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Bone Broth: Heal Your Gut and Lose Cellulite!

Have you noticed that modern convenience has abandoned traditional foods?

Most of what is available to eat today, whether from the market or restaurant, is either highly processed or made with ingredients that are themselves highly processed. What do we lose when we stop eating traditional foods? In a word, our health!

Traditional foods are:

  • Sprouted and fermented grains
  • Fermented vegetables, cultured dairy
  • Organ meats
  • Bone broth 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Besides the exquisite flavor that bone broth imparts into any savory dish, it:

  • Is full of minerals.
  • Fortifies the immune system.
  • Enhances digestion.
  • Nourishes all body parts related to collagen. This means joints, tendons, ligaments, skin, mucus membranes, and bone.

Bone Broth Is Mineral Rich

Clearly, long-cooked broth made from bones will be rich in a dynamic array of minerals. Bone is, after all, highly mineralized. A well-made bone broth will give your body calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate, and fluoride. All delivered in a form that your body understands. In order to pull these precious minerals from the bone during cooking, add an acid, like apple cider vinegar, to the water before cooking.

How the Collagen in Bone Broth Heals the Gut

Bones, marrow, skin, tendons, ligaments, and the cartilage that sometimes accompanies a bone are all made of a protein molecule called collagen. Collagen contains two very special amino acids: proline and glycine.

Collagen has been found to help heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach and the intestines. This means that heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and many of the conditions associated with intestinal inflammation can be helped with bone broth.

  • Collagen and gelatin have been shown to benefit gastric ulcers. (1)
  • Proline is necessary for the formation of collagen.
  • Glycine improves digestion by increasing gastric acid secretion. (2)
  • Glutamine, also found in bone broth, is important metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. (3)

Besides collagen, cartilage contains something called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Studies have found an underlying deficiency of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. (4) Correcting a deficiency and helping to repair a compromised gut wall is another good reason to consume bone broth regularly.

Bone Broth Helps with Wrinkles, Stretch Marks, and Cellulite

Bone broth contains collagen to make your skin supple and radiant. This delicious, mineral-rich broth can be used to make soup to support smooth, strong skin and reduce cellulite.

Drinking bone broth makes skin supple. Cellulite does not arise from carrying excess fat. Haven’t you ever seen a thin person with cellulite? It is common. Most people are taught to choose skinless and boneless meat and to fear animal fats. This is why even those who are slender will not be able to shake cellulite until they change their diet. (5)

  • Cellulite comes from a lack of connective tissue.
  • The smoothness of skin is from an abundance of connective tissue.
  • Collagen-rich bone broth will supply your skin with the tools that it needs to support itself.
  • Adding chicken feet, animal joints, and knuckles to a bone broth will increase the amount of collagen available.


When collecting bones, go for variety.

This is because the marrow found in bones is either yellow marrow or red marrow. Yellow marrow is found in the central portion of long bones. It is where fats are stored.

Red marrow, on the other hand, is found in flat bones. These are:

  • Hip bone
  • Sternum
  • Skull
  • Ribs
  • Vertebrae
  • Scapula
  • The ends of long bones

Red marrow is so valuable because it is where blood stem cells are found. When you drink a broth made with a good source of red marrow, you are drinking all those stem cell factors that ultimately build your body’s strength and support your own immune function.

Not sure what kind of bone to use?

Any kind will do. You can even use an assortment of different animals. Just make sure that all bones are sourced from animals that are organic and grass-fed or pastured and free-range. Remember, everything that the animal ate, how it lived, and where it lived all factor into the health benefits of your broth. 

You can purchase bones ready to cook, or you can collect bones from meals and store them in your freezer until you have enough to build a good stock. Remember to only use bones and feet from animals that are grass-fed or free-range.

Make sure the bones, especially large bones, are cut into small pieces. This reduces cooking time and allows more material to become a part of the broth.

Cooking Suggestions

1. Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.

2. Add two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or wine to water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.

3. Fill stock pot with filtered water.  Leave plenty of room for water to boil.

4. Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least 6 hours. Remove scum as it arises.

5. Cook long and slow. Chicken bones can cook for 6-48 hours. Beef bones can cook for 12-72 hours. A long and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around bone.

After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth.

Consume broth within 3 days or freeze for later use. Sip on the broth or use as the base in a nutrient-dense soup.

Use Bone Broth with Your Next Fast

During a fast, the body receives little nourishment from food. Because of this, sometimes muscle tissue can break down.

