In one of my quarantine-fueled reading excursions, I decided to puruse The Carnivore Code written by Dr. Paul Saladino, which exudes the benefits of eating a primarily – if not entirely- animal-based diet. One of the key tenants of the book was that to successfully eat “carnivore” you need to incorporate organs into your diet as the organs contain most of the key nutrients the body needs on such a diet. If the prospect of eating organ meat sounds “offal” to you (sorry not sorry for the pun), Dr. Saladino has you covered with his line of whole organ supplements – Heart & Soil. Heart and Soil supplements Review
For those of us who are perfectly fine chowing down on ground beef, ribeye and other fine cuts of meat day in and day out, but who get a bit, uh, squeamish at the prospect of eating a kidney, the supplement line created by Dr. Saladino helps you integrate these nutrient-dense powerhouses into your diet.
Heart & Soil is a line of regeneratively farmed, grass fed and grass finished, flow-agent free bovine (cow) organ supplements, specifically geared to provide you with the vital nutrients your various body systems need to function optimally.
After reading Dr. Saladino’s book (you can read my review here) and then also listening to his podcast, I decided to give Heart & Soil supplements a try. And let’s just say I don’t think I’ll be returning to synthetically-derived or plant-derived supplements any time soon. You can actually feel the difference when you take these supplements because these little organ bombs actually contain the nutrients your body craves but you never give it (because how often do you fry up a nice fat cow kidney to nom on?)
So how do I feel when I take Heart and Soil supplements? Fantastic. My energy is better, my sleep is better (and more regulated), my digestion is better and I actually feel like I have gotten the nutrients my body needs – even if I eat like crap on the particular day. Here is a run-down of the Heart and Soil products I’ve taken.Heart and Soil supplements Revie
Heart and Soil supplements Review
Fire Starter is what you can probably call the catalyst product. It is literally fat. Pure fat. Kidney suet to be exact. However, these bad boys are chock full of stearic acid, which does nice things like turn on your mitochondria, trigger your metabolism, and assist your body with the uptake and utilization of many of the fat soluble nutrients in Heart and Soil’s other products. I simply love this product. When I take it, I notice that my energy is through the roof, my metabolism is on fire, my concentration (oddly enough) is vastly improved, and (interestingly) my skin and hair is far more moisturized. I cannot recommend this product enough. Fat is literally fuel for your body. Heart and Soil supplements Review
Bone Marrow and Liver/Beef Organs
Heart and Soil Bone Marrow and Liver and Beef Organs is one of what I would call the foundational products. I would consider either of these two to be the “multivitamin” of Heart and Soil’s lineup. These products should be the foundation of your supplement regimen and will provide you with highly bioavailable vitamins and nutrients that your body craves. These were the first two products I tried from Heart and Soil, and I could feel their effects immediately (which aside from maybe pre-workouts is something I had never experienced). If you’re only going to get one product from Heart and Soil, either of these should be it due to their broad nutrient profiles.
Gut and Digestion
This is one of what I would call Heart and Soil’s “specialty” products in that it is specifically designed to address a particular part of the body, in this case, the gastrointestinal system. This unique blend is designed to heal leaky gut, reduce but and bowel inflammation and provide nutrients to support healthy gut metabolism. I combined this product with Ion Biome (you can read about my experience with it here), and I will say that my gut inflammation has been radically reduced, I feel like my body absorbs what eat better, and I have significantly reduced the amount of gas and bloating I used to experience. If you have gut issues and are looking for a product that can provide you vital nutritional support, I would highly recommend this product.
HISTAMINE AND IMMUNE
This is another of Heart and Soil’s specialty products. This one is geared to support your immune system (who doesn’t want a bit more help in that area these days – looking at you COVID), and those with histamine intolerances. Think of it like an organ Emergen-C for those who are going into the winter season and allergy season. If you struggle with immune issues or allergies, this supplement could be for you.
This is literally blood. Whole blood. Heart and Soil has managed to package blood. However, don’t let that put you off. Blood is an organ and has been highly prized for millennia by our ancestors. This product is probably best suited for those who, a. have some type of anemia, or b. want to increase athletic performance. Looking back, I wish I had a supplement like this when I was still swimming, as my oxygen deprived brain and muscles could have certainly used the RBC boost. If you need a blood boost, look no further and try out the Life Blood (just in time for Halloween, too).
THE VERDICT? I’LL BE A LIFE-LONG FAN.
In short, I would highly recommend Heart and Soil to anyone looking to increase their intake of whole animal foods. Organs don’t exactly come off as the most appetizing things to eat, but Heart and Soil makes them easy to incorporate into your diet.
I have notice a dramatic improvement in how I feel since I’ve been taking them. If you’re on any sort of “carnivore” diet, these products are for you. Dr. Saladino has hit a home run with these supplements and I look forward to trying whatever he comes out with next.