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7 Amazing Healing Benefits of Bone Broth You Didn’t Know

7 Amazing Healing Benefits of Bone Broth You Didn’t Know

Bone broth sure sounds like that awful soup your mum forced you to eat along with boiled vegetables when you were little. But, when you learn more about its many health benefits, you’ll be quick to include bone broth in your diet .

There’s actually a Mexican urban legend about a lady who used to maltreat her step-kids and feed them with bone broth and save the wholesome meat, bones and vegetables for her biological children, as she believed she was providing them with the best and healthiest food. But of course, the funny thing was that the step-kids were always healthy, energetic and full of life, even as her real kids remained skinny, lethargic and unhealthy. This goes on to show how important bone broth is for a balanced diet.

From reducing joint pain to improving digestion and even curing inflammation, bone broth has numerous health benefits. Here are some of them.

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Health Benefits of Bone Broth

1. It fights infections: This is your ultimate solution to those annoying common colds. As per this study, chicken soup can indeed mitigate infection and fight off flu viruses.

2. It reduces inflammation and joint pain: Do you complain of arthritis? A soup a day is sure to keep the pain away. The glucosamine in the bone broth actually stimulates the growth of new collagen which reduces pain and helps to repair damaged joints. Also, according to this study, the arginine helps to treat inflammation.

3. It helps in the formation, growth and repair of bones: As bone broth is rich in nutrients like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus- all of which are crucial in the healthy functioning of our bones.

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4. It improves digestion: The gelatin in the broth acts as a hydrophilic colloid that aids the digestive juices. It also plays an important role in protecting the mucosal line of the digestive tract.

5. It has a calming effect on the body: Bone broth contains an amino acid glycine which has a soothing effect of the body, promoting better sleep and peace of mind.

6. It is healthier than supplements: Homemade broth has more nutrients than the ones found in special pills and slow cooking helps to preserve them further.

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7. It is your key to gorgeous skin, nails and hair: The collagen and gelatin promote hair growth, strong nails and healthier skin.

A Quick and Easy Chicken Broth recipe

It is super easy to make: You don’t need to have amazing cooking skills to get this one right. Just follow the steps and you’ll have a delectable and healthy meal ready in no time. Plus, as it’s very easy to make, you can even teach your children to make it.

It will save you a lot of money: Homemade broth is way cheaper than the soups sold in stores. Plus it is more healthier as it’s completely free of preservatives.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole free-range chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones, and wings
  • Gizzards from one chicken (optional)
  • 2-4 chicken feet (optional)
  • 4 quarts cold filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley

Directions: Add all the ingredients (except the parsley) into a crockpot filled with pure and filtered water. Once it starts boiling, remove the scum that rises to the top. Then cook it on low heat and let it simmer for 24 hours. Add the parsley 10 minutes before finishing the stock. Once it’s ready, remove the bones and strain it to your favourite bowl. Remember to add the vinegar as this leaches the nutrients from the bones into the soup water.

Bone broth is the ultimate ingredient to kick start your diet for a better, healthier life. As an old South American proverb goes, ‘Good broth will resurrect the dead’.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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