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Blogger Recipe: Pre-Workout Wild Waffles

Colin Stuckert

PreWorkout Wild Waffles by The Castaway Kitchen

One of our new campaigns here at Wild Foods is partnering with passionate food bloggers to make delicious and nutritious recipes using Wild Foods products.

To say we are pleased with the following recipe would be an understatement.... flourless waffles... WHAT?! 

These low carb, flourless waffles are the perfect morning pick me up or pre- gym snack. Make a batch and keep them in the fridge for quick grab and on-the-go nutrition. Top them will nut butters, yogurt or berries for extra goodness.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened, smooth almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sweetener (erythritol, maple sugar or coconut palm sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. Wild Foods Cocotropic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Wild Foods Chocolate Powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. Wild Foods MCT oil
  • Ghee or other fat for coating waffle iron

Toppings:

  • Mac Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Berries
  • Yogurt
  • Butters (nut, coconut, ghee, dairy)

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on medium, bringing the power up to high until the mix is smooth.
  3. Heat waffle iron, when it comes to temperature, brush the iron with ghee.
  4. Add ¼ cup batter to each section. Close the iron, cook until steam has stopped and light turns green, or 3-4 minutes. Open and carefully remove waffles.
  5. Repeat until the batter is done. Makes about 6 waffles.
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Macros per waffle (using erythritol)

  • Calories 144
  • Fat 12.4
  • Carbs 4.3
  • Protein 5

The New Wild Shroom Line - Potent Mushrooms

Colin Stuckert

Are mushrooms just another health food fad?

We think not.

The truth is, people have been consuming mushrooms for their health benefit for thousands of years (not to mention for their hallucinogenic purposes). 

At Wild Foods, we guarantee that our new Wild Shroom line includes only the highest quality nutrient-dense mushroom powders that are packed full of health benefit and not hallucinogens.

 

Now that we’ve got that out of the way - what are these magic mushrooms everyone keeps talking about?

Mushrooms have innumerable health benefits. They used to be one of nature's best kept secrets. But word is getting out.

Adding mushrooms to your diet may help you fight cancer down the road. (Sources below)

Mushrooms are high in lean protein while low in carbohydrates. But that's not what makes mushrooms such powerful cancer fighters. They are packed with Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid, both of which have anti-carcinogenic effects.

Beta-Glucans inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Linoleic Acid is helpful in suppressing the negative effects of excess estrogen - which can lead to breast cancer in postmenopausal women. If you’re at risk for cancer, fighting cancer or want to take preventative measures to fight cancer - adding tasty reishi mushrooms to your diet is always an excellent choice to help support your health goals. (Disclaimer: Mushrooms, or any food, is not meant to substitute for general or specific medical care. Always consult your doctor before making any health-related decision.)

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Mushrooms and Bone Health

We all need a little help getting down to our bones. Luckily, mushrooms are full of calcium. Not only does calcium help in strengthening our bones and fighting osteoporosis, but adding calcium to our diet can decrease joint pain and increase mobility.

Selenium, which is most often found in animal protein, can also be find in mushrooms - making it an excellent choice for vegetarians. Selenium is also a major player in adding bone strength and durability to our bodies. On top of that selenium is a powerful antioxidant which can strengthen and boost our immune system.  

Next up in the extensive list of mushroom awesomeness is a super antioxidant with a funny name—ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is an amino acid that contains sulfur, which has myriad health benefits and can help reduce overall inflammation. 

On top of all the physical health benefits, mushroom extracts have been found useful for treating anxiety, mood improvement while helping with focus and concentration.

Our Wild Cocotropic as well as our new Wild Shroom line of 5 supershrooms, are an easy way to add these potent nutrition-filled foods to your diet.

Links to mushroom related research:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15465337
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12467913
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12101282
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097505
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097503

 

The Question of Coffee and Mold

Colin Stuckert

Here's an email I received in reply to this article.

