14 Health Issues Bone Broth Can Help With
You know how much I love sharing the wondrous powers of bone broth! What’s not to love? Youthful skin. Healthy digestive system. Weight-loss support. Decreased pain and inflammation. It’s simply a win-win when you add it to your routine. But in case you aren’t quite convinced yet, I’ve put together a list of 14 health issues people often ask me about when they’re looking for a healthy way to address their health concerns.
The Power to Heal
Bone broth is full of healing potential and offers a never-ending list of benefits for your body, both inside and out. Even before adding tasty vegetables full of vitamins, bone broth alone acts as a healing powerhouse for a wide range of health and wellness concerns. The powers of bone broth range from fighting inflammation to restoring elasticity to your skin. Collagen is known for its ability to heal various wounds and concerns throughout the body, and bone broth is loaded with it.
- Gut Health
If you’ve been around here a while, you know how seriously I take a healthy gut. You also know how much I stress avoiding an unhappy gut because it is the root of so many illnesses and health issues throughout your entire body. Keeping your gut in top shape can help you avoid many health concerns, including:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
Your gut has a pretty big responsibility, and your immune system’s well-being is one of them. An upset gut can lead to the unpleasantness of gas, constipation, and bloating. Not to mention, you’re more at risk for anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, and migraines, which can also be signs of more serious health conditions. Are you starting to think twice about how you’ve been treating your gut?
In addition to avoiding refined sugar, caffeine, and whole grains, consider avoiding antibiotics whenever possible. Antibiotics may get rid of the unwanted bacteria in your body, but they also strip you of the good bacteria that help maintain gut health. Luckily, bone broth is the answer to a happy, healthy gut. Bone broth is a strong anti-inflammatory packed full of gelatin to calm your gut inflammation. Your digestive tract will also benefit from the healing properties of collagen. Additional ingredients in this delicious broth can help prevent acid reflux and IBS. Bone broth offers so many amazing benefits, including:
- Boosting your metabolism
- Assisting in fat digestion
- Protection from leaky gut syndrome
- Assisting in weight loss
- Ridding your body of toxins
- Hair Loss
We all want a healthy, gorgeous head of hair. So, what if I told you that bone broth has what it takes to give you lustrous locks and prevent dreaded hair loss? Your hair needs nutrients to thrive just as much as the rest of your body. Bone broth offers exactly what it needs to look it’s best, including:
- Amino acids
Collagen is known for its ability to strengthen your hair and keep it healthy. You may think those expensive shampoos are enough to do the trick, but drinking bone broth will give you long-lasting results. When combined with zinc, iron, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, your strands will be the envy of all.
If you have arthritis, you know the struggles you face every day— sometimes with the simplest tasks. Bone broth can provide relief to your arthritis symptoms in many ways. Inflammation and joint pain can both be alleviated by adding bone broth to your diet. Nutrients such as chondroitin and glucosamine are commonly prescribed to patients with arthritis to target their joint suffering. These two nutrients happen to be found in bone broth. It’s a safer and healthier alternative, so what do you have to lose?
The broth can also act as a joint lubricant; reducing your daily pain. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the collagen found in bone broth can significantly improve the immune response and help protect against deteriorating joints.
Millions are affected by osteoporosis, and it is generally associated with aging. However, it can affect people as early as their 30’s. Bones begin to lose their protective cartilage and rub together. Eventually, bone spurs develop, resulting in pain. When bone broth is added to your diet, swelling, pain, and inflammation can be reduced. Some studies have even reported cases where arthritis symptoms were completely relieved. Bone broth can promote healthy cartilage and improve joint function. In addition to collagen, sodium, calcium, and potassium are key electrolytes found in the broth. These electrolytes help keep your joints hydrated and lubricated; reducing pain and inflammation.
When your pores become clogged, inflamed, and infected, acne appears. The collagen contained in bone broth provides an amazing healing benefit for acne-prone skin and acne scars. Collagen is known for speeding up the skin’s process of healing, so it’s the perfect choice in helping battle your war with blemishes. The amino acid glycerin targets and decreases inflammation, while collagen can help rejuvenate your acne-prone or scarred skin, and in a similar way, it can help heal wounds. You’ll also love that it helps protect your skin against additional scars forming.
There are many signs of chronic inflammation to be aware of, including:
- Skin irritation
- Chronic fatigue
- Ongoing pain
- Warmth or heat in the joints
Inflammation can cause many chronic illnesses and should not be taken lightly. Diabetes, autoimmune disease, and heart disease are among a few of the illnesses you can be at risk for. Cutting out foods from your diet, such as sugar, the majority of grains, and artificial sweeteners, can help reduce inflammation. Adding bone broth to your diet provides the protein, nutrients, and minerals your body needs to fight off inflammation. You’ll greatly reduce your risk for health conditions such as arthritis, IBS, and heart disease.
We know that bone broth is loaded with gelatin, which has the power to heal and soothe inflammation in your gut. This helps to control and alleviate IBS symptoms, such as diarrhea, while also healing various areas in your digestive system. Since bone broth is an effective way to keep your gut strong and healthy, IBS symptoms will be well-targeted.
