Whether you want a coffee replacement or just something nice to sip on every morning, bone broth has you covered. And before you shudder at the thought of ever replacing your morning coffee habit, consider whether coffee is actually loving you back. Often, coffee gives us a temporary energy boost, followed by an inevitable crash. And while coffee certainly has some well-documented benefits, bone broth has far more, from more sustained energy to gut-healing support. In fact, when you stack the benefits of morning bone broth next to those of your morning coffee, bone broth is the clear winner.
The Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth in the Morning
We know that reaching for your morning cup of coffee may give you a quick burst of energy, but that energy only lasts so long, and before you know it you’re reaching for cups two and three (and beyond!). Bone broth provides lasting energy without the coffee jitters, thanks to an amino acid called glycine. Glycine has been shown to naturally increase your body’s serotonin without increasing dopamine. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes your mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone truly impacts your entire body, even enabling brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other.
And even though glycine is considered a ‘non-essential’ amino acid, meaning that your body is able to produce it, if you’re sick, inflamed, or otherwise not totally well, your body might not be making enough. Which makes consuming it via your diet more important than ever!
Seals and protects the gut
Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, is an all too pervasive problem in the US. By design, your digestive tract has something called tight junctions that serve to seal off the digestive tract from the rest of the body. However, when you regularly eat inflammatory foods, take certain medications, have chronic stress, or other less than ideal lifestyle habits, these tight junctions can slowly begin to separate, allowing food particles, toxins, and bugs to get into parts of the body where they shouldn’t be. This can cause a whole slew of issues, from inflammation to chronic conditions like autoimmune disease or brain-related disorders.
Thankfully, the gelatin in bone broth, as well as the amino acids it contains (like glycine, proline, and glutamine!) has been shown to protect and heal the mucosal lining of your digestive tract to help support a healthy digestive system. And by drinking bone broth first thing in the morning, you ensure that these healing, nourishing ingredients are the first thing that hit your digestive tract. It’s a wonderful way to sooth your gut lining and promote better digestion throughout the day.
Most of us don’t eat enough protein throughout the course of our day, and especially not in the morning. Many choose a sweeter, protein devoid option like cereal, oatmeal, or otherwise. When it comes to overall satiety and better managing cravings throughout the day, protein is key! In fact, our resident RD, Sam, suggests at least 30 grams of protein at each meal.
Did you know that one egg is only about 6 grams of protein? That’s where FOND can come in! With 13-18 grams of protein per jar, it’s the perfect boost for your morning meal to keep you full and focused until lunch.
Healthy gut = improved mood
What you eat directly affects your mental wellness. We often look to yoga, journaling, or other forms of self-care to boost our moods, but what about looking at what we eat as well? Remember the amino acid, Glycine, that we mentioned above? Well that amino acid has a direct impact on your mood! Glycine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means that it can decrease anxiety, support feelings of calmness, and even help with sleep (since we all know that healthy sleep means waking up in a better mood!).
We talked earlier about the high amount of protein in bone broth, and how that extra protein in the morning can keep you full and satisfied for longer. Eating a sweeter breakfast without much protein often leads to cravings for sweeter foods throughout the day. When you start your day with protein, you’re starting with a savory option that will mean more satisfaction and less cravings throughout the day.
It’s clear that drinking bone broth first thing in the morning has many benefits, including sustained energy, healing and sealing your gut, providing a protein boost, mood-boosting effects and even less cravings. Quite the list! If you’re looking for a place to start, try making our delicious bone broth latte!