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This Warming Winter Drink Improves Sleep, Speeds Weight Loss, and Eases Joint Pain

You may have heard the buzz about bone broth — but what is it, exactly, and why do people love it so much? We’ve got the scoop on this tasty brew, which is perfect for cold winter days, and all the health benefits you can get from drinking it. Read on for our favorite bone broth recipes, and try one today to start reaping the rewards!

Bone broth helps you sleep more soundly.

Enjoying a bone broth–spiked beverage can help usher in a good night’s sleep. Credit goes to the broth’s rich stores of glycine, a nutrient that boosts the production of relaxing theta brain waves, which help people sleep 55 percent more soundly within 48 hours of the first sip.

Bone broth helps you lose weight faster.

Bone broth is loaded with a trio of nutrients (collagen, calcium, and glycine) that are known to speed fat burn, increase detoxification, and promote the creation of lean muscle. The effect is so powerful that folks who drank it daily lost 50 percent more weight than those who skipped the soothing sip.

Bone broth eases joint pain.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, enjoying bone broth daily can slash your risk of joint stiffness by 43 percent and improve mobility by 39 percent. That’s because collagen helps build cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that aid movement — plus it helps to cushion joints.

Cinnamon Citrus Soother

  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Add all ingredients to pot, simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, and pour into mugs. Makes 2 servings. Bonus! The scent of cinnamon sharpens focus by 60 percent.

Honey Matcha Marvel

  • 2 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs. honey

Add all ingredients and 1⁄4 cup hot water to blender and puree until smooth. Divide evenly between 2 mugs. Bonus! Fatty acids in coconut oil increase belly-fat burn by 67 percent.

Lavender Tea Latte

  • 2 lavender tea bags
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 8 oz. brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1⁄4 cup heavy cream

Add tea bags, bone broth, coffee, honey and 1 cup water to pot and bring to a boil. Discard tea bags and pour into 2 mugs. Top with heavy cream. Bonus! Honey helps halt heartburn in 60 seconds.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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