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Has anyone done a bone broth fast?

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Created August 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I've recently started making bone broth out of beef bones from the local butcher. It makes all food we add it to taste great and feels like its doing me good.

I read somewhere that doing a bone broth fast can be beneficial to the lining of the gut wall and for general health (sorry can't find the link now). Has anybody done a bone broth fast? If so for how long and what approach? I'm thinking about maybe a 24 hour fast every couple of weeks of nothing but nutritious healthy broth (and water?).

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

If you are weak and thin you shouldn't fast, you should try either GAPS or SCD diets to gain weight and heal your gut instead of fasting. That's my opinion by the way and I'm not a doctor. You could always ask a real professional. From what I've read on pubmed, fasting affects thin people differently than obese people. You can research it for yourself at pubmed by searching on starvation instead of fasting. Fasting just brings up mostly Ramadan stuff. Using "human starvation" is a good keyword search for me. Good luck.

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

You keep the fat because when you are fasting, you need protein and fat. Your body produces ketones from your body fat, and keeps your blood sugar steady by breaking down your muscles for protein, then sugar. For more on the process of fasting, look up starvation in pubmed (but not on google because all you'll get is a bunch of stuff on anorexia). The bone broth also contains gelatin which is all protein, so it helps your body spare your muscles. It also contains minerals like potassium which can get out of whack when fasting. Really the perfect fasting "food" in small amounts.

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Based on your experience, which would you recommend as a higher nutrient choice, chicken bone broth or beef bone broth? I have a myriad of intestinal and hormone issues but it is beginning to look like it all points to my gut health. I'd like to consume the best and most healing! Thanks!

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161 · August 08, 2012 at 5:26 AM

How do you get more potassium on the GAPS Diet?

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11557 · March 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Turkey neck is great in broth, but I usually get a whole bunch of them in order to make something substantial.

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8933 · March 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

If you have a question, ask it in a new thread. To answer your question : the sugar from the carrot will go into the broth, but that's not a bad thing. Don't be a fool like I was and don't think removing all sugar will cure candida. A gelatin supplement does not have to be organic, since it doesn't have any fat (toxins are stored in fat, omega-6 too of course), but it's a wise idea to find a good gelatin brand (Great Lakes or NOW Foods). Bone broth from commercial meat (you mean bones) is probably not a great idea, but it's up to you to experiment.

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78 · March 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Do you maybe know if bones from the supermarket are ok? We know that commercial meat is bad because of all the antibiotics and so on (also on candida so its best to avoid stuff with antibiotics and additives and so on) but does this also affect the bones or i shouldnt worry so much about it and just make a bone broth from the usual meat. I'm asking this because i need a natural source of minerals because i'm probably depleted in some of them so a bone broth will probably help a lot.

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555 · March 07, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Why didn't you eat raw veggies for 6 months? What symptoms displayed themselves when you ate the raw veggies that lead you to wait that long?

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8933 · March 02, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Short-term I think there's nothing wrong with it, Lily. If you eat only bone broth for years I guess you're gonna get into trouble, but for a couple of weeks it should actually help you.

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253 · August 22, 2011 at 8:23 AM

That sounds like some remarkable gut healing. Thanks for the info I will look into the GAPS diet.

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5768 · August 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM

A combination of diarrea and constipation(incomplete evacuation) bowl movements 7-8 times a day, bloated, GERD, just to name a few. I still had minor constipation a few days after, but after about 3 weeks I was only having one large bowl movement a day with no issues.

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8757 · August 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

all good, but I have some serious healing to do that probably requires full commitment to the protocol for several months and a slower process of re-introduction....more than I was or am able to do at this time. I do think in short periods it is still beneficial.

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3014 · August 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

What wasn't good about the results?

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688 · August 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

oo I'm very interested in this...

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2933 · August 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

key thing though is to heat very slowly up to the pressure point. I have heard it's at that time that the most beneficial nutrients are extracted/leeched (whatever the word is!) into the water.

