With winter fast approaching the time for soup has come! In Chinese medicine, winter is the time of the kidneys. You'll have to step out of the western mindset regarding the kidneys to understand why bone broth soup is so important to nourish them.
In Chinese medical theory, the kidneys control the bones, bone marrow, and the hair. Healthy kidneys stimulate the production of bone marrow, a crucial component of the immune system, strong teeth and bones, brain function, and hair growth. The kidneys also store the "jing" or our genetic material, and aid in healthy reproduction.
Eating bone broth soup helps nourish the kidneys, keeping them healthy and strong. A few signs you need to give your kidneys a boost include:
Are you raising your hand at some of these symptoms? Well, let's get to it!
Winter Bone and Vegetable Soup
1-2 pounds of bones (lamb, chicken, or beef), chopped into large pieces (femur bones are best)
1 onion, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 sticks celery, peeled and cut in half
2 carrots, peeled and cut in half
5 whole sprigs of parsley
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt to taste
Recipe adapted and modified from the Jade Institute and Joy of Cooking
Joy of Cooking 2007 - Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker
Photo credit: Creative Commons
The information in this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. If you have questions regarding your health, seek medical advice from your doctor.