The Benefits of Bone Broth

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been sick…Like REALLY sick.

But here I am today, partly in thanks to a simple, cheap health health hack, and all it takes is patience.

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Started as a sore throat, then add a cough, to phlegmy cough, to wanting to DIE!!! About a week in, we of course had company, which a can’t deny no matter how sick I am, because I love them, but obviously kept my distance. We had A whole roasted chicken, and Smoked Ribs for dinner, which meant, LOTS OF BONES! LOL

Of course, in typical Jeff fashion, he just wants everything clean, like NOW, but his brother pretty much MADE him get out the stock pot and recycle those flavor filled bones.

Next thing you know, with beer in hand, they’re digging through the spice cabinet, smelling all the spices, figuring out what would add the best flavor. This is after the salt,pepper, onion and fresh ginger. Kinda cute to watch actually. ♥

Anyway, the point of this blog/article, is to share:

  1. How DELICIOUS bone broth can be
  2. How many amazing benefits it has for you health
  3. How much better it made me feel and I should have thought of it sooner
  4. My reminder to myself, to start adding it more frequently to my diet!

So what is it?

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Bone broth is made using the bones and cartilage from meat, often chicken or beef.

The bones and cartilage are simmered on a stovetop or crockpot, resulting in a liquid broth that can be used for soups, added to other meals or just sipped warm from a coffee cup (my favorite way)

Bones are actually densely loaded with a variety of minerals, as well as gelatin and collagen, which is why bone broth can have many health benefits.

Bone broth is actually loaded with minerals, as well as some vitamins. Bone broth contains a very high amount of magnesium. It is also a good source of iron, selenium, copper, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

Bone broth also contains several amino acids that our bodies do not produce them when we are under stress, meaning that we need to get these amino acids through our food. Bone broth contains four amino acids—arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline—that are needed for immune function, gut function, cognitive ability, and body detox.

So what is bone broth good for?

1. Heal Leaky Gut
For people with leaky gut and other digestive disorders, drinking one cup of bone broth each day can actually help completely treat their condition in some cases. The gelatin in bone broth is effective at repairing holes in your gut that lead to diarrhea, food intolerances, constipation, and bloating.

2. Boost Immune Function
Bone broth can help prevent a wide range of health problems, by improving immune function. This is due to its dense concentration of minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients.

3. Fight off Colds and Viruses
There’s a reason you have chicken soup when you’re sick. Studies have found that bone broth is effective in reducing the symptoms of the common cold. Bone broth helps clear your sinuses and respiratory passages. It also provides you with easy-to-digest nutrition. (Maybe this is why, once the broth was made, I went from wanting to DIE for a week and a half, to feeling 60% better within a couple of days 😉

4. Eliminate Joint Pain
For years, people have used glucosamine supplements to ease joint pain. Bone broth contains glucosamine, which means that it can also be effective in reducing joint pain. Bone broth can also help strengthen bone and prevent osteoporosis.

5. Improve Sleep
Bone broth contains glycine, which has many health benefits. In fact, studies have found that glycine can improve sleep quality, as well as improve memory. Taking bone broth can allow for more refreshing sleep and better cognitive function.

6. Look Young
Bone broth is loaded with collagen, which provides many bone broth skin benefits. Collagen is essential for skin health and keeps us looking young. Many skin products use collagen, but drinking bone broth can give you an added effect, helping your skin look firm, radiant, and young.

7. Hydrate Your Body
Since it’s loaded with minerals and electrolytes, bone broth can actually hydrate your body better than water. Since dehydration is common for women who are pregnant, there are a lot of bone broth benefits for pregnancy. Bone broth can also help athletes rehydrate their bodies.

How to Make Bone Broth and Bone Stock

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Not only is bone broth good for you, but it’s also very easy to make, Time consuming, but easy, lol.  You can make bone broth with meat bones, water. For added flavor, add in seasoning/spices, salt/pepper, fresh ginger, onion, etc, whatever you like the taste of.

Best time to do it? Obviously after you cook a turkey, whole chicken, or meat with bones!

To make your bone broth, place meat bones into a Crock-Pot or a slow cooker, then fill it up with water.

TIP: Before cooking, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This helps draw out nutrients from the bone during the cooking process.

