Bone Broth

I have been preparing bone broth as part of my healing protocol. Bone broth has been used in my family for many, many years. I remember my grandmother preparing it and giving it to us because it was so healthy and good for us. Back then I did not know all the benefits of bone broth but I knew how comforting and good it felt to drink it.

Now I know better. I know that bone broth contains lots and lots of minerals like magnesium which is so beneficial for us. It also contains collagen and gelatin. Collagen is extremely healing to the gut, it’s good for your bones and for your joints.

It’s a great source of minerals. Your body absorbs them a lot easier when introduced in the broth as well. Bone broth contains:

  • Calcium and phosphorous. These two minerals bind together to form crystals that make up bones and teeth. They bind together to strengthen our bones. Phosphorus is a critical mineral used to maintain acid-base balance in the body.
  • Magnesium: Benefits include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  • Other Trace minerals
  • The fats in bone broth are extremely beneficial to our adrenals and can help restore gut health which will help absorb minerals.
  • Broth is a great source of gelatin and collagen: Gelatin and collagen help to heal the gut, support connective tissue, keeps our joints healthy.
  • A great source of the amino acids glycine and proline.
    • Glycine helps regulate blood sugar and is extremely beneficial to the immune system. Supports muscle growth. Has anti aging properties. Supports hormone regulation. Read more about this incredible amino acid here
      Proline helps breakdown protein so it can be used to create healthy cells in the body. It’s essential to the development of healthy skin and connective tissue.

So how to prepare bone broth? It’s simple, really. I purchase a whole organic chicken or turkey. I roast it in the oven. Separate the meat from the bones so we can get several meals from them. I then refrigerate the bones until I’m ready to prepare my bone broth. Some people like to use their stove-top to simmer their bones. I prefer to make mine in the slow cooker. You can also purchase just the bones to make your bone broth (and yes, ANY type of bone will work as long as they’re pastured). When purchasing bones only, I like to get mine from US Wellness Meats. Click here to go to their website.

This bone broth has been simmering for 16 hours

So here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

2 or 3 chopped carrots
1/2 large chopped onion
2 or 3 whole garlic cloves
Fresh ginger root chopped
1 tsp. dry turmeric
Thyme (I use fresh – 2 or 3 twigs) You can also use marjoram.
Parsley (or cilantro)
3 Bay leaves
2 organic lemons, chopped in half

Wash the bones. Then bring them to a boil. Remove the layer of fat that forms. Then transfer to the slow cooker and set on high. Add onion, garlic, carrots, ginger and turmeric. I usually allow it to cook for about 1 hour. Then I add the thyme, parsley, bay leaves and lemon. Allow it to simmer. Don’t cover it. You will want the water to reduce so you can get all the goodness of the broth. You can simmer the broth from 16 to 20 hours. Some people like to simmer it for 24 hours. Then strain to remove all the veggies and bones, so you end up only with the broth. Store in a canning jar and refrigerate.

bone broth done
The finished product

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