Eat Your Meat: Raw or Cooked?

The ever-evolving world of nutritional awareness has created a new debate that will be the topic of our discussion today.  Within the keto-carnivore and paleo communities, nobody questions whether meat is essential for human health, but new questions are emerging regarding the optimal way to consume our most precious resource.  The debate hinges on whether to cook our meat or to go full caveman and consume it raw. 

It seems very attractive to mimic the nature that surrounds us, wolves and bear certainly don’t cook their meat, even the brilliant dolphins and octopi of the oceans consume their prey raw.  Are we humans any different?  Is our biology and physiology so far removed from animal nature that we need to cook our meat?  And just because we have the intelligence required to make a fire, does that mean we should throw our food into it?

This topic contains many variables: nutrients in red meat including vitamins and amino acids, the...

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Autophagy Explained in a Nutshell

 

Autophagy (pronounced  "aw-tof-uh-jee") is a process of cellular renewal that is always in motion within the body.  Only recently though, has it been described that this process is greatly increased when the body experiences nutrient deprivation, aka fasting.  Starting at around 16 hours of fasting and extending beyond this time, autophagy begins to have a profound impact on our health.  The implications of autophagy in the formation of chronic disease is only now being researched, this is a hot topic, but unfortunately we must be patient and wait until researchers can tell us more.

Autophagy translates to “self-eating”.  Perhaps you can imagine autophagy as a form of self-cannibalization.  When the body recognizes certain stressors, in this case fasting, certain genes are expressed that lead to signals that tell the body to recycle components in the cells. 

The inside of our cells are packed with many structures, these include...

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