One of the hottest wellness trends right now is bone broth. Bone broth is the health and beauty secret the ageless Louise Hay has been drinking for decades, and you don’t have to look far to find bone broth cook books—or restaurants or butchers who serve up this healing liquid. But you might be wondering just what bone broth is, and why you should be drinking it.
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is an elevated stock made from beef, veal, lamb, bison or buffalo, venison, chicken, duck, goose, turkey, or pork bones. The chopped bones are simmered in water with vinegar and vegetables. Vegans and vegetarians can create a similar broth from veggies alone.
Why Drink Broth?
As squeamish as it might sound, there are multiple healing vitamins and minerals found in bones—which are further complemented by the added herbs and vegetables. Some of the most common reasons to drink this trending broth include:
- Joint pain
- Leaky gut
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Clear skin
- Increased energy
- Increase immunity
- Improved sleep
- And more!
Can You Buy Bone Broth?
Many restaurants and health food stores are now making their own to-go bone broth beverages, or serving meals made with bone broth. As long as it is made from fresh organic ingredients, you can expect good results. When in a pinch, you can buy store bought low-sodium, organic stock or broth—but it is not as effective. And don’t worry, it tastes much better than it might sound!
Make Your Own Bone Broth
Making your own healthy broth is super simple. All you need is a crockpot or large pot for simmering, and feel free to make in bulk and freeze. You can find the bones needed from your local butcher. No need to skim off the fat, and yes, you can drink or eat the gelatin-like substance it creates. Drink 8 ounces a day, either first thing in the morning, or just before bed—or find some tasty recipes that require homemade broth. Here’s the recipe.
- 4 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 large onions, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 2-3 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
- 2-4 lbs. meat or poultry bones
Bring to a boil, then slow cook for 12 to 24 hours. Feel free to further season with your favorite fresh herbs and spices. Strain and you are all set!