What Does Bone Broth Do for My Gut, Exactly?
Bone broth is an anti-aging, energy boosting, gut healing exilir.
It’s something our grandparents, and every generation before that made, it’s good for the planet since using the bones illustrates the nose-to-tail concept to the fullest and it truly is a panacea that we can all benefit from, regardless of what type of eating regime we choose to implement in our day to day plan for healthy living.
We’ve all heard that collagen is helpful for boosting radiant skin, that keratin is something we might take to promote healthy nails and hair and that gelatin can help strengthen our connective tissue.
But what exactly does it do?
Below are five of the many gut health benefits to drinking bone broth on a regular basis:
- Improvement of nutrient absorption (1)
Suffering from leaky gut? Most of us who have been subject to the standard American diet are, at least to some degree. Collagen, being the main structural protein found within the human body that helps form connective tissue and “seals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which is found in high concentration in properly produced bone broth, protects and seals the mucosal lining of the GI tract, improving nutrient absorption and keeping particles from leaching out where they shouldn’t be.
- Increase in gut barrier protection (2)
Gelatin and glycine, both also found in bone broth, absorb water and maintain the layer of mucus that keeps gut microbes away from the intestinal barrier, reducing the severity of colitis by strengthening the mucus layer and altering gut microbiota composition.
- Helps digestion (3)
Glycine also stimulates the production of stomach acid, essential for the proper digestion of food (3) as well as serves as an important component of bile acid, healing aid in digestion of fats, gut motility and healthy bowel movements.
- Decreases inflammation (4)
Bone broth also boosts our digestive health by inhibiting cytokines, thereby decreasing inflammation in the gut lining. (4)
- Helps reduce sugar cravings
If you’re constantly finding yourself wanting something sweet once 3pm rolls around, get ready to nip that fix in the bud. By consuming nutrient dense bone broth earlier on in the day, you’ll improve your body’s ability to digest and assimilate micro nutrients in your veggie and good fat rich meals, thus stabilizing your blood sugar and putting an end to that awful roller coaster so many people find themselves on.