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Are Animal Products Good For Healing?

MeatFruitVegetablesI often get asked if animal-based products are good for health. Here’s the lowdown.

Animal products contain a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals.

It’s not just our little darlings, the vegetables, that contain all the good stuff.

Animal meats, fats and bones are traditional foods containing vital nutrients that benefit the muscles, heart and endocrine system.

In my health coaching practice, I’ve discovered many vegans and vegetarians often suffering from adrenal fatigue and thyroid disease. They rely on vegetable proteins, like beans, but they may not be absorbed as efficiently.

Protein is essential to make thyroid hormones. The thyroid takes iodine and combines with tyrosine (amino acid) and is converted into T3 and T4.[1] A lack of protein is associated with hypothyroidism all over the world.

My own experience with veganism when I was in my early 30’s gave me reverence for animals and how they are raised and treated. Mass produced animals are kept alive in terrible conditions that create high stress for the animals. We absorb that energy when we eat it. Mass production of animals has led to many unhealthy factory-farming practices resulting in disease-promoting products that I would NOT recommend to anyone!

Factory farmed animals are usually kept in unsanitary conditions that breed sickness, and they are not provided adequate exercise or sunshine. All creatures need sunshine and exercise to thrive, including us. Factory farmed animals are generally fed a diet of grain and soy which they are not designed to process. This makes them sick and unhealthy. They are fed a steady diet of antibiotics to help stave off disease and keep them alive. If my food has been overdosed with antibiotics then so have I. “You are what you eat,” and “you are what your food eats, too.”

Animals need to live a decent life: eat food they’re designed to eat, exercise in open fields, have access to sunshine, clean water, and fresh air. If the animal I eat is unhealthy, I risk becoming unhealthy as well. I would no more eat diseased corn than I would a diseased cow.

Energetically, most animal products (and their fats) like chicken, turkey, cow, goat, sheep, buffalo, eggs, and pork, can strengthen and warm the body. While fish and dairy are the exceptions: fish strengthens and cools the body, and most dairy products are cooling as well.

Over the past fifty years we have been taught that meat is carcinogenic, but that is simply not true. It’s the quality of our meat and how it’s prepared that determines whether or not it contributes to poor health.

If meat is burned at high temperatures it forms heterocyclic amines (HCA) that can be cancer causing.[2] With that in mind, it’s best to NOT eat meat that is too well done or burned to crisp. That doesn’t mean you can never eat blackened, grilled or barbecued meat again, it just means to eat that type of meat less often so your body is not constantly dealing with the carcinogenic overload.

Animal products are dense with nutrients and energy. Eating too much without utilizing the energy can congest the body, and make the system sluggish. An important aspect to remember when eating animal foods, or any food (including vegetables), is “quantity changes quality.” Many foods from both the animal and vegetable kingdoms can be delicious, nutritious and health promoting, but if eaten in excess can do more harm than good.

For those folks suffering with digestive issues and have trouble absorbing meat proteins, it’s best to braise them for long periods of time, or cook in a stew to help break down the proteins.

If you are feeling cold and can’t warm up, red-blooded animals may be the best choice: lamb, beef, goat, duck, and wild game. If you are anemic, low iron, B12 deficient and low vitamin D, organ meats, like Sautéed Chicken Livers, may be a good choice.

Eggs are rich in vitamins A and D that are both needed for endocrine function. BUT don’t discard those yolks! That’s where those vitamins are. Eat one or two whole eggs, NOT egg beaters and NOT egg white omelets.

If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue and digestive problems, animal stocks, rich in collagen and easily absorbable minerals, is literally like liquid gold that can increase vitality and energy.

For many folks, when they support the adrenals their thyroid conditions naturally clear up.

I worked with a client that was suffering from adrenal fatigue and goiter. She hadn’t been diagnosed with thyroid disease yet, but she was showing the signs that it was coming. She began drinking bone stocks on a daily basis and within two weeks she was feeling better than she had in two years. Stocks are powerful nutrition!

Eating warm-blooded animals can create a feeling of inner warmth, while cold-blooded animals like fish create a cold sensation in the body. I’ve worked with many clients that were eating fish as their main source of animal protein and they were complaining of feeling cold. By altering their proteins, and adding more red-blooded animals, they began warming up.

If you are cold, fish may not be the right protein for you… unless you are eating whale meat. Whale is a warm-blooded mammal that’s why its protein and fat are warming rather than cooling.

As you can see, animal proteins and their products can be a healthy choice for many folks depending on their condition and specific needs.

Listen to your body and always do what works best for you!

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  • Heidi

    Andrea, My husband and I live mainly a vegetarian very clean life. I do believe that the best source of protein is from good animal products. We have chosen this way for the sake of the animals and environment. I have a question regarding your promotion of animal chicken liver. Aren’t livers the cleansing basket for all waste in the blood? Isn’t it a bad thing to eat liver that is full of toxins? Just asking, maybe I am uninformed.?
    Thanks, Heidi

  • I agree that animal products are good for healing. Bone broth in particular can help nourish and allow the gut to heal. I make my own and it’s super easy.

  • Ashley

    Hi Andrea, I’m 31 years old and have been a vegetarian for 22 of those years…and not a very healthy one I will admit. Around 3 or 4 years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I currently take Armour for the thyroid disease but would like to eventually not take anything. I’ve wanted to stop being a vegetarian for years for various reasons and now that I know it could be contributing to my thyroid problems, I’m even more determined but I can never get past the mental block of it all. Knowing what I’m about to eat is flesh and muscle freaks me out and I also have a real issue with the textures. Do you have any suggestions on how to get past this mental block? I’m desperate!

    • @disqus_WaFW2r6A28:disqus – You’ve wanted to stop being a vegetarian for years, but can’t get past the mental block of it. That’s the biggest challenge, but it can be done. The first thing I would suggest is to NOT eat meat. Start with bone stocks. You would boil the bones in water, with veggies, and then simmer for 6-12 hours. The liquid is very nourishing. I was a vegetarian too. You can read about that here:

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Ashley! My name is Elizabeth and I’m 32 yrs old. I too have been mostly vegetarian and was shocked to find that I have a low thyroid that docs say will require me to take Synthroid forever. I’m bound and determined to fix this holistically and get off the horrible meds that I’ve been taking for 18 months. Have you had success with lifestyle and nutrition with your thyroid problem? It’s a horrible feeling when you’re told there’s nothing you can do to control this on your own and only pills will help.
      Andrea – Any words of encouragement based on your issues with thyroid issues?

      • @disqus_WaFW2r6A28:disqus the best words of encouragement would be to take it slow. Healing takes time. Be patient and loving with your body as you go through the process. You can do it!