It’s a traditional healing food rather than a quick fix pill.Though there are tons of pre-made bone broths on the market, and convenience can be helpful at times, I will begin making mine as soon as possible.
Though I love having a warm mug of broth at breakfast, it’s not everyone’s style.
2. Pasture Raised Liver
Liver is a powerful superfood that’s incredibly nutrient dense, and gives the body the nutrients that it needs to thrive and heal. Liver is packed with Vitamin D, A, B12, folic acid, zinc, and other essential nutrients. Believe it or not, it’s far more healthful than regular muscle meat as seen here in this post by Chris Kresser. These are the nutrients that we need to heal and to be healthy, and they can all be found in liver!
When buying liver, it’s just as important as ever to go grass-fed and pasture raised. Why? Conventional meat is not only inhumane, but it’s incredibly inflammatory. Animals health suffer from poor quality diets which makes the quality of the meat suffer. Always look for pasture raised chicken liver, and grass-fed beef liver.
Funny story, I literally cried the first time I had liver I hated it so much. I was so, so over it before I had even started. So, how do you make the darned thing taste good and get rid of the off putting texture? Pate!
3. Fermented foods
Though we’re only starting to scratch the surface on our understanding of the gut microbiome, it’s incredibly important.
The bacteria in our gut affect our health in a myriad of ways, such as:
- Protect us from pathogens
- Affect the integrity of our gut lining
- Help strengthen our immunity
- Boost our digestive fire
- Contribute to our health and wellbeing as a whole
Before refrigeration, our ancestors fermented foods to keep them fresh. According to Weston A. Price, nearly every society had some sort of fermented food from sauerkraut, to kimchi, even to fermented cow blood (actually, no thanks… not cute).
But really, fermented foods have been a part of our diets for centuries and are an incredibly effective way to support healthy gut bacteria.
Sauerkraut, kimchi, and home fermented veggies are a great option. Also drinking Restore 30 minutes before each meal.
4. Tons of veggies.
There really is no replacement for just good ol’ vegetables.
When I was studying nutrition in college, I knew a lot of people who were just taking supplements, going to eat fast food and calling it a day on their health. We’re made to believe that we can get all of the essential nutrients through supplementation, however, when it comes to fruit and vegetables, we’re missing the whole food form and the phytonutrients which are present in only the whole food form.
Fresh vegetables are, again, a traditional and necessary part of a healing diet and have essential vitamins and phytonutrients needed to support health and vitality. This is the reason I drink Shakeology everyday. It has 7 servings of veggies in one glass.
Though many have issues with certain vegetables like nightshades, FODMAPS, etc., it’s important to find veggies that work for your diet, and have them daily.
Now, this one may be controversial, as it certainly is not for everyone, but I’m okay with that. Ghee is an incredibly traditional healing food and is seen as therapeutic in ayurvedic medicine.
Ghee is clarified butter, or butter that’s free of the milk solids that are what carry the lactose and casein. That means that’s it’s free of the allergens that most often cause problems for people.
Similar to liver, ghee is high in vitamin A, D, and K and is in a bioavailable form. These vitamins are crucial for health and healing, and if you have gut issues, you likely have problems absorbing these vitamins, especially vitamin A. Ghee is an easy way to absorb vitamin A regardless of gut issues.
Ghee has also been shown to support healthy gut flora, and balance the immune system which only helps gut healing more.
So, how do you use ghee? Um, how do you not use ghee? I use it on sweet potatoes, plantains, and just about everything else in between!