GRASS FED ADRENAL — $68
— Traditional peoples, Native Americans and early ancestral healers believed that eating the organs from a healthy animal would strengthen and support the health of the corresponding organ of the individual.*1 — This ancient practice is now backed by science.
NOURISH YOUR WAY TO HEALTH & HAPPINESS With ADRENAL GLANDULAR AND ANCESTRAL LIVING... *
For most of human history, we effortlessly consumed (nose-to-tail), and avoided, the things we needed for strength, health and happiness. Like the fertile ground that we once walked upon, we were a natural extension of this earth. In the modern world, we unknowingly struggle to fulfill our nutritional, lifestyle and behavioral needs in order to nourish biological resilience and thus sustain a vibrant, disease-free life. Adrenal related fatigue is a common condition affecting more than half of the population.2 The solution is to restore and rebuild our biological resilience with proven anthropological ways that are backed by modern science... this includes the use of adrenal glandular.
NOTE: Low adrenal function often accompanies low thyroid function, as many people with thyroid antibodies are likely to also have antibodies that attack the adrenals.3
In the early 1900s Dr. Weston Price wrote about the Indians of the far north taking a moose and favoring two small balls in the fat just above the kidneys. Here’s an excerpt from his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration… "The Indian would take and cut up into as many pieces as there were little and big Indians in the family and each one would eat his piece..." 4 Francis Pottenger, Jr. was a noted pioneer in the field who applied the findings and principles of Weston Price to successfully treat "exhaustion" with adrenal glandular.5
Since the late 1890s, physicians have treated symptoms of adrenal insufficiency with adrenal cortex which was taken from the adrenal glands of animals. This treatment was found to be effective for reversing chronic fatigue, inability to concentrate, craving for sweets, hypoglycemia, allergies and arthritis. In the mid 1900s, Dr. John Tintera published his book Hypoadrenocorticism, documenting the successes he had with over 200 cases as a practitioner using adrenal glandular. 6,7
Adrenal glandular was shown to completely maintain adrenalectomized (the surgical removal of the adrenals) animals in good health for indefinitely long periods. It has been shown that it readily abolishes the severe symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, when allowed to develop, and concurrently restores the blood sugar and non-protein nitrogen levels to normal.8 The lives of adrenalectomized animals are prolonged and all the signs and symptoms of severe insufficiency are rapidly abolished by oral administration of the adrenal extract.
Whole food, nutrient dense organs and glands, can provide great benefit for those seeking targeted support in harmony with nature — the old fashioned way, the way that our early ancestors did.* Grassfed Adrenal is a whole food and dietary supplement that provides 100% pure bovine adrenal (and liver) with adrenal-specific peptides, cofactors and enzymes to nourish and support one's own adrenal health.* Bear in mind that this is a "supplement" and should be used in parallel with ancestral nutrition, lifestyle and behavioral modifications to build and restore biological resilience.
- Pasture Raised In New Zealand
- Grass-fed & Grass-Finished
- Hormone, Pesticide & GMO Free
- Absolutely No Fillers (or) Flow Agents
- 100% Freeze Dried & Non-Defatted
- Third Party Tested For Purity
- Allergen Free
CONSIDER THE SOURCE
New Zealand seems like it was made for raising healthy animals. Its location and climate produce pristine conditions for cattle and sheep, and the farmers have uncanny expertise handed down for generations. New Zealand is unique among meat-producing regions in the world because its climate is moderate so the grass in the pastures grows fresh and grows green year-round which means the cows and sheep can eat the food that’s healthiest for them every day of the year.
Our nose-to-tail product line is always from grassfed, inspected animals born and raised without the use of pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. Health of livestock used for manufacturing in New Zealand is closely monitored by a world leading biosecurity system that is second to none, and is a global exemplar. Strict government licensing, auditing and certification procedures mean that our genuine New Zealand freeze dried products can be used with complete confidence in their origin, safety and efficacy. Freeze-drying preser
* Our product line is 100% additive-free. Absolutely no stearates, lubricants, binders, fillers or flow agents... except with our Bone Marrow (see Other Ingredients) *
- Serving Size: 1 to 3 Capsules
- Servings Per Container: Varies
AMOUNT PER CAPSULE
Freeze-Dried New Zealand Grassfed Adrenal (w/ liver) 500 MG
Grass Fed Adrenal (Bovine) 250 MG
- Adrenal Cortex
- Adrenal Medulla
Grass Fed Liver (Bovine) 250 MG
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Collagen (Beef Gelatin) Capsules
SUGGESTED USE: Six capsules daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.
