Chicken Soup for the Voice

Chicken soup isn’t just good for your soul, it’s good for your voice as well! Bone broth has been a staple in the diet of every culture for hundreds of years, and it’s also used as stock in cooking. It is made from boiling the bones and sometimes meat of chicken, beef or lamb. It is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, boosts healing and rich in collagen and essential minerals.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin, tendons, ligaments and fascia where it forms a framework to provide strength and structure.

This from a research article entitled “Management of the Voice and its Disorders:” “Fibrous proteins such as elastin and collagen are pivotal in maintaining the proper elastic biomechanical property of the vocal folds.”* Bone broth has an anti-inflammatory effect on the mucous membranes of the body, and certainly the membranes of the vocal tract.

Another way that bone broth is good for the voice is in the case of singers who develop GERD (Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease). Singers seem to be at higher risk for GERD than the average person, maybe because of the pressure changes caused by the action of breath support in the gastrointestinal area. Stomach acid is a good thing, as long as it stays where it belongs. In acid reflux, the stomach acid is refluxed upwards, like a burp, into the esophagus. Sometimes the reflux travels all the way up to the larynx, and can cause a sore throat, hoarseness or laryngitis.

Bone broth is especially beneficial for this condition, as it is easy to digest, and the collagen and gelatin are effective in restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach. Also, the gelatin is hydrophilic which means that it attracts liquids, including digestive juices, allowing for effective digestion.In addition to GERD, bone broth has been helpful in healing other digestive disorders, like colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Some other benefits of bone broth:

1. Nourish Your Gut - Bone broth is full of gelatin and collagen, which soothes the intestinal tract as a healthy intestinal tract is essential to overall good health.

2. Boost Your Immune System - A traditional folk remedy for colds and flus, bone broth provides nutrients which support your immune system. Cysteine, an amino acid found in chicken, helps to thin mucus so it can be expelled more easily.

3. Increase Bio-available Minerals - Supplying calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulfur and phosphorous

4. Promote Healthy Skin - A rich source of collagen, bone broth can improve skin elasticity and fight wrinkles.

5. Reduce Inflammation - Glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, and gelatin support your joints, bones, and reduce inflammation throughout your body

Making bone broth is a bit of a process, but well worth the effort! I just boil one organic chicken in water, adding salt and a little apple cider vinegar, and then simmer overnight on low heat. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.

Bone broth is an all around great addition to your diet for ageless living!

Feel free to comment/ask questions!

*Linda Rammage; M D Morrison; Hamish Nichol, Management of the voice and its disorders, published by:: Singular/Thomson Learning, San Diego, CA ,2001, 269-270.

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