September 29, 2017 Living Well 3 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth Is it just me, or does “bone broth” seem to be the new buzz word in the wellness world? After hearing it over and over again, I got curious and decided I had to try it for myself. Turns out, bone broth isn’t really a new thing, people have been making it for years. Instead of tossing all those leftover bones and cartilage, they’d dump them in a pot with water, then simmer to get all of the good collagen and gelatin out of the bones. It was (and still is) an affordable and nutritious way to get essential nutrients and amino acids into your diet that help promote overall health. The bone broth benefits are pretty great, so it’s time to start sipping! Bone Broth Benefits for Health Improves Digestion & Immune Function There’s a reason you eat chicken noodle soup when you have a stomach ache or cold, the collagen and gelatin found in bone broths helps to promote healthy gut health, and when your gut is functioning properly, you typically feel better all around. I can vouch for that! Even when you’re not sick, bone broth can help improve your gut health. They say that your gut is your second brain, so if it’s healthy and happy, that’s got to be a good think! Wellness Tip: Not sure how to add it to your diet? Rather than making your own, because who has time for that, I’ve been using Vital Proteins Bone Broth powders and adding them to soups and stews for a boost of collagen. You can also add it to hot water and sip it like a tea. Personally, I’ve enjoyed making single cups of it and sipping towards the end of the day. It helps me wind down and relax. If you’re like me and your digestive system seems to have a mind of it’s own, I highly recommend trying it out. This will definitely be a staple for me during the cold months! Supports Hair, Nails and Skin Bone broth is full of collagen which can strengthen hair and nails and make them grow faster. Collagen is also wonderful for keeping our skin elastic, firm and healthy. My skin has been all over the place during pregnancy, and anything that I can do to help it look better is a win in my book! Strengthens Bones & Joints When bones are simmered, they release collagen and gelatin as well as amino acids that our body relies on. These amino acids are easily absorbed when they’re in this form and help our bodies build and repair muscle tissue. This is all good news to me. I don’t eat a ton of dairy since I’m sensitive to it and have worried about my bones during pregnancy. I’ve heard that the baby will steal calcium from your bones if he’s not getting enough, so knowing that this helps to strengthen my bones is a huge plus! Have you tried sipping on bone broth or adding it to your recipes? I’d love to hear what you think of it and any other ways you like to enjoy it! BTW, 8 easy ways to get more fiber in your diet, and how to actually stay motivated to workout.