While prepping backstage for a recent appearance on The Doctors, a producer asked, "What in the world do you to look so young?"
I'd already told her my real age, and now she wanted to know why I didn't look my age. The secret? I sip myself young, drinking my way to younger-looking skin and a youthful body. And I use the same "trick" to trim years off my patients' faces and figures too.
So what am I drinking? Bone broth. Yes, I'm talking about the uber-trendy beverage that's currently taking the country by storm. The drink that everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kobe Bryant is talking about.
Here's the deal: Bone broth is catching on because people know that it tastes fantastic and keeps them healthy. But bone broth isn't just warming and nutritious; it actually turns back the clock. As a weight-loss and anti-aging expert, I've made bone broth a core of my program for years — and it works. I've used it to help dangerously obese patients take off hundreds of pounds, and these days I'm using it to help Hollywood celebrities smooth their wrinkles and sculpt perfect bodies.
Why is bone broth one of my most powerful clinical tools? First, it's packed with anti-aging nutrients. Here are just some of them:
Collagen. This structural protein builds strong skin, protecting against aging and wrinkling. While expensive collagen skin creams work temporarily, dietary collagen is far more potent because it mainlines collagen to your cells. In addition, the gelatin derived from collagen heals your digestive tract, helping to prevent inflammation that leads to aging.
Glycine. Your body is bombarded all day long with toxins that age you. Glycine helps your liver get these toxins out of your body, re-energizing and de-aging your cells.
Minerals including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Bone broth is a fabulous source of these anti-aging minerals, and its chemical composition makes them highly bioavailable.
In my clinical experience, bone broth reverses signs of aging better than any powder, pill or serum. And unlike expensive creams and prescription medications, bone broth costs next to nothing. Finally, think about this: How many amazing anti-aging treatments can you make in your own kitchen from stuff you'd usually throw away? (It's the ultimate recycling project!)
So give it a try, and see what happens. I drink at least one cup of bone broth every day, and that's the same anti-aging prescription I give my patients, too. If you need to drop extra pounds, try adding in one or two bone broth "micro-fasts" each week. Within days, you'll start to see a difference — and within weeks, you'll start to look years younger.
High-quality bones or frozen leftover bones You can use beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey bones. If you can afford it, use bones from pasture-raised cows or sheep or free-range poultry.
For fish bone broth, buy high-quality, wild-caught fish. Sole and snapper are good choices. The general rule is to avoid oily fish like mackerel — but many people successfully break this rule, so feel free to experiment!
Place bones in a big pot with a lot of water and some sea salt. (If you'd like, you can brown or roast the bones first for extra flavor.) Toss in chopped onions, carrots, celery and a little garlic. You can also add a couple of bay leaves, some sage or any other herbs and spices that go well with the type of bones you're using. Add a Tbsp. or so of apple cider vinegar. This won't affect the taste but will help pull nutrients out of the bones.
Bring the broth to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer, adding more water when necessary. For meat and poultry broths, I recommend eight hours of cooking at a minimum, and more than 24 hours if possible. (Fish bone broth only takes about two or three hours.) The softer the bones are when you're done, the more nutrient-packed your broth will be.
Cool the broth and strain it through two layers of cheesecloth or a very fine mesh strainer. Place your broth in glass storage bowls. Store some of it in your fridge to use over the next three days or so, and keep the rest in serving-sized bowls in your freezer.As your broth cools in the fridge, the fat will rise to the top. Skim off this fat and use it for cooking if you'd like. When your broth cools, it will get "wiggly" and gelatinous. That's exactly what you want to see, because it means it's full of wrinkle-busting, fat-burning collagen!