The Gut Connection

Our gut is home to 70-80% of our immune system and 90% of serotonin (our happy hormone), and is the starting point for good health or disease. All the more reason to keep it healthy!

 

What is Gut Inflammation?

Inflammation is the natural immune response to injury, toxicity, trauma, stress, or infection. This is our body’s protective mechanism, and we need this in order to heal. It’s only when it becomes chronic that it’s a problem. 

 

Chronic inflammation can be triggered by a “leaky gut,”and can cause inflammation throughout the body. A leaky gut may cause digestive trouble, but it may also cause a variety of other symptoms beyond the digestive symptoms.

 

Signs of an inflamed gut can include:

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Skin problems, such as eczema or psoriasis

  • Depression/anxiety

  • Poor sleep/insomnia

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Brain fog

  • Heart disease

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Joint pain & rheumatoid arthritis

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Chronic fatigue

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Simple bone broth

A simple way to care for our gut is to make a batch of restorative bone broth, which can easily be incorporated into a variety of meals or enjoyed on its own.

 

Bone broth helps to:

  • Heal and seal the gut lining

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Support the immune system and balance hormones

  • Build strong bones

  • Boost collagen for anti-aging

Gut Health

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs chicken bones (Use pastured or organic chicken, pork and/or beef bones. These can be raw or cooked, leftover carcass, necks, feet & gizzards. For beef broth, use knuckle bones, marrow bones, left over bones from cooked roasts. Pieces with more cartilage will yield more collagen. You can also use fish bones for a fish stock.)

  • Enough filtered water to cover the bones with a few inches in a large crock pot.

  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

  • 1 Tbs sea salt (un-refined high quality) such as Celtic Sea Salt

  1. Place all ingredients in a 8 quart slow cooker and cook on low for minimum 8 hours and up to 24 hours for chicken and up to 36 for beef bones. The longer it cooks the better. Be sure to skim the top of any impurities that may rise to the surface.

  2. Turn off crockpot and allow stock to cool slightly. Strain stock through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Discard bones. 

  3. Pour “liquid gold” into jars and store in the fridge up to 5 days or freeze for later use. Remove fat cap at the top, heat and enjoy. 

 

Variation to bone broth: 

If you have time and want to add vegetables to your broth to increase the vitamin & mineral content, add these to the crock pot during the last 4-6 hours of cooking to avoid broth becoming bitter. Suggested veggies are; onions, carrots, celery, garlic, shallots, peppercorns & kombu strip.  The addition of veggies will also add more flavor to your broth. 

What is kombu?

Kombu is a sea vegetable & is considered a superfood. Its high iodine content can help support healthy thyroid function.  It is also known for helping to reduce cholesterol & hypertension.  With it’s rich antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E), it also supports the immune system.  Note, that Kombu can be added to any soup/stew/sauce to increase the nutrient content, but it should never be cooked at high heat. 

Learn how to restore your gut health today!

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