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Bone Broth Soup

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A tradition in Eastern Medicine, this soup nourishes and builds the blood. It’s commonly used for certain forms of anemia, recovery from major injury or surgery, stomach and/or intestinal issues, autoimmunity, cleansing, and during or after chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
The following is our standard, time-tested basic recipe, but feel free to experiment and try an online search for ‘bone broths’, or buy Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.

Bones:buy fresh, 2-3 pounds of organic, grass fed beef or lamb bones at a local health food store or other source. Organic chicken leg/thigh combinations, with bones, will work well too. Remove the skin prior to cooking.

Get a large sized pot and cover the bones/meat with 3-4 quarts purified water, then place over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar to help extract more minerals from the bones. Bring to a low simmer and let it cook, covered,for 8-12 hours or more. Some say that cooking 24 hours is even better if you have the time.

Next, add vegetables like 1 cup each of diced beets, celery, carrots and burdock root, plus 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt. Cook for another 2 hours. Add a large handful of kale, spinach, collard greens, or other dark green leafy vegetable during the last 5 minutes. Skip the greens if you are taking blood-thinning medication. For those who prefer a more simple broth, simply omit the veggies.

Optional: Shitake or maitake mushrooms (fresh or dried), garlic, ginger, or other herbs to your taste (parsley, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, cardamom, astragalus, andashwaganda).

Makes about 6 quarts – enough for 2 days of fresh soup. Freeze any remaining.

Bone Broth Fasting

Many consider bone broth ‘fasting’ one of the top Ancient Healing Techniques. No other solids or liquids (other than water) is consumed for periods of 1-7 days. Fasting is an  ancient healing technique and rests the entire GI system, supports cleansing and detoxification, supports general immune function, and stimulates autophagy (the body clearing out old cells and debris). Bone broth fasts are less aggressive than water fasts. Do not take any supplements during this time either. Continue any necessary prescription medicines. If unsure, ask your prescribing doctor. Duration: I often recommend bone broth fasts for short periods of 1-2 days (24-48 hours). It’s easier than longer duration fasts, and many of the same health benefits are found if you do several ’rounds’ of 1-2 day fasting. It’s not a ‘one and done’ type therapy, but something that typically requires multiple fasts to resolve and support underlying issues. If you’ve fasted before, consider adding an extra day or more, up to a seven days duration. Use your own judgment as far as how many or how often to do these. If your symptoms improve on a 1-2 day fast, consider adding an extra day or two if you feel you’re able, or simply try 1 fast day each week (or each month). Make sure you make enough to consume throughout the day, and any time you feel hungry (which will occur). Longer fasts can also be supervised, especially if you have blood sugar imbalances of any kind. Do not fast if you are pregnant, have severe weight loss, recovering from a major surgery, or on chemotherapy.  Note: Organic, ready made bone broths in both liquid and powder forms can now be found at health food stores in powdered or liquid forms (in cartons). They are not quite as effective as home made, and some taste better than others, but they are good for those who can’t (or won’t) make the time for cooking at home.

Important Notes: f

1) For those with serious digestion or other GI issues, consume ONLY THE BROTH PORTION, leaving the solids out. It also makes the most effective bone broth fast.

2) DO NOT use bones after they have been cooked if anything other than boiling was done. Temperatures higher than 212 degrees F will kill the naturally-occurring stem cells, the most vital part!

3) Remember to take it easy and lay low during any fasting. It’s not uncommon for detox reactions like fatigue, rashes, body aches, headaches to surface while fasting as your body clears out toxins and undergoes ‘autophagy’ (clearing out old cells and debris).

** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.