Sunday, January 10, 2016

Current Obsession | The beauty brew that stops cellulite, nourishes hair and banishes wrinkles

One thing about me is that I can quickly become obsessed with something if the possible benefits are worthwhile.  Currently, my obsession is with a non-traditional super food.  This all goes back to when I first learned of fermented cod liver oil.  I was in search of something that would address my cystic acne and fermented cod liver seemed to offer hope.  The investment for this special type of cod liver oil seemed way higher than your typical fish oil capsule. So I did some digging to find out what made it so special.

My search led me to the world of Western A Price and all of his findings on "sacred foods."  In essence, sacred foods are nutrient dense sources that were revered for centuries by various cultures.  These are the foods that were given to pregnant women to nurture healthy babies.  Sacred foods also protected them from degenerative diseases.  Examples of sacred foods include beef liver, fermented cod liver oil, fish roe, coconut oil, and bone broth.
via @bonebroths
Bone broth. That's what we're gonna talk about today.  What is bone broth? Essentially it's a broth  filled with collagen, vitamins and minerals.   During the bone broth preparation process all of the goodness found inside of the bones and connective tissue are released into the broth.

I'm a huge proponent of sourcing our nutrients from whole food sources. Even better yet, consuming your nutrition in liquid form for faster absorption.  That's exactly what bone broth is.  This wonderful broth is rich in collagen and gelatin.  It's even been referred to as the"facelift soup."  I just ran out of my bottle of NeoCell collagen tablets. Instead of ordering more, I've decided to source my collagen from the source!

When someone gets sick, they are encouraged to eat chicken soup.  Why?  Because traditional chicken soups were made from whole chickens stewed until the broth was filled with stomach healing goodness.  For thousands of years, broth was a sacred food.  But now, soup comes canned void of all the benefits of traditional slow cooked broth.  Canned soup is full of sodium & msg.   You can pretty much refer to it as flavored water.

Real bone broth, on the other hand, is rich in amino acids, calcium, magnesium, collagen and so forth.

Collagen is what keeps us looking young and gives us healthy hair.  As a matter of fact, this blogger details how much impact drinking bone broth on a daily basis had on her hair.  Here's an except from her sharing.
"I cut my hair short this summer and wanted to grow it out again this fall. But my hair growth just kind of whimpered to a halt, resisting to grow past my shoulders.  I read somewhere that bone broth could boost hair growth and overall hair shine and strength.  I decided to test the claim: I committed to a regimen of daily broth for two months starting December 1. Every Sunday I made a huge stockpot to last the week (sometimes I froze batches for later consumption) and every morning I enjoyed a warm mug of broth.
I didn’t change anything else in my diet so I feel confident attributing the outcome to the broth. My hair grew, and it grew with luster. In early February I stopped by to see a friend who I see quite regularly, about every two weeks. She asked if I had gotten extensions because my hair was long, so suddenly."
Elsewhere I read of people others boasting of no having no cellulite even though they are overweight. They attribute this to the regular consumption of bone broth.  Why is this so?  Because cellulite is supposedly caused by damage in the connective tissue.  Apparently, the nutrients found in broth can help repair some of that damage.  

Some say that replacing your morning coffee with bone broth can give you energy to last you throughout the day.  I'm excited to incorporate this into my daily regimen. Bone broth will forever be a part of my beauty ritual. 




  1. Bone broth truly is a marvel! Since I restarted making soups with the chicken carcass, soup bones, etc. my skin has looked much better. I have always had thick hair, but now it's even nicer (and I even wear layers-which can make it appear thinner). A tip for you...if you don't have time to make your own bone broth, or can't find a good source for soup bones, you can purchase either Great Lakes gelatin or collagen hydrolysate, or the Vital Proteins brand in powder form, to add to your food/smoothies. It works very well too, just more expensive than bones...

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  2. After reading this post yesterday, I asked the fresh meat counter at my local grocery store if they had leftover bones from meat cutting. I was told they have soup bones already packaged for sale at just a few cents/pound. Looking forward to making my first large batch this week, thanks for the info!

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  3. I use chicken carcasses as the base for my celery soups. I have always asked the butcher for bones. Good to see others doing it also. Here in the UK cooking from scratch seems to be a dying art.

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