25 Nov 201815:53

The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth for Your Gut

Bone broth is a staple of the GAPS Diet, which is based on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) principles developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

The GAPS diet is often used to treat children with autism and other disorders rooted in gut dysfunction, but just about anyone with allergies or less than optimal gut health can benefit from it, as it is designed to heal leaky gut.

If your gut is leaky or permeable, partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria have the opportunity to pass through your intestine and access your bloodstream; this is known as leaky gut.

When your intestinal lining is repeatedly damaged due to reoccurring leaky gut, damaged cells called microvilli become unable to do their job properly. They become unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to proper digestion.

Eventually, digestion is impaired and absorption of nutrients is negatively affected. As more exposure occurs, your body initiates an attack on these foreign invaders. It responds with inflammation, allergic reactions, and other symptoms we relate to a variety of diseases.

Leaky gut is the root of many allergies and autoimmune disorders, for example. When combined with toxic overload, you have a perfect storm that can lead to neurological disorders like autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

The GAPS diet starts out as an elimination diet, which means taking out all inflammatory foods. This includes high-fiber foods, processed foods, and anything that is going to be difficult to digest.

One of the main foods that you use is bone broth, because not only is it very easily digested, it also contains profound immune-optimizing components that are foundational building blocks for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

As your leaky gut begins to heal and your health improves, certain foods are added back in, but bone broth remains a staple because it is so incredibly nourishing for your body. This is why, even if you don’t have gut issues, it is still a wonderful staple food to include in your diet.

All disease starts in the gut.  Gluten, which is found in wheat products, is the major cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome because it causes the gut cells to release a questionable protein called Zonulin.

This protein can break apart tight junctions in your intestinal lining. Other factors like chronic inflammation, stress, toxins, infection, age, dairy, alcohol and excess sugar can cause and contribute to these intestinal breakages.

Once your junctions have broken apart, you have Leaky Gut. When your gut is leaky, toxins, undigested food particles and microbes escape from your intestines and enter your bloodstream. Your Immune system flags these invaders as pathogens and attacks them.

The immune response to these pathogens can present in any of the 10 conditions/symptoms below:

Conditions and symptoms directly linked to your gut Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that just don’t seem to go away?

Mood and mind issues such as depression, Anxiety, ADHD, anger or irritability?

Chronic fatigue, low energy levels or sugar cravings? Food allergies, food intolerances or candida (yeast) overgrowth?

Intestinal hyperpermeability which is better known as leaky gut syndrome Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, fibromyalgia or celiac?

Hormonal imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, low libido, stubborn fat gain or poor sleep patterns? Skin issues such as dry skin, acne, rosacea or eczema? Chronic or seasonal allergies or asthma? Osteoporosis or its precursor—osteopenia

Top Reasons to Eat Bone Broth

There are many reasons for incorporating good-old-fashioned bone broth into your diet. The following health benefits attest to its status as “good medicine.”

Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection1
Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.

Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis2(whole-body inflammation). Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better

Promotes strong, healthy bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth