You may have heard of the numerous bone broth benefits, but have you considered a bone broth fast?
That’s right, a bone broth fast can be a great way to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting but with the added support of the amino acids, bone broth collagen, and glycine that bone broth provides.
How do I do a bone broth fast?
A great question! To start, a bone broth fast is generally an extended period of time where you consume only bone broth, water, and herbal teas. Typically the fast lasts anywhere between 24 hours and 3 days, but we recommend starting small if you’re new to fasting or consuming a diet high in processed food.
Most bone broth fasts consist of consuming between 2.5 - 3 Litres of bone broth per day while avoiding solid food and intense exercise. Fasting allows your body to burn fat, boost your metabolism, and heal conditions such as leaky gut due to its ability to restore good bacteria in the digestive tract. When you add in the numerous benefits of bone broth protein, the electrolyte and amino acid content hydrates, detoxes, and heals your body.
Most fasting is done without solid food. However, if you are new to fasting or are feeling light-headed, it’s okay to include one small meal of grass-fed meat and vegetables for every 24 hours of fasting.
How is a Bone Broth Fast Different from a Typical Fast?
Unlike water or tea fasts, a bone broth fast gives your body essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, which provide energy and hydration throughout your day. These nutrients, along with the high protein content can help you feel less fatigued and more focused on a bone broth fast vs. traditional fasting.
What are the Benefits of a Bone Broth Fast?
- Improves digestion and promotes a healthy gut due to the abundance of gelatin and amino acids.
- Collagen and glucosamine, and chondroitin strengthen tissues,(All found in bone broth) reduce joint pain, and keep hair, skin, and nails healthy.
- Cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine are powerful antioxidants that promote detoxification of the body.
- The high protein content of bone broth promotes weight loss and a healthy metabolism, leaving you feeling full and satisfied while fasting.
- Improves sleep and fights brain fog with the presence of glycine.
Is a Bone Broth Fast Right for Me?
Now that you’ve got an idea of what the heck a bone broth fast is, along with its key benefits, it is important to note that a bone broth fast (or any fasting for that matter) is not for everyone.
A bone broth fast may be good:
- If you are suffering from leaky gut or gastrointestinal issues such as gas and bloating
- If you suffer from an autoimmune disease
- If you experience joint pain
- If you are looking to boost your metabolism and burn fat
- If you have skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis
- You should avoid a bone broth fast if:
- You are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant
- You have diabetes or suffer from hypoglycemia
- You have a low body mass index or are malnourished
Fasting is not suitable for everyone, so we suggest you consult your healthcare provider when considering a bone broth fast. " -
MedicinAlly's day in a fast :
Morning (Wake up at 6h00 am after a delightful 8 hours of sleep)
As soon as I wake up I replace my morning coffee with a nice warm cup of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and then down a glass of filtered water.
Once showered and ready for the day I will warm up 1.5 litres of broth (I usually enjoy the beef broth when fasting or if I am feeling adventurous I will mix and match all the flavours starting with Vegan Collagen Boosting Broth in the morning Chicken Beef Broth for Snack time, Beef Broth at Lunch time, Ohh Mammi Broth as a snack and then Spicy Thai Chicken Broth for dinner. Once heated via stovetop (DO NOT HEAT IN MICROWAVE) I will add my broth to a flask and sip on it till Lunch.
At lunch time I will heat 750 ml of broth and add about 2 Tablespoons of MCT oil to the broth. I also sometimes add Apple Cider Vinegar to the broth of choice to help with flavour change. I will sip on this till dinner along with a SODAMAG drink (You will find this on our Blog post titled "
I will usually have a small bowl of plain iceberg lettuce with some lemon juice and pink Himalayan salt alongside a warm Cup of broth by now as I am super hungry usually. It isn't ideal but this is for first timers who have never fasted before. Remember you can also have lots of herbal tea if you like. Any kind.
Dinner time I will heat up 500 ml of the broth that is left out to make the 3 litres of broth consumed in one day during the fast and sip on it.
This is when the wind-down me time is, as the family know to leave me be. I will have a long Espom Salt bath with Lavender essential oil and some water, I usually sneak in a book here. The Epsom salt helps your body to detox and makes room for the best nights sleep ever!
On a perfect day this is when I am usually fast asleep. It is vital to get 8 gours of sleep for normal day to day functioning, trust me, I did not function as a Chef working 12hrs a day on 3-4 hours sleep a night. ZOMBIE!