“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Ben Franklin
Chicken bone broth, a liquid literally made from chicken bones, has been a classic remedy for the common cold and flu for ages. Research supports what grandmothers everywhere have known for ages, “chicken soup or bone broth may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity. A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the bone broth could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections.” In addition to being a cure for upper respiratory ailments, it also promotes healing, supports digestion, contains highly absorbable minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium), bolsters bone & joint healing, aids in detoxification and supports the immune system. This liquid gold is truly medicine, the best part, you can't overdose on it and it carries no ill side effects!
With the cold and flu season fast approaching the pharmaceutical industry heavily markets the flu shot. Promising to prevent you from getting sick this winter, for a few bucks you can get inoculated with among other things, mercury (a known neurotoxin) and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). No longer do you need to actually go to the doctor to get injected, simply go to the grocery store and in between filling your cart and checking out, stop by the pharmacy for your flu shot. Getting or not getting the flu shot is a personal choice, however, it's important to note, the largest meta-analysis (a study of all the studies) to date, concluded the flu shot is not effective at preventing the flu in adults. To read more about what the research has found: The Truth about the Flu Shot.
If you are seeking out alternatives to the flu shot and want to survive the cold & flu season healthy, now is the time to make sure your immune system is robust.
In addition to drinking a cup a day of bone broth:
1. Get your Vitamin D levels checked. Low Vitamin D = lowered immunity. Experts agree you want your levels at or above 50ng/ml. If you aren't getting daily sun exposure chances are you need about 5000 iu's of Vitamin D3 per day. For more information: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
2. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Studies show sleep deprivation negatively affects our immune system.
3. Decrease and manage stress. When stress is excessive, prolonged and chronic, it breaks down our body’s defense mechanism leaving you vulnerable to illness.
For additional insurance: Fill in nutritional gaps with a high quality multi-vitamin, ensure good gut health with probiotics, ditch vegetable oils, grains & sugar, exercise and wash your hands.
Making bone broth is really quite easy, it can be done in a pressure cooker, slow cooker or stock pot. A chicken carcasss, a little meat and skin, vegetables, filtered water and a shot of apple cider vinegar.
See you tomorrow!