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My Bone Broth Story

I've  experienced severe digestive issues throughout my entire life. It started when I was a baby. The doctors couldn't find anything I could digest. It was a very scary time for my parents and grandparents as I was very weak from being sick all the time, but luckily, they eventually found a formula that I could tolerate.  But as I grew, my issues continued, as did my love for food, which was hard because most foods didn't love me back.  Then at age nine I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer (a hole in the lining of my stomach, as it was explained to me at the time) and had to go on a special diet for a year. Then at 12, I was diagnosed with another one. This time, they tested me for a specific gut bacteria they thought could be causing my troubles. Yep, a gut bacteria. You know all that stuff you've been reading about regarding the gut biome, probiotics, prebiotics, etc... that's what I'm talking about.  

At the age of 12, I was a guinea pig on the forefront of a medical movement and had a "bad bacteria" removed from my gut biome.

 And I got better, though not completely. Throughout my adult life, my issues continued. I had good days and bad days, but it wasn't until it got so bad that I had to completely give up coffee for three years that I became desperate for a solution. I tried many diets and supplements, but nothing worked.  Then I read about bone broth and as a believer that our grandmother's ways were probably the best ways, it made all the since in the world to me. 

I tried the boxed bone broths and the powdered bone broths and the other frozen ones and found them all lacking in taste, substance and believability... this doesn't look like Grandma's broth... isn't this suppose to gel when refrigerated?

 Eventually I starting gathering ingredients from local farmers, made it myself and drank a cup every day for a month. At that point, I felt a substantial difference in my digestive track and knew it was healing me - and within a few months, I could even drink coffee again. But making enough bone broth to have a cup everyday was exhausting. I was spending all my free time looking for bones and chicken feet, cleaning my kitchen, cleaning glass jars, trying new recipes, dealing with food waste and compost waste and lighting lots and lots of candles. The first time you make broth the aroma fills your home and it is just delightful - grandma's soup is on the way!  The 15th time, it just smells, well, let's just say you get tired of it.

I thought, surely other people need bone broth... good. real. bone broth. So I worked for a year on my recipes - testing them for sippability, protein and gelatin.  I wasn't going to offer it to others unless it was consistently delicious and real.  

 Eventually, I had enough confidence in my recipes that I jumped out of my home kitchen and into a shared kitchen, rented a booth at a farmers market and took the leap. That was November 2016. I now have my own production kitchen in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a wonderful brothing assistant, AnneMarie, who is a hardworking broth'er by day and, in the Nashville tradition, an aspiring singer-songwriter by night. We work really hard, just the two of us, making, delivering and mailing our broths and soups in hope of helping people feel better. I deliver and stock all our retailers' shelves myself. This gives me the opportunity to meet our customers and hear their bone broth stories. 

Your stories have made me both smile and cry, in the best ways. They truly keep me going on hard days.

 And trust me, there are some very hard, backbreaking days. Please know how much your bone broth stories mean to us and if you see me stocking shelves at your local grocery store, please know that I would love to hear your bone broth story as well.  And if I don't happen to see you in a store, email works great too. 

Thank you for all your support, always. 

Shana Martin

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Why Bone Broth

While we don’t believe in panaceas or “cure-alls,” we do believe that beyond being delightful to the senses, food is functional.  It serves a purpose and high-protien bone broth especially serves our systems.  

Bone broth has been a staple of human nutrition in almost every culture for thousands of years — and remains so in many Asian and Latino cultures.  

Doctors of traditional Chinese medicine use bone broths to strengthen kidneys, support the digestive system and build new red and white blood cells.  

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, a beverage that was essentially bone broth, called “beef tea,” was used to heal hospital patients and keep troops healthy and hearty during times of war.  It is still the preferred warm beverage at British soccer stadiums and is one of the only products to ever be endorsed by a Pope.

However, since the discovery of monosodium glutamate (MSG) during World War II, an artificial flavor enhancer that creates the savory taste of umami, American homes and food companies have traded nutrient-rich bones in the making of broths, stocks and soups for this quick, cheap flavor fix - essentially removing all nutritive value from these dietary staples.  Fortunately, informed consumers are once again looking to natural whole foods, instead of synthetic supplements, to be the cornerstone of their health and wellness routines.      

Benefits

  • Bio-available nutritional supplement in an easy to digest form
  • Soothes and heals the gut with amino acids & gelatin
  • Supports joint health with glucosamine, chondroitin sulphates
  • Immunity support from phosphorus, magnesium & calcium
  • Supports healthy kidney function with arginine
  • Delivers hair, skin and nail support with collagen
  • Satiates hunger with high levels of protein
  • A delicious warm sipping beverage and cooking base  

References & Resources

The following diets recommend drinking 1+ cups of bone broth daily:

  • Paleo Diet
  • Whole30 Diet
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Leaky Gut Diet (Dr. Axe)
  • GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome)
  • Bone Broth Diet (Dr. Kellyann Petrucci)
  • The Weston A. Price Foundation, “Nourishing Traditions”
  • Dr. Joseph Mercola, Osteopathic Physician

Books

  • “Bone Broth Diet”, 2015, by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND
  • “Nourishing Broth” 2014 by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, PHD, CCN
  • “Brodo, A Bone Broth Cookbook”, 2015 by Marco Canora
  • “The Bone Broth Breakthrough” 2016 by Dr. Josh Axe
  • “Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen” 2016 by Jennifer McGruther
  • “The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health” 2016, by Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy
  • The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook: 125 Gut-Friendly Recipes to Heal, Strengthen, and Nourish the Body” 2016 by Ryan & Katherine Harvey