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The Brothfast: A Digestive Reset for Vibrant Health

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In the realm of wellness, few things hold as much promise as a steaming bowl of homemade broth. It’s not just comfort in a cup. It’s a nutrient-packed elixir that has been cherished across cultures for centuries.

But what if I told you that broth could do much more than just warm your soul?

In this two-part article, we’ll dive deep into the wonders of a broth fast, exploring its benefits, safety considerations, and practical tips for infusing your body with this easy-to-digest, super-nutrient fuel.

The Brothfast: A Digestive Reset for Vibrant Health

By Kelley Herring

Nutrient-Dense Broth: Liquid Gold for Your Health

Picture this: a simmering pot of broth, brimming with collagen, amino acids, and essential nutrients.

It’s no wonder broth is sometimes called “Liquid IV”!

But why all the hype?

Extensive research suggests that properly prepared broth can do wonders for gut health and overall well-being.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that the gelatin and collagen found in traditionally prepared broth may help soothe the gut lining, reduce inflammation, and support digestion.i

What’s more, these unique “zoonutrients” in broth (especially prominent when made from “the nasty” collagen-rich bits like bones and organs) – have been linked to potential anti-aging benefits, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and promoting skin elasticity.ii

By nourishing the gut, broth may also indirectly contribute to skin health, as a healthy gut microbiome is associated with improved skin conditions. So, while sipping on a warm cup of broth, you’re not only nurturing your digestive system but also potentially supporting a more youthful complexion… from the inside out.

In a world where gut issues run rampant, broth is like a cellular superhero swooping in to save the day.

Let’s take a look at the science behind taking a digestive timeout to fast on broth…

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Why Do a Brothfast?

Embarking on a liquid broth fast isn’t just about giving your digestive system a break—it’s a journey toward revitalizing your entire body.

As you sip, you’re not just hydrating your body. You’re flooding it with the building blocks it needs to thrive, repair and rejuvenate.

But the benefits of a broth fast go far beyond hydration…

Research suggests that the gelatin and collagen found in broth may play a pivotal role in digestive wellness and reducing levels of harmful inflammation.iii By giving your gut a rest from the demands of digesting solid foods, you’re creating an opportunity for it to heal and repair.

And let’s not forget about the health-boosting properties of broth. Whether you’re sipping on collagen-rich chicken feet broth … or indulging in a pork-based broth rich in immune-boosting zinc, you’re giving your body the support it needs to fend off illness, slow aging, and stay strong and vital.iv

But perhaps the most compelling aspect of a broth fast is its ability to promote overall vitality.

With each sip of nutrient-rich broth, you’re fueling your body with the raw materials it needs to thrive. From supporting bone health with minerals like magnesium and calcium… to nourishing your brain with omega-3 fatty acids – the health-supportive benefits of consuming a whole-foods, animal-based broth are numerous.

Before we delve into broth fasting, let’s take a look at an especially unique compound in animal-based broth that can help to slow the hands of time…

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The Secret Anti-Aging Super Nutrient in Bone Broth

Compounds in traditionally-prepared broth called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) offer promising anti-aging properties due to their integral role in maintaining skin hydration, elasticity, and overall tissue integrity.v

Here’s how they work…

Imagine your skin as a tightly woven fabric, with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) acting like the threads that provide strength, flexibility, and resilience to the fabric.

Just as threads hold the fabric together and allow it to stretch and bounce back, GAGs maintain the structure and elasticity of your skin. When your skin is rich in GAGs, it’s like a sturdy and supple fabric, able to withstand stretching and movement without losing its shape.

However, as GAG levels decrease over time, it’s like to some of those threads in the fabric getting loose or breaking—the skin becomes less resilient, prone to wrinkles, and more susceptible to damage from external factors like UV rays and pollution.

That’s why ensuring an ample supply of GAGs is crucial for maintaining the integrity and youthful appearance of your skin, much like ensuring threads are intact to keep the fabric strong and resilient.

By contributing to the structure and hydration of the skin by attracting and retaining water molecules, GAGs actually help to plump and moisturize the skin from within.

What’s more, GAGs play a crucial role in supporting collagen and elastin fibers, which are vital for maintaining skin firmness and resilience.vi

With age, the natural production of GAGs declines, leading to decreased skin hydration, increased dryness, and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. By replenishing GAG levels – through both dietary sources and targeted skincare – we can help mitigate the signs of aging, promoting a more youthful and radiant complexion over time.

