We are blessed to have so many great friends and supporters out in the world touting the benefits of traditional bone broth. On that note, we're very excited to share that Natalie Jill's new book, Aging in Reverse: The Easy 10-Day Plan to Change Your State, Plan Your Plate, Love Your Weight, hit the shelves this week! Natalie was gracious enough to share with us an excerpt from her book, specifically about bone broth, for us to share with you! Please read on below to see why bone broth is such an important part of Natalie's health and wellness regime.
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As several of my friends were turning fifty, I noticed they were looking noticeably fantastic, with smooth, vibrant skin and hardly a wrinkle. When I asked for their secret, the unanimous response was collagen. It wasn’t a topical collagen beauty product, though. It was from consuming collagen in the form of bone broth. Bone broth is one of our oldest forms of nutrition, and it was making them look young! I needed no more convincing to start a bone broth habit.
Bone broth offers a delicious way for your body to take in collagen (though I like to supplement with collagen as well for extra protection; see page 120). Bone broth is easily digestible, and sipping on a cup of it will give you a boost while curbing your appetite. And it’s just the thing for a cold, fever, or flu. A base of bone broth in place of water or packaged stock will up the flavor of soups, stews, and any other dish you add it to. It will instantly make you a better cook! Bone broth offers a multitude of nutritional benefits. Here are a few:
• Improves gut health
• Strengthens bones, muscles, and tendons
• Boosts immunity
• Fortifies hair and nails
• Reduces inflammation
• Reduces joint pain
• Curbs appetite
• Improves elasticity in skin
• Releases toxins
Thanks to its valuable collagen, vitamin, and mineral content, bone broth can reduce inflammation and thereby protect against many common health problems. I suggest enjoying bone broth every day, but it’s up to you as to how much. You really can’t overdo it. Making bone broth involves little more than adding bones and aromatics to a pot or slow cooker and simmering away. The hardest part is changing your mind-set to try something new! See my recipe on page 163 for how to do it. Or purchase packaged bone broth from your natural food store for convenience. Just look for the organic stuff, and if you make your own, use bones from organic meat.”