Day 9: Benefit of Bone Broth
Bone broth is a superfood for your immune system and gut health, where a LOT of hormone interactions occur, such as…
- The conversion of thyroid T4 to T3
- Conversion of glucocorticoids to androgens (steroid hormones)
- Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine production
Approximately 80% of your immune system is in the gut. The immune system cells also synthesize, store and secrete hormones, which are identical to the hormones of the endocrine glands (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin hormones, etc.)
Bone broth helps to keep your gut healthy and, therefore, your hormones healthy too. It’s rich in minerals for immune system function plus has healing compounds for the intestinal lining such as glutamine, collagen, glycine, and proline.
Bone broth is different from your everyday chicken, beef, or vegetable stock. Bone broth is made by simmering the animal bones (commonly chicken or beef), which is where all of the beneficial nutrients come from to support hormones!
Grab grass-fed, organic bone broth at any health food or grocery store, or snag the Vital Proteins or Ancient Nutrition bone broth powders online.
Here are ways you can incorporate bone broth daily to support hormones through the holidays:
- Drink a hot cup of it with added spices; ginger, sea salt, and cayenne are great!
- Use it in any recipe that calls for any stock or broth (gravy!)
- Make a simple soup of celery, carrots, sea salt, and pieces of chicken (boil then serve)
Bone broth also improves your overall gut health, boosting nutrient absorption from other foods you’re eating to promote positive hormone balance.
Give yourself and your hormones the gift of bone broth this holiday season! There are many great recipes online, and you can even make it faster if you have an Instant Pot.
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