Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Bone Broth: Slow, Deep Nourishment

Autumn is all about cozy. Warm sweaters, wool socks and curling up in a blanket to read as the sun sets earlier and earlier. And soup. Hot steaming bowls of soup that warm and soothe from the inside.

I have recently discovered how easy and delicious making soup with traditional bone broth is. And the bonus is that it’s really good for me! Bone broth is incredibly, deeply nourishing, especially when I am feeling “bone tired” or “worked to the bone”.

Bone broth is a rich source of minerals like:

  • Calcium for healthy bones, smooth muscle relaxation and endocrine balance,
  • Phosphorous which is involved in energy production and
  • Magnesium which is critical for para-thyroid function.

The minerals become a part of the broth, making it easy for my body to absorb and make use of them.

Bone broths are also rich in collagen and gelatin to help repair connective tissues in the joints, speed up wound healing and repair the coating of the mucus membranes of the digestive tract for any digestive issues or food allergies.

Most exciting for this Chinese Medicine doctor is that bone broths are a source of marrow. Marrow is the source of life-sustaining red blood cells and immunity, that is, the seat of life itself. In Chinese Medicine, this makes bone broth a heavy-duty Kidney tonic. The Kidneys govern our growth, maturation, aging and reproduction.

A soup of bone broth and vegetables in known as “longevity soup” because it nourishes the Kidneys to help extend and improve our life.

Preparing bone broth takes a bit of planning, but very little time or effort and yields incredible rewards.

Making bone broth is pretty much what it sounds like, stewing bones from chicken, turkey, lamb, fish or beef (preferably organic and pasture raised) for hours or overnight in the crock pot or stock pot. The long, slow simmer teases out every last bit of the nutrition from the bones and transfers it to the broth. Bone broth is rich with marrow, gelatin, collagen and easy to absorb minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, sulphur and trace minerals.

Bone broth is versatile and easy to incorporate in a variety of ways. The broth can be used as a substitute for water when you are cooking grains, in soups as the base or as a stand alone simple meal with a few vegetables.

To get started preparing your own bone broth, check out this fantastic article from Jade Institute  for instructions.

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