bone broth

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue?

Do you have dry skin, and hair?

Are you fighting off an infection?

Do you have issues with gut health?

Well, chicken/bone broth has a plethora of medicinal qualities that can help alleviate many health issues. First and foremost, it speeds recovery and healing from illness. Remember, when you were younger your mom gave you chicken noodle soup for your cold??????

The secret lies in the bones and cartilage of the chicken. This is where all the amazing minerals are contained, such as, collagen, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulfur, sodium, glucosamine (for joint pain and arthritis), chondroitin sulfates, keratin sulfates(for skin and hair) and hyaluronic acid (for skin, hair and joint health).

It also contains cysteine, which is an amino acid that thins the mucus in your lungs making it easier to expel any mucus when you have a cold.

If you suffer from gut issues, chicken broth helps to heal and seal the gut lining. The nutrients are easily digested and helpful in reducing inflammation along the gut lining.

Some of the medicinal properties include:

  • fighting infections, such as a cold or flu
  • reducing inflammation
  • producing beautiful skin and hair
  • promoting sleep
  • repairing gut health
  • alleviating adrenal fatigue
  • alleviating muscle cramps and spasms
  • reducing malabsortion issues

benefits of chicken broth

courtesy of  renowned Dr. Mercola

So you can actually save so much money by making your own bone broth instead of buying supplements to help with inflammation, joint pain and infection.

Enjoy your bone broth like you would drink a cup of tea or add to soup and stews or even use it as a medium for cooking rice or pasta.

How powerful is your immune system?? More powerful than you may think. However, cold and flu season are at your doorstep. This is the the perfect time to boost your immune system with the right foods and antioxidants.

The list below contains some ingredients that can contribute to overall immune health but by no means cure the common cold.

1.) Turmeric– is known for it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the main spice in curry so it packs a punch when added to any dish or smoothie. It has been shown to be effective with digestive disorder and rheumatoid arthritis.

immune system boosters

2.) Chia Seeds- are small black or white seeds that are part of the mint family. They are rich in fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants that prevent cellular damage.  The seeds are a source of insoluble fiber (adds bulk to the stool and increases food transit time!). They expand and form a gel-like substance when they come into contact with water. In addition, they supply 19% of the recommended daily fiber (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000727.htm). Chia seeds may thin your blood so check with your doctor if you are on Coumadin or taking aspirin. Otherwise, enjoy in yogurt, smoothies, salads and muffins……..

A spoonful of Chia Seeds

3.) Garlic- is considered the most powerful antioxidant. According to WedMD, garlic is helpful in conditions related to the heart, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is used to prevent colon cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer to name a few. In addition, it is helpful in fighting colds, headaches and sinus congestion. The amount of allicin present in the garlic supplement can reduce or improve its efficacy. I opt for fresh garlic but if you have stomach issues garlic can be disruptive to the digestive process. There are garlic pills available that are enteric coated that are preferable under such circumstances. The enteric coating enables the garlic not to be digested in the stomach but rather the small intestine.

garlic

4.) Cinnamon- is a powerful antioxidant and has been effective as a anti-inflammatory. It can be added to smoothies, baked in muffins, spread on toast and added to oatmeal. Cinnamon can interact with diabetic drugs and heart thinners so as always check with your doctor before taking.

cinnamon

Bundle up this Fall and Nourish yourself with these powerful antioxidants.