Whether you have already hit your stride with your ketogenic diet, you’ve recently started out, or you’re just thinking about it, here are 10 reasons why including bone broth in your daily routine can serve up serious benefits.
Some of them might surprise you.
1. Bone broth can help with keto flu
If you’re keen on keto then the chances are you have experienced, or at least heard of ‘keto flu’ – a term that refers to a set of symptoms that occur as your body switches its energy source from dietary carbohydrates to stored fat.
These symptoms include fatigue, headaches and nausea.
By starting your day with bone broth you can mitigate against some of the unwelcome side-effects of the transition phase, this is largely due to the dose of essential electrolytes, namely; sodium, potassium and calcium, that bone broth can deliver.
2. Bone broth has none to few carbohydrates
This is a fairly basic requirement for keto but in case you weren’t sure, we thought we’d spell it out. Bone broth is essentially carb free! Not only that, it also contains some lovely healthy fats and a good dose of protein – a combination made in keto heaven.
3. Bone broth is rich in protein and healthy fats
… this is the ultimate prerequisite for keto friendly eating. And here the protein in bone both comes in the somewhat premium form of collagen. Collagen is an excellent protein source composed of 3 amino acids, which are less abundant in dietary protein (unlike the proteins found in supplements such as whey and pea proteins, which are similar to the proteins consumed via lean meats and fish).
4. Bone Broth aids in healthy gut bacteria called the microbiome
Our bodies harbour a huge array of micro-organisms, both inside and outside of our bodies, the greatest (in size and influence) exists in the gut.
While bacteria are the biggest players, we also host single-celled organisms known as archaea, as well as fungi, viruses and other microbes – including good (and bad) bacteria, as well as viruses that attack bacteria.
Bone broth has a powerful and positive effect on the body’s microbiome, by supporting the existence of good bacteria.
This is a great way to support healthy immune function too.
5. Bone Broth can improve your mood
Did you know that 90% of the flow of information between the brain and the gut goes from the gut to the brain, meaning that the gut does most of the talking in that relationship.
The happier and healthier your gut is, the better that conversation is going to be.
A happy and healthy gut microbiome can effectively pour metaphorical good vibes into your brain.
6. Bone broth can help with muscle development
Thanks to the high levels of amino acids; alanine, glycine, hydroxyproline and proline (to be precise), found in bone broth, including it in your keto diet can assist in maintaining and/or developing healthy muscle mass.
These amino acids are essential building blocks for the body and have proven benefits in assisting a training routine and keeping lean muscle.
7. Bone Broth can support weight loss
…in more ways than one. Whilst it would be wrong to claim that bone broth is a weight loss product (it isn’t) it has a number of properties that can support a fat loss life-style.
Like fasting, bone broth helps cleanse your cellular matrix, energizing and de-aging your cells, which increases the efficiency of the fat loss process (in conjunction with concerted fat loss measures).
It also helps to satiate your appetite to help with the; calories in < calories out, ratio, without compromising nutrition.
8. It cuts to the chase
Well, our’s does, by which we mean that Clean Living Company Bone Broth is totally bioavailable, being delivered to your system just the way your body wants it, super easy to process.
This bioavailability ensures that all the goodness that you eat, can be used by the body, rather than pass through your system undigested.
9. Bone broth works to regulate stomach acid
Bone broth contains glycine (a certain type of amino acid) which stimulates the production of stomach acid such as hydrochloric acid (HCl).
HCI’s chief function is proteolysis – which just means breaking down proteins so that they can be properly and effectively digested.
It is important to have a ready production so as to ensure seamless digestion, and use of those all important dietary proteins.
Eating a Keto diet that is high is healthy fats and proteins can sometimes lead to acid reflux if you’re not careful.
However, by regulating stomach acid with bone broth, you can actually cut your risk of reflux substantially.
Additionally, glycine is also an important component of bile acid, which is necessary for fat digestion in the small intestine, and also helps maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels, which is super helpful for the healthy digestion of the healthy fats consumed on a keto diet.
10. Bone broth is anti-inflammatory
Thanks to those hero amino acids l-glutamine, cysteine, glycine and histidine (they really are the gift that keeps on giving) bone broth can help reduce inflammation.
This is particularly good news for those at risk of arthritis or joint pain.
This will also cut your risk of autoimmune disfunction.
Inflammation is bad news in general as it takes away from the body’s resources, a bit like paying off a high interest debt, rather than investing in a high yield savings account, so keeping that in check and preventing it, is always an excellent idea.