In Praise of Chicken Feet

6 min readJun 10, 2020

Bone broth and you!

I follow a paleo diet. I’ve been doing that since 2009. I’ve made changes along the way. Currently, I follow a keto diet. In particular, the Wahls Paleo Protocol.

One of the recommendations that Dr. Wahls makes is to have bone broth every day.

At first, I thought, meh. That’s too much work.

However, my best friend gave me an Instant Pot for a house warming gift, and that has made all the difference in the world.

There are tons of articles about why to drink bone broth. It’s supposedly good for your skin, your joints, your gut, your bones, your mood, your muscles, and it will help you lose weight!

I call bull-hockey.

All these studies show is that there are certain amino acids and minerals that are supposedly found in bone broth, and those same amino acids are good for you. As I am making bone broth at home, the amounts of those amino acids and minerals are going to vary widely.

I still drink it every day.

As I am not a scientist, and nor do I play one on TV, I can only tell you of my experience of drinking it every day, and how I, personally feel.

Skin: There is no doubt in my mind that the bone broth I drink is good for my skin. I can tell the difference after three to four days. My skin is noticeably less dry. In particular, the heels on my feet are much less dry and cracked. As an older woman, I have problems with dry skin. The bone broth has helped me in this regard.

Joints: I am an older person. I’ll reach sixty next year. I haven’t always taken care of myself. I’m still really active as well. Drinking bone broth means that my joints are better lubricated. (I also take hyaluronic acid every day.) Between the bone broth and the HA, when I make a fist, you can no longer hear my joints crackling. I don’t have the best knees in the world either. The bone broth makes a world of difference in terms of my knee pain.

Digestion: I have a healthy gut. It took me a while to realize that few people can say that. (If you’re unsure, it’s all about your poop.) Part of why I have a healthy gut is because I give it good stuff, such as bone broth every day. (The other thing I do for my gut…




Leah Cutter sold her first short story back in 1997, and continues to write and sell both her fiction and non-fiction. She supports herself with her writing.