MANUFACTURED IN THE USA: ANCESTRAL SUPPLEMENTS, LLC
* FDA STATEMENT: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
BENEFITS OF BOVINE ADRENAL (W/ LIVER)
Traditional peoples, Native Americans and early ancestral healers believed that eating the organs from a healthy animal would strengthen and support the health of the corresponding organ of the individual. For instance, the traditional way of treating a person with a weak heart was to feed the person the heart of a healthy animal. Similarly, eating the kidneys of a healthy animal was believed to support urinary ailments and overall kidney health... Pancreas was fed to people with digestive and endocrine problems...1 and the adrenal gland was cut up into pieces and fed to all members of the tribe to support adrenal health.4
Dr. Royal Lee, and other early nutritional pioneers, believed the degenerative processes of a specific organ / gland could be reversed by ingesting the corresponding raw materials specific to that organ / gland...8 that adrenal glandular tissue provided adrenal glandular specific building blocks to nourish, support and remodel one's own adrenal glandular.*
LIVER —THE ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD
Whether from grassfed beef, bison, or lamb, grass fed liver is one of the most nutrient-dense, health promoting foods you could possibly eat. Hunters all over the world, for uncounted thousands of years, would eat the raw livers of the animals they killed. Lions and other predatory animals will also eat the liver first. Grass fed liver is particularly rich in vitamin B12, vitamin A, choline, folate and many other powerful nutrients in which most people are deficient. Grass fed liver also contains compounds that help the human liver function better. Other substances in liver reduce fatigue and improve brain function.*1
Many people look to targeted support (like heals like) while neglecting the very fundamental nourishment that governs our biology, health and well-being. It's no wonder that so many people successfully support organ and glandular related health conditions (adrenal, thyroid and heart included) by just nourishing their bodies with Liver.*
The hormones that the adrenal cortex makes are all derived from our best friend–cholesterol. Yes, cholesterol is the precursor to all the valuable adrenal hormones that help us deal with stress, inflammation and trauma, and that help our body to heal. Therefore adrenal insufficiency (lack of adrenal cortical hormones) may stem from a healthy fat deficiency. So the first step is simple and logical: eat more fat, especially cholesterol-rich animal fat. One of these fats should come from liver to also supply vitamin A. The adrenal cortex cannot make adrenal hormones out of cholesterol without adequate vitamin A. 9
ANCESTRAL WISDOM BACKED BY SCIENCE
Organs and glandulars were a staple of our early ancestors' diets as the ultimate superfood, for good reason. It turns out, this nourishing tradition is backed by science... "Radioisotope labeling studies in animals have shown conclusively that, when eaten, organs and glands selectively travel to the corresponding organs and glands in high concentrations. This research, done at the University of Scotland in Edinburgh, lends credence to the ancient practice of eating animal organs to help ensure health in one’s corresponding organs..." - Dr. Ron Schmid, ND.*10 Our early ancestors knew this, which is why their traditional diets included the frequent and nourishing consumption of nose-to-tail nutrients, including the adrenal glands.
GRASS FED ADRENAL (W/ LIVER) CONTAINS...
- Healthy Adrenal Glandular Building Blocks... Adrenal Specific Proteins, Peptides, Enzymes & Cofactors
- Molecular Biodirectors — DNA Blueprints To Support Healthy Tissue
- Methylation Raw Materials (folate, choline, B12, methyl donors)
GRASS FED ADRENAL (W/ LIVER) SUPPORTS...
- Optimal Adrenal Health Based On "Like Supports Like" *
- Blood Sugar
- Methylation And Detoxification
SUGGESTED USE (1 to 3 CAPSULES A DAY)
Our Grass Fed Adrenal (with liver) is a whole food dietary supplement that provides bovine adrenal glandular with the ultimate superfood — liver. Liver fills nutrition gaps more completely than any other food. This supplement should be taken with food... a light snack or meal works well. If upset stomach occurs, try drinking a full 12 ounces of water with capsules. The suggested use is 1 to 3 capsules a day or as directed by a healthcare professional. Start with just 1/2 to 1 capsule per day and increase by 1/2 to 1 capsule every 3 days or so in search of the ideal dose.
