Alright ladies, we know that diet plays a major part in curing your melasma. Remember…Melasma is NOT a skin issue, it’s an internal issue that is presenting itself through your skin. No amount of peels, lasers or skin creams is ever going to cure melasma. If you don’t believe me, just read this blog post about a woman who cured her melasma with juicing or these women who dramatically improved their eating habits and cured melasma for good. In order to cure Melasma, you have do it from the inside out. Below I’m going to share some information about one of the items I’ve recently added to my diet.
Introducing Bone Broth….
Bone broth is exactly that… broth made by boiling meat bones in water with vegetables. The simmering of the meat bones allows for the natural minerals and collagen found in these bones to be extracted and infused into the broth. Then, when you drink the broth, those minerals and collagen enter your body and can have a dramatic impact on your health. Below I will explain the overall benefits of bone broth, and also why it’s good for those of us with Melasma.
How does Bone Broth Help Melasma
In order to understand how bone broth may help your melasma, it’s important to learn about leaky gut syndrome first. Leaky gut syndrome occurs when your intestines become inflamed and develop small perforations due to food intolerances, poor diet or overall stress. The inflammation and perforations then cause your gut to lose out on much-needed nutrients. This is a great article on the connection between a leaky gut and skin conditions.
Bone broth doesn’t specifically help melasma, BUT what it does do is help with gut health and maintaining healthy skin. Therefore, if you suspect that your Melasma is being caused by an imbalance of hormones caused by leaky gut, this may be a good thing for you to try. The fact that the collagen in the bone broth helps to make your skin, hair and nails healthy is just an added bonus.
The Benefits of Bone Broth
If you suspect that you might have leaky gut, you’ll be happy to know that the gelatin in the bone broth helps seal up holes in the intestines. The holes in your intestines are what’s causing poor nutrition and digestion. By sealing up the holes, this will help cure IBS (irritable bowel symptoms) and food intolerances you may have.
Bone broth is also very rich in collagen. Collagen is what keeps our skin, hair and nails looking healthier and brighter.
Bone broth is considered a superfood by many thanks to its high levels of minerals. Bone marrow has also been known to support immune function and alleviate some of the ailments of those with chronic illnesses.
How to Make Bone Broth
The first thing you’ll need to do is get yourself some beef bones. You can check with your local supermarket or a butcher. Both my local Sprouts & Walmart carry beef bones in the frozen meat section. They are usually a couple dollars a package.
Once you have the beef bones, you’ll want to take out your trusty slow cooker (this is the one I have) and put your bones, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and some vegetables for flavoring. I put in a couple celery stalks, carrots, and a whole onion, along with some salt and pepper. I then put it on low for 24 hours.
Once the broth is ready, I strain the veggies and bones (then immediately eat the carrots…so yummy!) and pour it into mason jars.
Some people drink bone brother first thing in the morning in place of their usual cup of coffee, while others drink it as a snack or meal. Personally, I usually have one around mid-day. Just when I hit that afternoon slump, I reach for a cup of bone broth instead of a caffeinated beverage.
Let me know if you decide to try bone broth. I’d love to hear what you think about it!