I’m not sure what it is about the words “bone” and “broth” put together that make it sound like you’re having some creepy Halloween blood/bone concoction of ickiness, but the first time I heard that bone broth is something I should be consuming, I was like um, excuse me?
BUT. Contrary to how it sounds, bone broth is simply just bones simmered for an extended period of time in order to extract the flavor and health benefits from them. And in this case, the health benefits are endless.
*One thing I do want to mention real quick here is to just make sure your bones are from a grass-fed/free-range animal. I prefer grass-fed beef bones or free-range chicken bones just to ensure I’m getting the healthiest broth I can, because after all you’re literally going to be drinking the extracts of that animal’s bones.*
Okay, so these benefits I keep speaking of! Bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen you can obtain naturally. Collagen is a protein found in most connective tissues in the body, and over time we begin to lose that collagen. Bone broth offers a solution in that you’re intaking readily absorbable collagen right into your body!
But that isn’t the only thing it’s good for. It’s also INCREDIBLE for your gut health. Bone broth has tons of gelatin, which has been proven to restore your gut lining’s strength and even helps resist certain food intolerances. It also helps repair leaky gut, which is when tiny food particles that haven’t been digested seep out of the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream where the immune system then recognizes the foreign particles and becomes active. This causes unnecessary inflammation in the body and can even lead to autoimmune disorders. Since bone broth repairs the gut lining and supports a healthy inflammation response, it can seriously benefit those who suffer from leaky gut by healing the lining where food particles could possibly leak out from. Woop woop!
Now this broth can be taken further to make soups out of, but on a cold day sometimes it’s nice to just sip some out of a mug, like a hot tea. This is actually a real thing, ya know. I’m not just making it up. In New York (and probably other places too, but I’ve read articles about how trendy these cafes are in New York) they have entire cafes dedicated entirely to sippable bone broths! So you don’t have to just take my word for it, trust the people of New York’s taste buds, they know what’s up. So go get yourself some bones and start healing yourself right now!
Sippable Healing Bone Broth
- 1-2 pounds grass-fed beef soup bones
- 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
- 1 brown onion, quartered
- Appx. 24 Liters filtered water (however much your soup pot holds)
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. place your bones, garlic, and onion on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO. Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, until bones are fully cooked.
- Remove from the oven and place in your soup pot with thyme, rosemary, and some salt and pepper. Fill the rest of the pot to about 1 inch below the brim with filtered water.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a low simmer and cover. Simmer for 24-48 hours while checking every so often to make sure the water level doesn’t get too low. If your water level is decreasing, add in some more filtered water as needed.
* Broth will keep for about a week in the fridge so I like to refrigerate what I’ll use for the week and freeze the rest in small portions!