- Days 1, 2, 3 take 1 capsule a day
- Days 4, 5, 6 take 2 capsules a day
- Days 7, 8, 9... take 3 capsules a day
POTENTIAL ISSUES (DETOX REACTION)
Most customers tolerate our supplements without incident; however, approximately 5 to 10% of customers (usually with an autoimmune condition) may experience a detoxification reaction. Detoxification reactions go by many different names including healing reactions, healing crises, cleansing reactions (or) Herxheimer reactions with hallmark symptoms of nausea, headache, lethargy, dizziness and other flu like symptoms. In this instance, detoxification reactions are generally an indication that detoxification pathways in the body are back online... cells suddenly have an opportunity to release an even greater than normal quantity of stored toxins, metabolic wastes, pathogens and unwanted material.
If you know that you are sensitive to supplements and/or you have an autoimmune condition, you may wish to start slow when adding this product to your current regimen. Tolerability can be greatly improved by starting with just 1 capsule a day and increasing by just 1 capsule every week — this method may take a full two weeks to achieve the desired serving size of 3 capsules per day.
The human organism is superbly adapted to an environment that no longer exists. Our modern world is totally inappropriate for the bodies we inhabit today. The vast majority of our health and happiness problems result from this mismatch. The solution is to find ways to recreate our ancestral environment in the modern world... to restore and rebuild our biological resilience with paleoanthropological ways that are backed by modern science. Yes, adrenal glandular helps but is only part of the story to health and healing.
Most of the information below is taken from our "About Page" so feel free to peruse that page for updates. This information presented below is meant to provide you, descendant of the sole surviving species of genus Homo (the baddest mammalian predators to ever walk the earth) insights to reclaim your strength, health and happiness in the modern world. It is intended to provide an ancestral-based holistic approach to adrenal recovery.
SLEEP LIKE A ROCK...
On the hierarchy of health, sleep trumps almost everything else. It's the low hanging fruit that can affect health metrics more than just about anything else. It's the time when body and brain detox, recover, rebuild and restore. How amazing is your sleep? Exactly what I thought! Instead of writing a long boring article about sleep, I'm bullet pointing this...
- Get morning sun exposure (at the same time everyday) to regulate sleep / wake cycles.
- Finish your last meal at least 3 to 4 hours before bedtime... trust me, you can do this.
- Earthing... you can do it the old fashioned way or you can use grounding sheets like we do (Google it). We go on barefoot hikes all the time... we use an EMF meter to make sure there are no electrical fields around our bed... we turn off the wifi (actually don't have wifi but you do, so turn it off at night)... put your phone in airplane mode and make sure that there are no electronics (nor lights) anywhere near you.
- Your sleep temperature should be between 64 and 68.
- Use blackout curtains and blackout blinds... room needs to be pitch black. No battery lights, no night lights, nothing!
- Use Himalayan salt lamps at sunset instead of regular lighting.
- Wear UVEX safety goggles at least 2 hours before going to bed... this one is seriously a big deal. They cost about $10 and they make all the difference. If you're not going to do anything else, do this!
- Last but not least, sleep on the floor like our tribe does... why you ask... because our bodies were never meant to be in a cast, courtesy of your bed, all night. Why do you think you wake up feeling like a stiff Rick. Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and author of Move Your DNA. She sleeps on the floor. She got us sleeping on the floor.
Yeah, I know, the last one is bit extreme but you have to ask yourself... how badly do I want this... how badly do I want to be strong, healthy and happy again... what am I willing to do... If you're like most people reading this right now, there's little that you wouldn't do to reclaim these virtues. Prioritize your sleep! It's the single most influential thing you can do right now to support your health journey. No, you don't have to go all in and start sleeping on the floor but you do have to get early morning sun (on skin and through retina), connect to the earth and spend 10 bucks on the UVEX glasses. Start sleeping like our early ancestors did to build your biological resilience.
I'm getting buried with emails about the UVEX glasses... thank you for asking... here's my explanation starting with a link to the blue light blocking glasses that my tribe and I wear. They're normally 10 bucks or so (when they're in stock). I suggest to have the whole tribe / family wear them two hours before going to bed for the best, restorative sleep ever.
