Gut Healing Meat Broth Recipe
It’s January so we know a lot of folks are looking to incorporate some healthy changes to their lives so we recently chatted with one of our farmers market regulars and Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Heather Woodruff about what simple step we could take to improve our gut health.
Her recommendation? Meat stock…
Ok hold up, what exactly is meat stock? Turns out it’s bone broth’s cousin.
Here’s an exert from a blog post Heather shared on her website but make sure you pop over there for more information because she has a video on there that’s full of great information.
‘And you may have noticed that I clearly differentiate between bone broth and meat stock. Why? Because they are indeed different and each serve a unique purpose when it comes to healing the gut. Let me break it down for you…
Is made from meaty bones (lots of meat with only a little bone) and cooked for a relatively short period of time; 3 hours max for poultry and 6 hours max for beef. This produces a very gelatinous stock that is essential for healing and sealing the gut. Meat stock is better for the early stages in a gut healing protocol especially if you also suffer from nervous symptom issues like seizures, headaches, brain fog, confusion, etc. Check out my Beef Meat Stock Recipe.
It is made from a lot of bones cooked for a long period of time; 12 – 24 hours for poultry and 24 – 72 hours for beef. Bone broth is much higher in amino acids compared to meat stock which is excellent for building a strong digestive track. However the high amounts of glutamic acid can be overwhelming to the body, especially for the brain in the early stages of healing the gut. See my above comments of nervous system symptoms. Check out my Healing Chicken Bone Broth recipe.
In a nut shell start with meat stock until your belly has calmed down before moving to bone broth.
Now on to the incredible healing components of both bone broth and meat stock!
Enhances our digestive secretions (allows you to digest our food more easily). This is especially helpful for heartburn, acid reflux, balancing cholesterol and optimizing fat digestion.
Which is the primary fuel for our intestinal cells (they can’t work, heal or thrive without fuel!). Glutamine also helps to prevent any further gut lining damage.
This is the glue that holds the body together (including our digestive tract) and provides the intestinal lining with much needed nourishment to reduce gut inflammation. As an added bonus it’s great for the skin, joints and bone health.
Research shows that gelatin strengthens the intestinal lining which helps eliminate food sensitivities. This also allows probiotics to thrive in the gut and actually do their job.
Besides all that, bone broth and meat stock are gentle and easy to digest which is essential for those with chronic tummy trouble. You may be eating the healthiest diet in the world, but if your gut is imbalanced you very well may not be digesting all the goodness you are putting in.’
Click here to download: Heather’s Meat Stock Recipe
I am a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified GAPS™ Practitioner or simply Digestion Guru. I help women to heal their stubbornly inflamed bellies (finally!) using the simple foods of our great grandmothers, so they can live their lives unrestrained and full of purpose. When I’m not saving the world one bloated belly at a time you can find me perusing the farmer’s market, shaking my butt off at a Kundalini yoga class, surfing some north pacific waves, or simply puttering in the kitchen, (usually in company with my brilliant husband and spunky little girl.)
Heather Woodruff, CNP CGP
Digestion Guru & Certified GAPS™ Practitioner