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When grandma made chicken soup, the whole chicken went in the pot. How often do you see that anymore?  The average American diet no longer includes all the organ meats and bone broths like it did back in the day, so many people are also missing out on all the nutrients. The stress on the body because of these missing nutrients is showing in the health of many patients we see. That’s why at The Wellness Way, we regularly recommend bone broth to support the body as it heals from a variety of conditions. There are so many benefits of bone broth.

Adding bone broth to your diet is loaded with benefits from compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glucosamine, along with minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, sulfur, and others. I could go on for days about the health results you could experience, but here are the top 6 reasons we may recommend it to you.

1- Restoration of Hair and Nails

You notice when your hair is falling out, or your nails are brittle and peeling. Many patients come in complaining about these, but the outside reflects what is happening on the inside. We really don’t get what our bodies need, and bone broth can provide those critical components for the restoration of hair and nails. If you want better hair and nails, bone broth has the nutrients and amino acids to help you build it.

2- Repair of Leaky Gut

The outside is a reflection of the inside; often, that outside shows signs of a leaky gut. Leaky gut is a hot button right now because it’s a common contributor to many conditions the average American is facing. Stressors like food allergies, environmental factors, pathogens, stress, pharmaceuticals, and organ malfunction can contribute to a leaky gut. The first step is removing the stressor and rebuilding the gut. How do we get to the healing of it? We provide the body with the nutrients to repair that tissue. Bone broth has those constituents.

3- Support Healthy Bone Density with Bone Broth

Many people associate healthy bone density with calcium, but collagen can be a key player in promoting bone density. Our bones demand collagen as a vital component of the bone itself. In fact, it’s estimated that 30%- 40% of bone is made of collagen. Calcium is very responsive to inflammation, which makes it hard for the bone to absorb. Unlike calcium, collagen can get the job done to promote healthy bone density.

4- Aiding Liver Function for Detoxification

The body is bombarded with toxins daily. We can acquire them from our environment by breathing, ingesting, or coming into physical contact with them. The body can only handle so much before it becomes difficult for the body to detoxify naturally. That’s when we help by overseeing a detox. The liver is the primary cleaner during the detox process, along with 500 other vital bodily functions. Bone broth has the amino acids and proteins necessary to support all the liver pathways, making detox easier.

5- Bone Broth is A Better Protein Alternative

Many people are trying to make the right choices but are unknowingly building their morning smoothies around inflammatory ingredients. We recommend bone broth as the better protein option. Many protein powders use dairy, which is inflammatory and can wreak havoc on your gut microbiome. Another popular protein is soy, which is also inflammatory while being a known endocrine disruptor. Neither of those are good options! A quality bone broth is a healthier protein option.

6- Repairs Joints and Enhances Post Exercise Recovery

Bone broth is a good protein for building muscle and has the needed components for joint and disc repair. Protein is excellent for building muscle but doesn’t have the collagen and nutrients required for healing ligaments and other connective tissue. For those implementing an exercise routine or who have been working out for years, a quality bone broth will help the body benefit more from their workout.

You Will Notice the Benefits of Bone Broth

As you supplement with bone broth more frequently, you’ll see other benefits besides our favorite benefits of bone broth. Using bone broth for its nutritional components allows the body to repair and return to optimal function.

Originally published on April 5, 2019. Updated November 15, 2023.

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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