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There are so many reasons to get some good old fashioned bone broth into you especially as we are now in mid-winter flu season in Australia.
Chicken bone broth contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and help you recover from colds and flu. In 2000, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha studied the effect of chicken soup on the inflammatory response. They found that some components of the chicken soup may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could temporarily ease symptoms of illness.
Bone broth also reduces inflammation in the digestive tract by healing and sealing the gut lining which helps prevent leaky gut. Leaky gut allows foreign bodies to leak through the gut lining to cause a local inflammatory response. Reducing this local inflammation will also help with food sensitivities.
Decreasing inflammation in the body can also slow the ageing process. Widespread inflammation can lead to a weakened immune system and also be a precursor to inflammatory & autoimmune diseases such as arthritis & joint pain.
Bone broth contains gelatine and collagen and many amino acids such as glutamine, arginine and glycine. These all help support a healthy metabolism by converting glucose into energy. These amino acids can enhance muscle & tissue regeneration and support growth hormone production. Enhancing tissue regeneration also supports healthy hair, skin and nails!
The gut brain connection is well researched and having a healthy digestive system is essential for healthy hormone production which can help stabilise our moods. Bone broth contains the amino acid glutamine which is a precursor to neurotransmitters in the brain that can help with mental wellbeing.
As you can see, so much of our health begins in the gut and the importance of looking after our digestive system cannot be underestimated. Our immune system and hormones rely on good gut bacteria and an intact lining. Adding probiotics either with supplements or fermented foods and bone broth to your daily routine is ensuring you continue to support your overall health and wellbeing.
Bone broth can be found as a liquid (ready to use) or a broth powder or concentrate which are good for travelling, just add water.