It's January and everyone's talking about eating clean and getting healthy! So what's the deal with bone broth? Well, it is simply really really good for your body, your skin and your mind!!!

Before you buy the list of supplements, 'health foods' and protein bars your new personal trainer has said are fundamental to your success, consider bone broth! It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat!

From digestive issues to joint problems, bone broth is immune-boosting and therefore the optimum ailment slayer. Bones have anti-­inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats and a wealth of minerals just waiting to  be exploited. 

It is also exactly what it says on the tin: bone ­broth is a broth made from cooking up your leftover (or sought-out) bones.

A healing nourishing drink or a base for a soup, stew or sauce, it is very versatile with far-reaching health benefits.

'DETOX'? MORE CLEANSE AND REBALANCE

Your body has it’s own 'detox' system, the liver, so a lot of the so-called 'detox' programmes are unnecessary. Bone broth does, however, lend a helping hand in the form of glycine, a protein in the bones. The same protein is also a vital component of the bodies two most important internally created antioxidants: glutathione and uric acid. Glycine also helps clear the body of excess methionine, an amino acid: too much of it can draw on the body's B vitamins causing deficiency. The B vitamins are called upon to break down the byproduct, homocysteine. Elevated levels of the latter are associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

The glycine in bones helps to stimulate the production of stomach acid ... although you might suffer with acid reflux, it can actually be a sign of too little stomach acid being produced. It can also be useful for anyone suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It’s also a component of bile acid which is necessary for fat digestion. With many people making the switch to a more paleo or even ketogenic diet, ensuring your body can digest the food you’re now offering it is vital to success! 

Another protein, glutamine, found in bones, has been shown to be a natural remedy for 'leaky gut'; when the barrier between your gut and the rest of your body isn’t working properly, allowing molecules to cross over into the bloodstream with the potential to set off a series of autoimmune reactions.

JOINT HEALTH AND MUSCLE-BUILDING PROTEIN

Did you know bones are 50% protein!? Collagen, the protein matrix of bones, tendons, ligaments and other flexible tissues, is broken down during the lengthy cooking process into another protein you might be more familiar with: gelatin! Gelatin is the reason that a good quality bone broth will congeal once refrigerated.

By consuming bone broth you’re feeding your body with the raw materials for healthy bones and joints and muscles ... anyone generally into or taking a new interest in fitness will appreciate all the extra support they can get  in this department ... hello less aches and injuries! 

NOT FORGETTING THE MINERALS ...

Bones from land animals are rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium, while fish bones can be a good source of iodine.

To maximise the potential mineral excretion from the bones, add a couple of tablespoons of something acidic into your broth; raw apple cider vinegar is a good option. Fringe benefits include improved sleep and beautiful skin!

LESS STRESS

A lot of us have been busy over the Christmas and New Year, with new fitness and food regimes being taken on board; returning to work and the general day-to-day routine can also be stressful. Our bodies need rest, we need more  sleep! A body well rested will be able to tackle all the challenge’s you’ve set yourself, both new and existing, while at the same time be in an optimum position to adapt and improve your fitness and health. It comes back to the glycine which is also a neurotransmitter meaning that it helps you relax.

On a more superficial level the gelatin proteins help build connective tissues making skin smoother and healthier!

It’s an all rounder! You’d be mad not to give it a try! If you don’t feel like making your own just yet, drop into us in BT2 Grafton Street and give it whirl. We’re pretty sure you’ll be mightily impressed!!

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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