January is always a great month for a new start. Why not start a new tradition that is not only a great way to eat healthy, but also a great way to healthy glowing skin.
My sister and I have an ongoing tradition of getting together during the winter months and making big batches of soup from scratch. It’s a great way to get together, get cozy and feed the soul.
But did you also know that it’s a great way towards healthy skin?
For the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some great soup recipes for you to try on Sundays and give you a breakdown of how the minerals and vitamins contribute to healthy glowing skin.
So lets start at the basics: Stock
You may have heard the term Bone Broth in magazines, your favorite blogs and just about all over the place, and all of it’s “magical” properties. While the jury is still out on it’s super nutritive properties “Broth has always been considered a healing food, especially if you consider the tradition of eating chicken soup when you’re sick with a cold,” says Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen.
Bone broth may bolster the immune system — at least if it’s made from chicken bones. According to a study published in 2000 in the medical journal Chest, “chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity.” The researchers observed that people eating chicken soup seemed to experience a mild reduction in inflammation that helped reduce symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection.
So Why is bone broth one of my most powerful clinical tools for the skin? According to a 2015 article by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci :
First, it’s packed with anti-aging nutrients. Here are just some of them:
• Collagen. This structural protein builds strong skin, protecting against aging and wrinkling. While expensive collagen skin creams work temporarily, dietary collagen is far more potent because it mainlines collagen to your cells. In addition, the gelatin derived from collagen heals your digestive tract, helping to prevent inflammation that leads to aging.
• Glycine. Your body is bombarded all day long with toxins that age you. Glycine helps your liver get these toxins out of your body, re-energizing and de-aging your cells.
• Minerals including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Bone broth is a fabulous source of these anti-aging minerals, and its chemical composition makes them highly bioavailable.
• Glycosaminoglycans, including glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. These nutrients help keep your joints young and flexible.
• Iodine. Fish bone broth is rich in this nutrient, which protects against a sluggish thyroid — a major cause of weight gain, thinning hair, and energy loss as you age.
What’s more, bone broth is rich and soul-satisfying. It fills you up and warms you down to your toes, so you’re never tempted to overeat or snack on junk that ages your face and body.
So Here are a few great method to making a stock: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_chicken_stock/
Below are the basics; as my Grandmother would say “take what you’ve got and add it to the pot”:
- Place the carcass of 1 roasted chicken into a large Dutch Oven (you may need to separate the legs and wings so that it will fit in the pot.
- Add one large onion cut into quarters;
- 2 large carrots snapped in half;
- The green leafy centers of a celery /or 2 celery stalk snapped in half
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Season to taste and 1 bay leaf
Add water just to cover . Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 2 hours reducing stock to just about 4 cups. Remove bones and vegetables. Can be frozen once cooled.