Healthy Gut & Bone Broth Top 10

For the last two weeks, we have been singing from the rooftops about the benefits of bone broth.  We aren’t done yet!  Our final topic of our 3 part Bone Broth Digest series discusses the crucial role gut health plays in our overall health.

Here’s the skinny: collagen, the main component of bone broth, not only protects our joints, it is the main structural protein found within the human body that helps form connective tissue and “seals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

Drinking bone broth is an excellent way to aid digestion because bone broths can be easily absorbed and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down.  This is important because food is really only useful if we have the means of absorbing its nutrients and energy.  Studies show that gelatin, the cooked form of collagen, is beneficial for restoring the strength of our stomach lining, fighting food sensitivities, helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria), and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. The glycine in collagen has also been studied to stimulate the production of stomach acid, which is essential to the proper digestion of food.  Glycine is also a component of bile acid which aids in the digestion of fats, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels and supports healthy bowel movements (source: Biochemical Journal).

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Irritation within the gut not only impairs normal digestive functions, it also causes permeability, allowing particles to pass into the bloodstream, known as leaky gut.  When leaky gut occurs, the immune system will become hyperactive as a result of the particles in the bloodstream. The immune system will release high levels of antibodies that cause an autoimmune-like response and attack healthy tissue (scary stuff!).  In this case, bone broth is a savior as the gelatin in broth absorbs water and helps maintain the mucus layer that keeps gut microbes away from the intestinal barrier keeping particles in their proper place!

What exactly does all of this have to do with your general health? A lot more than you might think!

According to Megan Pennington, a certified holistic health counselor with a bachelor of science in dietetics and human nutrition, about 70 percent of the body’s immune system  resides in the gut. As she explains:

“When the immune system is compromised, such as is the case when gut health is compromised, we are at increased risk for autoimmune diseases, bacterial overgrowth, colds, flus, cancer, allergies and many other conditions” .

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Pennington added, “gut health plays an important role in mental health and behavior. Recent studies show a strong relationship between gastroenterology and what’s happening in the brain.”

According to Stephanie Middleberg, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., an unhealthy gut can contribute to diseases like diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer and depression and about 80 percent of the body’s serotonin (“the feel good transmitter”) is located in the gut. Middleberg also notes that gut health is associated with skin conditions like eczema and even chronic fatigue.

You now should be an expert on the important role bone broth plays in maintaining a healthy gut :).

And to close out our 3 Week Bone Broth Digest, we wanted to leave you with our Bone Broth Top 10. Feel free to share with friends that are not yet convinced on the benefits of bone brothing!

Bone Broth Top 10:

  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it:
    • Humans have been drinking bone broths since the hunter-gatherer days, helping our bodies evolve and remain healthy throughout our time on this earth.
  2. Eliminate pain:
    • The collagens in bone broths eliminate the aches and pains in joints by creating a natural buffer between your bones.
  3. Celebs are doing it:
    • The collagen in bone broth keeps our hair, skin and nails looking young and healthy, thus it is no surprise Gwyneth Paltrow, Selma Hayek and Cara Delevingne all incorporate bone broths into their daily routine.
  4. Professional athletes do it, too:
    • From Kobe Bryant to Ultramarathoners, the world’s best athletes rely on bone broth to keep their bodies in optimal condition. Although I’m not running 100 miles in a day anytime soon, I will be taking their lead on what to consume to keep my body functioning properly.
  5. Reduce the waste:
    • By using animal bones in broths, we are reducing the waste created by eating meat.
  6. On the go:
    • Soupure bone broths can be consumed straight from the bottle or warmed and transported in a thermos, providing a healthy and energizing snacking alternative.
  7. Kick the sensitivities:
    • Bone Broths can help people with food sensitivities digest and tolerate the foods they are sensitive to, including milk and gluten. If that means reintroducing pizza into my diet without the side effects, I’m all in.
  8. Befriend the bacteria:
    • There are such things as good bacteria, which the gut relies on to reduce toxins, stimulate digestion and absorb nutrients. Bone broth is integral to creating an environment in the gut where good bacteria can thrive.
  9. The new morning ritual:
    • Because coffee comes with a crash, we recommend heating up bone broth to benefit from a sustained energy boost throughout your active day.  Soothing, delicious & nutritious!
  10. DETOX:
    • Not sure about you but long weekends and summer vacations typically coincide with unhealthy diversions from my weekly diet. Turning to bone broths after these indulgent trips helps to reset the body as the potassium and glycine in bone broths supports both cellular and liver detoxification.

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