I read with interest your article here on coffee.  While I agree that the brewing process for coffee can possibly kill the mold itself,  it's the mycotoxins that it produces that are heat stable.  And herein lies the problem.  The reason Dave felt bad after consuming the "moldy" coffee was because of the mycotoxins.  Therefore, I agree that at the very least, ALL coffee should be tested for mold, especially the organic, fair trade stuff.  We pay a premium for an organic product and I believe that that should also include mold testing as that is an area of concern for quite a lot of folks, myself included.   Everyone should care about mold contamination.   Most people have no idea what mold is doing to us.  It is very, very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.  Because of this, (mold) I have had to stop drinking coffee, which I thoroughly enjoy by the way, even though I didn't start drinking it until I hit 50.  (Go figure!)  

I'm sure that you probably have little interest in the the little fuzzy stuff to give it much thought, but mold IS toxic in any form.  Even antibiotics cause our guts SERIOUS harm and it might not be until 15 or 20 years later that you actually discover the effect that the antibiotics you took as a kid are affecting you now.  I wish more people were informed about the toxic effects of mold.  Yes, it can kill you.

Thank you for letting me vent.  I hope you will reconsider your lax view on the importance of mold testing as well.

Here's my response:

The mold found in a home, like black mold, and the mold found in foods, like mycotoxin, are not the same things. There are many forms of mold, each varying in their effects on the human organism. Also, there is little evidence that mold survives the roasting process. So unless the beans are ground and then stored incorrectly, or have been whole and sat for long periods of time in improper climates, mold is not going to be an issue.

Finally, lab testing does not guarantee much. To certify something "lab tested," all someone has to do is test their beans "sometimes." I've know of certain companies that do things like this all the time, like a whey protein company that tests their whey once a year so they can market it a certain way as long as that single test finds whatever they can find.

Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of nonsense marketing hype in the food and supplement industry. And consumers should absolutely test: test for themselves by testing how they feel when they use certain products. I'm all for the scientific method. But I am not for blindly reading "lab tested," and determining it as the holy grail. That, I think, is myopic for numerous reasons.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Antibiotics should be used as a last resort. In that, we are in 100% agreement.


Might be illustrative to my take on the whole coffee and mold issue. Finally, my main point is to self-test.

Some dude in a lab coat doesn't need to tell you how to live or what to eat.

Most of the time, in fact, that dude in the lab coat does not have your best interests in mind. He's usually being paid by those that are trying to dupe you.

The idea of testing, and the blind-trust given to scientists is a dangerous mental framework that I see our current culture buying into with alarming regularity. 

Just look at what the Doctors in the 60's and 70's did to this country when they used crappy "science" to tell the world that eating fat causes heart disease.

Yikes.

Use your body as a lab. It's the best scientist you're ever going to meet.

 

-Colin
Founder

Common Intermittent Fasting Questions

Colin Stuckert

Our recent Wild Guide to Fasting received a lot of positive feedback. Read it here.

Here are some of the questions we received after posting the article and emailing it to our Wild newsletter subscribers. (Join here if you haven't yet for first access to promos and new guides.)

Subscriber Question:

I have a question about intermittent fasting and butter coffee.  I've been trying to not eat after 6 in the evening and having my butter coffee the next morning and not eating till about noon.  I know I've asked you before and you said that putting protein powder in my coffee would break the fast. I have been using your oils and butter in it, but I want to know is does your raw chocolate powder and vanilla powder (both of which I have and use) break my fast?  I love it for the flavor and antioxidants. I use a bit of Lakanto or stevia, zero glycemic, for a sweetener.

So I'm a bit confused on what breaks the fast.  I know my cup of coffee has some calories to it, mostly from the fat, but it sustains me till noon.

My Response:

Anything sweet is going to break your fast much easier than protein. Fat is ideal for not breaking a fast, but even certain kinds of dairy fat can contribute to breaking it, so the kind of fat does matter. (Why we love butter and MCT oil so much.)

From some recent research I've seen by a Dr doing solid IF research, he has figured out a number that he thinks will give one many of the benefits of fasting while still consuming a small amount of calories, which is somewhere around ~500 a day if I recall correctly.

Based on this, and from what I've seen, I would recommend going with your whey as you have, as well as vanilla powder and cocoa as even more safe options, while trying to avoid sweetener as much as possible.

Even though something like stevia or xylitol can be no sugar, your brain interprets them the same as ingesting sugar and so you can be prone to an insulin-like response, thus knocking you out of a fasted state. 