The activity / rest (sleep) cycle in us mammals is one of the circadian rhythms that normally gets entrained by environmental cues such as natural light / darkness. These cues no longer exist in the modern world because blue light is now ubiquitous... blue lights are emitted from all screens, smart phones, digital clocks and almost all artificial light in the house. The UVEX glasses block this non-native light spectrum that occurs when the sun goes down. I suggest wearing the UVEX glasses at least 2 hours before going to bed. Even when our whole house is lit only by firelight only, I find myself reaching for the glasses because I don't want even a glimpse of artificial ambient light to disrupt my sleep physiology. Once again, they cost 10 bucks... the benefits are massive. Ego holds people back.
EAT LIKE OUR EARLY ANCESTORS DID...
Nutritional ketosis may have health benefits in conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, autism, traumatic brain injuries and much more.* By now you've heard all the rage about ketosis, also known as the ketogenic diet. It's the new diet that everybody's doing, right! Actually, ketosis isn't new at all... it's been around for... well... since we (human beings) have been around. Ketones provided the energy substrate for our brains and bodies when glucose wasn't available, such as in times of famine which was a common occurrence for our early ancestors. Fortunately for us, biology figured out an elegant solution to the problem of inconsistent food sources and a large, hungry brain... ketosis.
"People whose brains suffer from impaired glucose utilization see cognitive benefits from ketones. In Alzheimer’s disease, aging-related cognitive decline, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease, brain glucose uptake is depressed—even before any actual cognitive decline appears. Despite high glucose availability, the aging, epileptic, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s brain can’t utilize enough of it to handle cognition. Enter ketones. Ketones act as an alternative energy source for the glucose-starved brains. It’s no coincidence that ketogenic diets can improve symptoms (and in some cases abolish them) and cognitive function in all four conditions."
For the record, unless there's a neurodegenerative, mood and/or memory condition on board, I don’t think we all need to be on a ketogenic diet, nor do we all need to remain in ketosis for extended periods of time; however, I do think we need to slip in and out of ketosis on a regular basis... just as our early ancestors would have done. After all, we seem to be purpose built for doing it and we derive massive health and happiness benefits from it. We know it seems to stave off neurodegeneration, as well as improve the brains of people already suffering from it.*
For these reasons, my tribe (my family) and I follow seasonal eating patterns that allow us to slip in and out of ketosis. If we're feeling really good, we may stay in it a little longer. It helps us to think, to perform, and to produce. The following is an idea of how and what we eat... notice that we also go through periods of feast and famine with 24 to 120 hour fasts and huge refeeds where almost nothing that resembles primal food is off limits.
OUR TYPICAL 1ST MEAL IS A DELICIOUS SHAKE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS...
- Wallaby Organic / Grass fed yogurt (2 cups or 150g)
- NOW Brand MCT oil (1-2 tablespoons; up to 30g- dose to tolerability). NOTE: MCT always produces elevated ketones.
- Organic raw virgin coconut oil or organic ghee (2 to 3 tablespoons or 30 to 45g)
- Organic almond butter (2 tablespoons or 30g)
- Organic unrefined red palm oil (1 tablespoon or 15g)
- Grassfed Ancestral Collagen / Gelatin (10-20g)
- Himalayan sea salt -- 1/4 tsp (2 to 3g)
- Organic cinnamon -- 2g
- Organic instant coffee -- 2g (only when seeking variety)
- Organic / Grassfed vanilla protein powder (1 scoop) — I like Bluebonnet Grassfed Protein
- Organic banana (optional when not doing strict keto or if sleep if affected by too low carb consumption)
- Organic / Pasture raised raw eggs (4 to 6 large eggs)
- Organic raw pastured-raised milk (1 cup or 150g)... raw is best but Whole Kalona Brand Milk is a good second option if you don't do raw milk. If you don't tolerate milk, find an alternative.
This shake takes me a whopping 15 minutes to make... It's super convenient... and, it's down right delicious. If I don't make a shake, I will have a bunch of pasture-raised eggs (8 or so) that are smothered in a massive amount of butter topped with crunchy sea salt, a side of avocado, nitrate-free, sugar-free bacon and a dollop of homemade sour cream. Are you kidding me... don't even try to tell me that your current breakfast is better in taste nor in health.
