With the fall season comes all different kinds of change. The transition from warm to cool weather encourages the leaves to shift their colors, which, in turn, inspires us to make changes of our own. Or, at least, that is how it usually works for me! This season, I have been reflecting on the bone broth trend and I’m ready to move forward to the next thing. I am excited to announce that my SOUP cleanse will no longer contain bone broth. While there are certainly benefits to animal bone broth, there are ways to achieve those positive effects that are even healthier than consuming the popular broth. That is why we will now be making a plant-based mineral broth fortified with Further Food collagen powder moving forward!
The main draw of bone broth is that it is loaded with collagen and collagen is important to our bodies for many different reasons. For one, our bodies are made up of tons of connective tissues. Those tissues provide structure and form various muscles, cartilage, tendons and more. The main protein within all of that connective tissue is collagen, which is why it is important that we have a healthy production of it. Collagen can also improve digestion. Some people have a condition called ‘Leaky Gut’ where certain toxins leak through the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. Many people with gut issues like Leaky Gut have been found to have lower levels of blood collagen. The healthier our collagen levels, the less prone we will be to various digestive disorders.
Collagen also supports strong and healthy skin, hair and nails. In various studies, collagen has been proven to improve skin elasticity as well as moisture. In other studies, collagen proved important for healing skin wounds and hair regrowth. It has also been known to boost metabolism function. Collagen is important for increasing muscle mass and skeletal muscle burns more calories than any other tissue in the body. Therefore, because an increase in muscle mass means an increase in metabolism to support the tissue, an increase in collagen production means an increase in metabolism. Collagen is also key for cardiovascular health and it can help to support and improve joint health as well.
So, if collagen is so immensely important, why am I getting rid of bone broth when it is loaded with it? While it is true that bone broth, if done correctly, is a good source of collagen, it is also true that our bodies are able to provide our own collagen supply if given the proper nutrients to do so. Setting our bodies up to create our own collagen is preferred over obtaining collagen from animals since their bones can contain some not-so-great stuff too (even if they are raised organic). That is why I have decided to do away with the old bone broth and bring in the new vegan mineral broth. It is filled with plant ingredients that are essential to promoting our own collagen production.
Some of the best vegetarian sources to support collagen growth in the human body are kale, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and red pepper. My vegan broth is loaded with those ingredients plus a ton of other nutrient-dense herbs and vegetables. Another exciting aspect of the new broth is that it contains lots of micro minerals. This is imperative because most of us are not getting enough minerals in our everyday diets. Minerals are key to countless bodily functions from building strong bones, to transmitting nerve impulses, and so much more. I am so happy that I will be able to support cleansers’ mineral levels with this new broth. Since I am so dedicated to using the highest quality vegetables and herbs, the broth will never taste exactly the same – though I promise it will always be delicious.