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Bone Broth Fast | An Ancient Healing Strategy

April 05, 2018

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When it comes to healthy and effective healing strategies, there are dozens of products and nutritional plans that claim to be the solution. TV commercials, online ads, and in-store displays are always promoting the next big “breakthrough” in wellness. In this article we will discuss doing a bone broth fast.  

If you’ve recently started to hear about bone broth fasting, rest assured that this practice is far from a fad.

Evidence shows that bone broth fasting has been used for nourishment since the beginning of ancient times. Its ability to deliver a unique combination of essential minerals and nutrients to the body is unlike almost any other food or beverage in existence. It is non-allergenic and non-reactive, and has been found to support overall health in numerous ways. It reduces inflammation, supports digestion, eliminates fatigue and brain fog, and helps alleviate many other symptoms.

Thinking about trying it? Explore the top strategies for harnessing the power of a bone broth fast.

Bone Broth Fast | An Ancient Healing Strategy

What is bone broth?

“The greatest wealth is health” - Virgil

When it comes to supporting and restoring balance within the body, nothing can compare to a bone broth fast. As its name suggests, bones in a broth that can be made using several kinds of meat. Chicken bone broth, beef bone broth, turkey bone broth, and even fish bone broth all provide incredible healing benefits (I recommend avoiding the use of lamb and pork). Apple cider vinegar, Celtic Sea Salt, and other nutrient dense ingredients are typically added to the meat to complete the recipe. This combination yields broth that is packed full of amino acids, electrolytes, and trace minerals.

 

Why is it used as a healing strategy?

Bone broth has been utilized for its healing properties for thousands of years.

It is thought that since the beginning of history, individuals across the globe have recognized it's healing power. When combined with fasting, it gives the body a chance to rest and rebuild.

During this fast, the high mineral, amino acid, and electrolyte content replenish all areas of the body. One unique healing benefits is the collagen content found in beef bone broth. Collagen is a protein that provides strength and structure within the body. It is especially important for maintaining healthy skin. This is just one of several crucial nutrients found and that is needed on a regular basis. Routine fasting gives the body ample opportunity to “catch up” on the minerals, amino acids, and electrolytes it is lacking.

 

Benefits of a bone broth fast

A bone broth fast can support detoxification, reduce fatigue, boost the immune system, and restore proper digestion.

After reading about it's nutrient dense nature, it isn’t surprising to learn that a bone broth fast has a list of exciting benefits. One of the more notable benefits is a reduction in inflammation and pain throughout the body. Because inflammation is the root cause of nearly all disease, calming this condition is crucial to effective healing. Bone broth is also known for its ability to restore digestion and rebuild tissues within the gut, which makes it an outstanding choice for those with digestive disorders.

Here are some of the top benefits of bone broth:

  • Increases energy (R)
  • Improves good gut bacteria (R)
  • Boosts the immune system (R)
  • Decreases joint pain (R)
  • Reduces inflammation and pain (R)
  • Supports the body’s natural detoxification process (R)
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Decreases brain fog (R)
 

Where do I find it?

Choose high-quality, organic broth. Quality is always king!

If you’ve recently visited a health food store, you have probably noticed an increase in the number of bone broth products that are now available. From the soup aisle to the beverage cooler, there is no shortage of pre-made bone broth. However, while some of these choices are acceptable for certain uses, it is best to prepare your own at home. This is especially true for bone broth that is intended to be used as part of a fast. While it might sound a bit daunting if you’ve never made bone broth before, it is actually a simple process.

herbs for a bone broth fast  

What is the best way to make bone broth at home?

Anyone can make nutritious, organic bone broth at home.

You don’t need to have expert cooking skills to make organic bone broth at home. In fact, the recipes I recommend are quite simple and straightforward. I prefer using either organic whole chicken or grass-fed beef as the meat for my broth. Some chicken broth recipes call for use of the head and feet. However, when you see a recipe like this, be sure to avoid these recommendations to ensure quality. 

When making beef bone broth or chicken bone broth, I add bay leaves, garlic powder, onion powder, organic apple cider vinegar, whole peppercorns, Himalayan salt, and water. For my chicken bone broth recipe, I also add lemon. The process of making bone broth takes between 1-3 days, so be sure to plan in advance of your bone broth fast.

 

Advice on selecting ingredients

Not all bone broth is created equal.

Prior to starting a healing fast, there are some crucial things to know about selecting your ingredients. Because a fast provides a unique opportunity for you to restore and nourish your body, it is necessary to make the highest quality broth possible.

First, although it may be tempting, do not use pre-made, store-bought broths. Many of these are high in sodium, lack essential ingredients, and are intended for cooking rather than fasting. Always make your bone broth from scratch at home.

Next, be careful to select high-quality bones. Why is this important? The bones of animals can contain lead (a heavy metal). Lead is toxic, and should be avoided at all times. When you select the bones of chicken and cows that were raised using high standards and organic practices, you can reduce your risk of lead exposure. Although the risk of heavy metals in animal bones remains low, always be sure to use organic whenever possible.

  bone broth & toxins

Be Aware Of Toxins

If you have chosen a chicken bone broth recipe, there are additional considerations of which to be aware. Not only should you select organic chicken, but you should also look for chicken that was in a pasture-raised environment. When chickens are fed genetically modified (and sometimes, even non-GMO) soy and corn, they are ingesting phytoestrogens through their feed. These phytoestrogens are then passed on to individuals who eat the chickens that consumed feed containing phytoestrogens. If high levels are consumed, phytoestrogens can mimic estrogen in the human body. Excess estrogen in both men and women can cause harmful side effects. Symptoms of high estrogen include headaches, mood swings, weight gain, infertility, insomnia, anxiety, and memory problems.

Finally, when selecting the supporting ingredients in your chosen bone broth recipe, strive to select organic and certified non-GMO. Conventional ingredients can contain pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals. When you use ingredients that contain harmful additives, you will ultimately consume those during your bone broth fast. Be careful to select only the highest quality ingredients to help you reap the greatest benefits during your fast.

 

Conclusions

Bone broth is intended to be used as a modality to healing.

Although this is a source of nourishment and replenishment, it should be used strategically. I recommend using bone broth as a modality to healing (especially for those who suffer from an autoimmune disease). However, I don't advise drinking the broth every day or for extended periods of time. Drinking it too frequently can actually lead to the development of an intolerance. That is why bone broth fasting should be used in moderation.

Additionally, you can enhance your fast with the incorporation of certain ingredients not listed in most recipes. As a best practice for gut health and autoimmunity, use a bone broth fast in conjunction with healthy fats such as coconut oil and MCT oil. Coconut oil and MCT oil have wonderful benefits when used on their own. However, when used together, the broth and fat work within the body to ease symptoms. When selecting a coconut oil or MCT oil, be sure to read the ingredient list carefully, and buy from a trusted source. Always select the highest quality oil that you can find.

Want to learn more about starting a fast?

If you would like to learn even more about how to use fasting to enhance your overall wellness, you can explore the other articles about bone broth or 24-hour fasting benefits. You can find more information about how to make various kinds of broth at home, and discover how to start bone broth fasting. Also, if you are curious about other ways that you can naturally resolve various health concerns, you can apply for coaching directly through the website.

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