Many people with unmanaged celiac disease are nutrient-deprived. In fact, many symptoms of celiac disease are connected to a nutrient deficiency. Bone broth can quickly help to replenish that once depleted nutrient tank. Besides it’s amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?) and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue.
Bone broth offers many wonderful benefits that helps relieve the digestive distress your body experiences in the aftermath of celiac disease. When your digestive system does not operate correctly, the last thing you want to do is eat highly inflammatory or hard-to-digest foods. Rather, a broken digestive system is best served with easily digested foods and liquids. And that is exactly what bone broth is. It tastes good and is easily digestible.
A common problem for many with celiac disease is leaky gut. The gut lining is damaged and “leaky.” A way to accelerate the healing of the gut lining could be to increase glutamine consumption. Bone broth contains an amino acid called glutamine, which is said to play a key role in maintaining the integrity of your gut’s intestinal barrier.
Bone broth is also a way to improve immune Health. It turns out the old wives tale of chicken soup to cure illness does hold some truth. The rich mineral content and in particular the amino acids in it support a healthy immune system. When you start to feel under the weather add some bone broth to your daily meals (or drink some as a snack) and you will improve your energy and feel better quickly.
Bone broth also offers help when it comes to women’s hormones. This is because poor nutrient absorption is closely tied to hormonal health. When the gut is inflamed, nutrient absorption suffers. By healing the gut, the body can better regulate hormone levels.
Make it or Buy it?
Many of the packaged bone broth products include additives such as MSG. If you want a back up our favorite is Kettle & Fire’s grass-fed bone broth because it’s pretty gelatinous and made with organic ingredients.
Here are a few tips if you make your own (follow this easy recipe).
To avoid the chemicals conventionally raised animals are exposed to and gain maximal nutritional benefits, opt for bones from grass-fed cows and/or free range chickens.
Pick the Right Parts. The bones, ligaments, and cartilage used in bone broth each offer benefits. The bones give the broth vitamins and minerals while the ligaments and cartilage provide all important collagen as they break down. Opt to include knuckles as much as possible as they are particularly collagen rich.
Go Slow. The secret to bone broth is going ‘low and slow.’ Cooking broth in a slow cooker on a lower heat setting for a longer period of time allows the collagen, vitamins, and nutrients to best be released into your broth.
Add an Acid. Be sure to add a spoonful of an acid such as apple cider vinegar to help break down the connective tissue and collagen.
This is a very simple approach to adding something extremely beneficial to just about anyone’s diet or health routine. Make it your go to option when you start feeling down.