Why Dr. Libby Uses Crock Pot Bone Broth
(And So Should You)
Benefits of Bone Broth:
Chock full of vitamins, minerals, collagen, gelatin and essential amino acids, bone broth¹ is the absolute best way to heal the digestive system and prevent leaky gut syndrome.
Specifically with leaky gut, collagen-rich bone broth has the ability to close wide junctions (or tighten them) within the small intestine, keeping undigested food particles from being absorbed into our blood stream.
Why is this important? As undigested food particles enter our blood stream, our immune system can become hypersensitive to these foreign bodies resulting in inflammation, an increase in allergies, and a myriad of chronic conditions.
Having these necessary tight junctions² functioning properly is vital to the overall health of an individual, as it not only heals a leaky gut but also supports the entire immune system.
In addition to these benefits, bone broth is also an optimal liquid to use when fasting for various health issues.
With all of the benefits of bone broth stewing for our attention, it’s important to have a convenient way to prepare this healing food, as well as easy ways to incorporate it into our diets.
Simple to prepare crock pot bone broth gets the job done.
After using bone broth for years, Dr. Libby has perfected how to sneak bone broth into your diet daily, without even knowing it.
Not only is this a great way to stave off leaky gut in adults, it’s also great to use with kids for their healthy digestive systems!
How to Make Bone Broth in a Crock Pot:
You will need:
- Crock Pot
- Bones from recommendations below
- Purified water
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- Optional for flavor (1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 bay leaf)
Recommended bones for crock pot bone broth:
- 3 large grass-fed or pastured beef, beef oxtail, bison, lamb, or buffalo bones
- 1 free-range chicken or duck carcass (use carcass leftover from roasted or baked chicken)
- 2 wild-caught fish carcasses (can be used by people with very sensitive systems, or those who are sensitive to the smell of beef broth)
- Do not use pork!
Instructions for your bone broth recipe:
- Place bones in crock pot.
- Add apple cider vinegar, salt, and optional flavorings to crock pot.
- Fill with purified water, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top.
- Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.
- Store in the refrigerator for one week, or freeze and use within six months.
Dr. Libby’s Freezing method:
- Ladle bone broth into large silicone ice cube trays to freeze for individual servings.
- Consume one ice cube per day to prevent leaky gut for optimum digestive health.
- Melt one cube and use to sauté vegetables, cook meat, or make stir-fries.
- Gently heat one cube and consume as-is in a mug.
- Use one cube in smoothie recipes (you won’t notice!).
- Use as a chicken soup base, by melting multiple cubes and adding carrots, kale, chicken, snap peas, onions, and fresh garlic.
- Make this bone broth recipe in bulk for soups and freeze in individual serving containers for an easy meal on the go!
Fasting with Bone Broth
Fasting with Bone Broth is an excellent way to help heal leaky gut syndrome, along with many other health issues.
After preparing the bone broth recipe above, consume as much broth per day as you like, aiming for a minimum of 8 cups per day.
For each successive day:
- Bring the level of liquid back up to the original amount by adding additional water each day to your crock pot.
- Add additional sea salt, to taste.
- Add an additional splash of raw apple cider vinegar to continue to demineralize the bone.
- Add a sprinkle of seaweed from time to time to add healthy sources of iodine to the broth.
- Keep the crockpot on the “warm” setting each day while you are fasting.
Add an additional bone to the crock pot on day three to keep the broth rich in gelatin. When adding the bone, push the heat up to the 6-hour low setting to properly cook the new bone.
This broth can stay on the stovetop or in the crockpot for 5 days before needing to remake.
Making Crock Pot Bone Broth Part of Your Lifestyle
Be sure to make bone broth a healthy addition to your regular “lifestyle” diet as well. You can do this by preparing the broth in advance and freezing in small portions to add extra flavor to stir fry dishes, stews and even scrambled eggs!
Of course, adding soups to your diet is an excellent way to get the healthy benefits of collagen rich bone broth, too. Check out these delicious recipes for French Onion Soup, Thai Coconut Soup, and Addicting Green Soup that all use bone broth as their flavor base.
Now that we’ve shown you how to make bone broth in a crock pot, let us know your favorite way to prepare this healing food in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
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- Daniel, K. (2014, June 18). Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin. Retrieved January 05, 2017, from http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/
- Visser, Jeroen, Jan Rozing, Anna Sapone, Karen Lammers, and Alessio Fasano. “Tight Junctions, Intestinal Permeability, and Autoimmunity Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes Paradigms.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2009. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.