Great article from Whole Health Associates:

  • Cookware – eliminate aluminum; use glass, stainless steel, iron, corning ware 
  • Good fats for mineral absorption energy and mood (avoid margarine, shortenings, hydrogenated oils; use butter, olive oil, coconut butter) 
  • Quality protein (about 4 ounces at each meal) for rebuilding and mood 
  • Increase water intake 
  • Use apple cider vinegar (2 tsp. in 4 oz. water sipped with meal) and/or fresh lemon in water to improve digestion 
  • Limit sugar and white flour; as we age our cells cannot handle the sugar 
  • Increase mineral intake, fresh or frozen (avoid canned) fruits & vegetables, cook by steaming, sautéing or in soups 
  • Stocks – to increase minerals, excellent source of calcium (make weekly)* 
  • Keep carbohydrates to minimum for energy and mood (breakfast especially) 
  • Avoid Aspartame as found in diet sodas, some gum, drink mixes, yogurts, etc. 

* Benefits of homemade stocks: 

  • Delicious 
  • Easy to make 
  • Extremely nutritious (containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables in an easy-to-assimilate form) 
  • Gelatin aids digestion, calming to nervous system, soothing to intestines 
  • Lasts 5 days in refrigerator, several months in freezer 

Stock recipe: 
1 whole chicken or 2-3 lbs bony chicken parts 
4 quarts cold water 
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
1 large onion 
2 carrots 
3 celery sticks 
bunch parsley 

Remove items from cavity. Place chicken, water, vinegar and all veggies except parsley into stainless steel pot. Bring to a boil and remove scum that rises to the top. Cover and cook for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you cook the richer and more flavorful. About five minutes before finishing, add parsley. Remove from heat. Take out chicken. Once cooled, remove meat from bones and use for other recipes (salad, fajitas, etc.). Strain stock into a large bowl and put in refrigerator until fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim this off. Keep stock in refrigerator or freezer. Use for vegetables soup, over rice or potatoes, etc. From Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon 

Quick stock – use Health Valley stock with added gelatin (gelatin capsules 800.221.1152)