High quality inputs or superfoods that offer the most nutrients given the energy it costs the body to digest them. These are not media-hype superfoods like acai or goji, these are staple foods that offer nutrients in massive amounts that are EASY for the body to digest and assimilate.
- Organ meats – the prized cuts of our ancestors and were given to anyone in need of a nutritional boost: pregnant and nursing mothers, children and the elderly. Organ meats are superbly mineral and vitamin-dense and easier to digest than muscle meats. If you are feeling put-off at the thought of eating organ meats, click here for tips.
- Unpasteurized or “raw” milk – Raw milk contains all the beneficial bacteria and enzymes needed to digest it – it is virtually a zero-cost (of digestion) food. As soon as milk is heated or pasteurized, the enzymes and good bacteria are killed off and the protein and fat structure are altered, making them more difficult, if not impossible to digest. (Note: Many people will not be able to properly digest the casein protein in cows’ milk even when unpasteurized. These individuals should rely on raw milks from goats or sheep to minimize the intolerance. See Chapter 17, Controversial Foods in the book, for more information.)
- All foods from the sea – Seafood includes sea creatures, sea vegetables, seaweeds and algae. Blue-green algae like spirulina, chlorella and E3Live are some of the best detoxifiers and can rid the body of heavy metals and radiation poisoning.
- Organic Vegetables and Fresh raw juices – Augmenting our diets with fresh raw vegetable juices provides easily absorbed minerals and extra enzymes. This becomes more important the healthier we become and when our bodies seek to build. Because our soil lacks the nutritional value it had even eighty years ago, it can be necessary to supplement our mineral sources, and juicing is an easy way to do this.
- Fermented and cultured foods – All primitive peoples consumed fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, raw yogurt, kefir, and kombucha on a daily basis. Such foods provide prebiotics and probiotics for healthy intestinal flora. It is important that these products are free of all sugar, dyes, and artificial preservatives—organic grocers offer several good brands. Probiotic supplements are not created equally; a decent probiotic usually needs to be refrigerated. Several good ones that do not require refrigeration are ThreeLac and FiveLac by Global Health Trax, which can be ordered on Amazon.com, and RestoreTM by Biomic Sciences, LLC.
Plus, Eat as much organic fat as you possibly can. Modern science acknowledges that our ancestors ate on average ten times more fat that we do today. This means they received ten times more fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K) than we eat today. When looking at primitive tribes with virtually perfect health, Dr. Price, DDS, found that primitive societies had a minimum of 30 percent of their calories coming from fats and up to 90 percent, or more, in cold climates with no ill effects. The fat-soluble vitamins are great immune boosters and blood builders. I recommend organic fats because for animal sources, a lot of toxins are fat-soluble and will be stored in the fat tissues—ideally, we want minimal exposure to those fat-soluble toxins (most chemicals, plastics, antibiotics, etc.). So go forth and enjoy! Eat chicken skin, gravy (without white flour), grizzle, and butter; load up on your fat of choice! Raw butter and cream are excellent sources of fat-soluble vitamins.
Each super-food provides vast stores of easily absorbable vitamins and minerals. With each food, the digestive work is minimized. This means low digestive cost and high nutrient density. These are the major foods that help build and strengthen the body. Without these foods, vitality and health cannot occur. You can cleanse and remove current toxins and you will feel better, but you will never be able to rebuild the body’s lost stores of nutrients on a solely plant-based or raw diet.
This is because the digestive cost of plant proteins and nutrients greatly exceeds the cost of organ meats, raw dairy, and seafood. These food categories are the most nutrient dense and easily absorbed foods on the planet. Weston A. Price, DDS, studied primitive people and diets and came to the same conclusion: the healthiest people in the world eat an abundance of at least three of the five categories.