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9 Unexpected, Easy Ways to Make Healing Bone Broth


There’s a reason for all the buzz around bone broth: From healing the digestive tract and detoxifying organs to encouraging fat burning and warding off inflammation, this magical elixir pretty much does it all.

While I’ve explained the amazing health benefits of bone broth and how to prepare it to many, there’s one question I’m still asked all the time: “Where exactly do I get the bones, and what kind should I use?”

This might sound obvious, but it’s important to mention that in order to create the healthiest broth, you have to begin with the healthiest ingredients. Think about the same things you consider when purchasing meat: organic, pastured, grass-fed.

Really, you can use the bones from just about any quality meat you like. These 9 choices are great:

  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Venison

Now, obviously, if you roast a chicken or a turkey, you can simply save the bones and use them for your broth.

But when you’re looking to purchase the bones specifically for broth, you have several options. Ask your local butcher, who will almost always have plenty to offer. The same is often true for local farmers, and you might connect with one by exploring your local farmers’ markets. Local health food stores with meat departments or your nearest Whole Foods could also be a source if you just ask for soup bones.

Or go online: Search eatWILD’s directory of farms and ranches for grass-fed or pasture-raised meat from a farm near you. You can also order a variety of healthy bones (and meats) from U.S. Wellness Meats.

Remember, parts of the animal that you don’t normally eat can be excellent for bone broth — knucklebones, bones with marrow, chicken feet — and are quite nourishing, flavorful and health promoting. (Of course, you don’t have to use them at all, especially if they make you uncomfortable.)

The important thing is to just give making and eating bone broth a try, even if purchasing bones seems a little weird at first. Trust me — you’ll be glad you did.

Try my Simple Bone Broth or one of the following recipes:

Easy Chicken Bone Broth

Health Supportive Turkey Bone Broth

Nourishing Beef Bone Broth


Want more? You might also like:

To All the Vegetarians Out There: You Can Reap the Benefits of Bone Broth Too

Success Story: The Bone Broth Diet Helped My Client Melt Away 30 Pounds


This Doctor Prescribes 8 Steps to Heal Your Gut to Lose Weight and Reverse Chronic Illness

Success Story: Why the Bone Broth Diet Healed My Client’s Celiac Symptoms When Avoiding Gluten Didn’t


Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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8 thoughts on “9 Unexpected, Easy Ways to Make Healing Bone Broth

  1. Amelia Phillippi

    You did not mention the best bones of all! Mutton and goat, especially the neck bones. Nice site…..thanks!!!

  2. Krystle Drake

    Hi Jeannette,
    If you sue ham bones be sure the pig is pastured and healthy and did not contain nitrates, sugars, etc.

  3. Kelly

    hi there,
    I’m wondering if it’s ok to mix the animal bones in the same crock pot. For example beef with venison or pork?

  4. Claire

    Pardon the cliché, but where have you been all of my life? I’ve just read about you in Woman’s World Magazine and immediately came to your website. Ironically, last week I began another lose weight plan that worked for me (slightly) in the past – which was no eating after 7 pm. Then, I saw Dr. Oz on Woman’s World magazine and snatched it off the rack. I was only surprised to see the ‘no eating after 7 pm’ because I had already begun the plan. I realized quickly that I was not going to lose ten pounds in five days so decided to actually read the article. You know how you just ‘get’ some thing. I want this to work. Eating after seven is something that I can do, but, I was doing some things wrong. What I learned after I actually read the article is not to begin eating until after 11 a.m.. This I can do, too. But, there are supplements that I take and I habitually drink one cup of coffee/w creamer every morning. I take my meds in the morning before 11 also. Will this hinder the success of the 11 to 7 eight hour eating cycle? Should I ingest ‘nothing’ before 11 a.m.? Does drinking water outside of the ‘intake hours’ interfere with this plan at all?

  5. Aunika

    I have access to elk bones. Is there anything different I should be aware of with working with these? Do they need to be cut up or xcan I cook them whole?


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