Secret Healing Power of Bone Broth by Raya Ioffe
f all the cells that make up our bodies, 10 percent are human and 90 percent are bacteriaâ€”a collection of tiny microorganisms that live on our skin and eyes and in our respiratory and digestive tracts. In this symbiotic relationship, we cannot live without them and they cannot live without us. Beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, should be the most common in a healthy gut because they help keep the second type of flora, the opportunistic microbes that are capable of causing a number of health problems, in check. The third type is transient flora that pass through the digestive system with food and drink. Imbalances in the microorganism levels within our digestive system give rise to many chronic illnesses. When unfriendly bacteria and/or yeasts take over, they may destroy the delicate gut lining and create a fast track to a weakened immune system. One way of considering digestive health is by using food as medicine. What we eat may be a cure or a slow poison. We can choose to focus on repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria by consuming probiotic foods and sealing up compromised gut lining through drinking bone broth, a healing elixir. It is a staple of many traditional cuisines and the basis for comfort foods in French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian cultures. Think of chicken soup as an example. Bone broths are packed with nutrients that are easy to digest and assimilate. Sally Fallon, author of the book Nourishing Traditions, explains, â€œBroth contains not just calcium, but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken-down material from cartilage and tendons; stuff like chondroitin sulfates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.â€? Meat and fish broths provide building blocks for the cells of the gut lining and have a soothing effect on areas of inflam-
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August 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine (NY Capital District Edition).