BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE — $44

 

— The life’s work of Dr. John F. Prudden showed that bovine tracheal cartilage had unique and powerful effects on wound healing, immune conditions, joint health and other conditions considered to be treatment resistant to conventional therapies.*[1,2,3,4] 

 

NOURISH YOUR WAY TO HEALTH & HAPPINESS With BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE *

For most of human history, we effortlessly consumed (nose-to-tail) 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 needs in order to support and sustain a vibrant, disease-free life. We are now part of a world where our strength, our health and our happiness are not wholly ours anymore... but it doesn't have to be that way!

[ The life’s work of Dr. John F. Prudden showed that bovine tracheal cartilage had unique and powerful effects on wound healing, autoimmune conditions, joint health and several other conditions considered to be treatment resistant to conventional therapies.[1,2,3,4]  Bovine cartilage stimulates the immune system in certain conditions, but suppresses it in others... Thus it acts as a “normaliser” or immunoregulator to balance and regulate a health promoting response for a given stiumulus. According to Dr. Prudden, “bovine cartilage closely resembles fetal mesenchyme, the primordial tissue from which muscle, bone, tendons, ligaments, skin, fat and bone marrow (the heart of the immune system) all develop.” “The cartilage”, he adds, “contains numerous powerful molecular biodirectors. These have a potent normalizing effect in human biology."[5]

Bovine tracheal cartilage is also rich in glycosaminoglycans which maintain and support collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces and keep protein fibers in balance and proportion. Glycosaminoglycans are also linked to the lymphatic system.[6] ]

Whole food, nutrient dense organs, glands and cartilage 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 Trachea is a whole food and dietary supplement that provides 100% pure bovine tracheal cartilage containing immunoregulars, glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, chondroitin sulfates and type II collagen with the most nourishing super food in existance — liver. Our mission is our purpose... putting back in, what the modern world has left out. 

  • 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

 

New Zealand

— Our product is 100% sourced in New Zealand. In agricultural circles, it's known that the clean air, green pastures, and animal husbandry is at a higher level —

Ultra Pure

— Our product is 100% pure... This means that you won't see any of the extra stuff that most supplement companies include to save time and money (stearates, silica, etc) —

Freeze Dried

— Our product is 100% freeze dried in contrast to the heat processed varieties. This means that you get more of the heat sensitive vitamins, minerals and co-factors that make organ meats so incredibly nourishing —

Safety

— There has never been a case of mad cow disease in New Zealand. BSE (mad cow disease), scrapie and other known TSE’s, do not occur in New Zealand. A national surveillance programme is in place to provide comprehensive monitoring —

 

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 preserves the heat sensitive vitamins, minerals and co-factors of components leaving the nutrients in the same balance as found in nature.

 

* Our product line is 100% additive-free. Absolutely no stearates, lubricants, binders, fillers or flow agents... except with our Bone Marrow (see Other Ingredients) *

  

SUPPLEMENT FACTS

  • Serving Size: 6 Capsules
  • Servings Per Container: 30

AMOUNT PER CAPSULE

Freeze-Dried New Zealand Grassfed Bovine Tracheal Cartilage With Liver 500 MG

Grass Fed Tracheal Cartilage (Bovine) 250 MG

  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Proteoglycans
  • Chondroitin Sulfates
  • Type II Collagen

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.

 
 
 
 
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BENEFITS OF BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE

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...[7] trachea and other cartilaginous parts provided concentrated amounts of connective tissue, collagen and other proteins that are now missing from the modern diet.

 

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 and many other powerful nutrients that most people are deficient in. Grass fed liver also contains compounds that help the human liver function better. Other substances in liver reduce fatigue and improve brain function.*[7] 

 

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.*[8] Our early ancestors knew this, which is why their traditional diets included the frequent and nourishing consumption of nose-to-tail nutrients.

— Powerful effects on wound healing, autoimmune conditions, joint health and other conditions considered to be treatment resistant to conventional therapies *[1,2,3,4] —

— Contains numerous powerful molecular biodirectors and immunoregulators to balance and regulate a health promoting response to a given stimulus *[5] —

— All the building blocks for connective tissue and cartilage... glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, chondroitin sulfates and type II collagen *[6] —

 

BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE CONTAINS...

  • Proteins Exclusively Found And Expressed In Bovine Tracheal Cartilage
  • Numerous Powerful Molecular Biodirectors (promote healing, immune, joint health) *
  • Immunoregulators
  • Cartilage Building Blocks... Glycosaminoglycans, Proteoglycans, Chondroitin Sulfates And Type II Collagen

[NOTE: Proteoglycans are a major component of the animal extracellular matrix, the "filler" substance existing between cells in an organism. Here they form large complexes, both to other proteoglycans, to hyaluronan, and to fibrous matrix proteins, such as collagen. Cartilage is basically made of water, collagen, and proteoglycans, a protein-polysaccharide bond that provides elasticity.] [10,11]

 

BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE SUPPORTS... 

