Since the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year, many have been wondering how to strengthen their immune systems. While there is no surefire prevention technique or remedy, keeping your digestive system healthy is crucial. Why? Your gut’s microbiome is a gateway to the immune system. Learn how bone broth can boost your immune system and gut health when made with these key ingredients.
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“Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you!” – Dr. Mark Hyman
If the bacteria in your gut are out of whack, your digestive system will be a wreck. Your immune system won’t do its job as well if your gut health is struggling. Your microbiome, also known as your gut flora, is essential for breaking down proteins, vitamins, minerals, and all the other nutrients your body needs. It is a complex subject that scientists at John Hopkins School of Medicine are figuring out to understand how the body’s immune system interacts with the microbiome.
Bone broth is full of key amino acids, collagen, and gelatin: all essential nutrients that your gut needs to function properly. And that’s important, after all, seventy percent of your immune system cells reside in your gut. Also, we know that when beneficial bacteria are flourishing, your intestinal barrier functions more effectively, allowing healthy molecules into the body while preventing bad ones from entering. The barrier in your gut is made of intestinal epithelia which form “tight junctions”. A healthy microbiome can reduce the permeability of your intestinal barrier, helping with nutrient absorption and keeping pathogens out.
While bone broth can support gut flora, it does an even better job when combined with turmeric, mushrooms, and garlic. All of these ingredients are included in my Veggie Bone Broth Spice Kit. Here’s why they transform bone broth into a gut health supercharger:
Turmeric is the flavorful, yellow spice common in Indian food. Evidence shows that it reduces inflammation. When it comes to the gut, the compound known as curcumin found in the spice helps beneficial bacteria strains grow, while reducing pathogenic strains.
The prebiotics in mushrooms stimulate the growth of gut microbiota. In particular it is the non-digestible polysaccharides in mushrooms which reduce pathogen proliferation by boosting the gut’s probiotic bacteria.
Garlic is also a prebiotic that feeds your gut’s beneficial bacteria while also having anti-bacterial effects. It can eliminate the presence of yeast, fungus and candida overgrowth. Black garlic which has significantly higher antioxidant properties than fresh garlic.
When your gut bacteria is flourishing, it takes advantage of the gelatinous collagen found in bone broth. Your gut lining is strengthened by the amino acids proline, glutamine, and arginine found in bone broth collagen. These amino acids have the additional benefits of building and maintaining the strength of hair, skin, and nails.
The most notable amino acid for enhancing the gut lining found in bone broth is glutamine. Glutamine can also boost immune cell activity in the gut, helping prevent infection and inflammation, while soothing the intestinal tissue.
I hope you can experience all the benefits of bone broth for yourself. Good gut health is crucial during this pandemic. As you can imagine, it is wise to do everything we can for our health during these times. Don’t overlook the impact of the microbiome on the quality of digestion and overall immunity. Try Beth’s Bountiful Bone Broth to reap the added benefits of our other ingredients while savoring the best taste imaginable, every time. Check out the Spice Kit to make your own with quality bones, or purchase pre-made bone broth here.
Be well …
Beth’s Bountiful Bone Broth