Bone Broth. Oh the delicious joy and amazing healing that you brought to our family of three!
For instructions on how to make it, see this video of Colson, age 13, teaching: A Week of Cooking! | Episode 2 – Chicken Bone Broth!
For our family, bone broth has:
- Phenomenally increased the deliciousness and health of our food! I try to add it to any food I can because it helps make the food luxurious and its healing properties are amazing.
- When cooking rice for Colson – use bone broth instead of water.
- When making navy bean hummus – use bone broth, not water to thin it.
- For meatloaf – use bone broth instead of cream. I couldn’t stand meatloaf until I found Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions meatloaf. Note that we use almond flour instead of bread crumbs due to Ryan’s and Colson’s gluten intolerances.
- For soups and stews – bone broth is only way to go.
- Healed us in so many ways I almost lose track! We always, always, always have homemade bone broth in our refrigerator (and freezer) and we use it almost daily. Most of the hyperlinks below are to an old blog I wrote called Moving Strongly Forward, and they provide personal examples of how bone broth helped our family. Bone Broth has helped with:
- Detoxifying Ryan, Laura and Colson because it has all the amino acids that form glutathione, our body’s master detoxifier, which diminishes as we age so broth becomes an even better idea for adults. I really geeked out on broth and did some research awhile back because we were having such astonishing healing: Broth – Cysteine and Glutathione: Pure, Potent Healing Power. Mark Hyman, MD, wrote an excellent post about glutathion here: Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants. Both of these links are a must read.
- Helping Colson to decrease his environmental allergies by helping to reduce inflammation and improve gut health, which is why our family began this healing journey. All disease is inflammation, and bone broth reduces inflammation in so many ways we would never expect. Bone broth is a critical part of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s healing protocol detailed in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which our family used to basically end all of our health challenges.
- Improving Ryan’s brain function. There are many contributors to his curing is ADD, and this post partially explains bone broth’s roll: Amino Acids in Bone Broth – Glutamic Acid.
- Improving Laura’s bone density and tooth strength. Laura’s personal improvements are recorded here: And the Bone Density Drum Roll Please… and here: Visual Proof That Food Heals.
- Improving Laura’s skin and nails. You can tell I really love bone broth, as I blogged about its amino acids again here: Broth – Hydroxyproline: Critical for Healthy Skin, Bones, Teeth, Joints and More.
- Ending the pain from Laura’s formerly broken back, and other aches and pains went away, discussed in the Hydroxyproline post linked to above.
- Improving Laura’s sleep because of the minerals contents, especially magnesium.
For a broader understanding of bone broth and amino acids, please see this blog post: Amino Acids in Bone Broth and How They Help You.
- Saved us Money. Especially during the great recession when money was really dicey. Here are a couple of posts: $2.38 a Meal! and The $3 Chicken. Note that the cost of a free-range chicken has gone up since I wrote that post in 2009, but you get the point. An expensive chicken can take you a long way!
I could go on, but I will stop. Just know that making bone broth is simple, cost effective, delicious and profoundly healing.