We are continuously exposed to infectious pathogens. So why is it that some children come down with every ‘bug’ and others don’t? The most important barrier between your child and nasty winter bugs is their very own immune system.
Babies are born with naturally leaky guts, meaning that there are little gaps in the gut lining. This is important because it allows the antibodies from breast milk to flow freely into the bloodstream, providing baby with natural immunities to bacteria and viruses. So leaky gut is good for babies, but only in the beginning. The gaps ideally seal before introducing solids, but for many it takes longer, or never completely seals which leads to not only food allergies but also immunity problems.
So why is gut health so important? It is the first line of internal defence (your skin is your first line of external defence) when a bug (virus/bacteria/parasite) enters the body. This can be through rubbing eyes, putting hands in mouth or up the nose....
Chicken broth is a nutritious food that can be enjoyed as is or used as a base for other soups and casseroles, pilaf, sauces and curries-the list seems endless.
This recipe is great because it’s easy and quite quick to make. Because it is only cooked for 2-4 hours, it has lower levels of histamine and and glutamates (which can cause some people to feel a little on edge) than bone broth which is cooked for up to 24 hours. If you’re generally prone to anxiety, restlessness or insomnia, discard the chicken skin before making the broth as this will decrease the amount of histamine and glutamates you’re consuming as well as shortening the cooking time to 2 hours.
6L cold, filtered water or enough to cover the chicken
1 whole chicken + 10 chicken wings OR (if you don’t have a whole chicken) a combination or chicken drumsticks and wings – you’ll need quite a bit for a good broth (1kg of chicken in total). For increased nutrition also add some chicken c...