can be strong when you are cooking, so beware and be prepared! Cooking time is variable. The longer you cook it, the more nutrients, so I try to shoot for at least 24 hours. This is dependent on your schedule and how much you can tolerate the smell (not kidding—it is strong!).
When finished (remember, dependent on YOU), remove the veggies and bones. And voila! You have easily created one of the most nutritious foods for yourself without even breaking a sweat!
Let me know in a comment below how the recipe worked out for you!
Cheers to your health,