Do you even broth, bro? My first Bone Broth Experience.

It’s official. I love bone broth.

Chicken soup for the soul….and the body. The new trend of “brothing”, or sipping bone broth seemed a little out of control to me. I mean, is it really that good?

Everyone, everywhere is talking about how bone broth helps joint pain and inflammation. How it not only fights colds and flu, but also prevents dehydration, aids in digestive healing, makes your skin, hair and nails prettier, and even reduces cellulite.

I decided to test out this bone broth trend for myself. Results? My house smelled amazing while the broth simmered in my crock pot over night. I made chicken bone broth, that I was able to use the chicken on my salads through the week, so it was a food prep win. And, it tastes delicious. So, I like it, but what to the experts say?

Lipski, who also authored several books on digestive health, including Digestive Wellness and Digestive Connection, often recommends soups and broths to people who are feeling debilitated, or those with bone loss and joint problems. “Broths don’t have a lot of calories, but they do contain a variety of beneficial nutrients and minerals, including free amino acids, calcium, glycine, proline, magnesium, potassium and fluoride,” she says. “When animal bones are simmered for 12 to 24 hours, it’s like a liquid mineral supplement.”

What do all of these vitamins and minerals do? Amino acids like glycine and proline help build muscle and lessen inflammation, and minerals and sodium from a well-salted homemade broth help battle dehydration. You can see why athletes are fans. Fluoride is good for your teeth, potassium and calcium are good for your bones. Broth is a great source of collagen, the base materials for our cells, which is integral to regeneration and healing. And when made properly, i.e. with good bones with cartilage and marrow, the natural gelatin produced from a slow-simmered broth helps things like leaky gut syndrome, something that’s often associated with everything from food allergies to asthma, chronic fatigues and more. Soup, it does a body good.

I have no clue if this whole broth thing is a trend, or here to stay, but humans have been sipping bone broth for generations, and in all cultures. The benefits, and the taste, are great, so I think “brothing” will go on in my house well through the cold winter months.