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Gut-Healing Bone Broth

December 3, 2016



One of my favourite recipes to make is a simple gut-healing bone broth. 

First, I want to share some of the amazing benefits of incorporating bone broth into your life and why it's something that is regularly being made in my house. 



  • Gut Healing: The gelatin helps heal the lining of the gut and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract, promoting healthy bowel movements.

  • Immune Boosting: Bone broth contains a ton of amino acids like arginine and cystine that help boost the immune system. 

    • ​It can also help with symptoms of the common cold by opening respiratory pathways. 

  • Anti-inflammatory: Contains amino acids that help fight inflammation. 

  • Decreases Joint Pain: It is a source of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as chondroitin and glucosamine, which can help to decrease joint pain.

  • Bone Health: You are extracting all of the minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, from the bones and they are just what our own bones desire. 

    • In this form, these minerals are easily absorbed in the gut. 

  • Healthy Skin: The gelatin provides some of the building blocks for collagen that is important for that plump, tight skin.



  • 1 Chicken carcass or 2 lbs of bones- I would highly encourage you to use organic, humanely- raised animal bones .

    • SAVE $$$- Buy the type of bones that aren't as desirable such as feet (feet are actually very high in gelatin),

    • Instead of throwing your bones away, freeze them until you have enough to make a broth with.

  • Vegetables of your choice: carrots, celery, onion, garlic etc. 

  • Fresh or dried herbs for flavour boosting

  • 4 tbs of  apple cider vinegar

    • This may sound strange but it helps to pull out the minerals and gelatin from the bones (basically all of the good stuff we want from the bones).

  • Sea salt to taste 

  • Enough water to fill the pot you are cooking in 

  • Modify the ingredients depending on your unique dietary requirements



  • Put all the ingredients in a large pot

    • I've used my slow-cooker for this several times and have been very pleased with the result. 

  • Bring everything to a boil and then immediately lower the temperature to a simmer

    • If you are doing this in a crock pot make sure it is on the lowest setting possible.

  • Let simmer for 12-24 hours

  • Let cool down for 1 hour

  • Strain your bone broth 


What to do with my broth?


Now that your broth is good to go there are so many things you can do with it:

  • An obvious choice would be to use it as a base for soup.

  • I'll also keep a jar in the fridge (no longer than a week) and use it in various recipes in place of chicken or vegetable stock.

  • Have you ever tried drinking a nice cup of bone broth ? It's delicious and incredibly nutrient dense. 

  • I'll also freeze glass jars of the broth and take them out as needed. Remember to leave a little bit of room in the jar to allow for the broth to expand as it freezes. 


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