8 Revitalizing Benefits of Bone Broth Fasting
Fasting offers a wealth of benefits. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have for restoring the body and achieving a state of optimal health. While you may have tried juice fasting before – or maybe you’re a regular practitioner! – bone broth fasting is a relatively new wellness trend. Because bone broth is such a rich source of essential amino acids and protein, including gut-healing glutamine and age-defying collagen, a bone broth fast offers unique health benefits that you won’t get from juice cleansing alone.
What Are the Advantages of Bone Broth Fasting?
Bone broth is one of the most dynamic foods you can consume. It’s an excellent source of micronutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes, and collagen.
It’s also free from ingredients that aren’t good for you. There are no preservatives, sugars, or artificial flavors. As long as you’re sipping a cup of homemade broth or an artisan bone broth like BABS, you know you’re gifting your body with nothing but pure goodness.
Fasting with this nourishing ‘liquid gold’ offers remarkable health benefits. It gives your body a chance to reset, relax, and restore, resulting in deep healing and a difference you can see and feel.
Here are 8 health benefits you can look forward to when you try your first bone broth fast.
1. Promotes more restful sleep
Bone broth contains amino acids that balance the production of natural chemicals in the body. Some of these chemicals affect the brain and nervous system. One of the most important of these is glycine, an amino acid that’s well-known for a range of benefits including promoting muscle and bone strength. It’s believed to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia by helping the body produce serotonin, a hormone that affects sleep patterns.
2. Boosts memory and mood
Glycine is also linked to cognitive benefits. It binds to the brain receptors that impact memory and learning, thus giving your bran a functional boost.
Adding more glycine and the amino acid glutamine to your diet is also helpful for anxiety and stress. All types of bone broth are high in both of these essential amino acids.
Glycine reduces anxiety by inhibiting the over-release of the hormone norepinephrine, a chemical messenger produced by the adrenal glands that can create feelings of panic when the body is under stress. Glutamine can help you relax while also increasing mental energy and focus.
3. Strengthens the immune system
Any type of healthy fast supports a process called autophagy. This is where the immune system has the chance to clean out damaged cells. Then, the body regenerates new, healthier cells.
A bone broth fast also will boost the level of beneficial bacteria in your gut. A healthy gut microbiome will fight any harmful substances that the body is exposed to including viruses and bacteria.
4. Supports muscle strength
With a pure juice fast, it’s normal to lose a little weight, which can include both fat loss and muscle. During a bone broth fast, however, you’re giving your body a food that’s rich in amino acids that prevent the breakdown of protein tissue.
For athletes and anyone who lives an active lifestyle, fasting with bone broth has so many positives. Not only will you maintain your strength, but also, the collagen and high amino acid and mineral content in the broth can promote faster muscle recovery and reduce muscle soreness and joint pain.
5. Detoxifies the liver
Another benefit of a bone broth fast is the detoxifying benefits. By consuming bone broth, you’re giving your body more glutathione (an antioxidant that consists of glutamine, cysteine, and glycine), which supports the liver in eliminating toxic substances.
This includes toxins from alcohol and drugs, as well as environmental toxins in the air and water. Glutathione bonds with heavy metals so they can more easily be removed through bile and urine.
6. Heals a leaky gut
The natural collagen found in bone broth nourishes the intestinal lining and helps to heal a leaky gut. A leaky gut can be behind a long list of physical and mental health issues including digestive troubles, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
7. Slows the aging process
A fast with bone broth can also offer anti-aging benefits. Not only are you fighting inflammation – which is a precursor to faster aging and disease – but the broth is high in nutrients that will improve skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and speed hair growth.
8. Reduces inflammation
A lot of people today are overstressed, which can cause hormone imbalances and trigger an autoimmune response. The autoimmune reaction can lead to everything from skin problems and joint pain to hair loss. Bone broth has exactly what your body needs to support gut tissue repair and increase nutrient absorption, which can reduce inflammatory stress.
It’s the glutamine, collagen, and gelatin that offer deep nourishment and lasting healing – and that make a bone broth fast such a powerful way to transform well-being.
Who Can Benefit from a Bone Broth Fast?
