- Aug 21, 2019
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BIG Hydration Series - 5. Bone Broth
When it comes to staying well hydrated, we have another serious contender to discuss today. This is none other than the nutritional powerhouse that is bone broth. It is chockfull of electrolytes due to its high mineral content and that makes it an intensely hydrating liquid with some saying it hydrates even better than water!
Bone broth is made by cooking grass fed bones with tissues in water for between 8 to over 24 hours. This long cooking time helps extract all the nutritional content from bones into the broth. It has been a part of traditional cultures for thousands of years due to its many benefits for overall health. It has been gaining popularity in the West due to its ability to heal gut issues.
Bone broth is rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals which can contribute intensely to your own bone health. It is also rich in lucosamine and chondroitin, which are key components of the cartilage that supports joint health. Bone broth is one of the most potent sources of collagen as well which is found in our bones, skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bone marrow. Along with its high gelatin content, it powerfully contributes to improved joint health especially as we age.
The collagen in bone broth supports healthy skin, hair, and nails as well. The gelatin content also works to powerfully heal what is known as a leaky gut syndrome. This occurs when the intestinal walls become porous and food leaks out causing issues like poor immunity, food sensitivities, allergies, and digestive problems. The gelatin works to seal the gut due to its support in connective tissue function and hence can heal this issue of chronic inflammation.
Bone broth supports both cellular and liver detoxification due to the presence of potassium and glycine. It helps eliminate heavy metals like mercury and lead. It also supplies sulfur and glutathione. This helps reduce oxidative stress and supports detoxification as well. Bone broth supports the body’s absorption of nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and works to assist liver-cleansing functions as well.
With all these benefits and many more, it is no wonder that people are increasingly turning to this super-food for hydration and to meet their nutritional needs. Simple and easy to make, grab some grass bones and turn on your pot to start healing and nourishing your body today.