March is the the tail end of winter and it can be the worst time for colds and flu. It’s important to keep supporting your immune system so your body can continue to fight off viruses and stay strong. There is a reason why chicken soup has endured for years as a natural way to support the immune system. Generations of grandmas have passed down their recipes for this golden liquid medicine, if you don’t have one then this is for you. Vanessa Romero offers this wonderful bone broth recipe on HealthyLivinghow to.com. it’s a keeper and one you will want to pass along to friends and family.
Home Made Bone Broth Boosts Your Immune System
If you are seeking out alternatives to the flu shot and want to survive the cold & flu season healthy, now is the time to make sure your immune system is robust. In addition to drinking a cup a day of bone broth:
1. Get your Vitamin D levels checked. Low Vitamin D = lowered immunity. Experts agree you want your levels at or above 50ng/ml. If you aren’t getting daily sun exposure chances are you need about 5000 iu’s of Vitamin D3 per day.
2. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Studies show sleep deprivation negatively affects our immune system.
3. Decrease and manage stress. When stress is excessive, prolonged and chronic, it breaks down our body’s defense mechanism leaving you vulnerable to illness. For additional insurance: Fill in nutritional gaps with a high quality multi-vitamin, ensure good gut health with probiotics, ditch vegetable oils, grains & sugar, exercise and wash your hands.
Making bone broth is really quite easy, it can be done in a pressure cooker, slow cooker or stock pot. I have used all three methods but prefer the pressure cooker because it shortens the time significantly. You will need a chicken carcasss, a little leftover meat and skin, vegetables, filtered water and a shot of apple cider vinegar. Although we are making chicken bone broth, it’s important to note you can also make bone broth from beef, shellfish, fish and lamb.
I think we can all agree that staying well is a lot better than getting sick. Although it may benefit you in the long run to actually get that nasty flu or cold once in a while and fight it off, doing so provides valuable antibodies and actually strengthens your immunity.