If you’re into healthy living, you’ve probably heard about the miracle-like effects of bone broth from books including Whole 30 and all over the internet. My question was – is it really the fountain of youth or just a fad? And does it taste terrible?
Once I decided to try bone broth, my next question was “Do I just ask the butcher for grass-fed bones?” That sounds so weird!! I did ask though, but unfortunately good ol’ Tennessee isn’t as cool as places like New York with “fast-food” broth” places like Brodo; we don’t even have a major supply of grass-fed beef knuckle or bones.
After talking to a few of my California fit-friends, they suggested I try Kettle and Fire’s Beef Bone Broth. It’s all grass-fed broth and is Whole 30 approved. Plus it is shipped right to your door!
Once I received it, I anxiously awaited my first cup of this cure-all concoction! It doesn’t taste bad at all – it tastes like soup.
If anything the smell is a little weird – I mean you’re drinking soup without anything else in it out of a cup if you’re in a hurry (or lazy like me). I haven’t minded the taste, smell or prep though! It’s a super easy way to boost your healthy routine if you believe in its benefits.
So what are the so-called benefits of bone broth?
As I researched, I found all 9 of these possible benefits listed across platforms:
- alleviate join pain
- boosts your immune system
- helps enhance, clear and brighten skin
- helps with cellulite
- improves your hair
- protects and rebalances gut flora (and helps with leaky gut syndrome)
- improves your sleep
- detoxifies the body
- strengthens your bones
Since I do have had gut issues in the past and allergies galore, my doctor (and also my facialist hehe) suggested I eat foods to help restore my gut flora. Apparently, gut flora can help several of those things listed above as well! (read more on pre- and probiotics here)
Why could bone broth have such strong benefits?
Bone broth is a powerhouse of nutrients that are often times stripped or altogether missing from our diets.
Grass-fed bone broth contains phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium which helps with our bones and sleep. Magnesium is one of those missing nutrients that most of us aren’t getting enough of in our diets.
This fountain of youth cow-cocktail also contains 2 powerful amino acids – proline and glycine.
Glycine helps the body synthesize collagen, heal wounds and even release good growth hormones. So a natural, food way to get in a growth hormone boost without all that random crap and horror stories you hear about.
Proline, the other amino acid, helps to build strong cell structures. This is why advocates say it helps with gut flora, cellulite, and skin.
The Stash Plan’s Laura Prepon said she was even reported as having a face lift after changing her diet and adding in grass-fed beef bone broth to her diet!
What to look for in a bone broth:
Their are bone broths for beef, chicken and fish. All of which have similar benefits, but the beef bone broth has been shown to the most powerful (and therefore most popular).
If you want to try beef bone broth, you’ll want to find a company like Kettle and Fire that uses only grass-fed beef bones. The grass-fed part is very important. Critical even.
The bone marrow is where all of the nutrients come from and since it’s in the beef’s bone…it’s highly concentrated. Which leads to 9 benefits listed above. If you’re using a bone from an old, chemically enhanced, antibiotic cow, you can expect to get a highly concentrated bit of everything he or she was fed. No fun!
Making Your Bone Broth
You can also make your own bone broth using grass-fed bones found at places like Whole Foods. The Stash Plan has a guide to how to make your own broth using either a simmer soup pot or crockpot. Typically it takes 12-15 hours on a low-setting or simmer to make your own.
A good bone broth should also get like gelatin or jelly when it’s cooled. That’s the power of collagen working for you.
How do I know it works?
Our grandmothers, or great-grandmothers, drank it. I don’t know about you, but my great-grandmother is a vibrant, healthy 88-year old that has never been overweight or on a diet.
She has eaten every food group and a treat in moderation her whole life. Her skin is pretty, and she looks awesome.
Don’t leave it my great-grandmother though – look at most Eastern cultures and our culture before the invention of the microwave in the 80s and now GMOs and additives in 92….broth was a staple for most families.
This is the first time in history that the average person’s diet is artificial, packed with added chemicals and antibiotics and untested. That is very scary to me – so even if bone broth isn’t the fountain of youth, it’s been a staple for good health for centuries and an easy addition to my diet.
Why I like it and subscribed for a monthly option:
Besides the last sentence above (which should have been enough for me to take the plunge), I loved my trial of 12 servings of broth from Kettle and Fire. It’s about $4 a serving which if you’re adding veggies and serving it as supper it’s very affordable. (I like The Stash Plan‘s recipes).
I also like how it’s a quick, comfort food in a mug. It’s 30 calories a serving so it’s not going to be a meal, but it’s nice before heading out for a meal out. It gives me just a enough to take off that “I’m staving” mindset. It’s also nice at night to settle down my mind and to remember I’m taking care of my body with a healthy diet, working out and now adding in bone broth.
I chose to continue my Kettle and Fire subscription and actually did 10 boxes (20 servings) this month. I do a mug a day or have it as an easy, yummy dinner (again a lazy girl here).
I hardly think bone broth is the fountain of youth or the cure-all, but I do think it’s very beneficial to add into your diet. I believe it can help with all 9 benefits listed above if it’s implemented with a healthy lifestyle. Just meaning – I don’t think adding in bone broth while eating double cheeseburgers, fries and candy will fix your tummy or cure cellulite.
Like anything, it all works together. Just like our bodies different internal systems, our nutrition, lifestyle choices, and mentality all effect our health. Bone broth is just an added piece like working out, choosing the healthier alternative for dinner or ridding yourself of negative thinking. What do you think?
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Have you tried bone broth before?