Next on our list of foods to eat in the “No guts, no glory” series is Bone Broth. Fermented foods re-stock our guts with beneficial microbes to help keep it healthy. Bone broth repairs the gut lining itself. Bone broth contains collagen, which reduces inflammation in all areas of our body, including the gut. Leaky guts become less leaky when we have strong collagen stores, and bone broth is an excellent place to get natural collagen. It is also very easy to digest.
Here is my favorite homemade bone broth recipe from Dr. Josh Axe. I typically use chicken feet from Carlton Farms to make this.
If you’re not into stewing chicken feet for 24 hours (my hubby has real problem with seeing the claws!), then you can buy it too. Bonafide Provisions makes excellent bone broth that you can find in the frozen section of Whole Foods.
We are starting with fermented foods as part of the “No guts, no glory” series inspired by Pique Tea’s Gut Health cheat. If you haven’t downloaded the cheat sheet, I highly recommend it! (And tell you how to, here.)
Otherwise known as cultured foods, fermented foods are made with live bacteria, and are a true foundation for gut health. And good gut health is the foundation for the overall health of our minds and bodies.
Fermentation is a method of food storage that every ancient culture used in one form or another. The key to its life-giving benefits are the live cultures (or bacteria) that are used to preserve the food. Modern technology like refrigeration, and our growing addiction to convenience have taken us away from fermented foods, and our microbiomes have suffered as a result. I believe (as do many others) that unhealthy microbiomes have resulted in so many of the chronic mental and physical health conditions we face in our modern society. So let’s get back to basics.
Two awesome metro Atlanta companies that sell a whole lot of different types of fermented foods and drinks are Ancient Awakenings in Woodstock and Cultured Traditions in Suwanee. And Carlton Farms, my very favorite, will actually deliver these products to your door, as well as literally every other food on the Gut Health Cheat Sheet that you should eat. If you prefer just to shop at the big box store, never fear, there are plenty of non-local fermented foods, like Bubbies pickles. Look in the refrigerated section, you won’t find these pickles in the middle of the store. You may also look for kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and more.
Try one serving of fermented foods per day, for a week, and see how it makes you feel!