OUR TYPICAL SECOND MEAL IS MOSTLY COOKED... IT'S HOT... IT'S BETTER THAN ANY RESTAURANT FOOD... IT LOOKS LIKE THIS...
- Homemade Bone Soup (simmered for two to three days with tons of marrow)
- Serving or Kimchi
- Organic Avocado
- Grass fed butter or Ghee (2 tablespoons)
- Salad of dark leafy greens (when in season) w/ 2 tablespoons of Organic, fresh pressed olive oil and sea salt (I get mine from Apollo Olive Oil)
- Grass fed organs (6 - 9 oz of various animals, various organs)
- Organic almond butter (2 tablespoons) mixed with organic raw coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
- Organic banana with raw local honey (Optional when not doing strict keto or if sleep if affected by too low carb consumption)
- 100% Cacao block for dessert
We generally carb reload on the weekends with plenty of sweet potatoes, raw local honey, the occasional sorghum and various in-season fruits. We also do a twenty-four to thirty hour fast on Sundays... it's not as bad as it sounds. We eat an early dinner as we normally would on early Saturday evening... skip our first meal on Sunday, and eat an amazing fish-based dinner (usually wild caught sardines) with the entire tribe on Sunday. Once a quarter, we do a 5-day water only fast (adults only).
SUPPLEMENTS THAT WE TAKE / SUPPLEMENTS THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE
- Magnesium... transdermal magnesium oil applied to feet before bed and oral magnesium.
- Vitamin D3 - only when we're not able to get adequate sun exposure (this is rare)
- Vitamin K2 - only when we're not regularly eating my kimchi (this is also rare)
- Grass Fed Liver
- Grass Fed Beef Organs
- Grass Fed Bone Marrow
- UVEX Glasses
- Honorable Mentions For Targeted Support - may use Thymus or Spleen for allergies or to boost immune system... Brain if the brain need a boost... Bovine Tracheal Cartilage to recover an injury... Thyroid in the winter when little to no carbs are available... Adrenal if adrenal support is required... you get the picture.
Keep in mind that my tribe and I eat a very nutrient dense diet. We consume the whole animal just as our ancestors did... That's right, we eat the liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, heart, thymus, bones, tendons, ligaments and more... and we eat this way every day (except on vacation we take extra Liver, Beef Organs and Bone Marrow supplements). We love our bone broth (this is my wife's specialty), and we eat tons of pastured eggs. Wife is awesome enough to sprout chickpeas for us. Then, she turns half of the batch into the best homemade hummus in the world. Super high in folate (NOT SYNTHETIC FOLIC ACID, big diff)!!
You never know, ancestral eating patterns (i.e. cycling back and forth between paleo, ketosis and fasting) could easily be the missing link to the energy, mood, memory and mental performance benefits that we are all after. This is how our early ancestors ate. Start eating like this to build your biological resilience.
MOVE LIKE OUR EARLY ANCESTORS DID...
A mismatch between our ancestral and modern environments in terms of physical activity and natural movement comes to mind as being almost as big a mismatch as is diet. Based on paleoanthropological evidence from hominid fossils, and from the study of individuals living in contemporary hunter-gatherer societies, humans moved around quite a bit and were very active. People in hunter-gatherer groups probably walked around 10,000 steps a day.
What you do with your body is just as important as what you put into it... in maintaining a "healthy level of movement," one develops a healthy approach to consumption, where instincts become far more identifiable and beneficial. The well-being that builds from balanced movement trumps the need for consumption based satisfaction, such as food, pain killers, alcohol, drugs etc. Don't believe me... try it! Try moving more... I'm not asking you to put forth much effort here. I'm just asking you to put one foot in front of the other. Get 10,000 steps a day (or) walk for 60 to 90 minutes. This is how I do it...
- First thing in the morning I walk for twenty to thirty minutes... this is my cup of coffee
- Early afternoon I walk for twenty to thirty minutes... this is my afternoon nap
- After dinner our tribe walks in rain, snow or shine for thirty minutes
I also lift heavy things but this supplemental to moving around at a slow pace. Get moving and take notice how other things fall into place.
AVOID DANGERS LIKE OUR EARLY ANCESTORS DID...
