On cold, windy days, the days where fall is turning into winter. The days where you can see your breath in the morning and have to put on your boots, a good broth can warm you from your head to your toes… and boost your immune system too.
We love soup with fresh-baked sour dough bread and grass-fed butter. During the Michigan winters, soup is a staple in our home. In fact, I can smell our chicken bone broth cooking in the crock pot as I type.
Bone broth is rich in many things that can boost your immune system. According to an article published in 2000, in the medical journal Chest, “Chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity.” This study talked about how the broth may support the reduction of inflammation during a cold, may relieve some upper respiratory symptoms, and may help to break up mucus and provide nutrition that is easily digestible.
Scientists at the University of Nebraska decided to test this theory that chicken soup could be supportive to your immune and respiratory systems in 2000. They found that some components of chicken soup were able to inhibit the migration of innate immune cells called neutrophils, effectively acting as an anti-inflammatory. Here is the link to the pub med article to read more.
Bone broth also supports hydration. When the broth has vegetables and a good salt added to it, the minerals or electrolytes, may help the body recover quicker from dehydration and electrolyte depletion.
Bone broth also provides our bodies with easy to absorb forms of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and other trace minerals that are lacking in our diet today. It also contains proteins, like collagen that are rich in important amino acids like glycine and glutamine and it releases glycosaminoglycans when the bones simmer for 12-24 hours. Collagen supports your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails.
Gelatin is also found in the broth. It is thicker, which can help soothe and support the gut by coating the gut lining. This helps your gut to absorb the nutrients in your food, so they don’t leak out.
Bone broth also supports detoxification. Today we are exposed to many toxins on our air, the chemicals in the foods we eat, in our bath and beauty products, it is actually quite alarming. When you have vegetables, garlic and other herbs to the broth you are adding potassium and glycine. These two support liver and cellular detoxification.
While the amounts of these minerals may be smaller than what you may need on a daily basis, we know that these are present in a good broth and in conjunction with a healthy diet, do contribute to our overall wellness. In closing, Busha (Grandma) was right. A bowl of chicken soup is good for you. Of course, homemade does make a difference.
Slow Cooker Chicken Broth: A Busy Mom’s Version of the Nourishing Traditions Recipe
- Bones and skin from 2 small happy, organic, pasture raised chickens (Non-GMO)
- Chicken Feet or Heads (I know, sounds gross… omit if you just can’t do it.)
- 2 TB of Vinegar (I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar)
- All the extra cuts of celery you usually would not eat about 2 cups worth (see picture)
- 1 Large Organic Onion (cut in large chunks)
- 3 Organic Bay Leafs
- Celtic Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Side Note: We add garlic and other vegetables when we make our soups or individual servings from this base broth. We also add other herbs or vitality oils if we are drinking just a cup of this base broth to boost the support.
- Place all ingredients in a 5 quart slow cooker and fill with filtered reverse osmosis water. Cook on low or 12-24 hours. You will know it is done when you get easily squish the bones between your fingers and they break.
- I strain mine through a pasta strainer I line with non-bleached, organic cheese cloth to get all the shards and pieces out.
- Add Celtic Sea Salt and Organic Black Pepper to taste.
- Use it right away to make a soup. Or it will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Or freeze in glass containers for later use. We use Pyrex Glass or Mason Jars to freeze our broth in “cup” portions to use in future recipes.
I do not intend to treat or diagnose with this post. I am not a doctor. Just a busy mom, empowering other moms to research and make informed decisions.
Warmth & Wellness,