The Best Food for a Trip to Mars
We talk a lot about nutrition in our practice since nothing in your life has a greater impact on your health and optimal gene expression than the food you put in your body.
So I was having a conversation the other day with a patient when she asked, “Dr. Pete, if you had to take just one food with you on a trip to Mars, what would it be?”
With our any hesitation I said, “Liver!”
She crinkled up her nose, and gagged, “EW! That’s gross! I HATE liver!”
I responded, “Your like or dislike of it doesn’t change the fact that if I could only take one food to Mars with me, liver would be at the top of my list…and frozen liver that could be thawed and eaten raw would be my first choice. Desiccated liver powder would be my second. Would I prefer to have a bit of variation and choice? You bet, however you asked what the ONE food would be…”
I got her attention and that led to a more detailed conversation about the value of liver specifically, and organ meats in general.
Back in the days when people had to actually stalk, trap or hunt their food, the organs were the first part of the animal eaten. Often, right at the kill site. Why? Because “back in the day” people new that the organs of the animal were the most nutrient dense and contained nutritional components that they knew made them more healthy than when their prey was in scarce supply.
Before World War II, vitamin pills were made from beef or shark liver. In fact, if I had my choice, I would take shark liver to Mars since, along with all the benefits of beef, lamb or goat liver, I would also get the added increased mineral content from the ocean waters.
Sadly, nowadays, very few people eat liver, much less, heart, kidney or any other organ meat. When I suggest that they do, the response is pretty universal and consistent with the one above.
However, as I said to my patient, whether or not a person likes it or not does not negate the fact that liver is the most potent, nutrient dense food you can eat!
As I’ve often said to my son, Caleb…”You don’t have to like it, if you want to be optimally strong and healthy, you just have to eat it!”
We have included liver, either cooked or powdered in shakes, for years. In fact, when I was in my athletic training days, I would often blend raw liver in shakes since raw liver delivers more nutrients than cooked liver. Sometimes I would be in a hurry so I would skip the shake making step and just eat the liver raw. At first, it tasted pretty nasty, however, I didn’t care. I knew how good it was for me and after a time I got used to the taste. I still prefer it cooked a bit with bacon, garlic and some baked apples…but in a pinch…raw it is!
This video is how we have fun at the Hilgartner House…Caleb and Zach being initiated into the Raw Liver Eaters Club…
½ -3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
½ Cup Apple Cider or Real Fruit Juice
½ – ¾ Cup Spring Water
½ Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1-3 Tblspn Nut Butter (Almond, Cashew,
2-4 Raw Egg Yolks
1-3 Teaspoon Desiccated Liver Powder
(Or ½ – ¾ Cup Raw Chopped Calves Liver)
1-3 Teaspoon Greens Powder
1 Teaspoon Camu-Camu Powder
Ensure eggs are from free range, local farm. Store bought eggs increase the risk of salmonella
Freeze raw liver for at least three weeks and then thaw and use. Try to get local, organic, grass-fed liver when you can
Do not use Peanut Butter as it increases the risk of aphlatoxin fungal poisoning
Use organic berries
Green’s Plus, Green Vibrance, Radient Greens, Dr. Schultz’s Greens a re good brands
Desiccated Liver Powder and Camu-Camu Powder can be found at: http://highdoseresveratrolacai.com
- Enhanced Physical Endurance
- Enhanced Post-Exercise Recovery
- Enhanced Healing
- Increased Muscle Density
- Blood Building and Detoxification
- Improved Hormone Metabolism
- Improved Immune Function
- High concentrations of Vitamins A, D, K, E, Folic Acid
- High Mineral Concentration
- Nature’s Most Potent “Super Food”