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Between bouts of writing over the years, I’ve focused on self-care and healing. This has freed me from brain fog, chronic fatigue, depression, and a failure to thrive—whether at my day job or my writing sessions. For as the body and mind are nourished, so too is the creative muse.
Traditional foods were a big staple in many households…until they were forgotten in the 20th century with the Industry Revolution. Chemical use and food processing became more popular with the rise in demand and the need for convenience. People became busier, and a quick bite at a burger joint was favored over traditional dishes. Even ‘healthy’ foods like nuts and seeds are roasted and processed, whereby others—like fruits and vegetables—are grown with harmful chemicals.
The Rediscovery of Glandulars
Glandulars are an intriguing, whole-food medicine making a comeback in the 21st century. Glandular-focused companies are booming, and people are healing from chronic degenerative diseases. Unlike a multivitamin, glandulars are whole foods, containing untold amounts of cofactors that amplify their effects.
A History of Glandulars
Bushmen aboriginals consumed glandulars religiously. This resulted in a people robust in health, sharp of mind, and spiritual in heart. Their cultures were rich with supernatural lore, vivid storytellers, and close-knit communities. Many early health pioneers, like Weston Price, studied these tribes and found their diets rich in glandular compounds.
Often, they consumed foods like liver, fish eggs, and bone marrow. It was rare to find a skeletal carcass in the early Americas; the Native Americans would strip the bone marrow, hides, and organs from their kills, thereby using everything from the animals they caught. Nose to tail, literally.
This is not to say that bushmen were pure carnivores, but that they recognized the gifts from nature—both plant and animal.
Ancestral Wisdom Behind Food
Researchers discovered high amounts of nutrients in traditional foods like liver. Fat soluble vitamins like A (not to be confused with beta-cartotene), K2, D, and E were rich in liver—plus a host of mineral salts. Liver also has an unknown anti-fatigue factor that helps with energy. It’s little wonder aboriginal societies prized liver so highly.’
Chinese medicine, dating thousands of years old, also encourages this practice. Foods such a beef liver, sardines, dates, and almonds were considered nutrient-dense foods that built the blood and strengthened the liver. In fact, Chinese healers believed the liver stored the qi, or life force, of an individual.
Ayurveda extols raw living almonds for their life-giving properties and ability to nullify wasting. Soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds, and grains amplifies their healing ability.
Amla berry is another wonderful fruit for its rich supply of vitamin C, antioxidants, and cofactors that far surpasses an orange. It’s curious that the amla tree grows primarily in the wild, or under the watchful eye of farmers; not large industrial corporations.
Some sources suggest the small, tart amalaki fruit has one of the highest known concentrations of vitamin C in the plant kingdom—twenty times that of an orange.8 More importantly, the vitamin C naturally found within the amalaki fruit is stabilized by the presence of tannins, which help to maintain the vitamin content even through processing.9—Banyan Botanicals
Celery Juice—Myth or Miracle?
Celery juice may not be an ancestral food, but it’s gained popularity due to its nutrient density. Celery stalk alone has medicinal value, and its extract was used to treat a host of conditions. The high amount of folate, vitamin C, and minerals is a great start to the day. Plus, it has chlorophyll, which builds the blood and supports the liver.
I drank a quart of celery juice for several months. The result? My digestion is improved and I have more energy with less brain fog. Celery juice alone isn’t a miracle food as some tout, but when combined with other healing foods, it contributes to full body replenishment.
Other Recommended Foods
In the spirit of keeping this article short, here are other foods recommended for body regeneration. Choose organic and locally grown when possible:
- Atlantic seaweeds
- Raw honey (with pollen, propolis, and honeycomb)
- Barley grass juice powder
- Lemon/lime water
- Bone-in sardines
- Raw, soaked and sprouted walnuts
- Leafy greens
- Grass-fed AND grass-finished meats
- Freshly stewed bone marrow
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Root vegetables
- Ripe fruits
In this post-industrial society (post-COVID even) it’s more important than ever to take care of our bodies. Viruses are running rampant, microplastics are everywhere, soils are deficient, and more and more people are on medications to get by. Fortunately, nature left us a trove of tools to fall back on. Once we return to the traditional gifts of our ancestors, we can fight back against chronic degeneration.