Bone broth has been all the rage for the last couple of years but in reality it is really thousands of years old. The old "hot soup for the sick" trick is nothing new. 

It is however very healing! Simply because it is packed with nutrients and vitamins that help our bodies defend us from becoming sick and helps us put up a better fight after we're already sick. 

I wrote in an earlier post this week about how I prefer preventatives over medicating. So I make a pot of this stuff almost every week so that I'll have some in the fridge at all times. 

The nutrients from the bones, veggies and other "extras" that I like to add (more on that later) helps me to keep from getting sick even when everyone around me are basically walking petri dishes. 

Along with bone broth, I also like to use other preventatives on a daily basis. One of them is green tea. Now I know that green tea is nothing new nor is it the best tasting tea but I like to load my green tea. 

Along with the tea bag, I add a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, grated gineger (about 1/2 an inch), the juice of half of a lemon, some chia seeds, honey and obviously hot water. And I try to drink this EVERY MORNING! Not only does it help keep the metabolism and energy levels up but it also tastes good! 

I've heard a lot of people say recently that natural medicine doesn't work for them. But one thing that I know for sure is that if you're using natural meds to help your body fight for you, don't fight your body by giving it things that make it attack you. 

Too much sugar, fast food and processed foods will definitly do this. If you're going to treat your body naturally, you almost have to go all in in order for it to work. 

The goal is a healthy body for the long term, not a quick fix. Natural medicine is not something that you take like a shot. You have to train your body to accept these things and it'll in turn being to reject other things that are not good for it. 

Another thing that I do on a regular basis to help prevent illness is drink plenty of water! Water is big deal when it comes to your health. So drink lots of it. At least half of your weight in ounces. So if you weigh 100 lbs, drink 50 ounces of water per day. 

This is something that I think also tends to be overlooked when we're looking for the culprit to our health issues. 

Another great thing to do in order to help prevent illness is pre and probiotics! These promote good gut health and did you know that 90 percent of your health begins in your gut? 

Your gut needs to be in tip top shape and pre and probiotics helps your body to accomplish this. So kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented foods and beverages are all excellent choices when it comes to getting this body to do what it's supposed to do which is to heal itself! 

I know that was alot but it's all very important. In conclusion, 

Here's the bone broth recipe that I use every week. 

Now my recipe is not the most common recipe. I use traditional ingredients plus a few others such as cinnamon and I use lots of fresh herbs. You can use chicken or beef bones. I use both (not at the same time) but I think that the chicken just tastes better. 

Also I've noticed recently that some grocery stores are now selling beef bones. Sometimes you can ask your butcher and sometimes it's just sitting in the meat department of your grocery store. 

Note I use the parts of the chicken that naturally doesn't have a lot of meat. It makes for a less fatty broth and less work for me because I don't have to remove the meat. 

Note that I also recommend using all organic ingredients for this recipe. I make mine in a 7 qt. slow cooker and it cooks for 48 (yes 48) hours on low. It's worked like a charm in preventing illnesses for me and I hope it does the same for you. 

Anyways, have a great day

Jess

1 pkg of chicken feet 

1 pkg of chicken neck

1 pkg of chicken back 

(feel free to replace your chicken bones with beef bones) 

7-8 carrots

6-7 celery sticks

1 large onion

1 head of garlic

1 bunch of fresh parsley

a few rosemary sprigs

a few oregano sprigs

a few thyme sprigs

2 inches of ginger

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp turmeric

2 tsp black pepper 

1 tbsp himalayan pink salt

1 cinnamon stick

1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar

Roughly chop the veggies and add all the ingredients into a slow cooker to cook for at between 24-48 hours on low. Remove all the solids and bottle the broth. To use as a preventative, drink about 8 ounces per day. 

Also this recipe is great to use for those recipe cards that I just uploaded to my shop! There's even a free one in this post ;)