Bone broth food preparation

For anyone living with a chronic disease, whether it’s cancer, an auto-immune disorder, pain issues or any other health problem, it is imperative that you optimize your intestinal health.

The main health problems are caused by inflammation, malnutrition and a damaged immune system. If you are motivated and want to feel better, the primary way to heal your intestines is to eat really great food that is nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory.

Trust me, I am an RN who overcame several auto-immune diseases and multisystem organ failure simply by changing my diet. If I can make changes in my diet and lifestyle, you can, too. Healing your intestines is the number one way to heal your body and potentially rid yourself of persistent health problems, sometimes for good.

Removing foods that are pro-inflammatory, such as all grains and dairy, is a terrific way to kick start your body on a path to healing. By replacing the pro-inflammatory foods, your body will begin to heal. These good foods include organic fruits and lots of vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat, fish and eggs, along with high-quality fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocados.

Everyone is their own experiment; therefore, the amount of time it takes each individual to heal can vary quite a bit. Some people start to feel better in a few days, while others might take several months to start to feel better.

Our grandmothers all knew that the one of the most healing foods available to us is bone broth, stock, or known simply as soup, which helps us especially when we’re sick.

Come to find out, bone broth provides nutrients to our bodies that are extremely healing. You can buy it in most grocery stores or make your own at home. The key to healing is to focus on high quality, nutrient-dense foods that are anti-inflammatory and taste amazing.

Having a simmering crockpot full of healing bone broth in my kitchen is one of my favorite healing foods.

There are many resources to learn about making bone broth, stock or soup. Dr. Kellyann Petrucci wrote a great book called “Bone Broth Diet.” My own recipe for beef bone broth is very simple.

Bone Broth

Beef bones, roasted in the oven at 325 degrees, for 30 minutes.

Place the roasted bones in the crockpot and cover with water. Add up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water (which helps to leach the nutrients from the bones).

Consider adding onions, garlic, celery, carrots, parsnips, cabbage or any other vegetable that sounds good to you. Start on high, for an hour or two, and then reduce the temperature for several hours or overnight.

Enjoy the healing benefits of the bone broth for the next several days. ☸

(Nadine Grzeskowiak is a registered nurse who provides professional nursing care in your home. She can be reached at 541-602-1065 or send an email to nadine@rnoncall.com)

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