I’m not quite good at resolutions that’s why I usually start each year with fasting and cleansing. Over indulgence during the past year coupled with a lot of stress eating and drinking has also taken a toll on our bodies. So instead of my usual lemon water and detox teas I decided to learn how to make my own bone broth. There are many mixed studies about it but a lot of holistic doctors recommend it and I myself have decided to test it before sharing my thoughts.
A three day fast of lemon water for breakfast to alkalize my body and a lunch and dinner of collagenous bone broth has reset my system in so many ways. They say bone broth decreases inflammation and that the collagen from the cartilage does wonders for our joints. But what struck me the most is the disappearance of my acid reflux.
Benefits of bone broth: Soothing to the gut. Cleansing for the liver and kidneys. Good for joints and skin. Lessens inflammation.
There are no major medical research to back these but speaking to a few holistic practitioners and trying it out myself has made me a convert. I suggest you make your own so I’m sharing my recipe here. The addition of apple cider vinegar is vital because the acidity breaks down the collagen and makes it more abundant in the broth.
In a big stockpot:
Put 4-5 stalks chopped celery
1 big white onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1″ knob of ginger, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 bay leaf
10-12 cups water.
Roast the bones is a preheated oven for 30 mins. Add to the stockpot with ingredients mentioned above.
Bring to a rolling boil then lower the fire as low as your stove will go, cover and boil for 8-10 hours. If the water evaporates top up with two cups of water at a time. Cool. Then store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Have as often as you desire when fasting and once a day thereafter for maintenance.