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MB #043: How Steak Can Kill You And What To Do So You Can Keep Eating It

mission briefing Dec 21, 2023

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Today I want to highlight for you the dangers of a meat-heavy diet without glycine.

For instance, eating a lot of steak without adding in other necessary animal products isn't exactly the natural way to eat animals.

We were designed by God to balance amino acids best by eating with variety.

So let's dive in.

Methionine

Methionine is an essential amino acid (one that our body can't make, but needs to get from food) found in meat, fish, and dairy.

It's critical for creating glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body, and is needed for healthy metabolism.

Steak for instance is super high in methionine, but low in other amino acids we need.

We need another amino acid primarily found in connective tissue, skin, and bones called Glycine.

A diet rich in steak without any of these other animal products to balance the methionine and glycine levels will raise homocysteine levels in the blood, which can damage the lining of the arteries and encourage blood clotting, which raises your risk of heart disease.

Glycine

Glycine is another amino acid that has some pretty significant roles and responsibilities. Glycine can act as a neurotransmitter, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cryoprotective (helps to maintain membrane fluidity at low temperature), and immunomodulatory (helps the immune system work more efficiently).

So where do we find Glycine?

  1. Gelatin powder (aim for grass-fed minimally processed)
  2. Bone Broth (aim for grass-fed beef bones, or organic + free range + humanely raised chicken bone broth. Kettle & Fire is a great brand)
  3. Poultry skin
  4. Seafood - carp, catfish, mollusks, clams, wild salmon
  5. Beef tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage, bones, etc.
  6. Collagen powder
  7. Glycine pills

I prefer to supplement with Glycine pills in the evening because Glycine helps promote deep sleep, but I am already in my fasting window by the time I would need to consume the Glycine, so I take it in pill form. If you go this route, 3 to 6 grams in the evening is the sweet spot for improving sleep and increasing glycine levels for health.

In the past, I've had 8-16 ounces of warm seasoned bone broth at night and that was a great practice too.

Summary

Eating is a lot more art than it is science, so don't let this stress you out - just aim to be mindful and include more glycine-rich foods into your diet...or get it from pill form if you'd prefer to just eat steak and nothing else.

See you next week!

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