Subscriber Question:

Colin, excellent timing for me with this article as I've been doing the fasting for the new year.  I don't eat after dinner (between 5-6) have my butter coffee the next morning and don't eat till noon.

Let me ask you, in order to get more protein in because of the weight training I do, does a scoop of whey in your morning coffee technically break the fast?  I know you've mentioned your wild whey being good in coffee?

My Response:

Technically, you won't be straight fasting with then protein. It's typically fat that seems to have less of a "break the fast" response. That said, there's some interesting research from a fasting researcher that has a style of fasting based on eating a small amount of calories a day, say around 400-500, while still showing similar benefits of fasting with no calories.

I have a feeling that you should always be aiming to go as low calorie, low protein, and definitely ZERO carbs, as possible when fasting, but even if it's not ZERO does not mean you aren't getting benefit.

Again, progress not perfection.


Subscriber Question:

I have been fasting for 20-24 hours once or twice a week for the last year and really like it, but have always been annoyed with juggling my workouts to avoid fasting on the same day.

I am looking forward to trying the 16/8 plan. Out of curiosity, do you exercise inside your 8 hour eating window or outside of it.

My Response:

Start eating your first meal after your workout. Your life is forever changed 

That's probably the single greatest training based benefit I got from IF. So much better to train without food in my system. Tim Ferris also talks about this in his recent podcast.

Questions and "I Don't Know" - A Letter From The CEO

Colin Stuckert

It’s been awhile since I wrote a Wild Letter.

Since then, a lot has changed for us, and a lot for the country.

But don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about politics, or to take one side or the other. And I’m definitely NOT going to — presumptuously—predict what’s going to happen the way every news outlet, columnist, blogger and media organization is doing right now.

Nope I won’t do any of that.

After all, we are in the food business, not the media, entertainment or news business.

That said, there is never a time in life when optimism and learning are not useful. So I’m going to try to cover some of these today.

Let's start with something that all humans have in common—the human brain.

And in case you didn't know, your brain is the most complex creation the universe has ever seen.

Lucky you. Lucky me.

We still don’t know how the human brain completely works, and many scientists speculate we will never fully unearth its mysteries.

But no matter how you look at it, it’s unfathomably awesome that nature has created a species that is capable of a consciousness that allows it to question its own existence.

We are lucky to be able to question life and ourselves, yet we royally suck at both.

Our human consciousness is what defines human experience, and we have a random colliding of atoms to thank for that gift.

Not bad for a place (the universe) that’s defined by a random colliding of elements.

Regardless of what you believe or don’t believe about how we came to be, I think we can all agree on one thing: we are a miracle—life is a miracle—and we are damn lucky to be alive at this moment.

Now let’s look at the brain.

The human brain fascinates me for many reasons. The thing that really gets me is the fact that we all have brains, yet we all think and see life so differently.

There is no objective way to measure or compare individual experience, which is crazy because reality is nothing more than an interpretation of sensory inputs by a human brain.

And considering we all have brains, you’d think it would be easier to agree on things, yet we live in a world that is largely divided by the incongruence of our beliefs.

At this point, there are a few forks in the road I could take while still getting to a point.

Actually, I’m not sure which fork I want to take at this time, or which point I want to make, for that matter.

I could spend some time rapping about the fact that you and I will never, ever, ever be able to fully understand another’s point of view—human, horse, democratic, republican, sand flea—let alone the point of view of half of a country that votes one way or the other.

And that we should stop trying to understand or argue and should start accepting. (We most definitely aren’t changing anyone’s mind, so we really need to stop trying to do that as well.)

Human existence is profound on so many levels, but the one that gets to me the most—and that I see the most—is the fact that few of us lack an understanding of the way people are yet we are still so surprised every time a human acts like a human that we could easily be diagnosed as textbook insane.

(The definition of insanity, according to Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.)

Maybe I should try to convey how, since perception is reality, and to a profound degree we can adjust our perception if we are aware enough of it, life really is what you choose it to be.

No more, no less… and all choice.

Yea, let’s go with this point since this it’s already something I think about often as I go through life trying to control my own reality.

Since I love the Stoics, and consider myself a “Stoic” of sorts, here are a couple Stoic quotes to kick things off:

“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements— how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!”