Avoid danger like our ancestors did (think lions, trans fats, sugars, fluoride, excessive wifi, emfs, vaccines, mercury, toxic people, pollution, non-native water, plastics, non-native clothing (polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon, etc), non-native bedding, non-native eating and drinking containers, non-native toiletries, non-native smells (perfumes, air fresheners), flame retardants, etc... This is more categorical in nature because to list everything under this category would be virtually impossible. It will also seem totally impractical to do it all but you can certainly take steps. For instance, instead of avoiding your off gassing furniture and toxic flame retardant mattress, get some house plants in each room to soak up the toxins... these plants will even go one step further and produce fresh air while they're at it. NASA did it! We do it! Remember that this thing is a journey... one step at a time; it's just like walking.
CONNECT TO THE EARTH...
Our early ancestors were in constant contact with nature... Like the fertile ground that we once walked upon, we were a natural extension of this earth. In the modern world, we unknowingly struggle to find direct body-to-earth contact which supports a vibrant, disease-free life. In the book Earthing, authors Clinton Ober, Martin Zucker and Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra put forth a bold proposal that earthing (also known as grounding) has the ability to heal... I believe that they're on to something.
At the heart of earthing is a central physics-based relationship. Since the advent of shoes, houses, flooring, and elevated beds, we’ve lost our connection with the earth and its inherent electrical field. Think about it... when was the last time you had your bare feet directly connected to the earth? How long did you stay connected? Our early ancestors were connected 24/7.
"Basically, the theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth (a “grounding” force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals (ever heard of those guys?) can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge. Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high amount of positive electrons built up in our bodies." — Katie Wells from Wellness Mama
- Improved Sleep
- Stress Reduction
- Muscle Recovery
- Pain Management
- Improved Circulation
- Protecting The Body From EMFs
HOW TO DO IT
This is the easy part... it doesn't cost anything... it doesn't require a whole lot of effort... all you need to do is take off your shoes and put your bare feet directly on the earth (grass, dirt, gravel, sand, etc). That's it! Do this for a 10 minute stretch and pay attention to how you feel. Do it in the morning, do it in the evening or do it every few days... some is better than none. If you see and feel the value in it, you'll do it more... we (The Johnson Family) do it everyday for at least a few minutes and we do it weekly when we go on our barefoot hikes. I can't say anything objective about it but I love the ancestral connection, and it just feels right!
Our early ancestors were regularly subjected to cold temperatures. It’s most likely why we humans have brown adipose tissue (BAT). BAT is especially abundant in newborns and in hibernating mammals. It is also present and metabolically active in adult humans and its primary function is thermoregulation. In the modern world though, we are rarely subjected to cold temperatures for any real duration... Let's face it, who likes that uncomfortable frigid feeling that comes with cold, especially when we have access to warmth 24/7. In modern times, we simply put on some clothes… turn up the heater… or we avoid the cold altogether by staying inside. Our potential for strength and health remains encoded in our DNA, and under certain conditions, we can genetically express the strongest, healthiest version of ourselves. Those "certain conditions" almost always have to do with nose-to-tail nutrition. In this instance, it has to do with getting cold.
Intentional cold exposures initiate adaptive processes and response mechanisms that are hardwired into our genes. We have 60,000 miles of blood vessels within us that are lined with smooth muscles that constrict (or) dilate based on our perception of temperature. This process of vasoconstriction and vasodilation is like exercise for your blood vessels.
Cold exposure benefits include boosting heart health through improved circulation and increased tolerance to stress, upgraded immunity, and enhanced metabolic flexibility. Rhonda Patrick, PHD writes “cold exposures increase cold shock proteins including one in the brain that repairs damaged synapses and in muscle prevents atrophy, how a cold-induced catecholamine lowers inflammation and pain by decreasing the levels of 3 inflammatory mediators…” This is very, very interesting stuff and it's grounded in evolutionary science.
Give it a try. Start with cold / hot shower contrasts for 30 seconds at a time. At first, you'll down right hate me for it because it is down right uncomfortable. Continue the shower contrasts over a 30 day period. Take notice how you feel afterwards... it will keep you coming back for more. It gets easier and easier because the adaptive mechanisms, including the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels, adapt... they get stronger, faster and more efficient at doing what they were designed to do. You will notice that your ability to withstand cold will increase considerably after only a few days. Like any other stressor, we adapt… it gets easier… and it starts to feel amazing.
FAT SOLUBLE ACTIVATORS, SENSIBLE SUN EXPSOURE AND MAGNESIUM...
