Bone broth isn’t just ‘good for what ails you’ as grandma used to say. It turns out to be an amazingly rich bio-available, easy to absorb source of minerals, vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, amino acids (protein) and trace minerals lacking in our modern diet. Far better than water fast, the bone broth fast is meant to reset the metabolism. Eliminating all carbohydrates while fasting, the body goes into ‘fat burning’ mode. After a few lbs. of initial water loss you can melt as much as a 1lb. a day (some less).
However, I do recommend that you approach this with caution and guidance. Having guided dozens of patients through this detox/cleanse I can provide that support for you, even if only by phone. Write to us if you are interested. So, back to the broth……
Of course we can get some of these vitamins and minerals from vegetables but without the bones, we won’t get some of the fantastic benefits from the gelatin and collagen the bones provide.
In studies, Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer. Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. The American researcher Francis Pottenger pointed out that as gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut.
So HOW do you make it? First off you have to have a crock pot. You are going to be cooking these bones at least for at least 12 hours (2-3 days is best) and it’s easier to use a slow cooker for this. I like Hamilton Beach as it has a timer up to 10 hours and three settings from high, low and warm. I change the timer to 10 hours before going to sleep and reset it again in the morning before I go to work.
And NO you cannot use packaged broth. There is NO substitute for homemade broth. (Stay tuned for my special recipe!)
Commercial broth is using mostly the fat, skin, gristle leftover from meat production. Commercial broth can be acidic whereas homemade broth can be more alkaline because of the minerals.