When it comes to good health we must begin to heal our foundations before we move onto anything else. If you suffer from low mood, anxiety, joint pain, acne or hormonal imbalances healing your gut must be your first priority. Why? Because our gut is home to our immune system, our second brain, our digestion and absorption of nutrients plus so much more.
Bone Broth is an incredible way to deliver your gut some love, as it is a rich source of collagen, glutathione, potassium, proline, and glycine just to name a few. These nutrients help to reduce inflammation, strengthen the gut lining and support both cellular and liver detoxification. Once we work on healing our gut, we are then able to absorb the nutrients from our glorious food, think more clearly, experience more sustained energy, and enjoy more restorative sleep. Therefore, when we begin to support these cornerstones of health, we allow our body to to reduce the time working on mopping up the waste and instead spend it’s time on doing what it was built to do, to thrive.
A common question we come across is ‘why does bone broth need to be simmered for such a long time?’ This low and slow simmering process is vital as it allows the bones to slowly release their collagen, glycine, glutamine, and proline which contain all of the gut loving goodness. Please note that we highly recommend for you to use organic free range bones when making bone to ensure you are delivering your body with pure goodness and no nasties. So let’s dive into the goodness of each nutrient
Helps to form elastin and other compounds found in the skin that are responsible for maintaining skin integrity, to provide that youthful glow and reduce signs of ageing.
This amino acid performs the most biochemical functions of any amino acids and is the constituent of collagen and glutathione. Glycine increases NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep quality to improve fatigue and clear headaches.
Glutamine is essential to help improve a leaky gut, strengthen the immune system and balance your pH levels naturally. Glutamine facilitates gut health via its ability to repair and rebuild the gut lining to reduce inflammation and food sensitivities. Glutamine is also the precursor to the neurotransmitter glutamate which is essential for brain health to reduce depression, anxiety, addictions, and even schizophrenia.
Glutathione is known as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ and every cell in our body produces it. However, due to our current diet and lifestyle choices, our bodies are beginning to become severely deficient. Glutathione is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, prevent damage from environmental toxins and discourage cancer production.
Potassium is one half of the sodium-potassium pump that is the cellular transport mechanism that drives bodily processes such as nerve cell signalling, heart contractions, and kidney functions. Potassium is required to regulate healthy blood sugar levels, maintain strong bones, regulate blood pressure, as well as, reducing stress and anxiety.
Gut Healing Bone Broth
1 medium- sized organic free range whole chicken
2.5 L filtered water
1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp organic coconut oil or grass-fed ghee
1/2 bulb fennel, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch kale torn off the steam, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 zucchini roughly chopped
1 brown onion, peeled and finely diced (omit if you following a low FODMAP diet)
2 cloves garlic, crushed (omit if you following a low FODMAP diet)
1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, grated
1 thumb-sized piece fresh turmeric, grated
1 whole lemon, cut in half
1 quill organic cinnamon
1 tbsp brown mustard seeds (optional)
1 tsp good quality sea salt
1 tsp black peppercorns
- Wash the chicken thoroughly and transfer it into a large crockpot on the stove.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients (excluding the parsley) to the crockpot and stir gently with a wooden spoon. Now place the lid on top of the crockpot.
- Turn your stove to high and bring the pot to a boil. Once it begins to boil, take the lid off and stir gently for a moment with the wooden spoon.
- Place the lid back onto the crockpot and reduce the heat to a light simmer. Allow the soup to simmer for 18 -24hrs to enable it to turn into a glorious bone broth.
- Strain to enjoy as a traditional bone broth or enjoy as is for a more hearty soup. Pour into bowls to serve and top with fresh parsley.