Belly Feel Better: Gut Soothing Beverages, Part 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile on vacation in Vermont, I ate something that didn’t agree with my stomach very well.  When you eat in unfamiliar restaurants, you never really can be sure what ingredients are being used, or what’s going on behind the scenes in the kitchen. That’s why my daughter and I prepared much of our own food. Still, we did eat out about once a day.

When I got home, here’s what I did to soothe my digestive system:

  • I drank 2 to 3 cups of homemade chicken broth for a couple of days (usually I try to have at least one cup a day, but I ran out while on vacation).
  • I steamed all of my veggies, instead of eating them raw. They’re easier to digest that way. Since I’d been eating a lot of salads on the trip, the change of pace was nice anyway.

That’s all I did (aside from taking a break from eating out!), and within two days, I felt much better. Of course, getting back to my normal, home cooked food was a big part of it as well.

You know how chicken broth makes you feel better when you have the flu? Well, it turns out it’s a gut soothing beverage too! Most people don’t realize that animal fats are easy to digest, and that homemade bone broth contains minerals that are really good for your bones, digestion, and overall health.

“Meat stock aids digestion and has been known for centuries as a healing folk remedy for the digestive tract. Also, homemade meat stock is extremely nourishing; it is full of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and various other nutrients in a very bio-available form.” ~Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Beef broth, chicken or fish stock are all very healthy choices. Try to vary the kind you drink, just as you diversify your food and vegetable choices.

Today, I share a simple recipe for chicken stock, which you can make with any and all parts of a chicken (preferably pasture raised, or at least organic).  Never throw away those bones! Even if you don’t have a whole carcass, if you have enough bones, that’s all you need.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 12 to 24H

Yield: Depends upon size of slow cooker and amount of water added!

Gut Healing Chicken Stock from Gluten free/Paleo/GAPS/SCD/low carb friendly.


  • 1 chicken carcass, juice, and giblets, or enough chicken bones to fill a slow cooker at least half way
  • 1 or 2 carrots, stems cut off and chopped into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 1 large onion, skin on, cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, skin on, but tops cut off
  • Fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme, and/or sage
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt (for 3 1/2 lb slow cooker - 1 tsp for 6 quart one)
  • 2 to 4 T apple cider vinegar (organic, unpasteurized, like this)
  • filtered water
  • chicken feet (optional)


  1. Place vegetables, herbs, juice and sea salt in 3 1/2 or 6 quart slow cooker. If you don't have one, just use a large pot and reduce cooking time to 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Add chicken parts. Add apple cider vinegar (very important, since it will help extract nutrients from the bones).
  3. Add filtered water, up to an inch from the top of the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and set heat to low for 12 to 24 hours (ideally, closer to 24, but don't go over that). If using a pot, cover, heat to almost boiling, and then simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Turn off heat and cool for half an hour before straining through a colander, serving, and storing.
  6. Refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Food for thought:

When refrigerated, a layer of fat will form at the top of the bowl. Leave it on until you are ready to use the stock, as it protects it from bacteria and will last longer that way.

This broth can be used as a base for many different kinds of vegetable soups. Warm, slow cooked soups, stews, vegetables, and meat are more easily digestible than raw foods.

Now, you’re probably thinking, how will I have time to make broth every week? If you’re lucky like we are, you’ll be able to buy homemade stock from a local farm. We order ours from the same farm we get our grass fed meat from, and use it whenever we can’t make our own. If you can’t find a good quality stock locally (never store bought), then you can find some online (tends to be pricey, though). Here’s my affiliate link for US Wellness meats.

Really, though, once you have a slow cooker, and get into the habit of making it, it gets a lot easier. If you’re in a rush, forget about adding veggies and spices. Just chicken bones, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and water will do the trick! You can always add vegetables later.

I’ll share more gut soothing beverages soon! In the meantime, feel free to share any of your favorites.

You can find Part 2 of this post here.

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About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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