—Seneca, On The Shortness of Life

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I’m not audacious enough to think I have anything to say that these great men have not already said, but I will try to summarize some of what I’ve come to understand through study and life over the years.

Here are a few thoughts relating to the mind, life and being better at both. I hope you find at least one thing useful here that you can use in your life to live better.

You choose everything in your life, whether you think you do or not.

 

Think about that for a second: you choose everything you choose.

This inescapable truth of reality is something many are ignorant to and the rest seem to forget on the regular.

After all, most people let their friends, favorite YouTubers and the media choose the thoughts and beliefs that shape their reality.

You might think these individuals aren’t actually choosing since they are letting others choose for them, but I’d remind you that they first have to choose who they pay attention to.

No matter how you spin it, it all comes down to choice.

What’s more insidious about human belief is, most influence is done at the subconscious level where most are unaware that their beliefs are being formed by someone else.

(And this is really scary if you think about it considering the recent political landscape and the prevalence of social media and all the “fake news” being passed around.)

I remember reading about the concept of “contagion.” The author asserted that we (basically) absorb the beliefs from people around us at the subconscious level and that there is little we can do to change this.

But you can do something about it, a lot in fact.

First, you make the choice of who you spend your time with, what you read, and who you watch on YouTube.

Second, you make the choice to question your beliefs as often as possible with the goal of better understanding yourself and others. Or, on the flip side, you never question your beliefs while being oblivious to the fact that maybe your beliefs suck and/or are harmful to your life and those around you.

Third, you make the choice to admit that there is little you can control in life while accepting that the only thing within your control are your thoughts and actions.

Fourth, you make the choice—or you don’t—to be ok with not knowing things. As Socrates said, “I know one thing; that I know nothing.”

It’s all choice. Unfortunately, most people choose without 1) knowing that they are choosing and 2) realizing the long term effects their choosing or lack of choosing has on their life.

I want to make one more point on number 4 above on the topic of not knowing and the prevalence of so many convictions I see being passed around from all sides.

When I see convicted individuals on one side of a point versus another side, I usually think of one of my favorite philosophers, Nietzsche, and one of his brilliant quotes.

It’s this: “Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”

This is one of those quotes that makes you think.

Why are convictions more dangerous enemies of truth than lies?

Because convictions are based on the rigged assumption that you are right and/or that your way is the best way, both of which pave the way for things like bigotry, closed-mindedness, and radical terrorism, to name a few.

When you are convicted, you are biased to the nth degree.

You succumb to confirmation bias in it’s purest form—the bias that leads you to seek out information that confirms your beliefs while ignoring, or straight up not seeing, information that challenges your beliefs. (This is also the reason why debating politics has the reverse effect: all you are doing is becoming more resolute in your beliefs while making your opponent more resolute in their beliefs.)

In a nutshell, convictions lead to many forms of cognitive bias and are why things like politics and race, two things that tend to have a “Us vs Them” line in the sand, rarely lead to progress.

Convictions are further compounded by the fact that—for reasons I’m not exactly sure of—it has become taboo in our culture to say, “I don’t know.”

Maybe it’s our age of Google and instant information that led us all to believe that we should all have an opinion on everything.

But “I don’t know” is something you can implement in your life today that will show immediate results.

Take “I don’t know” and sprinkle in more questions combined with less statements and you have a winning strategy for life that will help you in every personal and professional situation you will ever face.

I don’t know is the path to wisdom. I don’t know helps you avoid convictions and the biases that come from thinking you know what you know.

I don’t know leads to testing, good questions, and more self-awareness (and we need need more of each in our current age).

We all need less conviction and more I don’t know.

And at the individual level, you will do so much better with each.

Choose to be ok with not knowing.

Choose who you spend your time with and who you let influence you.

Choose the say no to your natural tendency to be arrogantly convicted.

Choose to embrace I don’t know don’t know.

Choose to question more and talk less.

Yours in Life,

 

-Colin
Founder/CEO

The Wild Foods December Promotion

Colin Stuckert

Since December is a time of giving and showing gratitude for loved ones, our December promo is going to help you do just that by getting as many Wild Minis into your hands as possible!

Our team has already produced 500 minis this week in preparation for the December promotion. And more are on the way.

