Beef Broth

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


Ingredients:

  • ¼ pound organic, extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 slices ginger
  • Sea salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, soak the ground beef and ginger in the water for 30 minutes. Stir to make sure the ground beef is loosened in the water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Add salt to taste.
  3. Strain the soup, and consume only the broth. Drink warm, but not too hot, as this can damage the esophagus.

Note: The beef can be saved and used in casseroles, sauces, or other dishes. It can also be frozen for later use. If you prefer, you can blend the beef with the broth for a thicker, more substantial broth. If you are having trouble with your digestion, do not eat the beef. If you have histamine issues, do not reuse the beef.

Beef BrothCollagen is an essential element of the digestive tract, and its loss contributes to some of the digestive symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Collagen is a critical component of the extracellular matrix (ECM), a network of tissue found outside of the cells that supports cell function. When the ECM does not function as it should, the cells cannot function as they should, and we pay the price with our health.

Over time, and with exposure to toxins and ultraviolet radiation, the collagen in our bodies tends to break down. This is even more true in cases of prolonged or intense stress, such as is seen in cases of adrenal fatigue.
Collagen makes up about a quarter of all the protein in our bodies and is responsible for protecting and strengthening our protective tissue, along with our bones, teeth, and internal organs.

Loss of collagen is a common symptom of adrenal fatigue. As collagen breaks down, organ function is compromised. When this occurs, the gastrointestinal tract is unable to move and contract effectively. In addition, your stomach may not be able to produce enough acid to break down the food you eat. When this occurs, it is vital to ease the burden on the digestive tract by consuming a diet consisting of foods that are simple and easy to digest.

Broths are an important part of the diet, especially in the advanced stages of adrenal fatigue, because they are highly nourishing, easily digested, and are very easy to prepare. Because broth is so easy to digest, not only does it give the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal, but the nutrients are readily absorbed by the body.

Increased fluid intake can help heal the ECM by carrying toxins from the cells to the kidneys and liver for excretion. However, it is important to keep fluid intake proportional to electrolyte intake to avoid imbalances of the system. Broth is an excellent way to increase fluid consumption, as it contains the minerals needed to ensure electrolyte balance without the sugar that is often added to electrolyte beverages.

Broth contains anti-inflammatory compounds and stimulates collagen production, both of which ease joint pain. By stimulating collagen production, broth also keeps your skin looking younger. The anti-inflammatory action of the broth also helps boost the immune system, so you can fight off illness, particularly upper respiratory illnesses, more effectively.

Broths are one of the most potent tools in the adrenal fatigue recovery toolbox. Since beef broth derives its nutrition from the life processes of an animal, its nutrients are helpful and sometimes necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

Furthermore, as a broth, there is little to no stress on the digestive system to deliver its nutritional payload to the body, making it one of the most ideal foods to include in the adrenal fatigue diet. With minimal stress on the digestive system, the body doesn’t have to spend extra energy on keeping metabolism in balance and can devote more resources to improving and maintaining health.


Beef Broth