When you start cooking your bone broth, bring it to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer. It should simmer on low heat for at least six hours, but you can cook bone broth for 24 hours (for chicken) to 48 hours (for beef).

When you are done cooking the bone broth, there will likely be a layer of fat on top. It’s best if you leave the fat there until you are ready to use the bone broth, as the fat preserves the broth.

That’s about it! Pure deliciousness, that’s time consuming, but easy, and SO worth it!

Today I’m feeling like a million bucks, FULL of energy and healthy, and I can’t help but wish we hadn’t had our visitors a week earlier, lol

Until Next time,

Steph

 

The Follow Thru Can be Scary

Have you ever had a plan in your mind, like something big, time consuming and REWARDING, that just keeps getting put on the back burner.
It keeps getting put off over and over cause it’s not integral to your everyday tasks that NEED to be getting done, even though it’s important to you and you know it’s going to make a difference?
Part of your excuse is because it’s time consuming and stressful things keep popping up making you tell yourself that you don’t need to add anything else to your plate.
But REALLY in the back of your mind it’s also because you’re scared.
You’re scared to put yourself out there,
scared to tell your story,
scared of what the reaction others will have regardless of what you HOPE their reaction will be.
You’re scared that what you dreamed up won’t become a reality, no matter how much you effort you put in.
Another perspective could be to think, how much time am I going to waste thinking about this if I don’t just DO IT!
So there’s your answer, just do it!!
You have nothing to lose…
With all of this being said, I’ve been planning to start a podcast for over a year.
I listen to podcasts every single day,
On my Drives To/From Work
During my Workouts,
While Cleaning
Basically any time that I’m doing something that doesn’t take 100% focus, and this makes me feel more productive.
I’ve never ONCE told myself that it had been a waste of my time to listen.
As I listen, I always think of all the things I would want to add to the conversation if I had a chance. I think about what I would love to share through my experiences.
As I get older, and gain more life experiences through all the highs and all the lows,  what I want to teach evolves.
I don’t think I’ve been quiet about how stressful these past couple of years have been, despite all the highs that came along with them!
Through these experiences, I feel like I have so much to share.
Every time I do, the dialogue opens up and I find out, I’m not alone. I suffered by myself for most of it, cause I didn’t want to bother friends,family, or acquaintances with the details, little did I know, it would have been a lot easier on me if I did!
Once the biggest recent stress was wrapped up last month, my plate felt empty, which is NOW why I finally have time for my passion project:

My Podcast-

Experience Your Potential

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I’m interviewing AMAZING women who have come from very stressful situations (all different) but have persevered through the negativity, abuse, shame, stress, heartache, and so much more, to become INCREDIBLE members of society because they believed in themselves, worked hard, and didn’t give up!
My hope is to reach all women who are struggling and showing them that there’s still hope.
To show them that their future is bright and to give all of us as MANY examples of triumph as possible
My Plan was to Have Episode 1 Released in January, but like life can be-SHIT HIT THE FAN, and it got put on the back burner again. Deadline Missed…but that’s ok, cause I didn’t give up!

So TODAY, I’m releasing Episode #001-MY STORY

In this first episode, I tell the quick version of my story, and my plans for this podcast. Over future episodes, I will get a lot deeper into my story as I chat with my phenomenal guests!
Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to get ahead with recordings, so I can release an episode each week.
I have my first guest under my belt (who was AMAZING by the way, I can’t wait for you to hear it) and 4 more AMAZING ladies already booked and ready to go.
Download on iTunes HERE and subscribe so you don’t miss any future guests that could change your life.
When you’re done, if you love it (or if you don’t) please please please leave me a review, good or bad. I want to make every single episode better!

One thing that won’t change (viewer discretion is advised) is that there is foul language. Myself AND my guests are passionate about our experiences, and it comes out with the odd (or frequent) slip of the lips.

I also know, that when I’m happy, or excited, I’m really happy, and I laugh too loud, and that will be a work in progress!

Regardless, let me know what you think,
I couldn’t be more excited to be getting this out and into the world, and hope that we can all change for the better one episode at a time
P.S If you know someone who has surpassed the odds, and has become magnificent, please let me know. Finding amazing stories that NEED to be told is challenging, and I could use some help finding the best of the best!
Steph
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