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Lately a ‘new’ super food has been making headlines…. bone broth.
It’s actually been around for ages and you probably have it unknowingly every once in a while, but once you learn how amazing it is you’ll want to make a point of having it more often.
Bone broth isn’t the same as the chicken stock that you can find in a can or carton. It’s bones that have been simmered for hours, at least 8 and even up to 48 hours to bring all of the nutrients out of the bones – so much so that the bones may actually crumble by the time your done. Some of the great stuff you’re getting out of the bones are: calcium, phosphorus and other trace minerals, collagen and cartilage, essential amino acids such as glutamine and even glucosamine and chondroitin
which you’ve probably heard of if you have achy joints.
These are some of the amazing healing benefits you’ll reap from it:
It can slow or inhibit infection caused by the cold or flu virus and support the immune system, which is why homemade chicken soup is so popular when you’re sick!
The glucosamine and chondroitin can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, so if you suffer from arthritis or achy joints it should be part of your diet.
The collagen and gelatin can help promote healthy bones, strong hair, nail growth and even improve skin elasticity making your skin smooth, supple and may even reduce stretch marks and cellulite.
The health benefits are so great that I’m a firm believer that everyone should drink bone broth at least once or twice a week. Since it’s so nourishing if you’re sick or even just feeling stressed, tired or run down having it more often would be beneficial since it can help strengthen your body.
You can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker and it couldn’t be easier. Just bring 1-3 pounds of bones to a boil and then let simmer for 8+ hours. Some great things to add are: garlic, onion, celery, carrots and your favorite herbs and then during the last hour drop in a handful of fresh parsley for even more vitamins, minerals and a rich robust taste. I love using it as a base for creamy soups for the whole family once a week and I also drink it as a tea and add a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt to it. I promise it’s delicious!
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Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother. Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living. Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com