Bone broth and your health
Bone broths are a quick and easy way to boost your health and improve your body’s healing capacity. Bone broths are an essential part of self-care and a cheap and effective way to boost the health of the whole family in one swoop. Bone broths are also extremely efficient as it allows you to use every piece of an animal, getting the maximum possible amount of nutrients out of an animal.
Chinese Medicine seems to have known about most of these benefits for thousands of years before our scientific research could prove them. In Chinese Medicine bones are associated with the kidney system and the bone marrow is associated with kidney jing, which is the deepest level of our body. Jing represents our foundation, life force, genetics, libido, fertility, memory and brain function.
Bone broth is used to improve energy, longevity, fertility, metabolism, the nervous system and endocrine function – particularly the adrenals. Bone marrow specifically is considered a tonic for the brain, as the brain is said to be the “Sea of Marrow.” Being that bones are heavy in nature they are also said to have a calming effect on the spirit, so bone broth is often used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
I try to make a bone broth for my family once a week.
I roast a chicken every Monday night and that night I use the chicken bones for a broth, letting it simmer in the crock-pot for 24-48 hours. I then use this beautiful golden broth for anything I can think of, I use it to cook rice or pasta, I add it any savory recipe that calls for water and of course I use it to make soups. It not only makes any dish you cook with taste richer; it also delivers such a nutritive punch! I’ll even add some salt to my chicken broth and sip it in the mornings as a healthy alternative to coffee.
By cooking the bones, marrow and ligaments of an animal for long periods of time you allow all the minerals to be abstracted from them which makes them easily absorbable to the human body. Gelatin, Magnesium, Calcium, and osteocalcin are all released from the bones when cooked at low temps for long periods of time. Consuming these minerals in a bone broth state if superior then taking supplement because it is being consumed in a whole food source, which is easily recognized by the body and absorbed in even the most delicate digestive tracts.
Below is a list of some of the other amazing benefits of bone broth, and I’ve included my very own bone broth recipe as well.
- Repairs Joints
- Improves Hair Skin and Nails
- Benefits Bones
- Heals Digestive tract
- Supports Nerve Function
- Ultimate BRAIN FOOD
- Reduces Muscle Cramping due to Mineral Deficiencies
- Increases Blood Cell Production
- Immunity Tonic
- Calms Anxiety
- Improves Wound Healing
Michelle’s Chicken Bone Broth:
- Take one chicken carcass (organic) and place in the crock pot
- Fill the crock pot with filtered water up to the top
- Add 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps leach the minerals out of the bones)
- Add Onion scraps and left over veggies like celery, carrots or whatever you got in your fridge.
- Set the crock pot to the lowest setting and let it simmer 24-48 hours.
- When you take the crock pot off the heat the bones should be so soft that they break and crumble when you pinch them with tongs.
- Take out the chicken bones and organs and use a fine metal strainer to strain the bone broth. Bone broth can then be put into ice cube trays to use at a later date or stored in the fridge for a week.