Did you know that 70% of your immune system lives in your gut? I didn’t! I don’t remember what initially sparked my interest in gut health, but it is so fascinating. I won’t get into too much biology, but did you know your gut is full of good and bad bacteria? These good bacteria are responsible for so many functions vital to your well being and if not fed properly and maintained you could end up with serious health complications.
The main one being leaky gut syndrome, this is where the wall of your intestines (which is only one cell thick!) becomes permeable/damaged and allows toxins to escape into your body. This can cause a whole host of issues: autoimmune disease, inflammation, food allergies, fatigue, depression, etc.
What causes leaky gut syndrome? Chronic stress, medications, bacteria imbalance, gluten and sugar, pesticides etc.
What does this have to do with bone broth? Bone broth is rich in collagen and amino acids that help heal and seal damaged cell walls, remember they are only one cell layer thick! Bone broth is also great for your joints, skin, immune system, sleep, and bone health. It is easy to make a batch in your CrockPot or buy, I recommend Kettle & Fire Organic Bone Broth . I collect bones from the whole chickens I roast during my meal prep (usually it takes 2-3), I add some veggies, whole peppercorn, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, water, and set on low for 12-18 hours. Since the bones I use have already been cooked once, it is not necessary to do much longer than that.
You know you’ve got a good batch when you take it out of the fridge and its like jelly! Here’s to your gut health!