Bone Broth for Health

Food and lifestyle greatly impact the staying power of your bodywork or acupuncture treatment.  When we work with clients, we often make recommendations in both food and lifestyle.  One of the easiest and most powerful additions to any diet is homemade bone broth.Bone broth is a flavorful liquid made by cooking the bones of just about any animal you already eat (usually poultry, beef, bison, lamb, or fish) in water for an extended period of time (typically anywhere from 4 hours to 40 hours!).  Not only is it a powerhouse of nutrition and an affordable addition, but it is incredibly tasty and adds complexity to any dish.  You can use it as a soup base, in sauces/gravies, or as the liquid for grains and veggies.  Some people even like to drink good broth as a warm beverage.

  1. The easiest way to make broth is to throw bones, or an entire chicken carcass with some meat still on it, in a big stew pot.  You can also leave it in your crock pot for 8 hours (or longer).
  2. Add vegetables like carrots, onion, celery, garlic and any other veggie scraps you have.  Think about the skins of onions & garlic, ends of carrots, or leaves of celery.  Lots of nutrition is found in these part of vegetables that aren’t often eaten.   Also add bay leaves, peppercorns, or other herbs you like.  It’s also good to add a bit of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to help draw out minerals & gelatin from the bones.    This makes it much easier to digest as well.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 4 hours (or longer).
  4. The used bones and vegetables are strained from the liquid and typically discarded.
  5. Pour the broth into a good container (glass jar, ziploc bag, etc) and then keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Look into other options like perpetual soup where you can continuously have amazing broth to eat or drink.  You can save up bones from any meat you cook (another reason to buy bone-in cuts of meat) or go to your local butcher/farmer and they will sell you bones for a low cost.

Health Benefits:
Homemade bone broth is rich in gelatin, collagen, and glucosamine.   Gelatin is an source of protein that lubricates joints and builds blood.   You’ll be able to notice how gelatinous the broth is once it’s cold.  The top portion will be a different texture… reminiscent of jello.  ;-) Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals.   The minerals in broth are also easily absorbed by the body.  Since minerals are already hard to digest, it’s probable you’re not getting enough of them. And this is why bone broth is so great!

From an Oriental medicine perspective, bone broth builds Blood and strengthen Kidney Qi function.  Blood is not only the physical liquid that courses through the vessels and sends oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of the cells, but also nurtures our vital qi, our life force, gives us power to be who we are meant to be and fulfill our life’s purpose.  Surplus Blood is also seen in healthy luxuriant hair, strong nails, good memory, strong heart, restful sleep, and in being grounded, “in the body.”  One can be deficient in Blood far sooner than one can be anemic, for example.

The Kidney Qi function from an Oriental medicine perspective controls bone health, head hair, long term memory, stamina, motivation, willpower, reproductive health, back health, and knee health. The capacity to hear and listen is controlled by the Kidney.   It is the motive force behind growth and development, from birth to the twilight years. It helps to keep us optimistic, buoyant, and resilient.

So you see, eating bone broth is like taking a longevity tonic every time

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