Healing Food Allergies and Chronic Illnesses: Baby Step # 5 |Broth|

This week’s Baby Step is broth.

Broth may just be the most important step to incorporate into a healing routine. Think of it as the ultimate multi-mineral supplement and a most perfect way to get a balanced and easily absorbed source of calcium. No dairy? No problem!

I wanted to save this Baby Step until the weather cooled down (who is going to start brewing up vats of broth in 90 degree weather?).

Since Saturday was the first day of fall and it is chillier than chilly here in SE Michigan, it’s time to really jump start the healing process!

So far we have changed out dangerous processed salt for unrefined salt, are taking healing, system cleansing detox baths, began working on changing the ingredients in your favorite recipes to real food recipes, and are now swapping out unhealthy fats for nutrient-dense healing ones.

The Benefits of Broth

Here are just a few of the many reasons to add broth to your daily healing routine.

  • heals and seals gut lining
    • leaky gut
    • IBS
    • ulcers
    • ulcerative colitis
    • celiac disease
  • boosts and repairs the immune system
  • aids in digestions
  • mineral-rich
  • repairs connective tissue
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • joint and tendon damage
  • fights infection
    • colds/flu
    • tooth abscesses
    • systemic infections
  • skin repair
    • loose skin from collagen loss
    • acne scars
    • stretch marks
  • diminishes cellulite
  • detoxes
  • strengthens bone, hair, and teeth
    • speeds healing of broken bones
  • reduces inflammation

Bone Broth vs Meat Stock

A quick and easy way to remember the difference between bone and meat broth is that bone broth is long-cooking and mineral-rich and meat broth, or stock, cooks faster and is full of gut healing gelatin, chondroitin sulfates, and glucosamine.

Longer cooking times tend to break down connective tissue and its components, so it’s important to include both in your diet for the full benefits. This week’s recipe will show you how to get both types out of a single chicken.

Healing Food Allergies: Baby Step 5 |Broth|
A fully gelled chicken stock after chilling in the fridge overnight

Components of Bone Broth

  • minerals
    • calcium
    • magnesium
    • potassium
    • phosphorus
    • sulfur
    • flouride
  • stem cells (precursors to red and white blood cells)
  • fats
  • collagen
  • elastin
  • protein
  • gelatin
  • amino acids
    • glycine
    • proline
    • hydroxyproline
    • lysine
    • hydroxylysine

Beautiful Broth

Many of our chronic illnesses stem from a leaky gut and/or chronic inflammation. Broth is a wonderful way to help heal both of those conditions while you address the cause and is a vital component to treating almost all of our ills.

A Jewish grandmother’s chicken soup is considered the ‘cure all’ for a reason! Click here for my recipe.

Further Reading:

Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease by Allison Siebecker; the most comprehensive article on bone broth I have read to date and one I reference often

Broth is Beautiful by Sally Fallon

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This post is part of Fill Those Jars Friday, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday

Photo credit: ejwines2


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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