In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Ariane Resnick explains how you can use soup bones to make healing broths and reap all of their health benefits.
Ariane is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine and creates indulgent, seemingly “normal” foods out of impeccably clean, whole food ingredients.
She has cooked for celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. She is also a survivor of Lyme disease and chemical poisoning, and recovered holistically from both. Ariane’s hit book The Bone Broth Miracle made it to the #1 cookbook spot on Amazon.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is bone broth and what makes it so miraculous?
- Is bone broth some kind of a new diet trend or is there a history behind it?
- Can you explain some of the benefits of bone broth?
- How would one make bone broth? Do you have to use organic soup bones?
- How do we consume bone broth?
- How can we use bone broth to help heal leaky gut?
- Have they done any research on bone broth?
- Do you have any other tips, suggestions, or insights about bone broth that you can give us today?
Key Points made by Ariane
- Bone broth is what stock used to be. A long time ago, we all used to make stock for food that we would eat by boiling soup bones for at least a day or two.
- It’s the concept of just really simply boiling good quality soup bones in water and reaping their health benefits.
- You can boil soup bones on the stove or in a pressure cooker or slow cooker.
- It’s been something we’ve been making since we’ve been eating meat.
- The number one aspect of it that is so healing is that it’s full of gelatin and collagen. Gelatin is actually something we used to eat a lot of culturally even in America but we just don’t anymore. That’s what your hair, your skin, your nails, your gut, so much of you is comprised of and when you consume it directly, it’s really easy for your body to use it to repair itself.
- People start noticing very quickly improvements in their joints, their skin, and their digestion from the gelatin. It has a number of other health benefits in that it’s not that bone broth is specifically high in many nutrients so much as they are very bio-available. What that means is you don’t have to do any work to absorb the good stuff in the broth.
- You begin with soup bones, water, salt to taste, and cider vinegar or lemon juice or something acidic to help pull the minerals out. You can roast the bones first if they’re not already cooked just in the pan or in the oven. That’s an optional step but it leads to a better color in the broth and a better flavor. Cook the soup bones up to two days. When it’s done, the bones have really broken down. You can add aromatics like onions, garlic, and vegetables.
- The one caveat with helping to pull out the minerals is that if you are glutamate sensitive, you’re going to be getting more of the amino acids in the bones and glutamate is one of them. So that’s a step you want to avoid.
- Use grass fed organic soup bones specifically when you’re talking about red meat. One of the best benefits of bone broth is the fact that it’s anti-inflammatory and you cannot create something anti-inflammatory out of inflammatory food.
- A lot of people drink it straight as a replacement for tea or coffee. It’s very energizing in a much more mellow way than caffeine. It’s really popular to make a tonic out of it.
- I use it as a basis for soups, stews, and sauces. Not only for foods that are specifically very healthy to begin with but when people want less healthy foods to help mitigate some of the effects of the less healthy ingredients that you might put in.
- There’s really no limit to how you can include it in your diet. If you like the taste, it’s a great thing to just have a cup of. If you don’t like the taste so much, there are a million ways to hide it in your diet, even in smoothies.
- Bone broth is one of the easiest ways to heal your gut.
- If you’re looking for bone broth to have some real therapeutic effects, you want to have 2 to 4 cups per day of it which is not that difficult.
- The gelatin, collagen, and the amino acids are incredibly reparative. You end up absorbing more of the nutrients you consume and you also end up pretty quickly just re-growing a lot of that microvilli back of your intestines
- Research has been done on the components of bone broth. There has been a lot of research on meat in general and on the different aspects of health that the quality of meat leads to.
- Conventionally raised animals’ bones would contain heavy metals, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones – you don’t want to eat pesticide hormone soup. There’s just no need.
- If you’re going to go out of your way to create and consume something for health values, you begin with ingredients that have health values.
- When you have broth in a cocktail, it’s more filling so you are less inclined to drink more.
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