How to Make Liver Pills: An Essential Part of the GAPS Diet

‘For optimal healing, eat the amount of liver equal to the size of your hand every day,’ says Dr. Natasha.  ‘Not your palm, your hand.’

 

Personally, that sounds like an incredible feat.  I think I may have had a few days like that where I’ve plowed through some pâté, but for the most part, when I heard these instructions, they sounded impossible. 

 

More Powerful Than Any B Vitamin You’ll Ever Buy

HOWEVER, getting to the point where I was consuming liver every day changed my life. It got me off all my b12 injections.  A couple of years ago, one of my doctors prescribed b12 shots 2x per week. And not the kind you can get from a regular pharmacy, no no no.  I wasn’t cool enough for that. I had to get a special methylated form from a compounding pharmacy because I am a special, sensitive snowflake. It would have to be refrigerated and in the dark or else I would risk an infection. 

 

When I would go too long between shots, my face would feel like it was melting.  I would get hysterical, and raw, amplified emotions would take over my entire being. I would more or less stop functioning until my partner would be like, ‘do you need a b12 shot?’ About 3 or 4 weeks into consuming liver every day, I got off all of these injections. Still not consuming the amount of liver the size of my hand, but #lifegoals. 

 

Liver’s Essential Role in Detoxification + Energy Production

I have the MTHFR mutation (also fondly referred to as the mother f*****r gene), and what that means is that my body cannot digest, absorb, and utilize B vitamins to save my life. Quite literally. 

If you have this mutation, your body has a hell of a time detoxing because B vitamins facilitate your liver’s function every step of the way.  B vitamins are also what give you energy, and I know as a chronically ill lady, I need all the help with my energy levels that I can get!

 

How to Make Liver Pills- The Easiest Way to ‘Eat’ Liver Every Day

I used to always have pâté on hand to support my body in this way (a very specific recipe with wine in it that made the liver not taste like metal), but with all the other GAPS cooking, I felt overextended. 

 

That’s when I learned about this [RAW] liver pill method from GAPS chef, Monica Corrado. They take about 15 minutes to make vs the 2 hours for pâté. 

  • Freeze a grassfed (preferably organic) for 2 weeks.  This step is key because freezing it for 2 weeks kills any remaining parasites that may be left in the liver. 
  • Take it out of the freezer, let it thaw for long enough that you can cut into it, but no longer
  • Chop it up into little pill-size pieces.
  • Spread the pieces over the parchment paper
  • Put the spread back in the freezer

  And voila! You are done.  I take about 10-15 pills per day, just knocking them back with water followed by meat stock.  Monica Corrado recommended take 2-3 per day.   

To give you a better idea of how it’s done, I leave you this parting gift.  A time lapse of me making liver pills! You can watch below. 🙂

      ***after you put your chopped up liver pills in your freezer, some of them may stick together. It all depends on how far apart you spread them out during the final ‘thawed’ stage. If this happens, break them apart before you swallow them.  I personally am not Type A enough to space them out perfectly.  Therefore, every morning before I take these pills with my meat stock, I will break them apart. Such fun! (ha)   **The biggest mistake I see people make [I made it too] is that they don’t cut the liver into small enough sized pieces.  If these happens, just take them out of your freezer and cut them again.   Let me know if you have any questions.  ~*~