By now you might be familiar with bone broth and all this time-honored, traditional food has to offer — collagen, amino acids and numerous trace minerals, just for starters. Maybe you’re now looking to take things to the next level and try a bone broth fast but aren’t quite sure how to safely go about this. As you’ll learn, bone broth is one of the most nutrient-dense, healing foods for the digestive system and therefore a great way to kick off a healthier way of eating or help resolve symptoms related to poor digestion and other health concerns.
Although it’s been consumed around the world in one form or another for thousands of years, bone broth is made from animal parts that in modern times are normally discarded. These include bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments, all of which aren’t edible on their own but make nutrient-packed additions to slow-simmering stock. Bone broth is boiled slowly over several days — normally with veggies, an acid and fresh herbs in addition to animal parts — allowing all of the ingredients to release their stored nutrients.
The benefits of consuming bone broth include:
- stronger immunity against common illnesses or allergies
- reduced symptoms related to digestive disorders like leaky gut syndrome, IBS or IBD
- generally enhanced digestion with fewer cases of bloating, diarrhea, gas, acid reflux and constipation
- healthier joints, ligaments and tendons
- more youthful-looking skin thanks to collagen
- stronger bones
- higher intake of importance minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and more
What Is a Bone Broth Fast?
A bone broth fast means you consume bone broth several times per day but not much other solid food. Fasts are not for everyone, and sometimes certain kinds can pose risks since they involve consuming little nutrients due to greatly reducing calorie intake. However, if you make a good candidate, consuming bone broth is ideal for a fast because it’s chock-full of important macronutrients and micronutrients, including amino acids (which form proteins) like glycine, arginine and proline; vitamins and minerals; collagen; electrolytes; and even antioxidants like glucosamine. (1)
Most people do best fasting for a period between three to four days, during this time consuming several quarts of bone broth daily and eliminating many problematic foods. One of the things that makes a bone broth fast stand apart from other types of fasts is that it’s an ideal way to obtain more collagen, a type of protein needed to create healthy tissue found throughout the body. Collagen is found inside the lining of the digestive tract, within bones in bone marrow, in skin, and in the tissues that form joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. (2) Within collagen are other special nutrients, including amino acids like proline and glycine, plus gelatin — which all have widespread benefits.
Benefits of the Bone Broth Fast
Before we dive into the advantages of consuming bone broth, let’s first talk about the many benefits of fasting. Fasting, when done right and by the right people, has been shown to promote better health by:
- improving weight loss and helping with weight maintenance (3)
- reducing fasting insulin levels and normalizing blood sugar activity
- decreasing cholesterol
- promoting the secretion of human growth hormone, which is important for burning fat
- having positive effects on body mass and health markers in professional athletes
- reducing risk for diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart complications
- normalizing appetite by controlling hunger hormones like ghrelin
- lowering triglyceride levels
- even slowing down the aging process and increasing someone’s lifespan (4)
Next Email is on to how a bone broth fast specifically can benefit you: