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How Bone Broth Cured My Digestive Issues

By October 10, 2016Bone Broth, Health & Diet
Bone Broth

Bone Broth

We moved to Stevenson, Washington from Los Angeles to start our retirement almost 2 years ago. I’ll be 60 and Randy (hubby) is 58. We have this great home on 2 acres and live in the Columbia Gorge surrounded by tall trees and the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

I’m a native Californian and if you told me 4 years ago that I’d be living in a small town, growing my own vegetables and doing yardwork I would have told you that you were crazy. Or for that matter that I wouldn’t be wearing perfume in the summer because the bees would get me. I really loooove wearing perfume, so I wear it anyway and carry an Epi-pen :). Well, It took us a while but we started making some great new friends, getting out and doing some more socializing.

So here’s when things started going a little sideways…When I go out with friends I love having a glass of wine or a martini. Not excessive, but one or two. So what started happening was I wasn’t properly digesting my food and I was hungry all the time. I won’t get into graphic detail but things didn’t look as they should in the bathroom. Catch my drift?

Let me add that I eat very healthy, mostly vegetarian, some lean protein, very few carbs, lots of water and I eat very little gluten.

So I go visit my Naturopath, Doctor Heidi in Portland, and it turns out I had bacteria in my gut that shouldn’t be there that was probably causing the hunger and digestive issues. She gave me supplements to take and then wanted me to do another test. Well, the next time I took the test, that bacteria was gone but a new bacteria showed up. OMG, I’ve never paid so much attention to my poop EVER. So back on different pills.

What was interesting was a couple of things. When I finished the second round of supplements I’d still have good digestive days and not so good digestive days. Hmm…this is frustrating.

Around the same time, I had been discussing my gut issues with my chiropractor who is also very naturopath focused. She asked if I’d tried bone broth. I had no idea bone broth was good for “gut healing.” I’d heard that it helps with cancer but I had no idea it could also be used for the gut. (More on cancer and bone broth later).

So, I started making and drinking bone broth daily. I started making my broth from Bison marrow bones with yummy vegetables. Miraculously things started changing. Within the first 2 weeks everything started coming out normal. Then as time went on my skin improved dramatically, losing weight became easier, my hair became shiny and my nails became stronger.

Fast forward 3 months. My gut issues are completely gone and I just came back from a 2-week vacation. I drank no broth and had absolutely no problem. I ate wonderful Irish bread, ate some really delicious food; had drinks…the whole bit. I had absolutely no problem. I still ate healthy as much as possible and drank lots and lots of water. But I had no problems with digestion at all.

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you

To your health,

Beth Kandell-Blaisdell

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  • Gretchen says:

    Hi! I would love to learn more about your process We also moved from LA (Topanga Canyon) to Hood River 10 years ago for our kids, now 15 and 18. My daughter, 18, has very similar digestive issues, as well as a yeast overgrowth and I am looking for a way to help her detox locally, that someone her age can handle. And with menopause, I am experience similar symptoms as you describe here. I have made bone broth once, with a spice pack I got at the White Salmon farmers’ market that was great, but lost the contact. Im looking for any advise, direction, etc. thanks! Gretchen

    • Beth says:

      Hi Gretchen, nice to meet a fellow Southern Californian. We actually got married at a home off of Saddle Peak.

      To answer your question, I have my own source for elk bones and organic chicken parts for my business. It’s been a challenge finding purely grass fed bones.

      What I do is roast the bones with the vegetables fist then I cook the bones/ veggies, spices etc. for 36 hours.

      You both should drink about 4 ounces a day, every day to really get results. It should take 2-3 months. It’s not a forever thing because the broth really does heal the lining of the gut. It’s pretty crazy. Plus you’ll also start to see skin issues get better, things like that. Lots of things changed in my body.

      If you’d like to consider me doing the broth for you both in bulk I will make it very affordable. I just really want to help people heal. But it’s up to you.

      Are you both eating pretty clean?

      We can chat more. Let me know how I can help.
      Beth Kandell

    • Beth says:

      Hi Gretchen, do you still need bone broth?

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  • Ray says:

    I started suffering from IBS and two to three food intolerances after 12 months of my immigration to Canada. There were 2 main reasons:
    1. Extreme stress &
    2. Drastic weather change
    After 44 months of suffering and going to 2 Naturopaths and 8 Homeopaths I haven’t improved at all. I have lost 21 kgs and my food intolerances have gone from 3 to 100 plus. My life has come to a complete stand still.
    *All tests are normal.

    I started home made bone broth last week. Lets see !


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