For months now, our investigation has been hovering around the theory that the nutrients in homemade bone broths are an essential element in healing cellulite. I ran into complications in my attempts to test the theory using homemade chicken stock and then homemade shrimp stock. Even homemade turkey stock gave me problems because of the high fluoride content of turkey bones (when raised on non-organic feed).
One of my new year’s resolution this year was to test the theory with beef stock. I was putting it off because a nutrient-dense beef stock takes much longer to cook –at least 24 hours, preferably 48 –and it’s difficult for me to find a chunk of time when I will be home for that long. But as I described last week, one of my Christmas gifts made cooking beef stock a breeze (you can read instructions for making beef stock here. It’s so easy this way!).
After 48 hours of anticipation, as the aroma of homemade stock filled the air, I developed an intense craving for french onion soup. But since I was lazy (and because my oven-proof soup bowls are still in Florida), I opted for a simple onion soup instead. It is amazing how an onion and the water from a boiled beef knuckle can produce such a savory meal. I find the following recipe for onion soup perfectly satisfying.
First, I slice an onion into thin strips and sauté it in my cast iron pan. I cook it in celtic sea salt and a hefty chunk of the beef tallow that formed on the top of the stock after it was refrigerated. When the onions look tasty, I transfer them to a pot with a few cups of the stock. That’s it. As soon as it’s hot, I cozy up with my delicious bowl of homemade anti-cellulite soup.
I knew from previous experience to watch our for a reaction to the soup within 2-4 days. Sure enough, by the fourth day I was starting to break out so I put the remainder of the stock in the freezer and took a break for the rest of the week. These were the same cystic breakouts I get from fluoride, but they were smaller and went away much faster. Only one was on my chin and the rest were under my ears and down the back of my neck.
I was actually glad to see that my skin was breaking out because it is an indication that the beef stock is indeed releasing fluoride from my body. I’m also glad the reaction took a few days to develop. This tells me it was caused by boron or some other fluoride-displacing mineral in the stock and not by fluoride itself. When I consume fluoride in my diet, the breakouts occur within a few hours. As I learned from my experience with the iodine-loading test, the breakouts will not appear for a few days if they are caused by fluoride that is released from my body. This makes sense since it would take longer for my body to process the nutrients from food and swap them out with fluoride that could be stored deep in my bones or fat cells.
My second pot of beef stock is in the slow cooker at this very moment. For dinner, I finished the rest of the batch from the freezer. I intend to continue the experiment by consuming beef stock for a few days in a row, and then taking a break to observe any reaction (on my face or elsewhere). I will be sure to keep you posted!
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