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90 Bone Broth Demystified + Osteopenia Healing with Justin Mares

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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! I got married a week ago and am starting to get photos back from the wedding. I’m not really into the staged photos, so ours were more about moments that were happening. I am loving the photos and you can check them out on Instagram @DeliciousAlex.

In other news, I had my first bone density scan a little while ago. My results came in a little low. I have several of the risk factors for osteoporosis and osteopenia. I have low thyroid function, which is under control now, but the risk factors are still there. Use of some steroids and also gut issues that affect the absorption of minerals can also increase the risk for this. I just want to be able to be active for as long as I possibly can.

Inactivity can increase your risk. Staying active can actually strengthen your bones. Diet is an important factor in bone development. Green veggies, nuts and seeds are all great sources of calcium. You need to have a high alkaline diet in order to make the best use of calcium in your diet. The Standard American Diet is highly acidic. Cutting out soda is one of the best things you can do to reduce your acidity. An acidic environment will draw out calcium from your bones to balance the acidity, thus weakening your bones.

Skip the alcohol, caffeine and sodas! When you get clear on the damage you are doing to your bones, the sacrifice is worth it. Everything we do in the Cravings Cleanse gets you towards a more alkaline environment in your body.

Today’s guest is Justin Mares. He is here to talk to us about an ancient food – bone broth (or stock). It’s full of nutrients and minerals that really give your body what it needs to improve your health. Bone broth gives your body these things in a form it can immediately use. It’s great for joint health and it may give you the same ingredients in pricey supplements. It reduces inflammation in the respiratory system and improves digestion. Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul.


Store both broth (or stock) aren’t completely real. They have artificial ingredients, high salt content and MSG. Get organic or grass fed bones, put it in a pot with water and cover and simmer for 2-3 days. Then drink it. It’s easy to digest and is so good for you! The minerals and electrolytes it provides are easily absorbed by your body. Bone broth is a great resource for collagen. It helps form and seals the tissue of your intestines, which helps repair your gut. If you have IBS, this is a great food for you!

My favorite company Kettle and Fire have produced the first grass fed, organic bone broth and why theirs is different than what is on the market.


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Bone both has amino acids that you can’t get in cut meat and vegetables. Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • Why bone broth is the hottest thing right now!
  • The movement around bringing back ancestral foods into our diets
  • Why stock on the shelves of store contains no actual bones
  • How long cooking times plays into the effectiveness of bone broth
  • Why bone broth needs really long cooking times
In America, we are over-fed and under-nourished. Click To Tweet
  • Why using grass fed bones is important to Justin
  • The ratio of bones to water that goes into the recipes for the broth
  • Why they specifically choose mineral/marrow-rich bones for the broth
  • The 2 health areas that bone broth can address
  • True bone broth creates a gelatinous substance when chilled
  • How bone broth can improve your digestion and why
You need to include bone broth in your diet to maintain your body throughout your life. Click To Tweet
  • How glutamine will help improve leaky gut
  • Gluten free gravy can be made with bone broth
  • You can find frozen bone broth in stores, and it contains no bone broth.
  • Why Justin has the only shelf-stable bone broth that is real bone broth
  • The frozen bone broths are stock plus apple cider vinegar
Amino acids in bone broth will help improve your digestion. Click To Tweet


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