  • Healing, Immune Health And Joint Health *
  • Treatment Response In Conditions Considered To Be Treatment Resistant *
  • Connective Tissue And Digestive Health *[9]

 [NOTE: Bovine tracheal cartilage’s anti-inflammatory effects make it especially useful for joint disorders. However, it has also been shown to be very effective in inflammatory conditions of the gut.] [9]

 

SUGGESTED USE (6 CAPSULES A DAY)

Our Grass Fed Trachea (with liver) is a whole food dietary supplement that provides bovine tracheal cartilage with the ultimate suerfood — liver. Liver fills nutrition gaps more completely than any other food. This supplement can be taken with (or) without food (even though it technically is food). The suggested use is 6 capsules a day or as directed by a healthcare professional — for added support, the dose can be doubled or trippled. If consuming more than six capsules at once, the doses should be seperated by at least three hours to improve tolerability.

 

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. 

A detoxification reaction is more likely to occur when starting with the full suggested serving size of 6 capsules per day. 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 (or) 2 capsules a day and increasing by just 1 capsule every couple of days — this method may take a full two weeks to achieve the desired serving size of 6 capsules per day.

 

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

new zealand grassfed beef liver

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 and provides 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 BOVINE TRACHEAL CARTILAGE Summary

Our genome has evolved with the nourishment of nose-to-tail dining since the beginning of time. Grassfed Trachea is a whole food and dietary supplement that provides 100% pure bovine tracheal cartilage containing powerful biodirectors, immunoregulars, glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, chondroitin sulfates and type II collagen with the most nourishing super food in existance — liver. These nourishing compounds support healing, immune and joint health along with treatment resistant conditions.* Based on the concept of "like supports like," bovine tracheal cartilage may strengthen and support our own connective tissue, cartilage and joint health.*

Not all organs and glands are the same. Look for the highest quality bovine tracheal cartilage... 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.

[ FACT: There has never been a case of mad cow disease in New Zealand. BSE (mad cow disease), scrapie and other known TSE’s, do not occur in New Zealand. A national surveillance programme is in place to provide comprehensive monitoring. ]

We care deeply about each and every aspect of our "seed to supplement" business... 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 tracheal cartilage (BTC) can be found on the market by various names: Antitumor angiogenesis factor, bovine mucopolysaccharide-cartilage complex, Catrix®, Catrix®-S, collagen bovine, cow cartilage, glycosaminoglycan polysulfuric acid complex, metastatin, mucopolysaccharide-cartilage complex, processed bovine cartilage, psoriacin, psoriacin-T, Rumalon®, VitaCarte®, Dr Rons and Vital Proteins.

 

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All content below this mark is a work in progress... we are genus Homo (the baddest mammalian predators that ever lived)

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.

Sleep like a rock...  eat like our early ancestors did...  move like our ancestors did...  avoid danger like our ancestors did (think lions, trans fats, sugars, fluoride, excessive wifi, emfs, vaccines, mercury, etc)...  go barefoot, connect to the earth...  get sensible sun exposure...  get cold (environmental conditioning)...  mind your magnesium...  stay positive, think about the wonderful things in your life that you're grateful for.

The information presented here is meant to provide you, descendant of the sole surviving species of genus Homo (the baddest mammalian predators that ever lived) insights to reclaim your strength, health and happiness in the modern world.

 

ACTIVATING ANCIENT PATHWAYS [SLEEP, NUTRITION, MOVEMENT, SUN]

 

You're right... I'm not a hospital... I'm not a doctor... and this is not medical advice... But I do have a degree in biochemistry. I wrote a thesis on the chemistry and biochemistry of supplemental nutrition. I'm a primal blueprint certified health coach and I've been obsessed with ancestral health and ancestral nutrition for over twenty years. Perhaps my best credential is that I care about people. For these reasons, I can usually offer some value but the framework will always be built on and around ancestral living... on proven ways to work with our biology to express the best versions of what we can be.

 

[1] 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 your body and your 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 $9 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 and healthy and happy... 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 do everything else. Strart sleeping like our early ancestors did.

 

[2] EAT LIKE OUR EARLY ANCESTORS DID...

Next is how you eat... there's no amount of supplements that will outperform a bad diet. Yes, supplements will absolutely help (they can make a huge difference) but diet is absolutely fundamental. For this reason, I am a huge advocate of using the ketogenic diet as a tool... not really a diet per se but a way of eating that models that of our early ancestros. I've been cycling in and out of ketosis for over six years. I've been writing a book on ketosis. The following information is from that book...

Nutritional ketosis may have health benefits in conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, autism, traumatic brain injuries and much more.*[14] 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.

