Bone broth is known to be one of the most amazing gut healing foods out there and for a good reason! If you struggle with any digestive issues, acne, hair loss etc. you are going to want to start adding this into your daily routine!
Bones and their connective tissue pack quite a nutritional punch. One of the healthiest parts is the gelatin which is the cooked form of collagen. The amino acid content in bone broth is very impressive as it has all the amazing anti-inflammatory amino acids like; proline, glycine, alanine, hydroxyproline etc. Most people tend to be eating a lot of muscle meat which isn't a bad thing but it can promote inflammation if you aren't eating enough of the anti-inflammatory amino acids. Glycine is my favourite as it does a wonderful job calming our nervous system down and getting us into a parasympathetic state which many of us struggle to tap into. Bone broth also contains loads of gluatamine which along with the other amino acids, can help repair the intestinal lining and is really great for recovery after workouts. I also love bone broth for its high mineral content and specifically its balance between calcium and phosphorus. The high amounts of K2 will help the calcium get inside our bones. I also love that it's high in magnesium and potassium which are two major electrolytes important for blood sugar. Minerals are like the spark plugs to your body and are absolutely essential for your metabolism, hormone health, detoxification and gut health. Sadly, with all the stressors around us, poor quality soil/water and medication tons of people are taking, our minerals are being depleted at a very fast rate.
Good News! Bone broth is incredibly easy and relatively cheap to make!
Here is what you will need:
Any grass fed or pasture raised bones (can be from any animal)
Any scrap veggie ends or full veggies you save like carrots, onion, asparagus, celery, bell pepper stems etc.
I like to add some potatoes for extra minerals like potassium!
Any mix of herbs like; garlic, ginger, turmeric, thyme, parsley and sea salt to taste
1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
All you have to do is add this all together in a big InstantPot or crockpot (a regular pot on the stove will do if that's all you have), immerse it all in filtered water and then cover + cook. If you're using an InstantPot, you only have to cook for about an hour on high. If you're using a crockpot or regular pot, it's best to cook on low for18-20 hours. Once it's done and gelatinous then you can strain and store in the fridge.
If you have a histamine intolerance- please remember that the longer you cook your bone broth, the higher in histamine it will be.