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Now, this is a weird one!
Gut and Psychology Syndrome, commonly known as GAPS, is a healing regimen and diet plan that focuses on high quality animal fats and is designed to heal your gut. As Hippocrates wisely stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” 1550 years later, this proclamation has become more relevant than ever. GAPS can heal a multitude of illnesses such as autism, depression, anxiety, learning disorders, schizophrenia, IBS, digestive disorders, leaky gut, food intolerances, and even hormone imbalances. You name it, GAPS can help it. GAPS was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who healed her own son of learning disabilities with a GAPS protocol.
So why chicken feet? Besides the obvious thrill of behaving like a witch, I add chicken feet to my stock for their gelatinous properties. The feet really up the gelatin content in your broth. Using a whole chicken (cut up so as to expose the insides and marrow) and adding a couple feet will get you the most gelatinous broth.
The most essential part of GAPS (aside from probiotic foods) is the frequent consumption of bone broth. Chicken broth is the most healing as it contains the highest gelatin profile. Gelatin is very important for gut lining health. A compromised gut lining can be inflamed and punctured. The gelatin in the broth is ideal for sealing the lining. Not only is gelatinous chicken broth good for sealing the gut, but it can also prevent and reverse wrinkles and cellulite. Seriously. Bone broth contains collagen and when you ingest it your skin is nourished so as not to lose it’s bounce and resilience. Chicken stock contains cartillage-building proteins. It will fill in cottage cheese lumpiness and keep your face springy and young! Making a pot of stock is much easier than botox or collagen injections, ladies. I don’t care what the vegans tell you, sexy women drink bone broth.
Stock has abundant amino acids, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon, sulphur, and trace minerals that are readily and easily absorbed by your body. Back in the day, homemade chicken stock was referred to as Jewish Penicillin for it’s noted healing properties. When you have an upset stomach, drink it. When you have a cold, drink it. In fact, you should always drink it. And when making it, don’t forget the feet!
For a great instructional post on making a nutritous chicken stock visit CHEESESLAVE: How To Make Homemade Chicken Stock