Ayurveda, Digestion and Bone Broth for Winter Health and Immunity
Many people who come to Ayurveda might believe that the ancient Indian sages were strictly vegetarians, but this is a misconception and far from the truth. In fact, all whole foods are medicine in Ayurveda, and under certain health conditions and circumstances meat is used for healing purposes.
One of the ideal foods for depletion, sickness, and digestive complaints is to in fact eat bone broth for its many rich health benefits.
Rejuvenate and Restore this Winter
In Ayurveda, there is no one size fits all approach, but if you are suffering from leaky gut, immune issues, and digestive complaints, then you may want to consider bone broth as part of your winter repertoire in the kitchen.
Winter time is a time to restore and rejuvenate the body due to the cold, harsh and dry elements of the winter. Oftentimes in the winter, we turn to creature comfort foods that are processed and do not have a lot of nutritional value like breads, muffins, pies, and holiday desserts.
Homemade bone broth packs a punch in nutritional content and upgrades your system. It’s full of minerals and substances that the body will absorb and appreciate. Bone broth acts as a tonic to drink up the nutrient content offered by this superfood elixir.
The best part of bone broth is that it pacifies VATA Dosha. Vata is catabolic in nature and depletes the body when it seeps deep into our tissues, we’ll get issues! The warmth and density of bone broth grounds and soothes the nerves after a long, cold wintery day outside.
Due to its rich iron content it restores the rasa dhatu or strengthens the blood due to its rich iron content. The rasa dhatu or blood is the first way to build up ojas or deep immunity within the body. When our rasa is depleted, then we have weak ojas or vitality and strength to ward off viruses, colds and flus.
Boosts Immunity and Anti-Inflammatory
In addition to boosting immunity, this potent tonic is anti-inflammatory. It reduces excess Pitta, (the fire element in the body) but still stabilizes our agni or digestive fire, so that it is in balance or homeostasis. We need a balanced agni for digestive health to assimilate and absorb nutrients and for proper elimination of toxins. Amino acids in bone broth such as cystine, histidine, and glycine are also known to reduce gut inflammation.
If you’re anything like me and have battled gut issues most of your life, then bone broth is a perfect way to aid digestion. If you experience constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease, then drink bone broth to restore your gut flora and heal the gut lining. The collagen content of this meal will not only heal your gut, but help with beautiful hair, skin, and nails.
Bones, Hairs, Nails and Teeth
And last but not least it increases bone strength, so if you are concerned with osteoporosis or osteopenia as you age then you don’t have to buy expensive supplements to support your bones. Bone broth contains collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all essential ingredients for joints, ligaments and bones.
Simple Recipe and Ingredients
In the attached photo I bought a grass-fed chicken and used the bones. All you have to do is add the bones to your crock pot for up to 24 hours with the following: two stalks of carrots and celery, half an onion, an inch of ginger, two or three cloves of garlic, 1 TBSP of turmeric, 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Once the broth is done you can strain and add to any soup or stew recipe.
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