Got A Cold? Bone Broth Can Help!
With so many people finding themselves unwell at the moment, I thought I would talk about just how effective bone broth is while you are sick and in the recovery phase. If you have got a cold, bone broth can help!
Ancient cultures have known about the power of bone broth for centuries! Have you ever heard of ‘Jewish penicillin’ aka chicken soup? It really is one of the cheapest and best ways to help with illness and recuperation.
Cooking bones for long periods enables a myriad of beneficial nutrients to be released into the broth.
It’s important to note that bone broth is different from stock and is superior in nutritional benefits. Stock is cooked for a shorter time and traditionally used for flavour, not health purposes. Bone broth needs long cooking and vinegar to help draw nutrients from the bones (I use apple cider vinegar).
It is also imperative to use good quality ingredients and source the very best bones you can find. You can read more about how I source my bones here.
So here are some reasons why I highly recommend bone broth when you are sick with a cold or flu.
♥ Bone broth is easy to consume and digest and is gentle on your stomach.
♥ Drinking bone broth is a great way to get a wide range of nutrients and sustenance in a small volume. Perfect for when the appetite is low or tummy is upset.
♥ The nutrients in bone broth are incredibly bioavailable. So even if you have poor gut health, bone broth will nourish you.
♥ Studies show that chicken soup or broth has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps alleviate cold and flu symptoms by clearing mucus and opening respiratory pathways.
♥ The amino acids in broth (arginine, cysteine, proline and glutamine) help reduce inflammation and boost immunity. When we are sick, our bodies struggle to produce these amino acids on their own.
♥ Bone broth is very hydrating and contains electrolytes which are very important when you are unwell and in recovery mode later.
♥ Bone broth is like a ‘hug in a mug’. We tend to associate broth with being comforted and cared for and it can really make a difference in boosting spirits.
With all of this in mind, I created my Chicken Flu Fighter. As well as the proven effectiveness of chicken broth, I have also added other ingredients that may help with colds and flu. You will find turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and cayenne in this version as well as vegetables.
The last thing you want to do when you are unwell is be in the kitchen cooking and waiting hours for bone broth to be ready (unless of course you can get someone else to do it for you!).
Just add some hot water and stir to make yourself a comforting and nourishing cup of chicken broth. You can add in a slice of lemon, more salt or even some freshly grated garlic and ginger for extra kick! The bone broth strips just need to be chewed and eaten, even easier.
It is also able to be used in your meals in so many varied ways. When the appetite is starting to return, sprinkle it on food like steamed rice or stir in to casseroles and stews.
So if you’ve got a cold, bone broth can help alleviate symptoms, get you feeling better quicker and provide sustenance for your recovery.