A cup a broth is the new casual day and night time drink.

There’s nothing like cozying up with a hot cup of tea to increase polyphenol levels and help fight against the common cold. But what if there was a drink that has been proving to be more effective against the common cold and provides more overall health benefits

Don’t get me wrong. I still sip tea now again. I like to use black tea to replace coffee as my morning beverage or whenever I’m feeling restless.

My first encounter with broth was chicken noodle soup, which my grandma would make in the winter months. Unlike most families, we drank soup out of the cup and slurped the noodles without a fork.

It’s not far-fetched to consider a cup a broth as the new casual day and night time drink. Keeping amino acids in your system throughout the day, yields benefits way beyond that of a cup of tea. Let’s talk about what bone broth isn’t.

Bone broth is not a trend. It’s a culture, and like all cultures, the popularity tends to dip and rise from time to time. Bone broth isn’t what stores keep stocked up on the shelves that are usually containing meat additives and unnatural flavoring. Words like chicken flavor, hydrolyzed protein crowd nutritional facts column. Bone broth isn’t meat juice loaded with additives and preservatives, and other scientific jargon that’s too hard to pronounce.

What bone broth refers to is hours of simmered goodness of bones, cartilage, tendons, and other animal scraps our ancestors combined to enrich their bodies.

There are many rumors on why the cold season nags us from Spring into the winter. Some believe it’s caused by kids returning to school, playing with other children that lead to the rapid transfer of the cold virus. Others think the virus strikes when the weather changes and our bodies try to adapt. Whatever the reason for the cold season, it’s good to have a best practice in place to help prevent the cold season from ruining your future engagements.

Enjoy the list of the five reason you should consider replacing tea with bone broth during this cold season

1. Better Digestion Benefits

Herbal teas receive quite a bit of credit for helping with digestion. Mainly due to the ingredient peppermint oil.  Peppermint relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass; however, By relaxing the sphincter (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.),  peppermint may worsen the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Bone Broth has been said to help with digestion and aid against leaky gut according to one of Dr. Axe who places bone broth as one of the  5 healing foods to aid against leaky gut. 

2. No Herbal Side Effects

According to University of Maryland Medical Center, the use of herbs found in tea may have cause for concern dependent on the current supplementation or medication you use. Herbs contain active substances that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. A big reason people should drink herbal teas with care.

There are no reports of collagen, the main ingredient in bone broth, having any ill effects when taking with other herbs. But as always consult a physician beforehand.

3. Greater Immune Support

Polyphenols found in green tea is a potent plant antioxidant that is said to give green tea its immune-boosting effects, but it pales in comparison to the power of amino acids that a cup or bone broth contains. It is widely accepted that amino acids play a key role in regulating the body’s immune response. Bone broth contains the four common amino acids found in the body such as, arginine, glycine, glutamine, proline. These amino acids contribute to bone broth’s healing properties way beyond that of green tea.

4. No Pesticide Issues

Unless you’re buying pricey loose leaf tea from a boutique store, you might not know precisely what you’re getting in each tea bag. Conventional tea may be sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides and contain artificial flavors. According to mother nature network (mnn) article brands such as Celestial Seasonings, and Teavana’s tea had tested over the California safe harbor limit for the amount of pesticide residues allowed when and independent study was performed.

Add the fact that most teas bags contain fannings from broken tea leaves which have lost most their essential oils and aroma.

5.  Inconsistent Shelf Life and Quality

The amount of time and the method tea is stored influences the natural oils and phytochemical makeup of the leafs. Catechin green tea has been shown to decrease utmost of 51 percent during six months of traditional house hold storage. It’s very difficult to determine how long tea has been on shelves at chain grocery stores. Between the abundance of low graded tea, and lack of transparency of maturity of tea leaves, finding quality tea with benefiting properties, isn’t certain.

The chemicals responsible for the health claims of green tea and black tea are found in the highest concentrations in fresh leaves. Tea is commercially graded by the size of the leaf pieces. Most of today’s tea bags contain fanning and dust, which are just broken leaf pieces. Fannings and dust are considered to be of lower quality in comparison to whole tea leaves due to fanning and dust being overly exposed to oxygen and light.

Conclusion

Don’t let this article deter you from drinking your tea in the morning or going out for tea with friends. Simply supplement you tea for bone broth throughout the month and see if you notice changes and make sure to thank me later. A broth a day keeps the doctor away.

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