Wild Minis are 1-2oz sizes of the Wild Foods product line. They are great for travel, trying new ingredients and, best of all, gifting.

And they fit perfectly in stockings. Like perfect... See how perfect:

 
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To help you fill those stockings and give the gift of Wild Foods, we are offering the following promotion for every order placed in the Wild Foods store for the month of December (no promo code required):

  • Order $25 = Receive 3x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $9)
  • Order $50 = Receive 5x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $15)
  • Order $75 = Receive 7x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $21)
  • Order $100 = Receive 10x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $30)
  • Order $150 = Receive 15x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $45)
  • Order $200 = Receive 25x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $75)
  • Order $249 = Receive 35x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $105)
  • Order $499+ = Receive 60x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $150)
  • Order $999+ = Receive 150x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $300)

Average Retail Value for Wild Minis = $3.00

Start Shopping Now!

Product Spotlight: Wild Cocotropic

Colin Stuckert

Our new Wild Cocotropic is a potent blend of our best-selling Wild Chocolate with reishi mushroom, raw maca powder, mucuna pruriens and Wild Turmeric.

It contains no sweeteners, so you can sweeten with your preferred sweetener and drink it like hot cocoa or just add it to smoothies, shakes or a mug of butter coffee.

The options and benefits are limitless—anything relating to mood, brain and focus. You can improve your focus while also decreasing anxiety and distraction. The potent superfood powders, reishi mushroom and mucuna pruriens, each have their own powerful effects on the brain. 

Ingredients: 100% Organic Non-Alkalized Natural Wild Cocoa powder, Reishi Mushroom Extract, Organic Raw Maca powder, Mucuna Pruriens Extract, Organic Turmeric

 

 

 

De-Stress With Tea

Colin Stuckert

Tea, in all of its varieties and blends, is a useful tool that should be a standard in every health conscious individual's repertoire.

Some tea drinkers will reach for a cup of Yerba Mate or green tea first thing in the morning to get their mind and body going.

Some opt for a peppermint tea when they need to settle their stomach after a large meal.

While many others may reach for a glass of wine to de-stress from a long day, there are many people who opt for a healthier option when winding down—tea being our preferred choice.

When choosing teas to help you de-stress, you should pay close attention to the ingredients. Many of the tea blends you find on store shelves include artificial flavorings and sweeteners. Of course, at Wild Foods, there is never anything artificial in any of our products.

And when it comes to tea, there are so many delicious options, each of which provides it's own laundry list of health benefit, that to put fake junk in tea is just dumb. Literally... it's dumb.

Instead of adding fake sweeteners to a tea blend, you could just add a naturally sweet herbal tea, like Honeybush, and you'll have all the sweetness you need. The same goes for hibiscus.

As it goes with food, quality in = quality out... and... junk in = junk out.

Caffeine

Herbal Teas are caffeine free and are your best option when choosing a tea to de-stress. While on the other hand, to get your day going, opt for teas with caffeine likeYerba mate, green tea or guayusa.

Caffeine should be avoided as it can often cause unwanted stimulation which will not allow your body to relax.

Choosing the “right” tea for you may seem like a guessing game but the truth is, they each have their own wonderful and unique set of benefits and flavor profile. Trying new a new tea is part of the fun!

Here's a short list of some of the most popular herbal tea options. Check out more in the Wild Shop here.

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Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the most widely used teas for treating symptoms of stress.

The properties of chamomile make it perfect for combating not only mental symptoms of stress, but also physical symptoms such as stomach ache, insomnia and migraines.'

At Wild Foods, we offer three varieties of tea that include Chamomile: Sweet Chamomile, Crazy Chamomile (with added peppermint) and Red Honey, which blends Honeybush, Chamomile and Vanilla for a de-stressing herbal treat.

Rooibos and Honeybush Tea

The rooibos family of tea includes three types we sell at Wild Foods—Green Rooibos (unfermented), Red Rooibos (the standard "red tea" rooibos) and honeybush (a cousin of rooibos that's sweeter than rooibois).

Rooibos is known for calming your nervous system. In addition, these herbal teas are full of antioxidants that aid in overall heart health as well as help improve allergies. 

Neither carry the sedative effects that come with chamomile, so they may the best option if you are looking to de-stress with tea without a sleepy effect. 

