What if I told you bone broth was the ingredient you have been missing in order to stay healthy during the dreaded flu and cold season?

Bone broth has benefits that are relevant all year round but we automatically think of soups and warm beverages as we transition from summer to fall. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to share ways to stay healthy with bone broth in the months to come.

In this article you will:

Bone Broth
Bone Broth
  • Learn what bone broth is and it is made
  • Discover the main protein that makes it beneficial
  • Get a list of all of the amazing benefits of bone broth
  • Received a free recipe for delicious homemade broth

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Bone broth

What Is Bone Broth?

I bet you have heard of stock before. You can find this popular cooking ingredient in every local grocery store on the soup aisle. Stock and bone broth are essentially the same. Bone broth is just upgraded stock. They are both the result of animal bones that have been cooked down which creates a juice.

There are a few differences between the two. One difference is the cooking time. Stock is cooked down for about 4-6 hours. Bone broth is cooked up to 48 hours. Because it has a higher cook time, it has a thicker consistency because of the collagen that is extracted out of the bones along with all of the vitamins and minerals. ADDED BONUS!

What Is Collagen

Collagen is the major protein in our bones, tissue, joints, muscles, skin, hair, tendons, ligaments and nails. It is responsible for giving structure to these areas. You can say it’s the glue that held them all together. It also promotes elasticity.

Our bodies produce collagen but as we age, it starts slowing down… and slowing down… and slowing down. In fact, by the time we’re in our 30’s, our collagen production slows down so much and…welcome wrinkles and joint pain.

There is good news!

That’s where bone broth comes into play. Since collagen is found in high protein foods including chicken and beef, bone broth is a great way to add collagen back into our body.

Other Benefits Of Bone Broth

Besides being awesome for treating cold or flu, the other thing that sets bone broth apart from stock, aside from being an amazing way to naturally supplement collagen, bone broth is packed with nutrients and has benefits such as:

Just One Glass A Day!

History Behind Bone Broth

If you are asking yourself “where has bone broth been all my life”? Join the club! If it is so good for us, why are we just now hearing about it?

I have been putting pieces together from things I have been watching and reading over the past year and it ALL MAKES SENSE! While studying about bone broth, I had one of my Aha! Moments.

The use of bone broth has been around for a really long time. It was commonly used back in the day because it was considered wasteful to eat the meat off of an animal and not make broth.

Then, convenience happened. The way Americans ate during WWI changed because of a food shortage epidemic. People started looking for ways to “Help” this shortage so they started finding alternative ways to cook.

Then come the supermarkets and fast-food restaurants. We went from making and growing all of our food to being considered one of the unhealthiest countries in the world. Almost half of us are considered obese.

Healthy Culture In The Making

This is what I think. Over the past 10 or so years, Americans have come to realize just how unhealthy we really are. Even those who considered themselves to be “healthy” looked healthy from the outside but are lacking nutrients vital for optimal health.

People started to see how diet and lifestyle are the cause of major health concerns and we have seen people we love die from cancer and heart-related conditions. We knew something had to change.

We started looking for ways to change our outcome and reputation. People are now looking for a more natural approach to medicines and supplementing deficiencies so we can live our best life.

The more research we do, the more we find ways to improve our quality of life.

Bone broth is considered to be more than a superfood. If we can add just one cup a day, it will benefit us in ways we can’t even imagine.

We can make America healthy again, one cup at a time.

What kind of bone broth?

Now that you know all of the amazing benefits of one cup of bone broth a day, all that’s left is to get some. There are basically two ways. Make it or buy it.

DIY Bone Broth

If you have a slow cooker, you can knock it out in 18-36 hours.

