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Soup for everyone!

by Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac.

Bone broth     

      Every fall and winter I load up on soups. They are easy to make, affordable and I usually can make enough to share or store for later. Soups make great lunches in the colder months but also can be the main dish. Most recently I have become obsessed with making my own bone  broths and creating ultra healthy and tasty soups. If you haven't made your own chicken stock you don't know what your missing. A bone broth is similar to making your own stock you just cook it for much longer. On average I cook chicken bones for about 24-32 hours. Beef bones I cook for even longer. Why do I cook them so long? To get all the nutrients out of the bones themselves. I recently made a beef bone broth and cooked it for almost 48 hours. I then used that broth to make a spicy kale, mushroom, sausage and potato soup. It had so much flavor and was a hit all around in my household. I like things to be nutritious but also tasty. Why are bone broths so good for you?

Bone broths are nothing new especially in the Chinese medicine community. Bone broths are used to tonify our bodies energy. When we are sick or weak, bone broth is often prescribed, but why?

Bone broths are full of minerals and nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. All of which are good for treating arthritis, decreasing inflammation and building or supporting healthy bones and joints. When you cook the animal bones down, collagen is released from the bone marrow, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. You are getting all those healthy minerals and proteins in an easily absorbable form.

Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Decrease arthritis symptoms and support healthy joints.
  • Supports healthy bones, teeth, hair and skin. Even thought to reduce cellulite formation.  
  •  Heal leaky gut issues; food allergies or sensitives .
  • Promotes a healthy digestive tract.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Decreases inflammation throughout your body. (Inflammation is thought to be the cause of many autoimmune diseases.)

So save your chicken bones (organic free range) or beef bones and make some broth!  

(Bone broth recipes will be posted soon!)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. (413)345-0800