Our early ancestors didn’t brush… didn’t floss… didn’t get cavities. This is my “go to” line because it seems that the more we brush and floss and use fluoride, the more cavities we get. Obviously, brushing and flossing aren’t the answer, but don’t tell this to the multi-billion dollar dental industry (nor to the allopathic dentist). We all have the ability to remineralize our teeth… to withstand acidic insults… to arrest and resist decay. Nutrition giants Weston A. Price & May Mellanby published the data proving the vital importance that the fat soluble vitamins A, D and K play in tooth remineralization.
Wife is a biological dentist (of 20 years)… I own a supplement company (yours truly). In fact, we developed a product together called “Tooth Restore” that is rich in vitamins A, D, K, magnesium, phosphorus (and others)… This is not commercially available, nor does it need to be for people to glean the benefits, because as you know, nourishing food comes first.
Our liver product is high in real, preformed vitamin A (5,000 iu per serving). That said, if you are deficient in vitamin D, vitamin K2 and/or magnesium, you will not see as much benefit as you could (nor) will you be optimizing other important health metrics. Do you regularly get mid day sun exposure, or take a vitamin D3 supplement? Do you eat fermented veggies like kimchi or sauerkraut or take a vitamin K2 supplement? Do you take a magnesium supplement (I personally recommend a transdermal magnesium oil spray because it's virtually impossible to get enough magnesium from diet alone).
While smashing bones and sucking out the marrow fat was the hard way our ancestors obtained vitamin K, it's not that difficult to obtain marrow bones and either oven roast 3" pieces to serve as appetisers, or slow cook them to make them extra delicious / nutritious... or, look for a good bone marrow supplement! ]
The take home message here is live life in harmony with nature, the way of our early ancestors… love your bone soups, look to liver, get sensible sun exposure, eat your fermented foods (natto reigns supreme) and mind your magnesium. If you want fresh breath, brush your teeth. If you want oral health, nourish your body.
People with periodontal issues will also need additional support from whole bone extract (bone, marrow and cartilage), CoQ10 (or Beef Heart) and collagen (or Bovine Tracheal Cartilage). Ideally, we would consume these nourishing foods by indulging in the deliciousness of bone broth, bone marrow and organ meats (heart is the richest source of CoQ10 that exists in nature). These additional nose-to-tail nutrients could easily be the missing link to the strength, energy and other health benefits that we are all after.
FOR MEN ONLY...
In the context of leading a relatively "normal" (boring, routine-driven) life, the key is change. Novelty is what our DNA expects but in the modern world, we do the same things over, and over, and over... just sort of existing in life, on autopilot... so change everything (sleep differently, eat differently, move differently)... change what you do... what you see... how you think... how you feel... how you are... become a greater level of mind, body and spirit to become a greater version of yourself.
Start with simple things like brushing your teeth with the other hand... cross your arms left over right... sit in a different chair in a different way... drive different paths to and from new and old places... don't let yourself exist on autopilot... create novelty in everything that you do. We are the sapiens of genus homo. We are hunters, gathers, nomads. Have you taken a freezing cold shower yet... if not, go do this right now... tell me how you feel after an ice cold shower... this elicits a state of being that will remind you of what it's like to feel alive again. This ice cold shower seemingly puts you in harms way... you will endure struggle.. you will endure discomfort... you will overcome real and imagined danger... remember this... comfort is not good for the organism.
Progress with other things like a 5-day water fast... this acts like a genetic reset of sorts and it provides the mind, body, spirit framework for real struggle. Start chopping firewood... make a backyard fire... start doing Crossfit and push yourself... buy a set of daggers and practice throwing proficiency or make a spear and do the same... go to the shooting range... get in a game of pick up basketball or paintball or a first person shooter game...
When was the last time that you did something that really scared the shit out of you... run from a lion... run from a dog... go bungee jumping... get on a roller coaster... go bouldering or rock climbing... take up an extreme sport... pick a fist fight that's worth fighting for... (I did this at the post office one day when a man was bullying a woman clerk, he retreated).
As Diane Ackerman puts it, “Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length.” In the context of a lifetime, these realizations and moments of intensity are ours to carry with us. They help expand the proportions of our living... they create a certain kind of energy that extends beyond our flesh... they fill a well that sustains the life we go back to.