  • When glycine is consumed, this limits or prevents the breakdown of protein tissue, like muscle.
  • Glycine is used for gluconeogenesis, which is when the liver makes sugar fuel for the body to burn in the absence of glucose.
  • Glycine is also necessary to detoxify the body of chemicals. This is because glycine is a precursor amino acid for glutathione, which is a major antioxidant and detoxifying agent in the body.
  • Glycine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It has been shown to improve sleep, as well as boost memory and performance. (6) 

What to Remember Most About This Article:

Bone broth is rich in minerals to strengthen the immune system and support healthy digestion. Bone broth also contains collagen to strengthen tendons, joints, ligaments, bone, and skin.

The collagen in bone broth will help heal the lining of the gut to relieve heartburn, GERD, and other types of intestinal inflammation. On top of that, collagen will support healthy skin to make it supple and strong to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

You can make bone broth at home and even use it in your next fast to give your body ample nourishment. The glycine in bone broth will detoxify the body of harmful chemicals, improve sleep, and boost memory and performance.


  1. “Gelatin treats ulcer.” Medical News Today. Aug 22 2006.
  2. Wald, A and Adibi, SA, Stimulation of gastric acid secretion by glycine and related oligopeptides in humans, American Journal of Physiology, 1982, 5, 242, G86-G88.
  3. JD, Schulzke. Therapeutic options to modulate barrier defects in inflammatory bowel disease. Dig Dis. 2009;27(4):450-4. Epub 2009 Nov 4.
  4. Russell, A. L. “Glycoaminoglycan (GAG) deficiency in protective barrier as an underlying, primary cause of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease interstitial cystitis and possibly Reiter's syndrome.”Medical Hypotheses. April 1999 Vol. 52; 4. P 297-301.
  5. Shanahan MD, Catherine (2011-04-22). Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Big Box Books. Kindle Edition.
  6. Glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep quality in human volunteers, correlating with polysomnographic changes. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. April 2007. Vol 5;2. P 126–131.

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    I haven't thought of drinking bone broth as a way to lose weight, but I would definitely like to try. I'm drinking Au Bon Broth and I've felt better than before.

  • Amanda

    I’m a vegetarian . I would rather get the collagen injected than go for a bone broth. I know a friend of mine who got Botox. Well, she was aged than me when she got it. But I look aged now after a couple of years and she’s still the same. I wonder how long the effect of collagen lasts in a person? Or does this completely depend on the surgeon? She got it from Dr Emad M. Guirguis of Lakeview Surgery Centre ( and with positive outcomes. This brings in me a renowned spirit of optimism. My question here is can consuming dairy products compared to be equal to consuming a cup of bone broth ?

  • Valeria

    Can anyone please tell me where I can order these bones? I live in Florida. Any and all help would be appreciated. Of course I am looking for organic bones only.

    Thank you in advance for whatever advise you may offer to help me. I have Crohn's Disease
    and I'm desperate to help myself, and of course I need to do this as naturally as possible.

  • Stephen Richards

    Are any Chicken-Bone drinks or Chicken-Bone food supplements available anywhere? If so, where?

  • Kimberly

    Does anyone know what the food combining rules are for bone broth?

  • Evangeline

    Hello to the vegetarians asking for an alternative. In this case there is no alternative to healing your gut. I too am a natural born vegetarian - I refused meat as soon as I understood where it was from, aged 3, but sometimes we have to put aside our preferences and allow the importance of healing and our health to take precedence. Use the protocol for healing and make peace with the fact that organic farm-raised chickens live a happy life, allowed to roam free and are killed humanely. You can always return to a vegetarian way of life once you have reclaimed your health. What is more important than your health? Nothing, without it, you have very little and are unable to contribute much to society and pursuing your right to be happy whilst unwell is very, very difficult. Good luck everyone, a happy stomach is a happy mind - it seems the stomach is almost as intelligent as the brain. So put aside your vegetarianism just this one time, it will take 6 months tops of drinking bone broth - alongside slippery elm and staying away from alcohol and other irritants. You CAN do this. You HAVE to.


    Need help with bone making soups!!! MERRY XMAS....I need to lose50lbs and to seal my gut!!! Thanks if yu can help.

  • Linda

    My sister has been on IV for 3 months and is finally trying to take some food. Hospital gave her popsicle and canned chicken soup, which promptly came up. How can I make broth with most amount of pre- or probiotics -- I would start with a tablespoon at a time and increase as tolerated.

