Health Benefits of Bone Broth

11 10 2017

This week is a great time to talk about the benefits of bone soup broth because we have a lot of turkey leftovers to eat. I love a good homemade bone broth on its own or as the base of any kind of soup. It’s warm and delicious and more importantly, has amazing health benefits! So let’s talk bone broth.

Bone broth is basically the homemade soup broth made by boiling the bones of turkey, chicken, or other animal bones (pork/ham, bison, beef, etc.). It’s super easy to make bone broth. All you do is throw the bones in a slow cooker or large pot and fill the pot water, a bit of salt, and herbs or vegetables to spice it up and add extra flavour. Boil it all up for several hours and you’ll have a phenomenally healthy, nourishing bone broth. With turkey bones I like to add an onion, a few stalks of celery (the leafy bits and ends leftover from making stuffing so they aren’t wasted), a few carrots, and a couple cloves of garlic. For spices, I add salt and pepper, a touch of celery seed, thyme, and dried mustard.

Remember when your mom used to make you chicken noodle soup when you were sick? Well it turns out, she was on to something. A good homemade soup broth does actually boost your immune system. But it has a lot of other benefits too.

  • Bone broth helps to boost your immune system and prevent colds and flus. In traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth helps the body adapt to the changing of the seasons in fall and spring. If we don’t adapt well, the shifts in temperature can predispose us to getting sick.
  • Bone broth contains a lot of gelatin and collagen protein so it helps to heal the lining of the gut and prevent or treat food sensitivities. This is very important if you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or struggle with diarrhea/constipation and gas/bloating.
  • The collagen in bone broth also helps to decrease joint aches and pains. If you notice aching in your joints whenever the weather changes, bone broth may be particularly beneficial.
  • Collagen and a little extra hydration in bone broth can also prevent wrinkles and aging for healthy luminous skin.

So if you want to give your health routine a little boost and use up your leftovers at the same time, start making soup! Try it out. I recommend drinking 1 cup of bone broth every day for a few weeks. Make a large batch of soup and freeze what you won’t drink within the next 3-4 days. That way, you will have plenty in the freezer for ongoing use.

Note: store-bought broths are NOT made using bones so they will not provide the health effects of bone broth.


Get Rid of the Bloat after Thanksgiving Dinner

10 10 2017

There is nothing quite as frustrating as feeling bloated after eating and not knowing why. Thanksgiving is about celebrating family and friends and all the amazing things we are grateful for. We eat amazing traditional foods like turkey and cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and whipped cream. But these delicious celebratory dinners can leave us feeling bloated and tired. Here are my top tips for decreasing the bloat and getting your energy back after thanksgiving so you can feel great for the new work week.

  1. Make a cup of fennel and ginger tea. Fennel and ginger both help with digestion and decreasing bloating. Take 1/2 tsp of dried fennel and chop 1 inch of fresh ginger root into thin slices. Steep the fennel and ginger together in 1-2 cups of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Take a moment to sit down, relax and drink this digestive tea.
  2. Sitting down and relaxing is another important piece of advice for good digestion. After a busy weekend and preparing for the week ahead takes our bodies out of “rest and digest” mode. Sitting down and taking a few minutes to relax will allow our digestive tracts to start moving and digesting. Spend 20 minutes drinking your tea and reading or listening to calming music for the best benefits.
  3. Massage your abdomen using large clockwise circular motions. This will help your large intestine to start moving so proper elimination can occur. This tip is particularly important if you have a tendency to constipation and/or if you haven’t gone to the bathroom since your big thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Go for a walk. Moving gently can help trapped gas move through the digestive tract and be released. Plus, its a great way to enjoy the fall sweater weather!! We have such amazing fall weather and its important to be grateful for it while it lasts.
  5. Try a modified fast for 1 day. Drink only vegetable juices or homemade turkey broth for 1 day to reset your body and boost your metabolism. Varying your dietary intake by eating a lot one day and eating significantly less the next day helps to keep your metabolism flexible and able to burn off the large family dinners more easily. Its ok to celebrate and indulge but our digestive systems like to take a bit of a rest too. Try this Juice recipe:

Vegetable Juice for Fasting

Juice together and drink:

  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger