“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Journey To Better Health~ Beautiful Bone Broth

I am going to do my best to break down into bite size pieces ( pun intended [o=) what I have been learning in my "Journey to Better Health".    I have been mulling over what are some of the basics I want to share first.  And bone broth is one of the foundations of good health that has been very neglected in our fast paced modern lives.  If you don't incorporate this age old skill please do and you won't regret it.  This super food has healed my gut and is healing my teeth. ( I will go into the teeth part in the near future)

A Side note ( the reason I am on a side note is because I used a lot of bone broth in my journey of eating the GAPS way) and a sneak preview of a future topic...I really recommend the GAPS diet for those who are dealing with...

  • acid reflux
  • acne (typical and cystic)
  • adrenal burnout
  • allergies
  • anger, unfounded
  • anxiety
  • appetite issues (excessively small or large)
  • asthma
  • attention deficit (with or without hyperactivity) disorder
  • auditory hallucinations
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • autoimmune disorders
  • bedwetting
  • behavioural problems
  • bloating
  • blood sugar issues (low and high)
  • candida overgrowth
  • celiac disease
  • chronic diarrhea
  • colic
  • colitis
  • constipation
  • cravings (sugar, starch, pica, etc)
  • crohn’s disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • dental enamel defects
  • depression
  • diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • diverticulitis
  • dysphoria
  • dyspraxia
  • eczema
  • eosinophilic esophagitis (see GAPS Guide book, page 60)
  • fatigue
  • failure to thrive
  • feeding difficulties (including “picky eating”)
  • food phobias
  • FPIES (Food Protein Intolerance Enterocolitis Syndrome)
  • gas
  • gout
  • hay fever
  • headaches
  • heartburn
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • hives
  • histamine intolerance (or excess levels)
  • hyperactivity
  • hypoglycemia
  • incontinence (fecal and/or urinary)
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • leaky gut
  • learning disabilities
  • libido, overactive
  • malnutrition
  • menstrual and pre-menstrual issues
  • migraines
  • mineral deficiencies
  • mood swings
  • muscle cramps
  • nail-biting
  • narcolepsy
  • obsessiveness (over historical and current events)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • pain: muscle, foot
  • phobias (food, environment, social)
  • psoriasis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • reflux
  • rosacea
  • schizophrenia
  • seizures (possibly dependent on the cause, but including those in which dozens are occurring per day)
  • skin disorders
  • sleep issues (difficulty falling asleep; difficulty staying asleep, excessively brief sleep, excessively long sleep)
  • sound sensitivity
  • stool abnormalities
  • temper, short
  • thyroid, low functioning
  • tics
  • tooth decay
  • tummy pains
  • under-eye circles
  • urinary tract infections
  • violence (against self, against others)
  • vision challenges (though not blindness)
  • warts
  • weight issues (underweight and overweight)
  • white coating on tongue
  • and more

It is a diet a person is typically on for 18 months to 2 years. ( some less some more)  I personally only had to go on it for 6 months.  I am now on a modified version  to continue to heal my teeth.

 If you have a lot of digestive problems I cannot recommend enough to go check out the GAPS diet.  I followed that diet and have healed my adrenal gland fatigue, food allergies, some digestive issues. Now back to the issue of  broth.

Benefits of Gelatinous Broth

  • Bone broths help with detoxification.  ( Go HERE to read up on this!)
  • aids digestion by rendering digestive juices more effective by attracting them to itself.   It  has been found successful in treating digestive disorders such as IBS, colitis, and even Crohn’s disease.  Gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut.
  • Anemia and other blood disorders respond to gelatin in the diet.
  • It is indispensable when a stomach flu makes its way around as it can slow and stop diarrhea when small amounts are consumed every few minutes.  Unlike anti-diarrhea medicine from the pharmacy which just masks symptoms, gelatin actually goes to the root of the problem and facilitates healing.  It does this by neutralizing whatever intestinal poison is causing the problem. 
  • Glycine in gelatin helps normalize liver function.
  • Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds.
  •  Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals.
  • It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons--stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.
  •  Broth and soup made with fishheads and carcasses provide iodine and thyroid-strengthening substances.
  •  Acts as a protein sparer, helping the poor stretch a few morsels of meat into a complete meal.
  • Helps strengthen and repair bones and teeth.
  • Helps with alleviate achy joints. 
  • Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer.
  • Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk.

For more tips and tricks go see 5 Reasons Why Your Stock Doesn't Gel.

Please also go check out this wonderful article Broth is Beautiful by the Western Price Foundation.


  1. How amazing that something so simple to make could be so good for you :) Delicious! :) m.

  2. I've done this once before, made a big ol batch and put some up in the freezer. broth with bone like you mentioned here is so beneficial. I've never made it again after that big batch.... I'm encouraged to get this ball rolling. Blessings!

  3. So glad you've found a healthful way to help you feel better! That's a long list of ailments GAPS helps with. It's wonderful how good nutrition can take care of most problems.

  4. I too am glad you have found a healthful way of eating that makes you feel better. What a blessing that the Lord created our bodies like He did. :)

  5. Mary, a friend of mine is doing the GAPS as well. I will send her your way. I am sure you two would love reading each other's journey. I hope you share more as well. -

  6. Just watched both videos. I have made stock before, but I will admit to getting lazy over the years and buying it. I need to make some. My mother-in-law always, always, had her own stock on the ready.

  7. Glad to know that you are (more than) well. It is very good to be silent before the Lord that we may learn and process all He is teaching us. I look forward to all that you are willing to share.. be peculiar! You're right, if we are not then we need to evaluate our relationship with Him and our understanding scripturally.

    I've been making bone stock for several years now but there is always something to learn. I watched your video links and am encouraged to go even longer with my process (I usually make mine in the oven over night and most of the next day) and add parsley at the end. Good stuff. Now I'm off to watch the Nehemiah Challenge that has been loading since I began my comment!

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. Yummy, healthy bone broth...so good for you! Thanks for posting about this, Mary!!

  9. This is something I need to get so much more consistent with. Thanks for the information. I knew it healed a lot, but man, is that a long list!



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