Can Bone Broth Give You Glowing Skin and Good "Qi"?

chicken bone broth soup

There are many topical, anti-aging collagen products available.¬†While these are great for adding moisture to the skin, the collagen molecule is usually too large to penetrate the skin and impact the way it functions‚ÄĒbasically, it just sits on top.

Because bone broth contains a large amount of collagen and gelatin, consuming broth may help support your body’s ability to create collagen and help keep skin strong and youthful for longer.

Ingesting collagen through bone broth or supplements, on the other hand, may increase your body’s ability to absorb all the good stuff, improving the appearance and function of your skin (along with your joint and gut health!).

My weekly nourishing chicken #bone broth, that is tasty and nutritious for any of added recipes. Last night after a fun day at beach in Santa Cruz with family, a cup of this #chickenbonebroth and daikon mustard green were all I wanted for dinner. I made this pot of #freerange #chickensoup in morning in my #vitaclay

The broth stayed in warm until we came back. (Don‚Äôt underestimate the ‚Äúwarm‚ÄĚ cycle in vitaclay. Since vitaclay¬†#claypot¬†acts like a thermal system, not only cut energy usage by 60% of¬†#crockpot, but also it continue to simmer the broth to richer results.


In TCM, "Kidney¬†Jing",¬†we are all born with it,¬†the essence we‚Äôre given from our mother and father, and as we grow older, we dip into this ‚Äúbank‚ÄĚ of energy essence we‚Äôve received. When we work too hard, when we party too hard (especially with the hard drugs), when we go for days without sleep, when we‚Äôre majorly stressed from work, our partners, or our lifestyle,¬†we make a¬†Jing¬†energy withdrawal¬†from our ‚Äúbank‚ÄĚ. Developing strong Kidney¬†Jing, and making constant deposits into our energy bank,¬†is a good thing!

Make a deposit into our Kidney energy bank by eating well and cultivating Qi (though Qi Gong, Tai Qi, meditation, etc.). Bone broth is Kidney Qi building food!  The Kidney Qi/Jing controls growth of bones, teeth, hair, brain development and sexual maturation. In addition, the Kidney is involved in building Qi and Blood in the body, and when the Kidneys are out of balance, we are more prone to fear and depression.

When do you need to build Qi & Blood?:
1. When you’ve been working yourself ragged, and are exhausted
2. You have partied hardy way too much
3. When you’re sick
4. When you need to strongly boost your immune system (such as during recovery from cancer procedures)
5. When you want to get pregnant (and may be having difficulty doing so)
6. When you are recovering from postpartum (it helps speed recovery)
7. When you feel the need for deep nourishment


I use chicken bone broth to make quick wonton soup or buckwheat noodle soup that was quick and easy! 

Courtesy of Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts.

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