While 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.
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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