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episode #235

Eat this Food to Optimize Health

March 20, 2023 in Podcast


This week I touch on the importance of adding liver into your life!

Even if you don't like the taste of it there are many ways to consume it such as desiccated liver in tablets or liver crisps. My wife has been making it a couple times a month with onions and I enjoy the taste of it! Why add liver into your diet? Well, here are some reasons for it:
  • B Vitamins help convert food into energy, red blood cell formation, fat metabolism and supports digestion
  • Vitamin A to support skin health, reproduction, vision and immune function
  • Vitamin K2 is an essential nutrient which helps with calcium balance and directs calcium into your bones
  • Choline helps support cognitive performance, may help prevent anxiety and mood disorders
  • Contains protein and all essential amino acids (in particular - high in leucine which can help with muscle building)
These are just a few reasons why adding liver to your diet about twice a month would be beneficial and help optimize your health!

If you have any questions feel free to email me at brian@briangryn.com or comment below!

Have a great day!

Brian (1s):

Hello and welcome to the Get Lean and Eat Clean podcast. My name is Brian grn. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author, and this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long-term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All right, welcome to the Getline E Clean podcast. My name is Brian Grn. I hope you had a great weekend and happy Tuesday if you're listening to this on Tuesday.

Brian (42s):

Hopefully you listen to my interview with Danny Roddy. We touched all about the importance of measuring temperature and pulse. You know, he's from the mindset of a pro metabolic perspective, so really interesting. Similar to like Jay Feldman, who I've had on before. And we also talked about his experience with carnivore and low carb and sort of how he's changed his ways in fat oxidation versus glucose oxidation, ways to increase metabolism and how to, you know, sort of how to help an underactive thyroid and much, much more. So definitely a really interesting guy. If you haven't listened to it, check it out.

Brian (1m 21s):

Danny Roddy, that's episode 2 34. That's a lot of episodes. So today on the micro podcast, I'm gonna actually sort of piggyback off of a lot of the, the Ray Pete, I guess, rhetoric that I've had on the show recently. And we're gonna touch on liver liver's, something that Ray Pete has talked about. I, I listened to him, this was a while back, but he touched on, you know, maybe trying to get liver into your, into your life twice a month. It doesn't have to be every other day. And there's a lot of ways you can do that. There's these liver snacks like chips almost, and then they have, you know, desiccated liver you can get from a lot of different companies like ancestral supplements.

Brian (2m 5s):

And there's a few more for sure, just not coming to the top of my head. But anyways, you know, liver's something that I've started to implement. I don't have it a ton. My wife makes it with onions and I really like it. I don't mind the taste at all. Some people do. And if you do, you, you can, you can definitely get it in a desiccated dry form and just take it as a capsule. But I don't think it's something you need to take every day. I think if you take it a couple times a month and or eat it a couple times a month I should say, I think that can go a long way. And I'm gonna touch on some, some of the main reasons I found for the importance of bringing liver into your life. And the first reason is the influx of B vitamins that it can bring to the table.

Brian (2m 48s):

B vitamins play a huge role in supporting, you know, so many different things within our cell. It can have a positive effect on actually body composition. And also, I mean, not only that liver contains B one, b2, b3, B five, b6, bk nine, b12, all essential, you know, essential for red blood cell formation for fat, carbon protein metabolism, converting food into energy for cells, supporting digestion. And so really important, something that a lot of people, including myself, I've been a little bit, I've been tested, I'm a little bit low in B five and b6, so, you know, getting a natural form of liver into my life would be a positive and it is something that I, I have been implementing more and more.

Brian (3m 42s):

So B vitamins are huge and something that can also help with energy. So the second reason would be vitamin A. Vitamin A is something, vitamin A is an antioxidant, okay? It can protect your skin cells from oxidative stress, damage from UV rays. And you know, it also can slow signs of aging through retinol, which is, you know, the active form of vitamin A also encourages healthy cell production, even skin tone, soos wrinkles not so bad, right? Livers also good source of copper and glycine. These are nutrients that contribute to maintenance of collagen under the skin. So vitamin A is something that it, you know, a lot of people who follow repeat, he's something that he talks a lot about and is not always that easy to get from food, but liver has a lot of it.

Brian (4m 34s):

It may also strengthen your bones. Liver is linked to vitamin K two and vitamin K two helps with calcium balance and which is an essential nutrient for bone health. So we all know that insufficient calcium can result in low bone mineral density and ultimately increase the risk of fractures. So really important to, to complement calcium maybe if, you know, if not through food, but through some type of supplementation along with taking K2 and liver is, is, is plentiful in k2. So really important with that. It's something calcium is something that has come up quite a bit with the Danny Roddy, we talked a little bit about it as well.

Brian (5m 18s):

So yeah, so k2, big and liver. And another reason liver actually might help support what's called, you know, what a positive mood aiding cognitive performance. And that's mainly because choline, choline is sort of the, the front runner for nutrients associated with brain health and you know, just a single three ounce serving of liver has almost all the you need for the day. And colon's been linked to improving cognition, preventing anxiety and mood disorders. It's, it's imperative for like a healthy functioning brain. And we all know as we age we wanna avoid things like dementia, Alzheimer's and things like that.

Brian (6m 1s):

So liver could help with brain performance and aid cognitive performance. So you got choline and the last one I'll touch on is liver may actually support some muscle growth and it contains all essential amino acids. It's about, you know, depending, I would say a serving of it is about 10 grams of protein. I mean there's no carbs in it, it's just straight protein high in vitamin A, which I've talked about, which can also help increase testosterone and muscle protein synthesis synthesis, which leucine does in its high in leucine. If you, if you listen to my interview with Dr. Don Lehman, he talks about the importance of getting about three grams of leucine per meal.

Brian (6m 44s):

And leucine is one of the most anabolic muscle building amino acids that you can get. And liver is, is, is pretty high in leucine. And then also, like I talked about before, vitamin k2, which could also help exercise performance and increase testosterone. So I could probably keep going on about all the nutrients it's that are in liver. It's probably one of the most that, and oysters are, are really high nutrient dense foods that if you can add into your life would be, you know, go a long way. I'm, and I'm all about keeping it simple and trying to find those biggest, those, I'd say those small things that make the biggest impact. We always talk about like sleep and things like that, and exercise obviously is important, but implementing these foods from time to time can go a long way.

Brian (7m 32s):

And I just wanted to sort of stress that because I've talked to a, you know, recently with Danny Roddy and I'm gonna have a few other guests and I've had Jay Feldman on Ray, Pete is some, is someone who was always preaching about liver. So I thought it would be important just to bring this up many ways you can get it, like I said. So I, I think it's important if you could implement it a couple times a month and it can go a long way for your health. So anyways, that's all I'm gonna talk about today. If, if you're loving these episodes, I would love a review, five star preferably, and any comments or questions, leave them down below or email me@brianbrian.com. So that's all I got for you today.

Brian (8m 13s):

Have a great rest of the week and I will talk to you with another great interview on Friday. Thanks for listening to the Get Lean EAN podcast. I understand there are millions of other podcasts out there and you've chosen to listen to mine and I appreciate that. Check out the show notes@briangrin.com for everything that was mentioned in this episode. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast and share it with a friend or family member that's looking to get their body back to what it once was. Thanks again and have a great day.

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