Dear old granny may have told you time and again that chicken soup is good food, and research backs her up! In a study published in 2000 in the International Journal, CHEST, the Cardioplumonary and Critical Care Journal, by the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Stephen Rennard, M.D., it was concluded that chicken soup contains a number of healing substances -- including an anti-inflammatory mechanism -- that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
Bone Broth Is A Great Way to Eat More Minerals
That being said, the age-old folk remedy of making bone broth has been known as an excellent method of extracting minerals and other essential nutrients from chicken and meat bones that you couldn't normally be able to eat. Bone broths, especially those that contain organic, grass-fed beef bones, are mineral rich and fortified with calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium, as well as collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline, which provide excellent joint and bone support.
Bone Broth Supports The Gut
Bone broth supports gut healing -- especially for those who have autoimmune disease and ammonia permeability. Bone broth also helps repair collagen in the skin, boosts hair and nail growth and soothes stressed adrenals. Bone broth also builds up the blood.
Bone broth is excellent for healing due to two factors: easy digestability and bioavailable mineral content. Animal protein can sometimes take days to make its way through the digestive tract. Think about the fact that your body works for you twenty four/seven. During the day, and even at night, when you are inactive, you are digesting. Your elimination organs are doing their clean up work, your body is regenerating its cells. High amounts of animal protein, overeating and improper diet can put stress on these organs and interrupt this important work. A short fast or "detox" that includes fresh vegetable juices and bone broth is warming, nourishing and gives your digestive tract a much needed break.
Bone broth is quick and easy to prepare. There's no chopping or prepping required. If you can fill a pot with ingredients, you can make a nourishing bone broth. Bone broth is so easy in fact, you can make it in your sleep and have it waiting for you in the morning instead of coffee. In fact one pot lasts the entire week. In the largest pot you can find (I use a 10 quart pot) combine the following:
- 2 lbs. organic, pasture-raised chicken parts (feet, legs, breast, thighs, or one whole organic, pastured-raised chicken
- 4-6 grass-fed beef bones
- 6 stalks celery (washed, whole with leaves)
- 4 large carrots (washed, whole)
- 1 can organic, whole tomatoes with juice
- 1 large onion (washed, whole with skin)
- 2 bay leaves
- Himalayan pink salt to taste
Add all ingredients to the pot with cold water to cover. Set the flame to very low. Leave the pot on this low flame for 8-10 hours overnight. The broth should never boil. Skim off surface foam. The broth is finished when there's a rich-colored, golden broth and a noticeable evaporation of about two inches form the top of the pot.
Allow to cool completely, then remove and discard the vegetables and the meat. Strain the broth through a strainer, then strain again through a cheese cloth. Drink immediately, or let cool before storing or freezing.