  • Josee

    For those of you who are choosing to avoid meat, and are having trouble finding alternative, did you ever consider why that is? The answer is simple. Humans are not supposed to be vegetarian. If that were the case, our teeth wouldn't be as they are. The reality is that today's diet has too much meat in it. There are plentiful studies out there to show that. A fantastic article was published by New Scientist - a very reputable scientific mag. The study was clear. The solution to good nutrition was not in vegetarian diet. Even if it was, the problems that this would generate just to produce such foods would be too much if everyone were to become vegetarian. The study pointed very clearly to the omnivores that we are BUT! with a greatly reduced intake of meat. I have chosen such approach intuitively for my entire life. It works and it much more affordable than being vegetarians and buying supplements which are nothing but processed foods. Besides, if everyone ate less meat, it would be totally a green thing to do! *smiles*

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    Hi, good information here thanks. I live in Alaska and was wondering was the moose and caribou bones good to make broth with>

  • Gustavo

    For a different angle onn this concept..... try this, cut the goat bones for example... into 1/2 inch segments approximately. Crush them in a stone grinding bowl with a mortar until bones are completely fractured. Ive also used a steel base, a PVC tube and a steel ram which works much better...... but anyways.... you throw this into a high powered vitamix blender or equivalent, with some Ice and water .... the ice helps create an abrasive slurry as well aas keeping the bones completely cold.. ( in my technique i use frozen bones that are never cooked ) What you end up with is a very absorbable mineral rich bone milk.. which you can strain to the texture you prefer.
    You simlpy drink this..... and it is not so bad. leftover larger bone particles and sinew can be refrozen for the next mix.

  • Scott Edwards

    How much should you eat?

  • Kim

    I put my thanksgiving turkey bones in the crock pot on low, the crock pot works out very well no fuss. Wanted to make it flavorful & ready to use so I put carrots, celery, onions, garlic & bay leaves in there along with some sea salt & splash of cider vinegar. It smells delicious so far, going to go about 18 hours total.

  • thomas fuller

    all you vegetarians out there...your destroying your health...a must read ' the libertarian diet' by Kevin Brown.... that's all I can say, it will restore your health and open your eyes to the misinformation we all been told over the last forty years.

  • Suhas

    As a vegeterian, I have been also looking for vegeterian equivalent -

    The bad news is that there is no direct vegeterian source of collagen, unless you are OK with a GM plant such as this

    However, there are foods which encourage collagen production within the system, esentially a combination of proteins, minerals and vitamin C. So we probably should focus on these foods as part of our daily diet. I am going to try it out and let you know.

    The good news is that even if we take in collagen directly, it does not get absorbed as is, but breaks down further again into its constituent amino acids. So we may not be in too much of a disadvantage vis-a-vis non-vegeterians, me thinks.

    Any further thoughts would be welcome.

  • Douggy

    Great stuff! I got a Fat GrassfedBeef Knuckle Bone simmering downstairs right now. My first Bone Broth! I suspect I have leaky gut, or some similar manifestation, and anticipate the Love the broth has to offer!


  • Cheryl

    When I try to fast I get migraines so I've been searching for a way to fast that keeps my blood sugar from getting so low that I get a migraine and I think this may work.

  • M

    I never know about this until I read this since I am 90 percent vegan raw food....I remembered my parents always have bone in it when they cook...
    If you want to get bone you can go to organic store ask for bone for dogs.. they will get for you but have to pay for that just very little not that costly... and then you can add some meat on it.... good luck.. I will do the same thing with organic chicken bones..... include with feet sound horrible but worth a try.

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  • tesi

    actually to be truthful, i dont think there is a vegeterian alternative. Bone broth is highly beneficial to general health. iMO i tried a vegeterian diet to heal my gut for months with no luck. I tried bone broth and was better in just about 2 months!

  • Catherine

    I'd like to know what you would consider a vegetarian alternative .. I take different mineral supplements (Mineral Life mostly) and just don't know how to make a warm broth, minus any animal product, that wouldn't destroy the nutrients with heat .. maybe I should forget this. I'm just interested in removing cellulite.

  • shawn

    Bobby..I get my bones from Novi ranch out here in southern california they are 100% grass fed no antibiotics or hormones ... from start to finish.... All you have to do is go online and find a free range ranch near your . Make sure they are a trusted source and you want to have the bones cut so the marrow is exposed, the knuckles are full of red blood cells and the bones/shaft are full of white blood cells.. There is a company called Apex energetics that has a plant based formula its called Repairvite (K60) and GI-synergy (K64) you need to find a holistic health partitioner who carries it or maybe you can call the company .. But animals fats are key to repairing the damaged gut lining.. I only have been eating a fish and veggie diet for a year now and I am not big on eating mammals,but if you do this right you can be healed in 6 months.. cultured veggies and probiotics are key... the best probiotics on the market are BIO-KULT it's the real deal and has many different strains of good beneficial bacteria... Order that book i recommended Gut and psychology syndrome you'll be blown away by the facts and information in there!

  • Sue

    Where would I get these organic/grass fed long bones? The only bones I find in the grocery store are soup bones. Also, if I was using chicken bones what would I ask the butcher for?
    Thank you.

