Bone broth and gut health
They say that a healthy gut makes you happy, but what does that really mean? If you want to answer this question, you have to think further than just a little indigestion or the occasional intolerance to certain foods or meals that you probably shouldn't have tried. The health of your gut is important and plays a crucial role in the overall health of your entire body.
The upset gut
Did you know that your gut bear an enormous responsibility for the well-being of your immune system? What if we told you that the gut make up 80% of your immune system? This is not a figure to be taken lightly! Is your gut perhaps angry because you have neglected it? Please take a moment to think about how you have been eating lately and whether you are experiencing any of the following symptoms
If your gut is not happy, you are exposing yourself to the risk of other diseases and health risks. Have you noticed any of these changes in your health lately? It may not be obvious that an unhappy gut is causing them:
- Anxiety states
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
You are what you eat and your gut is what you eat
What you eat has a direct influence on the health of your gut. So it's time to make some healthy choices that will support gut health. A few quick tips to help your gut on its way to health and happiness include
- Avoidance of toxins such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar and wheat grain
- Avoidance of antibiotics - they rid the body of harmful bacteria, but also reduce the good bacteria that help to keep the intestines healthy and balanced
- Use probiotics or eat fermented foods - These enrich the intestines with good bacteria
- Eat prebiotics or food containing them e.g. chicory - These are nutrients for the good gut bacteria
Bone broth for a healthy gut
You have probably been waiting for us to say that, haven't you? Drink bone broth! Bone Broth is a wonderful remedy for inflammation. Due to the calming effect of gelatine, bone broth can help to relieve inflammation in the intestines and stop diarrhoea, for example. Bone Broth also contains the collagen your body needs to heal and promote a healthy digestive tract.
While a bone broth diet provides glutamine to heal and protect against a leaking gut, it also affects the metabolism. Glycosaminoglycans, which help identify the good and bad bacteria, are just another amazing benefit you can offer your body. In addition, bone broth supplies your intestines with glycerin, which can prevent heartburn. Glycerin also helps burn fat.
Support gut health - Bone broth from JARMINO contains amino acids such as glycine and glutamine that help your gut function properly.
Does your gut like bone broth?
Bone broth, or the collagen (gelatin) contained in bone broth, helps to protect the intestinal mucosa. This function of bone broth is more important for our intestines today than ever before.
Due to our western diet, which is rich in carbohydrates and sugar, most people have an unbalanced intestinal flora. Carbohydrates and sugar mainly nourish the bad bacteria in our intestines. If these increase too much compared to the good intestinal bacteria, the intestinal wall can be attacked, holes (Leaky Gut Syndrome) can form and metabolic waste and microbial toxins can escape and enter the bloodstream. From there, they can cause inflammation all over the body, which in turn can lead to chronic diseases.
The collagen contained in the bone broth can be thought of as a coat that wraps around the intestinal wall and protects it.
How does the bone broth support your intestines?
The bone broth has a regenerating effect on the intestinal mucosa. If you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome due to an imbalanced intestinal flora, you can support your intestine with bone broth.
The Leaky Gut Syndrome is the root of many of our current health problems. In fact, some sources claim that Leaky Gut Syndrome is the cause of up to 50% of chronic medical conditions. Apparently, up to 70% of people suffer from Leaky Gut, most of them without knowing it.
The holes in the bowel in Leaky Gut Syndrome are caused by:
- Gluten Sensitivity
- Excessive consumption of inflammation-promoting foods (especially sugar and carbohydrates)
- antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Infections such as candida, intestinal parasites and bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine
The bone broth contains many valuable ingredients that help to avoid holes in the intestine and bad consequences for our health. These include above all:
- Collagen/Gelatine: By boiling the bone stock over a long period of time, the collagen sometimes breaks down into gelatine. Gelatine supports digestion and supplies the digestive tract with nutrients. Gelatine thus helps to prevent intestinal damage and helps to improve the lining of the digestive tract, thus preventing permeability and leaky gut syndrome (1).
- Glutamine: An amino acid that protects the intestinal mucosa and boosts the metabolism (2)
- Proline: It is the most important amino acid for tissue repair.
- Glycine: An amino acid that is a key component of bile acid and plays an important role in fat digestion and the regulation of blood cholesterol.
- Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs): The best known of these nutrients are hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. They support the ability of collagen to bind water and contribute to the formation of mucus, which calms inflammation of the intestine (3).
- Omega-3 fatty acids: support the functioning of the cardiovascular system and reduce inflammation (4,5,6)
In which intestinal diseases can bone broth have a supportive effect?
Bone broth can be useful for a number of intestinal diseases. In addition to its anti-inflammatory and intestinal wall protecting effect, bone broth helps to normalize stomach acid, which is useful in colitis, celiac disease, ulcers and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
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"I recommend bone broth to my patients with intestinal diseases, to patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis) but also to my many patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Of course also to all patients who simply want to eat healthy food.
I am also a big fan myself".
Dr. med. Birgit Gergelyfy
Doctor for internal medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology, nutritional medicine
Irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
Bone broth contains both collagen and L-glutamine, which have a special significance in the healing of inflammatory bowel diseases. Both collagen and L-glutamine work by healing the intestinal walls and reducing intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut.
Who suffers from coeliac disease, a chronic inflammation of the small intestine mucous membrane due to a hypersensitivity to gluten, usually has need to heal his intestine. Natural bone broth is particularly recommended for this purpose.
The collagen contained in the bone broth helps to relieve inflammation in the intestines, which is often the trigger for chronic diarrhea. The bone broth promotes a healthy digestive tract and thus a healthy bowel movement.
The electrolytes contained in the bone broth are also helpful in the case of an inflated stomach.
Bone broth, Gut health and weight loss
Do you have problems losing weight? Did you know that an unhealthy bowel plays a role in keeping the pounds from falling? Yes, that's right, because if the intestinal flora is not in balance, the intestinal wall can be attacked and become porous (Leaky Gut Syndrome). Toxins can then leak out and cause inflammation in the body, which has a negative effect on fat burning.
A happy intestine is therefore an absolute win-win situation! Are you ready to take the next step to take better care of your gut? There is no better time than now to start rethinking your intestinal health. Take our bone broth diet to heart and benefit from a healthy bowel. If you don't have time for the 21-day bone broth diet, we still recommend that you do not give up bone broth. We recommend starting with 175 ml bone broth (half a 350 ml glass) per day, at least 3 times a week. You will need about 6 glasses per month. Alternatively, you can also opt for our bone broth powder.
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(4) Swanson D. et al.: Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA: health benefits throughout life, Adv Nutr. 2012 Jan;3(1):1-7
(5) Calder PC: n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, inflammation, and inflammatory diseases, Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jun, 83(6 Suppl):1505S-1519S
(6) Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al.: Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation in healthy middle-aged and older adults: A randomized controlled trial”, 2012