What are your most vivid memories from childhood? For me, it was my mom and my grandma’s secrets. They knew tons of little how-tos and had aids for anything: herbs for cough and flu, natural home remedies for liver detox, unique mixtures for tummy ache, leaves for healing wounds.
They picked in the woods mushrooms and wild berries, dried them in the sun, made jam and fermented veggies for a long winter. O, boy! They had it all.
But the most precious for me was enjoying the fantastic aroma of the freshly cooked soup. My mom was doing her magic with a big stockpot on a stove, and there was always a sizable heavy bag of something she brought from the market. She called it “treasure.”
I was curious, and one day, I sneaked in and opened the bag. It was fresh bones! And I also saw little chicken feet—a few of them. I was scared!
But my mom calmly explained, “I will cook soup, and it’s good for you: you will jump higher, run with your friends longer, and will not have a tummy ache.”
Well, I loved my mom’s delicious “boned” soup. I have never “eaten” chicken feet, but I remember that she kept saying, “Beauty is in the chicken feet!”
Well, I thought she was joking. I was five at the time.
1. Chicken Broth vs. Bone Broth
Why did my mom call that bag of bones and “nasty” chicken feet a “treasure?” And why did she slaved at the stove the whole Saturday that seamed forever?
Now I know – she was making us a bone broth! And it was a real treasure.
You might be wondering, “How is bone broth made?”
My mom was using bones of chicken and a kettle and simmered them for 10-15 hours with spices, herbs, and different veggies. Nothing was going to waste. It was a long process, and she had to babysit that big pot of “stuff.”
Why so long?
A bowl of chicken soup is not so problematic, is it?
When I was a teenager and learning how to cook, I was curious about what was the difference between bone broth and stock. And these are my mom’s two cents.
Stock is the same broth but requires just a few hours of making. But!
Don’t run into your kitchen, thinking I would instead stick with stock. You will be at a disadvantage!
Reduced cooking hours don’t make a bone release the most important things—collagen and gelatin. And this is what makes bone broth a real TREASURE because gelatin contains the most nutrients.
How about chicken broth vs. bone broth?
The difference here is not only cooking time but also ingredients: as I have mentioned, bone broth is made from bones of different parts of the animal skeleton. Regular chicken broth is made from flesh and requires shorter cooking time—between 1 to 2 hours.
It is more translucent and has “lighter” consistency precisely because there is no “sticky” and heavy gelatin. So, bone broth is darker, especially if using certain types of bones.
Now you know the difference. Well, which broth would you prefer?
I bet that you want to know more about the health benefits of bone broth. Right?
2. What Is Good About Bone Broth?
To answer the question, “What is good about bone broth?” – Let me ask you, “How is your skin? Is it supple and smooth?”
Well, bone broth can make you look better. How?
One word – COLLAGEN!
As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and that smooth, glowing look we had when we were young. Why?
Your body produces less collagen. What triggers collagen production? An amino acid called PROLINE.
Bone broth is abundant in proline and yes, if you want smoother skin, would you like to have a sip? Click HERE.
Joints and Gut Health
Well, how about another benefit—support your joints and gut health?
Other than proline, bone broth has plenty of nutrients for this as well—glycine and glutamine.
And the best part is – the longer you cook the bone broth, the easier those nutrients for digestion.
Is there anyone in your family over 50? You, maybe?
Do you know what is one of the biggest challenges for all generation X and boomers?
With age, we are losing our bone strength due to the loss of calcium and deficiency in magnesium and phosphorus.
Well, it is so logical that bone broth might help with the bone issues. And it is true. Bone broth has all those minerals.
But there is another superb element in the bone broth, which is crucial for your bones—glucosamine. You probably have seen numerous ads for glucosamine on TV, especially for pets! Did you?
But it’s not only for dogs and cats. Glucosamine is an absolute must-have to support your bones.
So, if you are out of the healthy range in those elements, I encourage you to start drinking my mom’s “treasure.” I am a big believer and very grateful to the bone broth every time I am making a stroke after stroke in the pool!
Now, can you answer the question, “Why is bone broth good for you?”
3. Bone Broth: Detoxing and the Liver
Wait! There is more.
My introduction to the bone broth was when I was a kid. But the real eye-opener was when my oncologist told me to start drinking bone broth after I finished cancer treatment—surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and other “stuff.”
I was fragile, had no energy, had digestive problems, exhausted immune system, lost all muscle mass, had no taste buds but the most important – start having liver problems.
And all these after a year and a half of the medical hell I had gone through!
What to do?
I was “hooked” on bone broth and coffee enemas. I needed badly to do something about detox for the liver and kidney.
Elevated protein in the liver or any other issues could torpedo tons of other problems and create a snowball effect.
If bone broth can help, what does the trick?
Remember glycine I have mentioned earlier?
To my luck, bone broth has plenty of this super amino acid supporting the #1 liver function—getting rid of bad stuff and keeping and storing all the goodies.
Glycine plays a vital role together with cysteine and glutamate, forming the GLUTATHIONE– the body master anti-oxidant. Why is it so crucial?
In step 2 of the detox process, glutathione—a heavy body detoxifier molecule—attached to a “marked” by an electron harmful chemical or toxin. And this is how that chemical is becoming “heavy” and can be easily “recognized” and removed.
Read more about detox in a nutshell in my post “Natural Body Detox… or Else” (section 4.)
4. Detox for Kidneys
As for kidneys, can you refresh your memory what do they do?
Kidneys filter your blood! Not-stop, every minute. They keep the good stuff and flushes the rest.
If it is so important, guess what happens if a person has some significant health issues?
It can add very harmful inflammation to the kidneys and negatively affect the whole process of filtering the blood. Pretty scary. Right?
Do you know what a part of the base structure of kidney filters is?
It is not only great for supple skin. It can also help kidneys to detox.
Would it be awesome to maintain higher collagen production?
Well, make friends with bone broth!
Another point: since kidneys are filtering the blood, it is crucial to have an adequately functioning circulatory system. Make sense?
Bone marrow might help here and also reduce inflammation. But you should know what you are drinking. Try my favorite and best brand bone broth.
If the topic of bone broth and detox interests you, I suggest you start your “Health Journal” and track your progress. You will know what works, especially if you have a blood test or a liver or kidney scan. Of course, you should always(!) consult your doctor.
Start slow and with a small dosage – 4 to 8 oz a few times a week. If you don’t like the taste, make soup or use it in smoothies! But please have in mind—you are not drinking chocolate milk!
→ TAKEAWAY: Bone broth is a fantastic source of essential amino acids, collagen, and gelatin which are so vital for your liver and kidney to do their #1 job – DETOXING!
5. Chicken Soup from Chicken Feet? Yes!
…It is raining, and I am on the train traveling.
I am sipping my broth, and it is so yummy. Life is perfect!
Remember they say, “The nose knows?”
Well, my nose does. It loves the bone broth now, and it was the only drink my nose recognized and “liked” after cancer treatment. And that is why now it is especially delicious.
I drink it every day, make soups, add in my smoothies, and cook with it. It is a staple in my house as it was in my family when I was growing up.
Well, now you know why my mom was saying, “Beauty is in the chicken feet.” She got her first wrinkle at the age of 51!
Bone broth was a part of my mom cooking and healing legacy and a beauty regimen. I will do my best to spread the word.
So, if you need natural home remedies for liver detox, bones, digestion or your skin, look no further. GET THE BONE BROTH!
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Founder of Detox Generation
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