In 2014, the World Health Organization global estimates more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these, 600 million are obese. Moreover, overweight and obese people are at high risk of having cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer.
Budging the Weighing Scale
All over the world, there are a lot of weight loss programs and diets proposed. Yet, lifestyle related disorders ranks in the top 10 cause of death from low-income to high-income countries.
Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, a naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant, spent years in working with patients who’re dangerously overweight. Dr. Petrucci introduced bone broth as a core part of her weight-loss programs.
Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth, anyone?
Broths are usually made from bones and contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. It is usually prepared by roasting the bones first and then simmered for a long time usually more than 24 hours. At the end of cooking, minerals and nutrients have seeped out from the bones to the broth.
Here are a few of the benefits of grass fed bone broth:
A person who has many toxins to process will make new fat cells and store those toxins along with fat in them, causing a big challenge on weight loss. Bone broth contains 2-4x more Omega-3 fatty acids, which lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Also, it contains higher in vitamin E that has anti-aging, antioxidant properties. It is also a good source of a good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” (CLA). In overweight and obese people, CLA reduces body fat and preserves muscle tissue.
The gelatin in bone broth (found in knuckles, feet, & joints) attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion. Thus, it can cure digestive problems (e.g. diarrhea, constipation, or flatus) promoting a healthy gut.
Healthy Bones and Joints
Grass fed bone broth contains amino acids, and assists in collagen production in joints, tendons, and ligaments. It also contains phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium which are essential building blocks for your bones. Researches show that obesity has risks for having weaker and brittle bones due to the accumulation of fats in the bone causing less bone formation.
Inflammation (especially chronic) leads to damages in your cell which causes biochemical changes causing weight gain. Due to its high concentration of minerals, bone broth can help strengthen your immune system. Since it is also high in amino acids like arginine, and glutamine, it promotes protein synthesis which is needed by the body especially in disease states.
Bone broth is flavorful, with a rich, umami flavor that increases satiety and staves off cravings. It has lower fat content, lower calories thus you can indulge in it guilt free. Its high content of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium could meet with your daily needs.
At the National Weight Control Registry consists of people who lost weight and maintained it successfully for a minimum of a year. About 89% of them utilized a combination of diet and exercise. Thus, drink your bone broth daily, but don’t forget to balance it with regular exercise.