Visit your local butcher for the bones - chicken, beef or lamb work well. You want bones from organic, grass fed animals.
1 kg of bones
1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 stalks of celery (or any other veges you have in the fridge)
Optional: salt and pepper, herbs/spices or garlic
You'll also need a large stock pot and a strainer/colander
If your bones are raw, roast them for 60 minutes to improve the flavour of the broth.
Place the roasted bones in the stock pot and fill with cold water to cover the bones. Add the apple cider vinegar and wait 30 minutes - the vinegar helps release the nutrients in the bones.
Add the chopped veges and any further flavourings and bring to a vigorous boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and leave till it's done.
I choose to turn the heat off overnight and when I need to leave the house. Chicken bones need 24 hours, all other bones need 36 hours to fully release all the nutrients.
If you notice a layer of froth on top you can skim this off, as this is just some impurities from the bones.
Once the cooking time is up, remove from the heat and cool, then strain through a mesh sieve or colander to remove the bones and vegetables. The broth will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use.
Use as a base for soup, stir into grains or drink straight from a mug :-)
So why Bone Broth for fertility?
Bone broth is very high in the amino acids glycine and proline, which are anti-inflammatory. This is especially helpful for those with endometriosis and PCOS, but also any women that wants to alkalise their body in preparation for conceiving.
These same amino acids assist with detoxification, which removes excess hormones from the body (most commonly estrogen dominance).
The collagen and gelatin in Bone Broth helps to heal any issues with gut lining so you absorb the nutrients from your food. When our nutrient stores are topped up it signals to our brain that the body is baby ready!
There is a whole host of other benefits - healthy joints, shiny hair, clear skin, better sleep, strengthened immunity, the list goes on and on... Yes is may seem like quite a process to make bone broth, but the benefits to your fertility make it well worth it.