Sleep, food and lifestyle have to be fundamental to recovery and healing. I believe in an ancestral approach like an introduction to ketosis (with supplements), then cycle in and out of ketosis every couple of months. This will address the root cause of many issues.... reset insulin and leptin sensitivity, and get you well along in your health journey.
high quality ORGANS & GLANDS
Okay, you're convinced! You're going to start incorporating nose-to-tail nourishment in your routine because, well... you're educated now... you understand, just as our early ancestors did, that they provide superlative health benefits that are missing in our modern diets. The next step is sourcing it. It's important that you source the highest quality because not all organs, glands and cartilage are created equal. Consider the source.
- Should Come From An Unpolluted Geographical Region — Isolated, Healthy, Pristine Lands
- Should Come From Pasture Raised Animals
- Should Come From Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Animals
- Should Come From Animals That Are Hormone, Pesticide & GMO Free
- Should Also Be Ultra Pure... Absolutely No Fillers (or) Flow Agents, No Allergens
- Should Be Non-Defatted
- Should Be 100% Freeze Dried... Freeze Drying Preserves Heat Sensitive Biological Activity
SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS (3)
If you're going to pick just one ancestral supplement to start with, make it our GRASS FED BEEF LIVER... unless you need targeted support with another specific organ system (see below). If you are going to pick two supplements, our GRASS FED BEEF LIVER and our GRASS FED BEEF ORGANS provide complementary and synergistic nourishment. If you can add a third supplement, GRASS FED BONE MARROW fills fat soluble nutrition gaps, provides stem cells, bovine cartilage, glycosaminoglycans and the fat soluble activators that nutrition giant Dr. Weston Price extensively wrote about.
- Grass Fed Beef Liver
- Grass Fed Beef Organs (liver, heart, kidney, pancreas, spleen)
- Grass Fed Bone Marrow
On the other hand, if you're looking for targeted organ support, you may be interested in our GRASS FED BEEF HEART to support heart health (or) our GRASS FED THYROID to support a struggling thyroid (or) our GRASS FED THYMUS to support thymus function and immune health... you get the picture.* We have a nose-to-tail product line that can be found on our "Products" page. If you can't find what you're looking for (or) you're not sure what you're looking for, send us an email and we'll do everything we can to help.
GRASSFED adrenal glandular Summary
Our genome has evolved with the nourishment of nose-to-tail dining since the beginning of time. Grass Fed Adrenal is a whole food and dietary supplement that provides 100% pure bovine adrenal glandular containing powerful building blocks and biodirectors along with the most nourishing super food in existence — liver. Based on the concept of "like supports like," adrenal glandular (w/ liver) may nourish and support our own adrenal health.*
Not all organs and glands are the same. Look for the highest quality bovine adrenal glandular... It should come from pasture-raised, grass-fed and grass-finished animals that are hormone, pesticide and GMO free. If considering a supplement, look for one that is ultra pure (without binders, fillers (or) flow agents) and look for the freeze dried variety as these have been shown to optimally preserve nutritional factors, growth factors and co-factors.
We care deeply about each and every aspect of our "seed to supplement" way of life... great love and gratitude goes out to the souls of these beautiful creatures that sacrificed their lives so that we could be nourished.
NOTE: Bovine adrenal glandular can be found on the market by various names: adrenal glandular, bvine adrenal glandular extract, adrenal cortex, adrenal medulla, desiccated adrenal, etc, ect. Our brand goes by Grass Fed Adrenal.
Sources and References
- Fishman, Stanley A. "The Benefits of Organ Meats." Tender Grassfed Meat. N.p., 09 Dec. 2014. Web. 17 June 2017.
- Murray, Michael T., Joseph E. Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno. The encyclopedia of healing foods. 3rd ed. Place of publication not identified: Time Warner International, 2006. Print.
- Price, Weston A., DDS. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration; a comparison of primitive and modern diets and their effects. Santa Monica, CA: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 2008. Print.
- Lee R, Hanson W. Protomorphology: The Principles of Cell Auto-Regulation. Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, 1947
- "Spleen, 500mg, 180 Capsules." Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 June 2017.
- "Spleen, 500mg, 180 Capsules." Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 June 2017.
- https://adrenalglandular.net/articles/10-amazing-functions-of-the-adrenal glandular-gland