Homemade bone stock or broth should become a staple for anyone who wants to improve their digestive health. Bone broth was the way that our ancestors were able to use every part of an animal (bones, marrow, skin, feet, tendons, ligaments, etc).  They would bring this combination of parts to a boil and simmer for hours or even days. Simmering the bones and ligaments releases many healing properties, including collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline … which all have the power to heal your gut and transform your life!

When you make bone broth you are getting gelatin from the collagen in the bones. Gelatin (and collagen) help to heal the gut lining and can aid in healing Chron’s, IBS, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive issues.

Collagen in bone broth (the jiggly white ‘fatty’ layer on top of the broth when it’s cold) is a super immune booster and can make your skin look AMAZING!  Do not discard this layer of the broth… that is where the magic is! 🙂

Bone broth provides enough collagen to reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles.

Drinking a cup of bone broth per day helps to:

  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Reduce wrinkles and scarring
  • Improve joint health
  • Treat leaky gut syndrome
  • Heal the gut and reduce food intolerances and allergies

Bone broth is becoming more and more easy to find. Check your local health food store or make your own!

How To Make Bone Broth At Home

You can make bone broth in a stock pot on your stove in about 6 – 24 hours, or you can use your crock pot to simmer the bones for 48 hours.

Here is our most simple bone broth recipe to get you started:

  1. Place bones (cooked or uncooked) into a large stock pot and cover with water.
  2. Cut 1 onion in quarters and add it to the water.
  3. Add 2 carrots and 3 stalks of celery (in large chunks) to the water.
  4. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to the water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.
  5. Add 2 – 3 tbsp of real sea salt to the water. Start slow and build to taste.
  6. Make sure the water level matches the level of the bones and other ingredients. Leave room at the top of the pot for the water to boil.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for at least six hours.  Simmering on low is important to extract the nutrients from the bones.
  8. When the broth is finished cooking let it cool and then strain the vegetables and other particles.
  9. Store the bone broth in the fridge or freezer.

What do you think?  Are you ready to try the healing power of bone broth in your diet?

Krystal Vrba

Co-Founder & Whole Food Nutrition Coach at Refresh Natural Health
Krystal Vrba is a Whole-Food Nutrition Coach co-founder of Refresh Natural Health. She is the creator of the 3-Day Glowing Skin Diet and the 14-Day Liver Reset Program. After spending years battling her own health challenges, including multiple autoimmune diseases and chronic fatigue, Krystal works with clients and develops programs to make healthy living easy and fun. Please visit www.liverreset.com for more information on Krystal and her healing journey.