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Peppermint

Peppermint leaf is an excellent option for those looking to treat symptoms of stress like upset stomach, headache and fatigue.

The menthol contained in peppermint is anti-inflammatory and can reduce blood pressure, both of which will help calm you down so you can relax.

Our Wild Tea #16, Peppermint Soothe, is 100% organic peppermint leaves. Not only is it great by itself as a stand-alone tea, but you can add it to any other tea to make your own custom tea blend.

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Lemon balm

Lemon Balm tea has been gaining in popularity due to it's potent health benefit. 

Lemon Balm tea is proven to improve sleep while preventing sleep disturbances like insomnia.

In addition to helping you de-stress and sleep, Lemon Balm is also proven to sharpen your memory and aid in overall brain health.

Our 100% organic Lemon Balm Calm herbal tea will get the job done with ease.

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Spearmint Leaf

The same family as Peppermint, Spearmint tea has a bit less spice than peppermint coupled with a stronger mint flavor. It carries similar healthy benefits as other members of the mint family—and there are many! 

Most people don't know this, but spearmint has more antioxidants than green tea. The phenols and flavonoids in the leaf are potent inflammation fighters.

De-stressing with tea is made easy with this antioxidant packed, tasty tea.

Check out Wild Tea #19 in the Wild Shop.

Get Creative!

If you find yourself suffering from anxiety, stress, or tension - opt for some Wild Tea to help you de-stress while improving overall health and well-being. 

At Wild Foods, we encourage you to try a variety of tea options since trying new ingredients is part of the fun!

We want to hear from you! Which herbal tea is your favorite? Comment below with your favorite way to unwind and de-stress with tea!

Health Benefits and Uses of Himalayan Pink Salt

Colin Stuckert

Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest, most mineral-beneficial salt in the world.

Far superior to white table salt (which you should never use) and even higher-quality sea salts, Himalayan pink salt contains over 84 trace minerals. These minerals include: magnesium, fluoride, iodine, sodium, potassium, zinc, to name a few.

Not only is Himalayan pink salt superior because of the vast amount of trace minerals it contains, but it is also naturally sourced straight from the Himalayan mountain range, which runs through India, China, Nepal and Bhutan.

Most of the Himalayan pink salt we use today is mined from ancient sea beds in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Found deep in the Himalayas this pink salt has been unscathed by human pollution, thus making it one of the most sought after forms of sodium for health benefits.

Benefits

Aside from being an excellent source of sodium and other trace minerals when used in cooking and preparing food and drinks, Himalayan pink salt has a number of other uses that can greatly benefit your health.

These benefits include: increasing hydration, lower blood pressure, prevent muscle cramping, improve circulation, balance electrolytes and many more.

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How to Use It Himalayan Pink Salt

In The Bathroom

If you like to workout—and we hope you do—you have probably heard of epsom salt baths, which are used to treat achy muscles after rigorous workouts.

It is said that the magnesium and sulfate from the salt and water mixture, is absorbed into your body through your skin, through a process called dermal absorption. Because Himalayan pink salt is a pure form of mineral dense sodium, it is often recommended as a replacement to epsom salt baths for sore muscles, and is also known to aid in detoxifying through osmosis.

To make a Pink Salt Bath Soak:

  1. Add 1 cup (for a normal bath) or 2-4 cups (for a super detox bath) of fine grain Himalayan pink salt to bathwater that is headed to just above body temperature.
  2. Get in and relax… maybe focus on your breath for a few minutes and let your mind and body be put at ease.

This bath will not only relieve aching muscles but can also aid in detoxifying the body. Remember to drink plenty of water and add more cold water if you begin to feel light headed. If you do not have a bathtub handy, you can opt for a foot soak to absorb the benefits of Himalayan pink salt.

In Your Kitchen

Seasoning cooked and uncooked foods is the most common use for Wild Pink Salt. Our fine grain Wild Pink Salt is the perfect grain for all-purpose seasoning.

You can also add a dash to your smoothies, shakes and drinking water to increase absorption of important nutrients and to help with hydration.

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In Your Water

Himalayan pink salt can be used to make sole (pronounced solay)—a mixture of water and salt intended for drinking. Drinking a sole has a host of benefits, a few of which include:

  • Rehydrate after sleep
  • Fast absorption of minerals that help detoxify and re-mineralize your body
  • Improve digestion
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Improve bone health
  • And much more.
     

