Bone broth is a hot topic in the paleo/natural lifestyle community. Wondering what the Bone Broth Benefits are? I reviewed them here.
A few weeks ago, one of my friends reached out to me about joining a 3 week bone broth health challenge. I was intrigued. After reading through the rules of the challenge, I decided that it probably wasn’t really for me. It was somewhat similar to Whole 30, with adding in bone broth daily, and 2 days of fasting and only drinking broth. I already did Whole 30 (you can read my thoughts here), and I knew that only drinking broth 2 days out of the week would not be a safe thing to do with my current training schedule. While the broth is loaded with nutrients and vitamins, it is not enough to balance out the calories I would be exerting with my workouts to have me safely recover and refuel.
I did, however, agree that I would try adding in the broth to my daily diet in addition to what I normally ate.
I didn’t just blindly agree to do this. I put in the time and did the research, and I found that most people were praising bone broth’s multitude of alleged benefits. Here are a few-
- ‘Gut’ health– If you look online you’ll find many people claiming they have a ‘leaky’ gut. While this isn’t a medical term, it is a real thing. Many people have chronic stomach pain, issues, or intolerances, coming from an unknown cause. Some holistic health coaches believe that these issues stem from small holes in the intestines. Bone broth is filled with gelatin and collagen, which many health coaches claim can help repair these holes, and alleviate stomach issues.
- Fuller skin, lips, and healthier hair– When made with specific types of bones, broth can be loaded with collagen. Collagen allegedly helps to fill out the cells, and can give your skin a fuller, brighter appearance.
- Strong joints– You may not be worried about your joints just yet, but if you’re older, or experience joint pain due to an injury or exercise – you’ve probably heard of or taken glucosamine. Most drug stores sell glucosamine in a liquid form or pill, and it can help protect your joints from pain and keep them healthy. I’m always a fan of trying natural alternatives to medicine, so I think this is awesome!
- Amino Acids-Amino acids are great for helping recover from your workout, but they can also help in a number of other areas including digestion and organ function. Most bone broths have a high level of Glutamine, Arginine, Proline and Glycine.
- Easy– Bone broth is easy to make and easy to consume! Just throw it in a mug and sip away 🙂
After seeing all of this, I figured that drinking a cup or two a day couldn’t hurt me in any way, so it made sense to give it a shot and see what happened.
In order to make bone broth, you essentially put all of the veggies, seasonings, cartilage filled animal bones (think necks, backs, feet) and any other bones you can find in a pot and simmer for 24 hours. You can make it in a slow cooker or on a stove. Since I was new to this – my stomach turned at the thought of cooking with chicken necks and backs. Thankfully there are a number of awesome companies that will deliver bone broth right to your door 🙂
My friends at Osso Good Bones helped me kick off my 21 days of broth-ing. If you take a look at their website you will see that Osso Good Bones makes “ridiculously good sippable bone broth”. I was skeptical that any bone broth could be ‘ridiculously good’. I mean.. it’s just broth… Right? Except…after the first sip.. I wanted more. I drank my 8 oz daily, but I could’ve easily drank an entire pouch each day.
These broths are made from bones that are grass fed, pasture raised and hormone free- which could be why they taste so good. The broths are made to just be sipped, but you can add them into soups/recipes. I added shredded chicken to mine + cooked veggies to make a delicious soup! However- I found that it was easiest to just drink them since it’s quick and easy. They have a number of broths, but my favorite was their Revive the Gut broth. It is made with Chinese herbs that are meant to help with ‘gut health’. The flavor is amazing!
After 21 days of drinking the broth – I can’t really say if there is any difference in my health. I felt very nourished when drinking the broths. The broth is very filling, and I actually enjoyed drinking them. I don’t particularly have any of the issues that bone broth is meant to ‘heal’, but I think that it could be worth trying if you do have one of the issues I mentioned earlier. If anything – drinking bone broth is a flavorful way to hydrate 🙂 I can’t find any downside to drinking the broth – so if you’ve been skeptical to try it – I think it is worth giving it a shot!
I couldn’t have done this brothing experiment without Osso Good Bones. Their broths helped me stay on track for the entire 21 days. I’m still leery to try to make my own broth… there’s just something about chicken feet and backs that doesn’t sit right with me. I’m leaving it to the professionals at Osso Good Bones. If you want to try their broth – you can use ‘CLEANEATING’ at the checkout to save $10.
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