— Ketosis certainly helps people with neurodegeneration conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, aging-related cognitive decline, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease * —

— An outpouring of anecdotes suggest that otherwise healthy people can experience cognitive benefits from brain utilization of ketones. Wife and I belong to this outpouring... love the upgraded mental performance! * —

— Ketosis upregulates mitochondrial biogenesis in the brain. It literally creates new power plants in the brain that are good at burning fat-derived fuel and mopping up brain fog * —

"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." [16]

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.*[16]

[ NOTE: Ketosis is a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate way of eating. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil), intermittent fasting (IF) and fasting all elevate ketone bodies. Have a look at what I eat (see below) but be careful with too much protein as this can kick you out of ketosis. A typical keto meal should consist of 70% to 75% healthy fats, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates. The best book, that's also available on Audible, that I've read on ketosis is Keto Clarity

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 twenty-four 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 Collagen / Gelatin (10-20g)
  • Himalayan sea salt -- 1/4 tsp (2g)
  • Organic cinnamon -- 2g
  • 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 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

This shake takes me about 15 to 20 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 butter with a side of avocado, nitrate-free, sugar-free bacon and a dollop of sour cream.

 

OUR TYPICAL SECOND MEAL IS 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)
  • Organic unrefined red palm oil
  • Salad of dark leafy greens w/ 2 tablespoons of Organic, fresh pressed olive oil and sea salt (I get mine from Apollo Olive Oil)
  • Grass fed beef/organs (6 - 9 oz ground peleo and various organs)
  • Organic almond butter (2 tablespoons) mixed with organic raw coconut oil (2 tablespoons) and a tablespoon of Bluebonnet's grassfed vanilla protein
  • 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.

 

SUPPLEMENTS THAT WE TAKE

  • Transdermal Magnesium Oil - We use magnesium oil every night.
  • 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

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, going back and forth between paleo and ketosis could easily be the missing link to the mood, memory and mental performance benefits that we are all after. This is how our early ancestors ate.

 

[3] 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 benificial. The wellbeing that builds from balanced movement trumps the need for consumption based satisfaction, such as food, pain killers, alchohol, drugs etc. Don't belive 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.

 

[4] AVOID DANGERS LIKE OUR EARLY ANCESTORS DID...

Avoid danger like our ancestors did (think lions, trans fats, sugars, fluoride, excessive wifi, emfs, vaccines, mercury, non-native water, plastics, non-native clothing, non-native bedding, non-native eating and drinking containers, flame retardants, etc)... The list below is going to be massive and impractical to do it all but you you can take steps. For instance, instead of avoiding your off gassing furniture and mattress, get some house plants in each room to soak up the toxins... they'll even go one step further and produce fresh air while they're at it. NASA did it! We do it! To be continued... 

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[5] 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 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

REPORTED BENEFITS

  • Improved Sleep
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stress Reduction  
  • Muscle Recovery  
  • Pain Management  
  • Improved Circulation
  • Antioxidants
  • 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!

 

[6] GET COLD...

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.[9] 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.

— Improves blood circulation so the arteries work more efficiently at pumping blood, therefore boosting our overall heart health * —

— Promotes “hardening,” which results in increased tolerance to stress and disease * —

— Upgrades the immune system by increasing glutathione (our master antioxidant) and decreasing inflammatory markers * —


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…” [10] 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.

 

[7] 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.

 

— Vitamins A, D, and K2 cooperate synergistically not only with each other, but also with essential minerals like magnesium and zinc, with dietary fat, and with key metabolic factors like thyroid hormone * —

— Vitamins A, D, and K2 interact synergistically to support energy metabolism, immune health, provide for adequate growth, support strong bones and teeth, and protect soft tissues from calcification * —

— Magnesium is required for the production of all proteins, including those that interact with vitamins A and D * —

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).

[ NOTE: Bone marrow is likely rich in vitamin K and the other fat-soluble nutrients, but formal tests to determine the range and amount remain to be carried out.[11] 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 and collagen. Ideally, we would consume these nourishing nutrients 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. Send me an email... let me know your thoughts... let me know your questions. I'd love to hear from you. Our mission is our purpose... putting back in, what the modern world has left out.

 

SUMMARY

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.

Just remember that this is a journey, not a destination. Around every corner in the modern world is yet another ancient ancestral practice that has been tucked away for comfort and convenience.
 
Each element above will contribute to health and healing. Don't get overwhelmed but start doing a little, then a little more... Trust me, the body is absolutely amazing in its ability to heal if we just provide the right environment for it to do so. Are you currently getting sun exposure or taking a vitamin D3 supplement? Are you eating kimchi (or) natto for the K2? Make sleep, diet and lifestyle your priority... then start moving more... you don't have to go crazy here but you have to find ways to move more. 
Just remember it's one step at a time.. it's a journey. 

 

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