Have you heard of bone broth? It’s one of the latest trends in the health world. So what’s the hype about? And should you be drinking it?
NBA player Kobe Bryant would say yes. Bone broth is a staple in Bryant’s diet who uses it for injury, inflammation and energy. Dr. Cate Shanahan, who designed the nutrition program for the entire laker’s team, features bone broth to help support and repair the player’s joints, tendons and ligaments.
What is it?
Bone broth is essentially soup stock, simmered for up to 48 hours to extract the nutrients within the bones. So why not just use store bought stock? Most stocks are flavoured to taste like a traditional stock but do not contain the vitamins, minerals and amino acids. A real stock turns to an almost jelly like consistency in the fridge due to its gelatin content (gelatin is actually the main ingredient in Jello - yep that’s right jello is made with animal bones!)
But I’m not an NBA player..
Bone broth is not just for elite athletes. Its combination of bio-available nutrients makes it an extremely healing food for the intestinal lining and has been used for centuries as a remedy for the digestive tract. If you’re dealing with leaky gut, multiple food intolerances, bacterial imbalances (dysbiosis), IBS or inflammatory bowel diseases - this is YOUR superfood. Holistic Nutrition is all about WHAT for WHOM.
Skin, Hair & Nails
Collagen gives our skin it’s youthful tone, texture and appearance and can help reduce the visibility of wrinkles. It may even reduce the appearance of cellulite!
Mood & Immune Function
The gut houses 70% of our immune system and sends messages to our brain that play a role in our mental health. Healing our gut and promoting healthy intestinal bacteria (probiotics) will improve immune function and mood. That’s something to smile about :)
What nutrients EXACTLY are in bone broth?
When made properly bone broth contains collagen/gelatin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, arginine, glycine, glutamine, proline and fish bones also contain iodine.
So what do I do with jelly-like bone water.. ?
- you can scoop the fat out and use it for cooking
- the liquid can be used to make soups, stews and to cook grains or vegetables in
- if you’re feeling brave.. I love sipping on warm bone broth throughout the day! (chicken chai is amazing!)