Boost your health with bone broth!
Whether you heard about bone broth from the barista at your local paleo cafe, your naturopath or your great-grandmother, it’s not hard to be impressed by the health benefits it can bring. Here are five reasons why we just love it!
Bone broth can reduce intestinal inflammation and promote overall digestive repair. This is because it’s easy to digest and rich in gut healing compounds like amino acids – proline, glutamine and glycine – and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), including glucosamine. Glycine, in particular, has been shown to improve gastric acid secretion, which may reduce the symptoms of reflux and IBS, and promotes optimal liver function.
Bone broth is also especially useful for healing the mucosal layer of our digestive tract. So something as simple as drinking bone broth can become part of what we call a ‘heal and seal’ technique for leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut can be especially problematic for people with chronic food sensitivities and allergies, who need to work on gut repair to interrupt the snowball effect of food intolerances and to reduce the potential risk of associated autoimmunity.
2. It helps boost immunity
Bone broth is a well-known aid in the recovery of health and strength after illness or injury (think grandma’s chicken soup), a time when you’re particularly susceptible to developing allergies and sensitivities. This is because it’s rich in proteins and minerals that can help strengthen your immune system. In fact, studies have shown that people with autoimmune disorders can experience great relief of their symptoms when drinking bone broth.
3. It promotes growth and repair of skin, hair, nails and more …
The gelatin and collagen in bone broth supports the growth and repair of skin – which can be especially beneficial for those with eczema and psoriasis – as well as hair, nails, connective tissue and joints. The GAGs found in bone broth can also increase the collagen made by the body, which may promote recovery, strengthen vulnerable joints (like knees and ankles) and reduce pain and inflammation.
In fact, there are some well-known athletes, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Cooper Cronk, who regularly tout the benefits of bone broth: “I’ve been doing the bone broth for a while now,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “It’s great — energy, inflammation. It’s great.”
4. It’s a nutritional replacement for commercial stock cubes or powder, which can trigger sensitivities.
Commercially available stocks do not add any nutritional value, are high in salt and can contain MSG/glutamates, which may cause headaches and behavioural problems in some people. Homemade bone broth is also cheaper and healthier than the stock you buy in store – so making it yourself can actually save you money.
5. It adds essential minerals to your diet
In a typical Western diet, essential minerals are often overlooked and can be in relatively short supply due to modern-day food processing techniques and compromised digestive systems. Bone broth is high in essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulphur, which many people, particularly those with allergy-related symptoms, can be deficient in. Among other things, these minerals can promote bone health as well as healing in general.
Winter is the perfect time to kick start your bone broth – so get simmering!
Simple Bone Broth Recipe
Alternatively, companies such as ‘Meadow & Marrow Bone Broth’ make Bone Broth Concentration which has a shelf life of a year and makes it super easy to use and store instead of stock cubes or cooking it yourself!
Reduce your reactions to foods and environmental substances, naturally
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify people’s sensitivities to different foods and environmental substances. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address these sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements and herbs, and provide lifestyle advice, to help you achieve the best long-term results.
Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!
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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies. It is intended to decrease your reactions and help you manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
 Trentham DE, Dynesius-Trentham RA, Orav EJ, et al. Effects of oral administration of type II collagen on rheumatoid arthritis. Science. 1993 Sep 24;261(5129):1727-30.