Bone Broth: Gut Health, Healing and Baby's First Foods.

This has recently been marked as one of the most healing and nutrient dense foods you can consume. It's definitely one of the foods I recommend most to people as it helps boost immunity and support digestion, which happens to be my specialty and personal obstacle. I have struggled with poor digestion for what seems like forever. This has lead to a variety of health issues including allergies, eczema, constipation, bloating, low energy and moodiness (just to name a few). Once I embarked on my healing journey, bone broth was a staple and lifeline. Along with other modifications, my symptoms improved dramatically and I started to heal.  I am a true advocate.

The best part of bone broth is you can use it for so many things... soups, stews and just drinking it up! I use it in everything I can but my favourite is drinking it with some sea salt. It feels nourishing and soothing. It also tastes amazing. I literally can feel my body sing as I sip (or jug) back this mineral rich drink. That's the funny thing about being deficient in minerals, when you get it in a way that is easy to access and extremely easy to absorb, you know it. Your body recognizes it and you feel better. My body has definitely thanked me. With no problem at all, I was able to convert my daughter to a chain broth drinker. Seriously, if it's in the fridge, she's asking to have more.

Not only does my daughter love this miracle food but it was also the first food I gave to my son, Lake. I decided to help strengthen and heal any inflammation in his intestinal lining before introducing solid foods. With my current gut obstacles and over-reactive body, Lake developed eczema. I remove foods that I thought were irritating me and his skin improved, but some areas still remained inflamed. It wasn't until after giving him bone broth for two weeks (about 2 tablespoons a day) that his skin really started to clear up. I was amazed. And elated.

There's different variations on how to make bone broth. This one is my version.

Ingredients

  • One chicken carcass - I use the leftovers from my Perfect Roast Chicken recipe
  • Water - enough to cover the carcass
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Place carcass in a slow cooker or in a large stock pot and cover with water. Add apple cider vinegar
  2. If using a slow cooker, turn on low and cover. Leave to cook for 12-24 hours.
  3. If using a stock pot, turn on medium low and cover. Once broth starts to bubble, turn on low. Total cook time is the same.
  4. Drain and discard bones. Place broth into mason jars. If freezing, leave 3 inches at the top as the broth expands. Trust me, I've lost many mason jars.
  5. If drinking, warm on low and add sea salt to taste.

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So drink up and drink often. Your body will thank you.