{Food & Gardening} Broth/Liquid Diets

For the past 6 years I’ve had a headache all day every day. In the last 2 years, I’ve been trying to treat it with dietary changes. Back in January of this year, my headache pain increased and recently I’ve been trying to figure out why. My osteopath suggested last week that I try a broth diet for a few days to see if I could clear my body of whatever could be bothering me. Along with the beneficial qualities in vegetable, chicken, and other meat broths they can also be very soothing to the gut (we’ve been working off the theory that I have a gluten sensitivity causing the headache problem). So I did a little research about broths.

The old stand-by cold remedy:

There are so many of them out there and broths seem to have some magical healing qualities to them. I never really cared for chicken soup when I had a cold and I still don’t care for soups very much, but I have to grin and bear it for the sake of my health. So why are they so powerful when facing all sorts of ailments? For one, many store bought broths and homemade broths have garlic in them. Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol, strengthen the immune system, and can be used as an antibiotic and anti-fungal agent.

Ease in preparing:

I think a common misconception is that broth of any kind is hard to make. It has to be one of the easiest things to prepare in your kitchen. You can use any size pot you want because only you know how much you want to make. You can use a small saucepan or a huge stock pot. Add a bunch of veggies (really whatever you want) and yes, anything you would like! Put in some garlic (for the healing qualities mentioned above), maybe some thyme, and a bay leaf or two, and whatever else you like. You can even skip the herbs all together and make a plain pure veggie broth. Then you add in chicken bones, beef bones, or pork bones and add water to cover everything. You’ll want it to simmer until all of the veggies have been cooked through, stirring occasionally. There’s really no science to it either, you can let it go for as long as you want, the longer it goes, the more flavor it has.

My challenge to you:

For those broth virgins out there, try one! I have to as well and I have to say after doing a bunch of research I feel a lot better about it. You can even get the bones from your local butcher or even in your supermarket if they cut their own meats. Just ask and they’ll sell you a bunch for cheap. Try whatever broth you want; veggie (I’m going for this one), pork, chicken, beef, and if you’re brave, fish. Make some hearty soup with it or do a couple of days of broths for your system’s health.

I’ll give you guys an update for my next post to let you know how I did and what the results were. Happy broth making!



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  1. Hi there! I believe you met my mom Judy recently. She told you about my son who suffers from headaches and we have done a lot of dietary changes to help. I also have Lyme’s Disease and have been having a lot of issues with gluten! Email me I would love to talk more!


    • Yes I did Debra! It was so heartbreaking hearing about your son. I know it was difficult at my age dealing with my issues, but to be as young as he is with such scary symptoms. I couldn’t imagine. My email is antiquetochic@gmail.com if you’d like to email me. I don’t see your email in your post, but feel free to contact me about anything! :)

  2. I recently had to undertake a 2 week broth diet because of complications from the flu (ie: had flu for 4 months – yea, it was awful) and have had bad sinus headaches for years. It great for my body, lost weight, fixed flu and I found I was allergic to dairy – which was giving me constant sinus infections so I couldn’t get healthy.

    While I was very sad – I love ALL cheese – I have no sinus issues at all now. And barely any allergy problems. I’m learning to make vegan baked goods and cashew cheese.

    • Yes! This is why I post this kind of stuff! :)
      I’m glad others can see from both your story and my own that you can have problems that seem to have no correlation to foods, but can be fixed by doing a broth or elimination diet.

      I know I miss my BBQ chickens and ribs, etc but I’m eating healthier, I feel better, and I’m happy with my gluten-free, dairy free, etc alternatives.

  3. Magnificent and exactly what is ordered for our spring snow right now.

  4. Stock is the easiest thing in the world to prepare. I explained how to make a great vegetable stock using your kitchen scraps, Jacques Pépin style, here: http://lolailosadventures.blogspot.com/2011/12/vegetable-stock-la-jacques-pepin.html