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This time of year especially, our immune system needs all the help it can get. There are many different things you can drink, eat, and essential oils you can use to help give your immune system the boost that it needs. One of those things is bone broth!
This can be chicken or beef bone broth. This broth is simmered for hours to days to extract as much nutrition from the bones and whatever vegetables you put in it. And it is delicious. My favorite is the beef broth!
Whatever you choose, chicken or beef, it needs to be organic grass fed beef or organic free roaming chicken. I used “all natural” chicken once and believe me I could tell a difference. (At the time, I did not realize there was a difference.)
This broth is known to help with immune system, decrease joint pain, help with arthritis gut issues. I try to drink at least 1 cup a day, and if I am feeling crummy, I drink 2.
Bone broth is high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus which makes it great for bone and dental health. And because it has a high collagen content, it is also great for your joints!
If you don’t have the time (or urge) to make your own bone broth but still want to get the benefits from this amazing source, there are plenty of good ones on the market! You can get go here to get some bone broth.
It is pretty easy to make. You need a big pot. (I use a five gallon pot.) If it is beef bones these first need to be roasted in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Add them to the pot, pour in filtered water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let soak for 20 minutes. The apple cider vinegar helps get the bones ready to release there nutrients.
Next add in your vegetables. I did 1 onion loosely chopped, 3 stalks of celery, and about two handfuls of baby carrots. All vegetables are organic. You can season with whatever you want. I just seasoned with Himalayan salt about 2 teaspoons.
Next bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer. For chicken bone broth, simmer for 24 hours. For beef bone broth, simmer for 48 hours. Check it about 2 hours in and skim off the impurities that float to the top.
Healing Bone Broth
- 2 lbs poultry or beef bone
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 stalks organic celery loosely cut
- 1 medium organic onion loosely cut
- 3-4 organic carrots loosely cut
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 2 chicken feet (optional)
If using beef bones, roast these in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Then place these in a large pot (or place the 2 pounds of chicken bones in the pot), pour in filtered water, and apple cider vinegar.
Let sit for 20 minutes to get bones ready to release nutrients.
Place all vegetables in pot with bones and add in any seasonings you are wanting to use.
Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer.
If making chicken broth, simmer for 24 hours. If making beef broth, simmer for 48 hours.
What herbs do you put in your bone broth?!