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Bone broth, my favorite daily treat. I originally pursued drinking broth to support an underactive thyroid and tired adrenal system, common among many young women.  Little did I know the added health benefits that would follow: My hair is suddenly longer and shinier than ever, my fingernails are growing, and I finally have energy again. Sure, using bones certainly sounds prehistoric, but drinking broth is not only very tasty, it is both incredibly healthy and satisfying.  And not just healthy as in, “Mom’s chicken soup makes you feel better healthy” (although that is a scientific fact), but in the way that it can actually be transformative to your entire body and beauty routine.

A homemade cauldron of grass-fed beef, chicken or fish bones made into a stock with simmered vegetables, mixed together with herbs and spices will give you a centuries-old holistic way to keep the brain and body happy. Looking for a new and inexpensive way to kickstart an integrated health routine? There are countless recipes on the internet that point to the benefits and ease of making this nutritious liquid beast. Here are my favorite reasons to get it on the craze:

 

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Collagen from the inside: Hair, nails and skin begin a metamorphosis

  • Hair, nails, and skin are made up of the same essential building blocks of what bone broth is meant to transform.
  • Nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium, to amino acids, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and glycosaminoglycans arrive in an easily digestible form that the body craves and uses immediately as you drink. 
  • The marrow inside of bones breaks down during the simmering process and when absorbed, work internally to boost your production of collagen.
  • The breakdown of collagen in bone broth is what produces gelatin, which begins to work immediately to stop wrinkles by firming skin and re-growing your hair naturally.  
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Body Benefits:  Reduction of inflammation throughout the body

If you still have aches and pains in the knee you had surgery on while playing volleyball in college, this broth may be the answer.

  • Bone broth contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as vitamin supplements to reduce inflammation that stems from arthritis development and joint pain.
  •  Suffering from a long battle with stomach issues? The gelatin in bone broth can help to heal a sensitive stomach, an added benefit for women with inflammatory or autoimmune disorders.
  • Proline and glycine, other fusions of minerals created by boiling the bones for a long period of time, have also been proven to help prevent bone loss and support your immune system.

 

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Weight Support: Hold the Latte

At roughly 69 calories per 8 ounce serving, bone broth in my world is considered my daily calorie freebie. Not just for mornings, I drink a cup in between meals to help curb cravings.

At trendy establishments like Brodo, a broth trendsetter in New York started by Restauranteur Marco Canora, you can walk up to the window and order your broth in to-go coffee cups and pay roughly the same amount per size. However, the amazing benefits of this healthy brew are incomparable. Coffee has been known to be a dehydrator, and what lady’s skin needs to have any additional moisture pulled from our bodies during the cold winter months? And as for the gingerbread latte v. bone broth calories? No algebra here, the math is easy.

Try making this at home and sipping a daily hot cup of broth and say cheers to your health!

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