Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. With cooler temps, it signifies the end of long summer days and outdoor weather forcing us to look inward and prepare for winter. Every season has a beauty to it; you just have to look for it.
For me, fall is when I stock up, literally. My morning routine is usually a cup of coffee and around 10AM, I fix a big mug of herbal tea, or I sip on a hot cup of bone broth. Bone broth is one of my comfort foods. I can remember my mom making a huge pot of stock and letting simmer on the stove for a couple of days. Then she would skim the fat off the top and pour it into containers for us to make soup.
The art of homemade bone broth seems to be making a come back. Food bloggers are writing about it and serving up delicious recipes. Besides flavor, bone broth also has nutritional value that people with diabetes may want to think about. What you add to a broth can add not only nutritional value, but also some micronutrients and minerals to help heal and soothe our overworked system.
According to Dr. Catherine Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition, suggests that nutrients in foods - like bone broth, will have an affinity to the same tissues within our own bodies(1). Simply stated, the better our nutrition, the better our health.
From within traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth nourishes our kidneys, supports vital energy (chi) and builds blood. In talking about health, one of the topics that is trending is adrenal fatigue. For people with diabetes, blood sugar and adrenal fatigue often go hand in hand.
For those of living with diabetes, our condition makes our organs struggle and that causes us to have more trouble healing.
Benefits of Bone Brot) Joint Health – Broths that are made from bones and joints contain several nutrients that strengthen our own muscles and bones. The collagen from bones, tendons and ligaments are broken down and become part of the broth adding amino acids that help our own bones and muscles heal and rejuvenate.
Bone broth also contains glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), a family of carbohydrates that reduce joint pain. The best GAG is glucosamine, which people often take as a supplement. But two other important GAGs are hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate, which are helpful for osteoarthritis.
2) Digestion – Bone Broth helps improve digestion because of the high levels of amino acid glycine. For people with acid reflux, the reflux is caused because of a lack of healthy stomach acid, which makes digesting food more difficult. Increasing glycine in your diet may actually help with acid reflux disease. Glycine also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
3) Glutamine is another amino acid found in bone broth. Among naturopaths and acupuncturists, glutamine is a natural remedy for leaky gut syndrome, as well as chronic diarrhea and constipation.
4) Rich in minerals – a big problem with our diets is getting enough of minerals out of our food sources. Bones that are cooked into a broth offer a huge value to our nutrient starved cells. You can maximize your mineral content of your broth by adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, while it’s cooking. It will help decalcify the bones allowing more minerals to be released into the broth.
5) Common Cold and Flu – Personally, my husband and I often make a big pot of chicken broth and add ginger, veggies and matzo balls. It’s like a big warm blanket of comfort when fatigue has set in. A cold has no quick fix, and both of us often react negatively to over the counter cold medicine. But the old remedy of chicken broth with some added spices can ease some of the congestion.
Sip. Drink. Enjoy.
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