- Intermittent Fasting
Many of you have reached out to ask if fasting is safe. Not only is it safe, it can be both healthy and effective. Intermittent fasting offers many wonderful health benefits as well.
Mini-fasts, or intermittent fasting, can help your body adjust to changes in your diet. It can help you transition to lowering your calorie and carb intake. Decreasing your risk of diabetes and promoting a strong, healthy heart are pretty big advantages too.
These intermittent fasts can and should be tailored to your own goals and needs. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all, so choose a plan that suits you. This is the best way to set yourself up for success and stick with it. Fast for a designated portion of your day or fast for shorter periods of time that make sense to your routine.
Don’t forget to pair your chosen mini-fast plan with my satisfying bone broth. Sipping on a cup of bone broth throughout the day will take care of your cravings, give you an energy boost, and provide your body with those much-needed vitamins and nutrients.
Adding bone broth to your healthy lifestyle, even a couple times a week, can help with improving the appearance of hair and skin, while also:
- Lowering side effects from your chemo treatments
- Weakening cancer cells
- Reducing inflammation throughout your body
- Reduce asthma attacks
- Leaky Gut
Did you know that leaky gut makes up roughly 50% of all chronic health issues? That’s a number worth taking seriously. Besides, do you really want toxins and bacteria “leaking” through your intestines? When the lining of your intestines isn’t healthy, it allows the harmful toxins to pass through and be absorbed in your bloodstream. However, when healthy, its job is to block these harmful impurities and only allow water and nutrients to get through. If the lining continues to weaken, tears will increase in size, allowing undigested food to get through. This causes inflammation and wreaks havoc on the immune system.
Bone broth offers an incredible way to heal a leaky gut. Think about it. Sipping on a cup of easily digestible broth is perfect for an already damaged gut. There are many vitamins and nutrients in bone broth, and additional healing benefits to your intestines include:
- Glycine: an amino acid that helps with fat digestion, acid secretions, IBS, and reflux
- Collagen: reduces inflammation of the lining, regulates acid secretion, and heals ulcers in the stomach
- Glutamine: an amino acid that helps tissue naturally repair, protects the lining against additional damage, and boosts your metabolism
Many women have asked if bone broth is safe during their pregnancy. My answer? Absolutely! It’s no secret that it is rich in nutrients and vitamins, contains healthy fats, and a low enough level of protein deemed safe for pregnant women. It also helps provide those few extra calories needed during pregnancy along with the benefits of increasing your starchy vegetable intake.
If you haven’t heard by now, bone broth provides some amazing skin benefits. The abundance of collagen in the broth helps keep dry, dull skin away. Let’s take a look at a few other benefits you won’t want to live without:
- Eczema: When eczema flares, irritation, inflammation, and infection begin to set in. Just as it heals wounds, the collagen in bone broth helps to soothe and heal the affected area.
- Wrinkles and fine lines: If you’re trying to reduce those fine line and wrinkles you’re starting to see in the mirror, bone broth is about to be your new go-to remedy. Praised with reducing the appearance of these pesky lines, collagen helps to restore elasticity and provides a healthy, radiant skin tone. All the goodness in bone broth helps your skin retain its moisture, adding to your youthful look while helping your skin naturally produce more collagen.
- Cellulite: If your skin lacks elasticity, it becomes frail and thin. Unfortunately, this causes your cellulite and stretch marks to become much more visible. Since collagen is responsible for the firmness of your skin, losing its elasticity creates a collapse; accenting the cellulite.
We’ve discussed the amazing benefits of bone broth in the gut, and they certainly include ulcers. Bone broth provides the healing benefits to soothe and repair damage throughout the digestive system. It not only offers healing benefits, but it is also an easily digested option with the potential to heal additional health concerns throughout the gut.
- Weight Loss
Many of you have heard the fabulous affects bone broth has on weight loss. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, let’s dive right in.
The ingredients found in my bone broth can curb your cravings. It has very few calories, contains hardly any carbs, and helps your body burn off fat while detoxing. Paired with an intermittent fast, you’ll love the rewards it offers:
- Build lean muscle
- Burn fat
- Support skin health
- Lower insulin levels
- Flush out toxins
- Boost metabolism
- Overall healthier look and feel
Let’s face it, germs are everywhere and there’s just no escaping them. What better way to ward off a cold than a piping hot cup of delicious bone broth? Toss in your favorite veggies for added benefits and you’re armed with everything your body needs to restore its health. Bone broth offers plenty of gelatin and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and keeps you hydrated and full of electrolytes. Best of all, it is working towards keeping your gut healthy, and we all know what that leads to… warding off additional health issues including colds and flu. So, drink up and use this as a prevention and a treatment option.It’s hard to deny how impressive this broth is. With the ability to heal, strengthen, and protect, how can you not jump on board? No matter what health concerns or issues you’re looking to address, we have a wealth of information for you. And when you’re ready to get cooking, you’ll have an array of recipes to choose from!