Whether you know it or not, you may be throwing away the best part of your chicken after roasting it for Sunday dinner. The most nutrient-laden, mineral dense part of the chicken that can offer you the most health benefits, and even alleviate symptoms of serious illnesses is, wait for it…the BONES!

At Emerald City Pilates, we’re all about helping our clients achieve healthy, toned bodies. We are especially partial to a strong set of abdominals, as core strength tells the story of a person’s overall health. While the techniques we offer are great at targeting specific core muscles, your food and drink intake is equally as important in achieving a healthy, efficient midsection.

Bone broth is the unsung hero of gut-healing drinks. Jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, this liquid gold is unmatched when it comes to repairing a damaged mucosal barrier. Your GI system is actually made of several small, interconnected bands, which can separate over time, due to an unhealthy diet and damage from food sensitivities. 

If your intestinal lining is damaged, even the cleanest of diets can fall short in delivering the results you want from your Pilates practice. Some of the surefire signs to help you pinpoint injuries to your gut’s lining are gas, diarrhea, seasonal allergies, PMS, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, acne, eczema, candida overgrowth, and food allergies. 

When the bands of your mucosal barrier are separated, bits of your food can leak from your gut into your bloodstream, causing the aforementioned health issues. Bone broth is a natural way to combat these sicknesses, and it’s worth giving a shot. The collagen in bone broth aids in healing your GI track so that the bands fuse together, helping you better digest your food and absorb nutrients. 

Once your GI track is back to superstar status, your bloating will decrease, and the loss of inflammation will reveal those toned, beautiful abs that you work so hard for when you’re pushing through the Teaser. You will start to see results by consuming only one cup of broth, per day.

Bone broth doesn’t stop there, though. It makes your skin and nails looks younger, protects your joints, supports your immune system, and increases the quality of your sleep. Not to mention, since it’s made with bones, it’s very inexpensive to make.

I make bone broth at home with my Instant Pot, using leftover chicken bones, back, and feet that I buy at the grocery store. It’s a three-step process, and it takes a total of about 24 hours, but the return is well worth the investment. For recipes, visit nomnompaleo.com; their concoctions are excellent.

If buying ready-made bone broth is more your jam, try The Flavor Chef, which is my favorite go-to brand. Chef Lance does an excellent job using some of the highest quality ingredients available, and they can be delivered right to your door.

Have you started using bone broth to aid in your abdominal health? Let us know how it’s working for you! Email us, or leave a comment.