Bone broth is popping up everywhere. When I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed, I see it. It’s on Pinterest. The bone broth trend has even been featured on the news, in fact, ABC News did a piece about it. Bloggers and influencers in the fitness community are all raving about it and even claiming that it’s a must-have for athletes when it comes to recovery.
So why the hype all of sudden about this not-so appetizing (drink, food, soup?) dare I say, miracle?
What’s In Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a basic soup that’s packed with minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. Bone broth is traditionally made from a mixture of animal bones, vegetables and seasonings. Nourished Kitchen notes that the bones are typically roasted to increase the savory flavor and states that most bone broths are typically simmered for long periods of time, typically 24 hours. In addition to rich mineral content, bone broth is also packed with amino acids, such as arginine, glycine and proline. These amino acids can help improve skin health, help the body detoxify and can aid in digestion.
What Does Bone Broth Do?
Bone broth promotes healthy joints, boosts collagen which is what makes your hair, skin and nails all healthy and shiny and bone broth helps to promote a healthy gut. In addition, the miracle, all healing broth is great for detoxifying your liver due to its glycine content, according to Underground Wellness.
Making Bone Broth
Some drink it plain, others use it to season meats and soups. Nourished Kitchen notes that all you need is a good stock pot or a six quart slow cooker. You’ll also need a strainer for the broth. If you’d prefer a clear broth be sure to use a fine mesh sieve or a reusable coffee filter. The bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and you can also freeze it in bricks or cubes by using an ice tray. When frozen, the broth cubes will keep for six months.
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Bone Broth & Athletes
According to Outside magazine, bone broth can be used in addition to water and bars and additional supplements like gels and electrolyte drinks to enhance performance. However, Outside magazine does not recommend using broth if you’re not planning on being active for more than a couple hours.
Broth is served at aid stations during the run portion of the Iron Man. Runners loose a lot of salt through sweat and to avoid muscle cramping and dizziness, they need to consume sodium.
Sports dietitian Lauren Antonucci recommends consuming just a sip or two at a time. A little broth goes a long way. One four-ounce serving contains 200mg of sodium. You can make your own bone broth or buy the boxed type at the grocery store.