Bone broth fasting is particularly beneficial for anyone who:
- Is feeling tired and fatigued, despite getting enough sleep
- Can’t fall asleep easily at night
- Has digestive issues such as stomach aches, nausea, or bloating
- Is sensitive to common food allergens or who has food allergies
- Wants to improve the appearance of their skin and hair
- Feels mentally groggy and lacks clarity and focus
- Suffers from joint pain or arthritis
- Needs to boost their health after recovering from an illness
- Wants to live a healthier lifestyle
You don’t need to be suffering from a health condition or trying to lose weight to benefit. A bone broth fast is a chance to revitalize wellness, both physically and mentally. It’s helpful not just for restoring balance, detoxing, and healing – it’s also a wonderful practice for disease prevention.
How to Fast with Bone Broth
Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know about bone broth fasting – how long it takes, what you can consume, and how to get the most out of the experience.
How long should I fast for?
Plan to fast for three to four days. This will give your body plenty of time to heal the GI tract and to ensure you have eliminated harmful gut bacteria and replaced it with beneficial bacteria. You don’t need to fast for longer than four days. In fact, a fast that lasts longer than six or seven days can lead to fatigue, and for some people, nutritional deficiencies.
How much bone broth should I drink each day?
During the fast, drink between three and four quarts (about three to four liters) every day – this is the equivalent of five to six jars of BABS Bone Broth. One serving should be about 12 to 14 ounces (350 to 400 mL).
You can simmer and sip your broth throughout the day. For example, you can drink your first cup in the morning, and then consume more when you’d normally have a snack or a meal. As an example, you could have a serving at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.
What is the best bone broth for fasting?
All of BABS Bone Broths are high in collagen, gelatin, and glutamine, and they are excellent sources of a range of micronutrients and amino acids. If you have a preference, you can drink your favorite type of bone broth throughout your fast. It’s also a great idea to use different a combination of different broths – which also means a variety of flavors.
BABS Bone Broth includes North Sea Fish Broth, Chicken Bone Broth, Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, Bone Broth Pure, and Pork Bone Broth. Each one is high in protein, made from natural, organic ingredients, and delicious!
What can I use to flavor the broth during the fast?
You can drink the broth as it is – simply warm and serve. If you want to, add salt and pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, or other seasonings.
You can also use it to make a collagen-smoothie with fresh fruits or vegetables. Bone Broth Pure is excellent for smoothies as it isn’t prepared with herbs and vegetables so it has an incredibly mild flavor.
What else can I consume during a bone broth fast?
During a fast, don’t consume any inflammatory foods including grains, any processed foods, added sugar, dairy, refined oils, or sweetened drinks. Herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, and dandelion root tea are great choices during a fast.
You can include a small amount of healthy fats, clean proteins, and fruits and veggies if you want to. For example, you can add fresh greens or organic raw coconut oil to a smoothie or consume some fermented veggies for extra probiotics.
It’s also important to drink plenty of water. Drink water throughout the day.
What should I eat before fasting?
Don’t eat a heavy meal right before you start fasting. Eat a clean, healthy diet in the days leading up to your bone broth fast. Lots of salads, soups, and fermented foods should be on the menu.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t fast?
The following people shouldn’t fast:
- Pregnant or nursing moms
- Anyone who is underweight
- Anyone who has hypoglycemia
- Diabetics may want to avoid fasting and should definitely talk to their doctor first
- Anyone who is taking medication should check with their doctor before fasting
What if I feel dizzy or weak during the fast?
Use common sense while fasting – if you feel weak or very hungry, eat something healthy. You also want to give yourself the time to get plenty of rest and to take it easy. Your bone broth fast isn’t a time for hard workouts or a busy work schedule.
Also, don’t worry if you can’t fast for a full three to four days for your first time. There’s no one way to fast and everyone is different. Listen to your body and take care of any needs you have.
What should I eat after fasting?
Don’t order a pizza to celebrate the end of your fast! Start slow with only natural, whole foods and continue eating fermented vegetables and drinking lots of water.
When your fast is over, start with a light snack or a small meal such as cooked veggies. After that, slowly reintroduce foods into your diet over the next three or four days while continuing to drink lots of water.
After that, to maintain your healthy gut, you can drink one to two cups of bone broth a day and keep fermented foods and probiotic supplements in your diet.
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