  • Rosemary

    Great article. I have been making various homemade stocks for many years and do realize the longer simmering time (9+ hours) produces a tastier stock. I've never tried cooking more than 12 hours, but will give 48 hours a try. Although filtered / spring water is best, if your water source is chlorinated just let it sit on your counter for 15-30 minutes to allow the gases to evaporate. But I have always wondered as with other cooked foods (being a 50/50 raw foodist), if we cook the "soul" out of the bones, doesn't that also kill all the benefits (minerals/nutrients/enzymes, etc.) out of the bones?

  • Denise

    Please e-mail me any vegetarian alternatives; this could include eggs and raw goat milk. I long to find healing vegetarian foods.

  • Ravenelvenlady

    Indeed, I second durga's question: Is there a vegetarian/vegan alternative please?

  • durga

    For vegetarions is there any alternative?

  • Soli

    It's like a page you'd find in Nourishing Traditions. Wonderful to see here!

    How would bone broth qualify under the food combining rules? Would it automatically be meat and thus not to be paired with starches?

  • Shawn

    Just to confirm the fat on top of the jars has some of the most healing properties in it, just use it like oil or butter and heat it in a skillet and sauté your vegetables with it. If you have leaky gut it will seal the damaged intestinal lining. I have been doing this bone broth for 2 weeks all day and night and eating the marrow and the fat. For the first time in 27 years I am not suffering from acne breakouts or severe food allergies, I am finally eating foods that I could never tolerate!!!! I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in all these years trying to find a cure. Now... The Body ecology diet can work for me finally!!!!

    Here is how I make my broth
    Get a huge stock pot and put 8-10 ponds of bones in it, fill with cold filtered water and pour a cup of organic fresh squeezed lemons or apple cider vinegar let sit for 45 min. Then fill stockpot with water leaving a couple inches from top so it won’t boil over. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer and your favorite veggies like garlic, onions, parsley, cilantro, broccoli, cauliflower and so on. Let simmer as low as possible without the flame going out for 48-72 hours the longer the more medicinal it will be.
    Pull the bones out when finished, strain into mason jars and save the marrow and the fat and eat them with your meals and cultured veggies, it will heal your lining twice as fast. When the jars cool off put them in the fridge, the marrow and broth will keep in the fridge for seven days and in the freezer for months. If you freeze some make sure you leave 2 inches of space from the top of the jars so they don't explode. I am drinking a 1-2 quarts a day by itself or with meals you can take your probiotics with it too. I am on a strict diet with no grains so the healing process can work much quicker and the good intestinal flora can flourish over the bad bacteria.

    You can obtain all this info from the Gaps or order this book... Gut and Psychology Syndrome by DR. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD and Internal bliss, which are a grain free, sugar free, lactose free cookbook. The Body Ecology diet will work in perfect symmetry with this diet.

    Good luck and I wish everybody the best in their healing journey,

  • Cathy

    quite intersting since my daughter and I both have celluite issues--but if one is trying to stay on the blood type (we are both B's) chicken ia a no also you promote coconut and water drink which is also a no for our blood type- so many health benefits it states-how will it affect us thou

  • Tristan

    Thank you for this great article. Are there any animal bones that are especially rich in Glutamine?

  • Gloria

    Where would I look for the answers to others (the above) questions?
    Thank you!!!!

  • Shirley

    Bobbie, don,t get bones at the regular stores. These will be from animals fed hormones, antibiotics and who knows what else. Go to and look for a chapter leader in your area. She/he can tell you where to get bones from grassfed animals.

  • Danielle

    Excellent article review-well written. I encourage my patients and clients at my Skin and Wellness Spa (after much research for myself, as well) to do this for their various skin conditions which mostly correlate with a dysfunctional digestive system. It has even helped my pets with digestive and skin issues. Please, more articles such as this, and more information regarding previous questions on those on a more plant based diet and/or vegetarians. Thank you! ~Danielle Atherton-Ward

  • Rochelle

    How much broth should you consume in a day to get a sufficient amount of nutrients in both a cleanse and a regular diet?

  • Loretta

    Quick question. My daughter is a vegetarian, is there another way to gain the same benefits?

  • Bobbie

    Is there any way to get the same benefits if you eat mostly a plant based diet? I've never seen bones in the stores. I am assuming you will have to ask for them?

  • Leslie

    I was just wondering if there is another way to get collagen if I am a vegetarian? Thank you for the help.

  • Nancy

    Good Morning~~ should I mix chicken with beef bones to make the broth or should they be separate?

  • Serena

    I grew up in Italy and my family did a bone broth almost every week. Thank for you for giving such a great explanation. How often should you have it? Are there vegetables that have the collagen building qualities?

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