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260 · August 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Wow, that's amazing. Can I ask what symtoms of IBS you had?

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Sorry i missread the post, oh well, but pressure cooker is great for stocks :)

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I have done it traditional way in the past, but pressure cooker just extracts more flavor. and takes less time. Its just important that the cooker is one of those that do not went hot air out. Kuhn Rikon is the best for stocks.

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5768 · August 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I did a 3 day bone broth fast and after suffering from 7 years of IBS 90% of my symptoms were gone after those 3 days.

You can Read more on bone broth fasts in the GAPs diet.

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253 · August 22, 2011 at 8:23 AM

That sounds like some remarkable gut healing. Thanks for the info I will look into the GAPS diet.

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260 · August 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Wow, that's amazing. Can I ask what symtoms of IBS you had?

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5768 · August 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM

A combination of diarrea and constipation(incomplete evacuation) bowl movements 7-8 times a day, bloated, GERD, just to name a few. I still had minor constipation a few days after, but after about 3 weeks I was only having one large bowl movement a day with no issues.

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78 · March 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Do you maybe know if bones from the supermarket are ok? We know that commercial meat is bad because of all the antibiotics and so on (also on candida so its best to avoid stuff with antibiotics and additives and so on) but does this also affect the bones or i shouldnt worry so much about it and just make a bone broth from the usual meat. I'm asking this because i need a natural source of minerals because i'm probably depleted in some of them so a bone broth will probably help a lot.

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30 · March 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I eat that since I was a child, I d say , I remember myself eating that kind of stuff since I was 6 years old... I am 33. Till I was 28 I never been sick in my life, not even flu! Then when I was 30 I was diagnosed with endometriosis and had to go under operation. that was 4 years after I left my parents house (where I used to drink bone broth on a weekly basis) I moved out of their house , came to live in London and abused of London lifestyle of nightclubs , parties and all rubbish that comes with it, that s probably why I got endometriosis. To cut it short , I m 33 now and I drink bone broth on a weekly basis. I feel better than when I was 25, 26...My skin is perfect and some people find hard to believe I m more than 25 years old. So , I guess this stuff is good and if you have children and you love your children like my mum and dad loved me, pls, give it to them. Love to u all!

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8757 · August 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I did it for 5 days after a severe IBS bout and it helped me put things back on track, but I also followed the GAPs protocol of adding foods back in. Unfortunately I was traveling shortly thereafter so it was just to get me healed enough for the trip.

I plan on doing a full GAPS again after I get moved and settled so i can do it for the length of time I need for proper healing.

Its a good idea if you need to do it, you can do avocado and boiled carrots after a day or two to help feed yourself as well.

Toss a few whole chickens in a big pot and simmer away for hours (minimum 5-recommend 6-8) toss in a few carrots. They say just reboil the broth every 4 days and it will remain good, no need to toss anything.

I strain it for clarify it so its a golden consume (its more appealing to look at sometimes). You can add some plain gelatin if you need it as well, this helps for repairs, or if you didn't get enough goodness out of the carcass.

They say you can use a whole roasted carcass after you've eaten it and simmer that up, but I've not gotten good results for some reason. (I can only do chicken because of allergies)

good luck!!

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3014 · August 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

What wasn't good about the results?

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8757 · August 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

all good, but I have some serious healing to do that probably requires full commitment to the protocol for several months and a slower process of re-introduction....more than I was or am able to do at this time. I do think in short periods it is still beneficial.

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78 · March 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I would like to ask if making a bone broth from commercial meat is ok if you are also on candida diet? You know because of all the antibitiocs and so on.

Also does anyone know for example if i'll put carrots in the broth will they release the sugar into the added water or the sugar will still retain in the carrot? I'm probably just over reacting lol :)

Anyway what about gelatine supplement does it need to be organic for the same reasons as above.

Thanks!!!

