Leaky gut, the root of many health problems. With recipe for healing bone broth.

Welcome to my blog! I am a beginner at this, so bear with me.  We've been learning so many new things to improve our family's health. We are excited to share with you in the hopes of helping other families that are having the same struggles.

What is Leaky Gut?

Your probably thinking what I did when I first heard about leaky gut.. "What the heck is leaky gut?!"  "Isn't that when my husband uses the bathroom!"

Leaky gut is when the lining of your gut (intestines) is damaged making it separate creating tiny "holes" in the lining. These "holes" allow food particles, toxins, & bacteria to leak into the blood stream. Those food particles and toxins cause your body to go into "attack mode" to fight off what is not supposed to be there, causing possible food intolerances, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, hormonal imbalances, and even autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis! 

OK, so how did I get leaky gut?

Leaky gut can be caused by years of eating an unhealthy diet, consisting of processed foods, artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, additives, preservatives, even chronic stress can be a cause... the list goes on! These unnatural foods (or your stressed lifestyle) can cause inflammation and damage to the cells that line the small intestines.

Now, how to help heal.

"Food is medicine!" You can heal yourself without all those prescriptions that give you a whole list of other problems, really all those side effects scare me! You need to get more than just good bacteria back into your gut. You need to heal your gut.

One of the best ways to heal leaky gut is bone broth and/or kefir.

For now I am going to focus on bone broth. Because it's the easiest to start incorporating into your diet, pretty much anyone can make it at home, and, this has to come in baby-steps, one thing at a time. You can't change a lifetime of bad eating in one day!!

Bone broth has too many benefits to list. To name a few, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur, trace minerals, healthy fats, amino acids, chondroitin and glucosamine from the collagen in the break down of bones as they cook. 

You can't take a pill with amino acids and expect it to work. You need all the amino acids, healthy fats, collagen, vitamins & minerals and other good things in bone broth to work together to heal the digestive cells, improving your digestion. 

Along with bone broth, you can eat other good things to help. Healthy fats like lard, raw milk, or coconut oil. Good cholesterol from raw cream, milk, eggs, meat, or fat from animals raised naturally. Probiotics from fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, or yogurt.

So let's get to that recipe.

Just any old broth at the store is not going to cut it for real healing, more than likely, it contains preservatives for a long shelf life.

You'll need bones. Either from beef, pork, or chicken. You don't even have to have soup bones. You can build up bones from steaks, roasts, chops, hams, and any part of a chicken, bones, skin...you get the point. Throw in some chicken or pig feet or even an "ox" tail (which is really just a cow tail) if you like. I just use bones, not many things gross me out, but I'm not a fan of chicken feet floating in a pot!

The easiest way is put everything in your crockpot then you can forget about it while it cooks.

1-2 whole chicken carcasses (after you've made meals from all the meat) or about 2 pounds of beef or pork bones.

2-3 carrots (chopped), 1 onion (chopped), a bunch of celery (chopped), and any other veggies you would like. Since you can make vegetable broth from veggie scraps, I throw in skins-and-all from the onion & garlic. Only quartering the onion and halving the garlic.

The above crock pot is from one meal of 3 chickens!! Yeah, our kids like this "real" chicken, not the rubber chicken from the store. After we have our fill, into the pot it goes.

Fill crock pot with enough water to cover. Put the lid on and cook on low for 24 hours for chicken, and 48 hours for pork or beef.  If you don't have time to strain at the "proper" time, no worries, as long as there's enough water to keep things from burning to the sides, strain when convenient.

We all have busy lives, and I sometimes let it cook longer. Like when goats are having babies, a calf is born, or really I just plain forget! If scummy looking stuff starts floating to the top, just skim off. 

After cooking, let it cool some, then pour broth through strainer.  You'll know it's done when the bones are tender enough you can mush them with your fingers.  Bonus, the bones are safe to give to your dog(s) or cat(s) since they are soft from extended cooking, they won't splinter, they're chewable.  The broth can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, or in the freezer for a year.

Drink 1-2 cups of broth daily. Mix with whatever you like. And share your success stories with us!!

You can get any of these meats right here on our farm.

Next blog I will be talking about Kefir, the magic liquid.