However, these unique compounds – found only in animal tissues, especially the connective ones- are virtually non-existent in the Standard American Diet. This is why it is so vital to get these ancestral superfoods in your diet if you want to age at your very best.

Here are some simple and delicious ways to incorporate GAG precursors into your diet:

  1. Bone Broth: Homemade bone broth is one of the best dietary sources of the precursors needed for glycosaminoglycan synthesis.vii When bones (marrow bones, are simmered in water for an extended period, they release collagen, gelatin, and other connective tissue components, which are rich sources of amino acids and sugars necessary for GAG production.
  2. Gelatin: Gelatin is derived from collagen and is a key component of homemade bone broth.viii Including gelatin-rich foods such as homemade gelatin desserts, gummies, or marshmallows made from grass-fed gelatin can provide the amino acids necessary for GAG synthesis.
  3. Organ Meats: Organ meats such as liver (chicken liver, beef liver, bison liver, lamb liver), kidney, and heart (chicken hearts, beef heart) contain collagen and connective tissues that are rich sources of the amino acids and sugars needed for GAG synthesis.ix Incorporating organ meats into your diet can provide a variety of nutrients that support overall health, including those necessary for connective tissue formation.
  4. Bone-in Fish: Consuming fish with bones, such as canned sardines or salmon, can provide small amounts of collagen and connective tissues that contribute to GAG synthesis. Additionally, fish bones can be simmered to make a broth similar to bone broth. (Try canned wild salmon, sardines, mackerel)
  5. Cartilage-rich Foods: Some animal-derived foods contain higher amounts of cartilage, which is rich in glycosaminoglycans.x Consuming foods like chicken feet, chicken wings, and pork/ham shanks can provide additional precursors for GAG synthesis.

While these dietary sources may not directly provide glycosaminoglycans themselves, they offer the necessary building blocks for your body to produce these important molecules.

How to Do the Brothfast

Embarking on a broth fast involves consuming only nutrient-dense broth for a specified period while abstaining from solid foods. This fasting approach is designed to provide essential nutrients while giving the digestive system a break, allowing it to rest and repair.

Here’s what you need to know about doing a broth fast:

  1. Preparation: Before starting a broth fast, it’s essential to prepare both mentally and physically. Set a clear intention for the fast and ensure you have access to high-quality homemade or store-bought broth. Consider consulting with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  2. Choosing the Right Broth: Opt for homemade broth made from organic, pasture-raised animal bones. This ensures that you’re getting the highest quality nutrients without added preservatives or artificial ingredients. Bone broth made with a variety of bones, such as chicken, beef, or fish, can provide a diverse array of nutrients.xi
  3. Duration: The duration of a broth fast can vary depending on individual goals and preferences. Some people may choose to fast for a single day as a gentle detox, while others may extend the fast for several days or even weeks for more significant benefits. Listen to your body and adjust the duration accordingly. Always consult your doctor.
  4. Hydration: While broth is hydrating, it’s essential to drink plenty of water throughout the fast to stay adequately hydrated. Herbal teas and infused water can also be enjoyed to add variety and flavor while providing additional hydration.
  5. Breaking the Fast: When ending a broth fast, it’s crucial to reintroduce solid foods gradually to avoid overwhelming the digestive system.
  6. Listening to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds during the fast. If you experience dizziness, weakness, or any other adverse effects, consider breaking the fast and seeking medical advice if necessary. Fasting should enhance your overall well-being, not compromise it.
  7. Potential Benefits: A broth fast may offer several potential benefits, including improved digestion, detoxification, weight loss, and enhanced nutrient absorption. Some people also report increased energy levels, mental clarity, and reduced inflammation during and after the fast.xii
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Stay tuned for the second part of this article, where you’ll discover the best ingredients and methods, safety considerations plus step-by-step recipes for creating deeply nourishing broths for your brothfast – and beyond!


 

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ED NOTE:

Kelley Herring is the author of the brand new book Keto Breads – which includes more information you need to know about why it is so important to avoid wheat and grains in your diet, plus how to use healthy replacements for these foods to create all the breads you love… without the gluten, carbs and health-harming effects. Click here to learn more about Keto Breads

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  2. Lin, Y. M., & Anderson, G. H. (2018). Bone Broth: Health Benefits and Nutritional Breakdown. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 37(6), 547–558. doi:10.1080/07315724.2018.1520908
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  12. Lin, Y. M., & Anderson, G. H. (2018). Bone Broth: Health Benefits and Nutritional Breakdown. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 37(6), 547–558. doi:10.1080/07315724.2018.1520908