First let me say, that I'm not against eating meat, as long the meat is sustainably raised, grass fed and grass finished. I say this because eating meat raised in this fashion will not only be the best meat you can get, it will benefit you nutritionally.
Diet, Diet, Diet.
As a board certified Holistic Nutrition and Natural Healing Practitioner, I advocate that the best and only way to get your nutrients is from your diet. This is bar far, the safest and most reliable way for your body to absorb and assimilate nutrients. It is also the best way to improve your overall health.
These days iron deficiency is a common affliction, especially with women, teens and children. The three main causes for iron deficiency are blood loss, a lack of red blood cells and high rates of red blood cell destruction.
Iron Deficiency is Diet Related
In many cases, iron deficiency is a diet-related disorder. Low blood iron is called Anemia. There are seven types of anemia. Some are toxin related and some are diet related. We're going to focus on diet-related anemia.
There are three easy ways to tell if you have an iron deficiency, or diet-related anemia:
- Your eyelids. Pull your lower eyelid down and look at the skin inside that eyelid. It will start off a very pale whitish color and then become more pink (close to the color of raw chicken). The switch to pink should happen very quickly. If it takes a few seconds – or seems not to be happening at all – chances are, you’re anemic.
- Your lips. Anemia tends to make you pale, especially at the lips. If your lips seem paler than usual, it's likely you're iron deficient and you've got anemia.
- Your nails. The nail beds (the little half-moon near the cuticle) turn pale blueish when you’re anemic. If you notice the moons becoming more pale or leaning more toward blue, that’s a sign of anemia.
Because there's a shortage of oxygen through the blood, there may also be fatigue, low energy, hair loss, cold hands and feet, shortness or breath, dizziness and an inability to think clearly.
The newest fad -- a natural remedy that's becoming new again, is the century old practice of drinking bone broth Bone broth is a great way to get added calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other trace minerals you couldn't ordinarily get from a bone. However, it isn't an ideal way to get iron.
Eating meat, especially red meat and liver are a good source of heme iron. Heme iron is easily absorbed by the body and is the best known source of iron for people who are deficient. Heme iron is best absorbed in combination with Vitamin C or the mineral copper.
Enter beef tea.
Beef tea is made by extracting the juice from beef and drinking it. It was believed by the Italians, back in the day, that homemade beef tea could restore the blood’s vitality. However, with what's being done to our beef, in terms of GMOs, growth hormones and overuse of antibiotics, I caution you to use only organic, grass-fed, grass-finished beef, or other organic game to make your beef tea to get maximum health benefits.
For beef tea you will need:
- A wide-mouth mason jar
- Organic, grass-fed, grass finished beef
- Medium sauce pot of boiling water
- Cube grass-fed organic beef into large chunks or use stew beef.
- Place the meat into a mason jar with a loosely fitted lid.
- Place the mason jar into the water and allow the pot to boil, occasionally pressing down on the meat to release the juices with a fork.
- Once the meat looks cooked, drain the blood/juices into a glass and serve.
Taking beef tea two-three times a week is great way to boost your iron levels safely and naturally, along with increasing your daily amounts of fruits (Vitamin C) and vegetables. Beans, particularly chick peas, are an excellent source of copper, while green leafy vegetables, are generously high in iron.
Eating spinach, kale, broccoli and other green leafies as part of a well rounded, proper diet, will better help your body to absorb the nutrients it needs to keep you from being deficient.