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The traditional food used to remedy exhaustion in healthy, ancestral societies, the research that supports this superfood in the diet and easy ways to get it on the home menu in a convenient and budget-friendly manner.
Energy drinks are the new norm in our exhausted society today. A mind-boggling array of cans or shots are available at gas stations, supermarkets, and health food stores alike.
These beverages are frequently marketed as nutritional supplements, which removes the limit to the amount of caffeine they can contain.
Some brands contain such excessive levels of caffeine that people have ended up in the ER after consuming them.
Some parents are resorting to energy drinks for their exhausted young children on the way to school or athletic events!
Exhausted and stressed college students take it to the next level.
Illegal procurement and abuse of the ADHD drug Adderall helps them stay awake to study and gives them an “edge”.
The Journal of Medical Internet Research produced two major revelations in its six-month study of Adderall:
- It is mentioned most heavily among students in the northeast and south regions of the U.S.
- Tweets about Adderall peak sharply during final exam periods.
Lead researcher Carl Hanson, Professor of health science at BYU, had this to say:
“Adderall is the most commonly abused prescription stimulant among college students. Our concern is that the more it becomes a social norm in online conversation, the higher risk there is of more people abusing it.”
Why Are People So Exhausted?
Seesawing blood sugar from the modern diet loaded with sugar-laden, highly refined carbohydrate foods is no doubt part of the problem. Dr. Ronald Hoffman MD, author of Intelligent Medicine, writes:
Americans love to “carbo-load.” We are a society in love with carbohydrates — and it shows in our poor health standing versus some of the other industrialized nations of the world. In essence, hypoglycemia is low blood sugar, and it is increasingly prevalent in our society. Hypoglycemia can cause an array of symptoms, including dizziness, fatigue, mood changes, PMS, sugar craving, headaches, difficulty concentrating, tremors, temperamental outbursts, depression, excessive sweating, hot flashes, palpitations, cold extremities, abdominal pain, and panic attacks.
While a return to a whole diet where traditional fats are embraced and refined carbs and sugar are kept to a minimum no doubt helps resolve many issues with exhaustion, even those who eat an excellent Traditional Diet and follow a healthful exercise regimen can still suffer from occasional to extended bouts of fatigue.
A friend of mine recently came to me with this exact scenario. A healthy Mom of normal weight who has been eating an excellent Traditional Diet with plenty of blood sugar-stabilizing, healthy fats for years and exercises regularly confessed that she was exhausted and couldn’t figure out why.
Traditional Food for Exhaustion
What to do in those situations?
If the blood sugar is steady and a traditional diet is being followed, are coffee, energy drinks, or some other form of artificial stimulant the only options to get oneself off the couch?
When exhaustion is sucking the life out of one’s life, the tried and true remedy is plentiful quantities of liver, the planet’s #1 superfood, known for its mysterious and legendary anti-fatigue factor which science has yet to identify.
A July 1951 article published in the Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine describes this factor and a study that attempted to identify it.
Benjamin K. Ershoff, Ph.D. divided lab rats into three groups.
- The first group of rats ate a basic rat diet, fortified with 11 vitamins.
- Group 2 ate the same rat diet as group 1, with the addition of supplemental vitamin B complex.
- Group 3 ate the same rat diet as the first two groups but instead of vitamins or B complex, they received 10% of their ration as powdered liver.
The results of this unique experiment?
A 1975 article in Prevention magazine described the results of the experiment in the following words:
“After several weeks, the animals were placed one by one into a drum of cold water from which they could not climb out. They literally were forced to sink or swim. Rats in the first group swam for an average 13.3 minutes before giving up. The second group, which had the added fortifications of B vitamins, swam for an average of 13.4 minutes. Of the last group of rats, the ones receiving liver, three swam for 63, 83 and 87 minutes. The other nine rats in this group were still swimming vigorously at the end of two hours when the test was terminated. Something in the liver had prevented them from becoming exhausted. To this day scientists have not been able to pin a label on this anti-fatigue factor.”
Knowing about the above research for many years, I applied it to resolve my fatigue after our family’s bout with Covid in the summer of 2021.
I consumed 6 capsules of desiccated liver powder (equates to roughly 1/2 ounce of fresh liver) every day for a few weeks.
Fatigue was completely resolved in short order and my previous strength levels returned!
But Wait! What About the Cholesterol!
A common objection to frequent consumption of liver is the high amount of cholesterol.
The truth is that numerous studies show no relationship between diet and cholesterol levels.
In addition, there is no evidence that saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods like liver contribute to heart disease.
In fact, as Americans have cut back on cholesterol-rich foods in recent decades, rates of heart disease have actually gone up! This is according to Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, MD, Ph.D., author of The Cholesterol Myths.
5 Easy Ways to Eat Liver (even if you hate it)
Should we all wait until science identifies liver’s legendary anti-fatigue factor or start benefiting from this superfood’s ability to raise the exhausted and fatigued of the world off the couch and back into the game of life right away?
Have no fear. Here are several ways to eat liver that are either painless or flat-out delicious. I personally eat a minimum of 4-6 ounces of liver each and every week – many weeks much more than this amount as needed.
