Heal Leaky Gut with Bone Broth

Bone broth. It’s something our ancestors would have made to get all the nutrition out of each meal they managed to catch. Isn’t it great we’re beginning to follow our instincts once again?

It’s packed with collagen, protein, amino acids and electrolytes for the health of your skin, hair, nails, joints, bones and gut. With the emphasis definitely being on gut health. An unhealthy gut, unfortunately (or fortunately!) shows in your skin. It’s your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Recent studies show gut health is imperative for brain health and a healthy immune system.

Bone broth is said to improve and even repair gut issues including leaky gut. The amino acids naturally occurring in bone broth, such as glutamine and glycine, heal and seal cracks and holes in the gut. Leaky gut is now thought to be behind autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s, celiac disease, type II diabetes and psoriasis, as well as IBS, obesity, depression, acne, eczema, hives, fatigue, headaches, food allergies and seasonal allergies – just to name a few. Crazy! If you are experiencing any of these symptoms I urge you to see a Naturopathic physician and get a diagnosis – you may be able to heal your gut and avoid an autoimmune disease. I speak from experience and am hoping to help others.

Why the sudden onslaught of leaky gut and autoimmune disease? Recently there has been lot of amazing and shocking evidence pointing towards a number of different foods (gluten, grains, modern dairy, GMO grain fed meat, a lack of fermented and probiotic rich food) and substances (antibiotics, NSAIDS, pollution, chlorinated water and pesticides) that are affecting our microbiome; thus inflaming, irritating and damaging our intestinal lining. I believe a huge amount of the blame should be put on GMO’s and the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on the Round Up resistant crops. They’ve made their way into almost everything we eat and what we feed to our children and our pets. 90% of all corn and soy, as well as a large amount of wheat, are treated with these chemicals.

The makers of  Roundup continue to claim that Glyphosate is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses, which allows it to kill weeds, called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway present is in bacteria, our GUT bacteria! That’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread harm in both humans and animals.

I myself, have been on a bad gut roller coaster for over a decade. I was diagnosed with celiac disease 11 years ago and learned the hard way that eating gluten substitutes,  at best, stabilize the condition and can even worsen it. Eating any grains or certain starches can cause further irritation and damage to the intestine, especially if you have an autoimmune disease. Converting to a grain free, anti-inflammatory diet with a mug or two of bone broth daily was the only remedy that finally healed me.

I follow neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter’s gluten free, anti-inflammatory eating plan because his plan is simple and he makes sense of all of our health issues, plus, he says I can have coffee with real cream! (organic with grass-fed cream) He says: “what’s good for your gut, is good for your skin.” Dr. Perlmutter has a lot of additional information about bone broth’s benefits.

A daily mug of bone broth supports weight loss (seriously, try skipping a meal and replacing it with a mug of bone broth), increases bone density and reverses osteoporosis. It improves and even reverses conditions of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and joint and tissue damage. It is also said to increase lean muscle mass.

Of coarse, over the years, you’ve read a lot about this subject already, right? So what are you waiting for?!! Are you saving the bones from your roasted chickens (organic of coarse, stay away from GMO grain fed chickens!) and freezing your vegetable scraps for broth making day? I make it once a week, portioning it into one or two cup portions in either canning jars in the fridge or in the freezer in freezer bags (wash and re-use them each time – we have enough plastic on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.)

One of the great things about making bone broth is its versatility. Any type of meat bones or fish bones (enough to fill half a crock pot), veggies (omit cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts – they tend to make the broth and your house smell not so pleasant) and herbs such as rosemary or parsley, will make a great broth.


Throw bones (grass fed beef bones have the highest collagen levels), cartilage and skin in a crock pot (raw or leftover from your dinners) add vegetables scraps, a few cloves of garlic, 1/2 an onion including the skins, a handful of fresh herbs, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (draws calcium out of the bones) and a slice of fresh ginger, fill your crock pot with filtered water, turn on the lowest setting and forget about it for 20-24 hours. The key is to keep it simple! Strain, compost the bones and veggie scraps, and immediately ladle into glass canning jars. The heat will seal the jars and they will be good in the fridge for a week. Alternatively, you can cool the broth and put it into small freezer bags, ladling one or two cup portions into them.

Simply pull one a day to thaw in the fridge. Reheat your bone broth and enjoy daily. Try replacing it for your afternoon coffee and notice the energy you get! Another thing you will notice right away is how quenched your skin feels. Needing less moisturizer and lip balm is a good thing from a health perspective; though the cosmetic companies wouldn’t agree.

“Make it fresh & know what’s in it.”  Jennifer Sunrise

If making your own broth isn’t your thing, that’s ok! There’s many great companies that are making organic and grass fed bone broths. If you’re in Vancouver BC like me, there’s a great local company that sells their product in Whole Foods called Bluebird Provisions, it’s super yummy! Their website has a ton of indepth information on this subject.

There’s also several companies selling Bone Broth Protein Powder on Amazon.

In addition, a collagen supplement can be taken. I do both to ensure a healthy gut and to (hopefully) slow down the aging process.  In our mid to late 20’s collagen production starts to decline and ultimately wrinkles begin to form. A collagen rich diet improves the skins appearance from the inside. No amount of bathing in coconut oil, slathering on shea butter or spritzing on ylang ylang (or expensive department store cosmetics and lotions for that matter) is going to slow down the aging process.

I highly recommend Progressive’s Complete Collagen because it tastes so good (I use the citrus flavor) and it is made from pasture raised beef. Always check that that you are buying pasture raised and organic products – if you are buying products from GMO grain fed animals you could be damaging your intestinal lining. Unless the package says the meat is organic or grass fed, you can assume it isn’t. Yes, I am VERY passionate about this subject!

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