Leftovers can be a daunting topic. When I was younger I felt like I needed to eat all of my leftovers in order to not be wasteful. That didn’t change until someone told me this: Those leftovers may actually be just as wasteful in your body as they are in the trash. You might want it, but you don’t need those extra helpings of rich, holiday food. It’s holiday food because it’s meant to be enjoyed on the holiday, as a special occasion. Your body is craving nutrients right now more than ever.
Keep the turkey. Throw away the potatoes, throw away the stuffing, throw away the congealed casseroles. Instead, load up on greens, protein, and healthy fat. Here’s a great place to start. Bone broth is a key player in healing many different parts of your body.
Joints: Bone broth is first a foremost known for it’s high gelatin and collagen content. As we age, cartilage diminishes as it gets attacked by antibodies (age-related degradation of joint cartilage). As bone broth simmers, collagen from the animal parts leaches into the broth and becomes ready to absorb and help restore cartilage. Gelatin also provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting healthy bone mineral density.
Gut: Studies also show that gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
Skin: Collagen helps form elastin and other compounds within skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture and appearance. This collagen, exactly what is found in bone broth, has been accredited with helping reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, decreasing puffiness and fighting various other signs of aging such as skin moisture and evaporation.
Immunity: Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and therefore support immune system function and healthy inflammation response. Collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine help seal openings in the gut lining made by a “Leaky Gut”and support gut integrity. Traditionally-made bone broths are believed to support healthy inflammatory response and normal immune system function. Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.