Liver and Bacon pate
If strong-tasting beef liver and onions turn your stomach as it does mine, try my recipe for milder tasting liver pate made with chicken livers and bacon that is an excellent dip or spread on toast.
This inclusion of bacon pureed with the liver makes the flavor well accepted even by children.
Liver and rice
Just before you put a pot of soaked rice on to cook, mix in one or two spoonfuls of grated liver.
The liver will impart a wonderful flavor to the cooked rice and your family won’t know the difference.
Note that brown rice works better than white rice for this trick.
Frozen liver “pills”
Chop up raw, grass-fed liver that has been frozen for 14 days or more (eliminates parasite risk) into small pieces. Then, swallow a few each day whole with a glass of water, milk, or juice.
Over the span of a week, you will consume several ounces and no doubt be feeling much more energetic.
Desiccated liver powder
Perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to get your liver is through a freeze-dried, grass-fed, desiccated liver supplement.
I use this when we haven’t been eating enough pate or I’m out of liver to mix with ground beef.
You can take the powder in capsule form or sprinkle it into homemade soups and sauces for a boost of nutrition.
This brand and this brand are clean and tested to be glyphosate-free.
Hide Liver in Ground Beef
An easy way to get liver into your family is to hide it in the ground beef you will use for making burgers or dishes like grassfed meatloaf.
The trick is to keep the amount of ground liver you use small so that no one can taste it. I suggest no more than 20%. For those with very keen taste buds, 10% is better.
Will liver really work for you to eliminate exhaustion and fatigue problems? It worked for my friend mentioned earlier in the article.
After I suggested that she start eating liver, she went home and started eating it several times a week.
The next time I asked her about it a few weeks later, she reported that she felt so much better and was experiencing normal energy levels once again.
Will it work for you too? What have you honestly got to lose? Humans have eaten and revered liver as a sacred superfood for millennia.
If you’ve never eaten it, why not try it now?
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I don’t absorb B12 since I have Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia, so I have to get B12 injections that some call the liver shot. I do eat liver sometimes anyway.
I love your articles – and I used to love liver. A little is good so a lot is great got me to eat 400g of liver per week (on the advice of a nutritional physician). After 5 months my health collapsed and my research led me to believe that I suffered vitamin A toxicity. Now I am working on detoxing but it is a slow journey.
Now, when I read about liver, my absolutely favourite food at one point, I want to warn people to be respectful of this part of the animal. It is so potent that it can cause troubles when overindulged.
Good point! Thanks for sharing. 400 grams is almost a pound! Wow, that is definitely too much. That would equate to 24 capsules of desiccated liver per day!!! You definitely don’t need much. I eat roughly 4-6 ounces of liver per week or the equivalent in desiccated liver (6 caps per day).
Thank you for the article! Growing up, we always ate and loved liver and onions. My husband and kids, not so much.
The anti-fatigue recommendation is with using beef liver, correct? The taste of chicken liver is easier for them to handle, but it won’t do the trick, right?
Thanks again! Love your posts!
It’s all liver that is beneficial. Different kinds of liver have varying amounts of trace minerals, but the anti-fatigue factor is present in all types from my understanding of the research.
What do you think of liverworst? I used to love it as a kid. Slapped it on Wonder bread, covered in mustard..
Is liverworst an item that’s too processed to still be healthy?
I ate a lot of liverwurst too as a child. Much safer back then before GMO feed and glyphosate. Be careful … vet the product carefully that you choose.
I just finished reading an article from the website Eat Beautiful that directly opposes the traditional “eat liver” view. Maybe you can take a look at it?
There is a lot of health disinfo out there to lead sincere folks seeking the truth about liver astray. Just know that liver was not just a traditional food … it was SACRED to these ancestral societies. It was so revered for a reason … because it was so healing. Sick people make pharma a lot of money, hence they spend a lot of “marketing” dollars on disinfo that looks partially legit (supporting organics for example), and then leading people astray on the critical info (health fats and traditional foods will get you well). Be discerning! If an article is opposed to anthropological facts about traditional diet … hit the delete button.
I read the same article. She is not a “nut”. She is well informed and has facts to back this up . She too, followed the traditional foods diet. Her article needs to be looked at. I thought the two of them knew each other.
Desiccated liver powder is what you want. Mix one rounded tablespoon (about 5 grams) of the powder with half a glass of fruit juice and drink it. Do this 4 to 6 times a week. You energy and endurance will increase quite dramatically.
I’m 56 years old and just started a pretty rigorous morning workout (6:00 a.m.). I have a cup of beet kvass before the workout and then plenty of water. But by the time I get home I’m exhausted. Caffeine seems to defeat the purpose of workout. How much time do I need to give my body to digest a small chunk of lifer? Would a cup of stock be better?
Hi! What are the recommended amounts for Nursing Moms and children? Thanks. I can’t seem to find an answer anywhere on the internet.
The liver supplement you mention is different than one you have previously mentioned. “Radiant Life Dessicated Liver.”
Which product do you take, the one mentioned above or the one you have mentioned in the past.
I take the Radiant Life desiccated liver … the same as I have always recommended.