The Purely Primal Skincare Guide is full of nutritional guidance for healthy skin – and I’m letting everyone in on one of the key elements to a radiant complexion!
Beautiful skin starts from the inside. It starts with giving your body the building blocks to create healthy cells, which all come together to create lovely, healthy skin. These building blocks are nutrients and minerals that have a particular talent for targeting skin health and rejuvenation – and they’re found in a special food that your grandmother would recognize.
I’m talking about homemade broth!
Homemade broth is truly a nutrient power-house, but the pressures of the modern world and our desire for convenience means that real, homemade, nourishing broth has been replaced by impostors. At one time, we knew broth had healing powers – that’s why it’s the perfect food for someone who is sick! Yet over time, we forgot that it’s homemade broth that has the healing power, and we replaced it with shoddy substitutes for the real thing.
These impostors are store-bought cans, boxes and bouillon cubes that are nothing but water, additives, refined salt and flavorings with hardly any of the mineral and nutrient content of real, traditional broth.
These impostors will NOT make your skin healthier – in fact, they could harm it!
Making your own broth is easy, and you’ll create a delicious, comforting, nutritious food full of nutrients like calcium, magnesium and trace minerals (all found in bone) and amino acids like glycine and proline, which are building blocks for collagen! Glycine is also important in helping the body detoxify, and gelatin helps ensure digestion runs properly – which means you can absorb the nutrients from the other foods you eat – another key for healthy skin!
Decades ago, the practice of thoughtful eating, and all the nutrition that came with it, was what kept people healthier than they are today. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments were less frequent when people ate the most whole, real, nutrient-dense foods possible – including homemade broth. It’s a holistic, natural, alternative, powerful treatment for the skin conditions so many of us deal with today.
Foods that are traditional, with a long history in the healthy human diet, also happen to be wonderful for your skin. Foods like homemade broth are prepared with care, and made with the goal of using the entire animal or vegetable. Unlike factory-farmed animals, free-range, pastured animals raised in their natural environment on their natural diet make incredibly healthy food, including broth!
This type of thoughtful eating means nothing goes to waste, and in keeping this in mind, we respect the entire value of the animals and plants that become our food. The “parts” we often think of as trash today – like bones and vegetable scraps – are actually amazing sources of nutrition, and find new life as the basic ingredients in homemade broth.
You can store vegetable scraps AND bones in the freezer until you’re ready to make broth.
You can make homemade broth from different types of bones, although chicken or beef bones are most common, and chicken broth is the best place to start. You can make it on the stovetop or in the crockpot – whichever is more convenient.
No matter which types of bones you use, simply place them in a pot and cover with cool, filtered water. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar (this helps extract the minerals as the broth cooks). Add chopped carrots, celery and onion.
If you use chicken bones, you’ll want to obtain them from an organic, pasture-raised chicken. Roast the chicken, enjoy the meat, then use the bones for broth!
If you use beef bones, you can simply ask your farmer or butcher for “soup bones,” marrow bones, or oxtail from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows.
If using the stovetop, simply set the pot to simmer and cook for 8-24 hours (the longer you cook, the more minerals you extract)! If using the crockpot, set to low overnight. Check at approximately 1-2 hours for any “yuck” that may have come to the surface. Skim off, and keep cooking! Check now and then to be sure too much water hasn’t evaporated. If it has, just add a bit more.
When finished, allow the pot to cool and then strain the bones and vegetables from the broth. Allow it to come to room temperature before refrigerating. Once refrigerated overnight, the broth may gel. This is great – it means you have a gelatin-rich broth! When heated, it will become liquid again.
Once refrigerated, a layer of fat may rise to the top. Most people choose to remove this layer and discard.
Your broth is good in the fridge for 2 weeks, and in the freezer indefinitely! You can freeze the broth into ice cube trays for easy portions to be used for soups, stews and even hot mugs of broth in the future.
More on broth and my SEVEN other skin-care super-foods in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide!
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