Slow Cooker Broth

Recipe for Bone Broth
Recipe for bone broth
  • 3-4 lbs of mixed bones
  • 2 whole carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10-12 cups of water

Bone Broth Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Place bones on a pan; roast for 60 min and flip over half-way
  3. While you wait, chop the veggies and then as well as the other ingredients to the slow cooker.
  4. Set on low and cook for 18-36 hours or until the broth turns brown.
  5. Remove the large pieces with a strainer. All that should be left is a nice golden brown broth.
  6. Transfer broth into jars and refrigerate immediately
  7. Once it is completely cooled, remove the top fat layer

Here Are A Few Ways To Enjoy Bone Broth

  • Warm-up a cup and drink it – I recommend adding to your evening routine and drinking with your dinner.
  • Add it to soups or sauté veggies in it – Add ingredients to it and eat it as one of your meal
  • Make it Bulletproof -Replace it with your coffee in the morning. Mix 20 oz of warm Kettle and Fire with 2 tbsp of melted unsalted butter and a tablespoon of MCT oil and blend together.
  • Get it however you can

Bone Broth Tablet Supplements

This is the perfect option for people who just want to take a tablet and be done. You get all of the nutrients from the bone broth in one tablet.


  • Bone Matrix, Bone Marrow And Cartilage
  • Nutrients Exclusively Found And Expressed In The Whole Bone
  • Collagen, Growth Factors And Fat-Soluble Activators
  • Glycosaminoglycans Naturally Found In Bones


  • Bone Health
  • Connective Tissue Health
  • Dental Health
  • Immune Health
  • Supports And Repairs Cellular Damage
Bone Marrow Supplements


Once you have either purchased or made your broth, there are a few ways to get your cup a day in. Enjoy and watch the benefits take place.

Join the “One Cup A Day” Movement.

Well, there isn’t one yet but I want to make this happen and I can only do it with you. Take a selfie of yourself drinking your cup and share on Instagram #onecupaday

We can make this happen. What if we can change America’s reputation? What if all it takes is one cup? It’s definitely worth finding out.

Now it’s your turn

I hope you enjoyed this post intended for optimal health. 

Now, I would love to hear from you:

Which supplement from this post are you excited to try?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment below.

Lady drinking coffee
Lady drinking bone broth

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    • Optimized Reply

      Aaron! You are absolutely right. A nice warm cup of it is all you need

  1. I love bone broth and drink it daily! I shared this blog with a few of my friends and am thinking of quoting it in my blog. Thank you!

    • Optimized Reply

      Thank you!! That is so awesome to me. Thank you for your support and comment.Please share the article with me when its done. If yo would like, I can send you this link and you can add it into your post.

  2. It is also very good for your dog, I have an older dog, 13 yrs old, who is beginning to get arthritis. I make her bone broth from our chicken bones all the time. Besides making her feel better she loves the taste. Good for gut health as well as joints.

    • Optimized Reply

      You are absolutely right!! It s amazing for dogs as well. Its a treat for your whole family!!!

  3. Heard of the bone broth but never tried it myself; thank you so much for sharing it in detail! Will tryout as soon as I get the chance 🙂

  4. This is very informative! I make bone broth for my family often. We also buy it from Sprouts Market as well. It’s just one of those healthy things to do and it tastes so good with lemon and some sea salt!

    • Optimized Reply

      Thank you for your comment! Its good to know Sprouts has a good brand of bone broth. I love sprouts!! I will have to try it.

  5. I make bone broth all the time. I love how healthy it is for you and how simple it is to make.

    • Optimized Reply

      Hi Sandra!! Thank you for reading and commenting! I’m so glad to hear that you make your own! I bet it’s delicious

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  7. Bone broth is such an awesome food for overall health! We make it almost every week in our instant pot. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love bone broth but never knew how its very beneficial for our health. THanks for this!

  9. I didn’t know the background of bone broth ! So good to know …homemade bone broth is wayyyy better than store bought I just need to get better about making it more often 🙂

    • Optimized Reply

      Absolutely! Please let us know if you have any yummy recipes to share with our Optimized Life Community!

  10. I first started looking into bone broth a few months ago when I was super nauseous due to pregnancy. I read somewhere that it would help with that. Since then, I’ve been amazed at all the health benefits of bone broth!

  11. My mom tellls bone broth makes you strong . Home made one is definitely better

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