Hormones, Gut Health & Bone Broth
Bone broth is one of those fad foods that you are hearing a lot about. Not only do you hear people speaking about drinking bone broth but now there are all sorts of bone broth products on the market.
I am a huge fan of bone broth and I probably would have been even if it wasn’t sexy right now to drink it. Bone broth has been a long time tonic in Oriental medicine and has been used for centuries to aid in healing and recovery.
Bone broth is a simple food that even the most deficient ill person can consume. And when you are needing to reset the body after illness, drinking a mono diet of bone broth for a few days will get you onto a speedy path to recovery. It’s nutrient dense and easy to digest. It’s no wonder it’s used in almost every traditional culture!
In Oriental medicine, bone broth is considered to strengthen and nourish our essence, qi, and wei qi, as well as warm the yang and build blood. The broth is said to enter and nourish our Kidneys, Liver, Lungs and Spleen. What that translates to is….it is a tonic for the body.
It is typically rich Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sulphur and other trace minerals. The other unique and powerful substances found in bone broth are Marrow, Cartilage, Glycine, Proline, Collagen and Gelatin.
Since all of my clients are typically suffering from an imbalanced gut and hormone imbalance, I wanted to share with you the top ways it benefits both digestion and hormones.
Bone broth heals gut issues. Gut health affects your hormones and vice versa. If you have a leaky gut then your body is not able to absorb the nutrients and minerals it needs to even produce hormones! Bone broth is fabulous for healing intestinal permeability. It contains collagen, which nourishes the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation. Plus if you make it into a soup, the veggies add the benefit of prebiotic.
Bone broth assists in detoxing estrogen. Bone broth is full of the amino acids proline and glycine. Amino acids are essential for hormone production and for the hormone detoxification process that allows your body to get rid of the excess, rather than having them stagnate and cause imbalance issues like estrogen dominance.
Bone broth supports the adrenals. In Oriental medicine, the adrenals are considered part of the kidney system. Bone broth detoxes and nourishes the kidneys.
How to make bone broth
Last year, I wrote a short article about things to keep in mind when making bone broth. You can read it here. Below I have included a recipe my clients receive on how to make bone broth at home. I hope you enjoy. It can easily be stored in the freezer and taken out as needed.