Healing for your gut and Collagen for your Skin; The easiest, yummiest, and healthiest way to looking younger!
I started reading and consulting naturopaths and other practitioners who believe in healthy eating habits improve the symptoms of a lot of illnesses. After all, you are what you eat! And the first thing I was told (that subsequently became subject of my research) was to start on bone broth! I am not a vegan, and if I was, I’ve read that super vegetables such as Kale, Spinach and beetroots broth or miso works just as good!
It’s been researched for decades and proven with facts that a lot of the stomach problems start with an unhealthy and weak digestive tract i.e. our gut lining. A lot of the medical practitioners approach many illnesses from a very narrow point of view i.e. they only look to resolve the problem area in isolation trying to improve the symptoms, without really investigating the root cause that almost in all cases doesn’t start in the problem areas that show up as symptoms. I’ve experienced it first hand with my acid reflux problem. Belching and bloating cannot be stopped by taking gastro resistant medication or antacids such as Pariat or Nexium. Sure they can ease the symptoms in the short term but they cannot be taken long term without experiencing nasty side effects.
The obvious root cause can very well be an unhealthy or irritated digestive system where there could be a number of culprits at work such as bugs, parasites or production of unhealthy amount of acid in the stomach that could be causing the acid reflux. So the bottom line is that taking over the counter or prescription alopathic medication will not make the problem or the cause of a lot of the symptoms associated with unhealthy gut go away. You have to solve the underlying causes to make sure your digestive system becomes healthy. In fact your entire immune system will be on the mend once you treat the underlying cause. And I truly believe if you take steps to heal your gut, it will make most of your health problems go away and not just digestive issues. I promise!!!.
Back to this amazing thing called “Bone broth”. I’ve experienced my symptoms improve by I’d say 60% ever since I started drinking bone broth regularly. By eliminating obvious causes, such as parasites, hernia, stomach ulcers, etc I was advised by my Gastroenterologist that I had a thin stomach lining due to chronic acid. It all made sense, given I had always complained about having a “weak stomach”. I subsequently did a comprehensive IGG test in early 2016 that picked up my dairy intolerance. My naturopath had suspected it, and had me on bone broth straight away.
I truly believe drinking bone broth along with other diet changes has improved my symptoms. Over the recent years, animal bone broth has become quite “Trendy” due to it’s inherent collagen in the bones, minerals and glutamine that have healing properties. It not only reduces inflammation and soothes the gut lining but is also great for healthy hair, skin, and nails. And this broth doesn’t have to be a laborious task when it comes to prep, and boring when it comes to taste. With the help of a few ingredients that everyone should have in their kitchen you can make a deliciously tasting bone broth. Trust me if you do that, you will be kind to your gut and your entire immune system will thank you for it with its so many health benefits!
I love cooking healthy simple meals. And bone broth is one of my favourites. I obviously make it on the day when I am planning to be home for 7-8 hours. The prep is easy. It’s the time it take for this broth to slowly cook away is important. The principle is simple, the longer you cook this broth, the more collagen will be extracted from the bones, and therefore making it more nutritious. Different types of meats depending on the quantity will have different recommendations as to how long the broth should be cooked. Beef and lamb bone broth’s recommended time is anywhere between 12 to 28 hours but even if you cook red meat broth for 6-9 hours, you will reap the benefits of bone broth. Chicken bone broth recommended time is anywhere between 5 to 12 hours. I normally cook chicken bone broth for anywhere between 5 to 7 hours Depending on how much bone I am cooking.
Here is a simple recipe. Make it, drink it, enjoy it and ladies your gut not only will feel good, but your skin will look good, with all that collagen being absorbed by your gut!
If cooked with below quantities, if taken 1/2 cup twice a day (first thing in the morning and in the evening before dinner or as last thing before bed), your broth should last for a week.
- Whole chicken carcass with 3-4 extra drum sticks or about 7 drum sticks
- Salt & Pepper (I always use Hemaliyan pink salt or Celtic Salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (it helps extracts every bit of collagen out of the bone)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 Coarsely cut garlic pieces (small)
- 2 litres of hot filtered water
- 1/2 medium size onion
- A few whole cloves
- small stick of cinnamon
- A Few whole peppercorns
- A few whole coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
- 1 dried Bay leave – I usually add this in the lamb broths
- 1 small star anise
- Vegetables; put lots of different colourful vegetables in it!
The method couldn’t be any simpler! Put all of the ingredients in a pot on high eat. When it comes to boil, lower the heat and cover the pot. Leave it on the stove on slow cook for 5-8 hours. The goal here is to reduce the broth to a point where when it’s put in the fridge for cooling, it becomes like a jelly. Jelly is the healing collagen! once cooked, cool it and then pour it into a glass jar through a mesh strainer and leave in the fridge for a few hours. While in fridge, all the fat will separate from the broth and freeze at the top. Remove it before warming the broth.