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8933 · March 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

If you have a question, ask it in a new thread. To answer your question : the sugar from the carrot will go into the broth, but that's not a bad thing. Don't be a fool like I was and don't think removing all sugar will cure candida. A gelatin supplement does not have to be organic, since it doesn't have any fat (toxins are stored in fat, omega-6 too of course), but it's a wise idea to find a good gelatin brand (Great Lakes or NOW Foods). Bone broth from commercial meat (you mean bones) is probably not a great idea, but it's up to you to experiment.

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30 · February 02, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You may need to wait several weeks to have raw veggies. In the GAPS protocol, you would add a little raw eggs yolk first to see if you tolerate that, I still can't may never eat eggs again, boo hoo. But those of us who have done GAPS for a long time (1.5 years) will let you know for instance I could not eat any raw veggies for over 6 months. I ate nothing but broths, meats, fats and cooked veggies in that time. I had IBS for fifteen years so I may have taken longer. It is hard to get past the mind set that we will become deficient without raw veggies or fruits, but especially high oxalate greens really caused me great pain. A turkey neck would be wonderful, but not enough to make more than 3-4 quarts, would not be gelatinous enough. Also, be sure you get some potassium in you many GAPSters have had problems with potass. deficiency at first, leg cramps, dizziness. Good luck

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555 · March 07, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Why didn't you eat raw veggies for 6 months? What symptoms displayed themselves when you ate the raw veggies that lead you to wait that long?

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161 · August 08, 2012 at 5:26 AM

How do you get more potassium on the GAPS Diet?

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I do it in pressure cooker. Usually 2 hours is enough for a very tasty beef stock. I add to my stock: Finely ground browned beef (more the better), tendons, bones with cartlidge. I get joint bones from butcher, they are the best for stock, most gelatin. I roast all bones before cooking the stock. Ofcourse there is the usual vegs mixed in, carrots, onion, garlic and star anise, black pepper, and fresh herbs. USually thyme and parsley stalks.

Today i am trying to do it little differently. I put a large ox bone joint to the pot and cook it at high pressure 5 hours, after that i remove them and add the browned ground beef and other meat trimmings, herbs, spices and aromatics and cook 2 hours.

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I have done it traditional way in the past, but pressure cooker just extracts more flavor. and takes less time. Its just important that the cooker is one of those that do not went hot air out. Kuhn Rikon is the best for stocks.

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Sorry i missread the post, oh well, but pressure cooker is great for stocks :)

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2933 · August 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

key thing though is to heat very slowly up to the pressure point. I have heard it's at that time that the most beneficial nutrients are extracted/leeched (whatever the word is!) into the water.

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Based on your experience, which would you recommend as a higher nutrient choice, chicken bone broth or beef bone broth? I have a myriad of intestinal and hormone issues but it is beginning to look like it all points to my gut health. I'd like to consume the best and most healing! Thanks!

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 6:10 PM

GAPS is the source probably of the link you're thinking of. But it is based on an older protocol called SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet). Either the two systems are coincidentally similar, or one copied the other because I think SCD is really strict about people not calling themselves SCD if they're only partly following the plan. Anyway, they both work for curing IBS and even more serious gut illness.

The idea of the bone broth (or just broth) fast isn't only a GAPS thing though. There are several historical fiction books that mention fasting on broth. My mind is mush, so the only one I can think of right now is The Mists of Avalon, but I think there are better examples. The vegetarian version of this kind of gut healing is to use mucilaginous herbs. Traditionally that would be Slippery Elm, but these days, we're familiar with flax seed (when soaked to get the goo to form) and oats.

It's interesting that mucilage is healing to the gut, but both GAPS and SCD would be suspicious of them because they are a kind of polymer of sugars. Yet both GAPS and SCD use yogurt which is a polymer of sugars formed by bacteria or bacteria/yeast colonies. In the end, it may be discovered that keeping the bacteria in our gut happy is the true cure of IBS. That's because the polymer of sugars is the "home" that the bacteria form for themselves. Look up mucilage in Wikipedia for a start on understanding it.

