Why You Need to Try My Special Bone Broth Recipe!
Bone broth is all the rage right now as it’s known to improve gut health. Integrative and functional medicine doctors understand that gut health is crucial in achieving optimal health. Leaky gut is believed to be the culprit behind a number of health issues, particularly autoimmune diseases, as well as chronic inflammation, certain cancers, and joint pain. Bone broth is easy on the digestive tract and provides the body with the nutrients it needs for good health.
My grandmother’s chicken broth
When I was growing up, my grandmother and grandfather lived with us. As I look back on my childhood, nearly every fond memory I have involves them. My grandparents were immigrants from Greece, so I was privileged to be raised with a strong cultural influence reminding me of my heritage. They maintained beautiful gardens and orchards while also tending to the chickens and goats, which meant that fresh eggs, homemade cheeses, olives, and greens were staple foods in our home.
Whenever I am feeling under the weather, I crave my grandmother’s homemade chicken broth with lemon. To her credit, she is one of the best cooks I know. In fact, because I grew up enjoying her cooking, I prefer not to eat Greek food from restaurants. It simply doesn’t taste the same!
How did my grandmother know that homemade broth was one of the secrets to feeling better? Long before the bone broth craze set in, she knew that this nutrient-dense soup contained healing compounds that were not only easy to digest but offered the immune system the support it needed to fight off whatever was ailing us.
The benefits of bone broth
What makes bone broth so beneficial to our health? Well, it contains 19 amino acids and plenty of minerals and nutrients, as well as collagen protein and gelatin. Research has found that bone broth:
- Supports the immune system
- Improves digestion
- Reduces intestinal inflammation
- Reduces arthritis and joint pain
- Aides in reducing inflammation in the respiratory system
- Strengthens the gut lining
- Maintains healthy skin
- Assists in detoxification
- Boosts nutrient absorption
- Contains glutathione (which plays a role in regulating gene expression)
- Helps build and repair muscle tissue
It’s no wonder that people are talking about it, or that we now have multiple options to choose from when we go to the grocery store. If you are struggling with a weakened immune system, food intolerance, chronic inflammation, or illness, you will benefit from incorporating bone broth into your diet.
While I was working to heal my gut, and address a decade-long struggle with interstitial cystitis, I began drinking bone broth daily for three months. Because the typical American diet lacks the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals our body desperately needs for us to maintain our health and strength, we need to diligently seek out foods that serve as medicine and incorporate them into our daily diet. Bone broth played a major role in healing my gut, decreasing inflammation, restoring balance, and sending my IC into remission!
- 3.5-4 lbs beef bone marrow
- 10 cups water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 yellow onion quartered
- 3 carrots chopped roughly
- 2 stalks of celery
- 3 cloves of garlic peeled
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger
- 1/2 tbsp fresh turmeric
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 12-24 hours.
- Discard all solids and strain broth through a cheesecloth.
- Allow to cool and remove the layer of hard fat on top.
- Use within a week or freeze.
*Use organic ingredients. You could also add 3 sprigs of rosemary and or ¼ cup shitake mushrooms
I like adding spinach, sweet potato, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, mushrooms, and broccoli to my broth for lunch or dinner. This meal is easy on the digestive tract and makes for a healthy meal.
Christy Hollister says
I realize we are all so different in our bodies and we all heal differently and in different time spans. I have been consuming some of the best and pursest bone broth from Australia/New Zealand from grass fed cows, it comes in a very thick liquid and I put a heaping tsp. in a 12 oz. cup every single day. I had IC 24 years ago and one day it disappeared after about 3 years as quickly as it came and I have been totally symtom free for 23 years, I could eat and drink ANYTHING and it never bothered my bladder…July 15, 2018 it came back with a vengence out of the blue again…I eat very healthy and was exercising like crazy 5x a week and taking great supplements. I have been feeling much better the past 6 weeks and was convienced I was healing BUT then May 13 I had a really bad flare up and it has been here ever since…I am at the point of frustration and it seems the slightest thing makes it worse even Hymalaian salt which I have always used. I wanted to ask you if you completely healed in just 3 months or did you still have flares for quite awhile?
Elisabeth Yaotani says
Hi Christy, it actually took me two years to heal after being sick for more than a decade. Have you had any tests run such as stool analysis, SIBO, biofilm, genetic? For most of us with IC, I believe it should be treated as an autoimmune condition. This means supporting the liver (detoxification), diet and lifestyle changes, healing leaky gut, addressing infection, and supporting genetic variants that may be affecting the pathways responsible for handling detoxification, digestion, histamine, and glutathione. Test results and the right doctor should reveal where dysfunction is occurring which will allow you to come up with a plan of action. I am sorry that I can not be of more help, but there is a reason your body is struggling; you just need to figure out the answer. I wish you the very best of luck~ Elisabeth