Garage Soup (Bone Broth for Leaky Gut)
Every member of my immediate family has an autoimmune disease, including me.
There are quite a few things that probably caused our health problems, but I suspect that the biggest one is something called leaky gut syndrome. Sounds icky right….its not something I usually proclaim to the whole world that I have, even though it is very common (you probably have it too!) Basically, if you have any kind of autoimmune disease, you have leaky gut. And if you have any other physical health problem, you probably have leaky gut. Hippocrates was right when he said “all disease begins in the gut.”
If you haven’t heard of leaky gut, it simply means that the lining of my intestines aren’t doing a very good job at holding everything in, and some of the substances passing through them LEAK OUT into my bloodstream. AHHHH!!!! Then my body says, what the heck is this stuff?! and starts attacking the substances, and my healthy tissues! If you want to do your own research and get a much more professional explanation (as well as a list of symptoms that might indicate you have leaky gut) this is a great place to start!
One of the things I am doing to help aid the protection of my gut is drink bone broth. It is one of the most amazing things possible for healthy digestion – bone broth!
This drink is thought by many to be the number one thing you can consume to aid in healing your gut when it comes to food. However, I highly recommend this drink to everyone, because it is one of the most nutrient dense foods I have ever come across. This can only be made at home because store bought broth will not produce the same results. They often contain lab-produced meat flavor and lack the same amount of nutrients and minerals.
When the broth is ready to eat, it smells absolutely delicious. HOWEVER…the process of making the broth is a little bit stinky. The smell is actually what led to us giving the broth a new name – Garage Soup. We found out the hard way that when the bones are soaking in the crock pot, the smell slowly fills the entire house. And it is strong. This problem is easily fixed though and should not discourage you from trying it out. I had the brilliant idea to leave the crock pot in the garage overnight while it was simmering. But no one remembered to tell my husband. He came home very puzzled one day and asked why on earth we were always making “soup” in the garage.
When storing the broth in the refrigerator, it becomes a solid jelly-like mass due to its high gelatin content. This is normal. It happens because it is so jam packed with gut healing compounds like collagen that it gels up when it gets cold. However, as soon as you heat it up it reverts back to its liquid state, and has the exact same consistency as any other broth you would drink. If you want to store the broth in the freezer, be sure to leave some space at the top of the jar to avoid broken glass after thawing!
This drink is extremely versatile. You can drink it as is, or add any different combination of spices. You can also use it as a base to make soup or add it into any recipe that calls for chicken broth. I like to drink it in the morning instead of coffee, and it makes me feel better the entire day!