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0 · December 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM

For anyone who has done a bone broth fast, do you use the fat or do you skim it off?

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

You keep the fat because when you are fasting, you need protein and fat. Your body produces ketones from your body fat, and keeps your blood sugar steady by breaking down your muscles for protein, then sugar. For more on the process of fasting, look up starvation in pubmed (but not on google because all you'll get is a bunch of stuff on anorexia). The bone broth also contains gelatin which is all protein, so it helps your body spare your muscles. It also contains minerals like potassium which can get out of whack when fasting. Really the perfect fasting "food" in small amounts.

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127 · May 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Good question, I was wondering the same thing... I've wanted to do a broth fast or a juice fast for a while now but I'm afraid to go for more than a day because I'm so weak. I'm unsure whether I'd lose even more weight or if it would make no difference either way.

My friend knows someone who's apparently been on nothing but broth for months now and she apparently seems fine... I can't really believe it, however.

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

If you are weak and thin you shouldn't fast, you should try either GAPS or SCD diets to gain weight and heal your gut instead of fasting. That's my opinion by the way and I'm not a doctor. You could always ask a real professional. From what I've read on pubmed, fasting affects thin people differently than obese people. You can research it for yourself at pubmed by searching on starvation instead of fasting. Fasting just brings up mostly Ramadan stuff. Using "human starvation" is a good keyword search for me. Good luck.

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10 · May 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Shannon Klein! I get the inflammation and pain in my upperft randomly... Most times after eating sugar! Didn't even think about the pancreas, let me know what you find out!

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0 · April 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I did the GAPS healing protocol diet including the intro phases as recommended in the full book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. IT WORKS! I am still coping with environmental allergies but find I am reacting to very few foods lately, tolerate raw veggies and fruits, even the ones that used to make my mouth burn. I can eat good quality raw dairy products (yogurt, cheese, soured cream) again after years of getting terrible digestive side effects (from pasteurized/processed cheap garbage). Just can't say enough good stuff about the GAPS diet and all it has taught me about quality food and eating well!!

But... still notice a great deal of inflammation intermittently in my upper left abdomen. Seems to come on after consuming even the tiniest amount of good quality, organic, dry red wine or any other alcohol. Pancreatitis?? I don't have firm "diagnosis" from a doc but I'm thinking so... :(

Dr. NCM says in the "FAQs" section of the gapsdiet.com website that a good fast is the only way to really give the pancreas a break from digestion and do some solid healing.

So my question is: does bone stock give your pancreas this kind of break?? How about veggie juice? To give the pancreas a digestive break do you need to do a full water fast?

Turkey neck guy: Yes! Make stock with it! And YES GAPS will help you with your food intolerances and has even been reported to heal true allergies with enough time! Add your pastured egg shells and a couple tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to the stock pot too!

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0 · February 01, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Hi folks. I have started making bone broth every other day. I can say I feel better in my tummy. It has only been four days, so I can't say too much about it. I have been gluten free (almost consistently) for a year now. I am allergic to wheat, dairy soy, peanuts. I have a hard time with legumes and raw veggies (such as raw kale) and I think the GAPS protocol might help me get back to introducing at least raw veggies and eggs into my diet again. Any comments on this friends? I had an after thought. I have a turkey neck. Does that make a good tasting broth on it's own? Afetr

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11557 · March 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Turkey neck is great in broth, but I usually get a whole bunch of them in order to make something substantial.

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165 · November 03, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Excuse me for this question, but...can i eat only bone broth(gelatine) and get all the vitamins.My aim is not to go to the toilet, to reduce the stress from pelvic floor.

Or would i become seriously deficient from everything?

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8933 · March 02, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Short-term I think there's nothing wrong with it, Lily. If you eat only bone broth for years I guess you're gonna get into trouble, but for a couple of weeks it should actually help you.

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