Bone broth (or stock) is fabulous for healing intestinal permeability. It contains collagen, which nourishes the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation. Plus, it’s easy for a damaged gut to digest and reap the benefits of its protein and minerals. Our version contains added gut superfoods that will take its gut-restoring potential to the next level. The vegetables add prebiotic, anti-inflammatory, flavonoid and nutrient properties, and the spices we use have been specifically shown to improve gut integrity. If you suffer with increased intestinal permeability or one of the many conditions associated with leaky gut, this is a must-have in your regular culinary repertoire.
Conditions associated with leaky gut include: Acne, allergies, brain fog, Celiac disease, constipation, Crohn’s disease, depression, diarrhea, eczema, fatigue, food intolerance, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hives, IBS, migraines, overweight/obesity, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, ulcerative colitis.
Side note: broth is also inherently calming, consoling and restorative, which if it helps reduce your stress levels is also going to help your gut. To learn more about leaky gut, including other factors that can help heal it, read our article here.
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Bone Broth Report
A very fundamental question many of us have these days: What is the toxic metal content in different bone broths? And while we’re at it: What really is the nutrient element content in different bone broths?
|Leaky Gut Bone Broth|
- 2 Lbs Poultry, fish, shellfish, beef or lamb bones Options include: cooked bone with a previous meal, with or without skin mean; raw bones with or without skin and meat (can also be browned first for flavor); use a whole carcass or just parts (good choices include feet, ribs, necks and knuckles)
- 4 Cups Cold water Or enough to cover the bones
- 1-2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 Medium onion Peeled and quartered
- 2-3 Cloves garlic Peeled and sliced in half
- 1/4 Cup Dried wild mushrooms Such as shitake
- 1 Tsp Turmeric powder Or 1 fresh turmeric rhizome, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2-3 Slices Fresh ginger root Peeled
- 1 Tbsp Dried oregano
- Handful Fresh parsley Only add the parsley for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Combine bones, water and vinegar in a pot, bring to a boil, remove any scum that has risen to the top and reduce heat.
- Simmer 4-6 hours for fish or shellfish, 6-48 hrs for poultry, 12-72 hrs for beef or lamb, the longer the better so that more gelatin and nutrients are released into the liquid.
- Add the vegetables, spices and herbs for the last hour of cooking.
- Strain through a sieve and discard the bones and vegetables. If uncooked meat was used to start with, you may reserve the meat for soup or salads. If you wish to remove the fat, use a gravy separator while the broth is warm, or skim the fat off the top once refrigerated.
- Cold broth will gel when sufficient gelatin is present. Broth may be frozen for months, or kept in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
- Broth can be used in soups, stews, braised dishes, sauces, or gravies.
- It can also be sipped as a warm drink, especially nice with a squeeze of lemon and a little sea salt.
Would you please add instructions as to when to add vegetables, spices, heros, mushrooms, gratis, onions in the recipe?
Good catch Leonne! We corrected the instruction item that somehow got missed. Hope you enjoy!
I believe you need black pepper for absorbency of turmeric .
The book nourishing broth by Sally Fallon is probably the best. Brasco Broth is a similar recipe. I add salt to taste, I also cook the vegetables the last 12 hours, also can make rice with it. The meat leftover is no good really as everything is cooked out of it. Bones are getting expensive and questionable since they absorb metals, so meat broth works as well.
A good book is Sally Fallone nourishing broth.
I just read your article about bone broth today. In the article it mentioned using an Instant Pot to cook the broth for up to 40 hours. I would like to extend the cooking time for my bone broth using my Instant Pot to get the most benefit from the bones. Can you please explain how to do this with the Instant Pot?
Do you put a lid on it during simmering?
I usually do cover while simmering, or I use my pressure cooker or slow cooker with the lid on tight. — Lara Zakaria
If you use a pressure cooker do you add extra water? If it consumes after that many hours?
We actually tend to find that pressure cooking preserved more of the water compared to cooking on the stove which lost a lot of water due to evaporation. The key with the pressure cooker is to make sure you don’t fill past the max fill line. Hope you find this helpful!
I thought onions and garlic are high fodmap yet they are in this recipe ?!
Yes, not everyone who may have a leaky gut needs to be low FODMAP – in fact, onion and garlic not only provide flavor but can support GI healing and detoxification. If you’re reactive to either, you may omit them or simply cook them whole so you get the flavor and they’re large enough that you can remove the fibrous part (the FODMAP is the fiber component not in the oils/compounds that are absorbed into the broth).
How much bone broth per day to maintain intestinal integrity i.e therapeutic dose ? It is for a family member with MS.
Although there aren’t any studies showing an exact therapeutic amount, it may be beneficial to drink a cup a day in order to continually bathe the GI tract in those nutrients. It’s also important to note that bone broth in isolation won’t maintain intestinal integrity. A combination of lifestyle and nutrition interventions is needed, such as avoiding inflammatory foods while also eating nourishing ones.