Making a sole is super easy. This is how you do it:

  1. Full a mason jar with 1/3t to ¼ Wild Pink Salt

  2. Add high-quality filtered water to the top.

  3. Cover and let sit overnight.

  4. If all of the salt dissolved, and none is left at the bottom, you can add a bit more salt to reach the proper dilution.

  5. The ideal solution for a sole is when no more salt can be dissolved in the water. (If you see small salt crystals at the bottom of the jar, try giving it a good shake. If they remain, you probably have the ideal ratio.)

Keep this jar covered on your counter or in your pantry.

Each morning, add a TSP of sole to a glass of water and drink. This is a great way to start your day!

You can also add a dash to your smoothies and shakes, just be careful to not overdo it.

Pink Salt In Your Home

You may have seen the illuminated Himalayan pink salt lamps decorating the homes and offices of your friends and family.

Some believe that Himalayan pink salt produces negative ions (the same negative ions produced by moving water, lightning bolts and sunlight) which counteract the positive ions created by electronics such as computers and televisions.

Positive ions are said to negatively affect sleep and stress. Therefore placing a Himalayan pink salt lamp in your home may neutralize positive ions and cleanse the air in your home. While the use of Himalayan pink salt in your home is said to purify air (amongst other things), this benefit has not been scientifically proven. (Although it does look great!)

A little salt in the home definitely won’t hurt, and it may even be a healthy addition to your health repertoire.

Pink Salt Is a Winner

Wild Himalayan Pink Salt is a versatile tool for improving your health, your recipes and your life in more ways than one.

Whether you choose to add pink salt to your dishes, ingest it each morning via a sole mixture or soak it up through your skin in a hot bath, the benefits of Himalayan pink salt are sure to make you a happy and healthier human.

Product Spotlight: Wild Fish Oil

Colin Stuckert

Menhaden are a small, omega-3 rich fish that travel in large, slow-moving schools. The reason they are considered “sustainable”—making it one of the only fish oils in the world able to make that claim—is due to the speed at which the schools replenish themselves. 

Our menhaden is caught in the Atlantic off US waters, primarily by fisherman from the small fishing town of Reedville, Virginia. 

Menhaden is a purer, more sustainable and environmentally friendly, and better tasting fish oil than the typical fish oil blends consisting of anchovy, sardines and mackerel. 

The ingredients that make Wild Fish Oil one of the purest tasting fish oils on the market have been carefully formatted using all natural ingredients. A unique benefit of menhaden oil is it does not naturally come with a strong fishy taste or smell the way other fatty fish oils do.

We use a bit of lemon, rosemary extra and natural vanilla flavor to make one of the best tasting liquid fish oils in the world!

Integral for optimal health, omega-3s are fatty acids that most of us in the West are lacking in our diets. Eating too much fish, which can help improve your omega-3 intake, can be troublesome since you have to worry about mercury contamination.

Fortunately, Wild Fish Oil is tested and verified to be mercury free.

These are a few of the many reasons why we are so proud of Wild Fish Oil. And we think you'll enjoy it as much as we do!

Get a bottle today!

Cocotropic - Chocolate and Superfood Compounds For The Brain

Colin Stuckert

We recently launched our first Wild Foods nootropic drink powder mix called Wild Cocotropic.

It's delicious, effective... and we are happy and proud of it.

You can read a bit more about it here: Wild Cocotropic.

(These will be coming in our brand new bags very soon! In the meantime, you'll receive them in our standard recycled kraft food bags.)

On another note, one of our Wild subscribers asked us this after we sent out our announcement email:

Ihavea17 year olddaughterthat could use a little concentration and mood enhancement while she is studying. Is this stuff safe for people her age and what are the side effects? Iam a little afraidof the ingredients that Ihaveneverheard of before. *shouldberead as - don't want my kid getting high off the stuff*

Great question... and it made me chuckle!

Here is my response:

All the ingredients are 100% real food powders. None of these are stimulants, like caffeine, although there is a small amount of caffeine in the cocoa. 

The other ingredients—reishi, mucuna pruriens (also called velvet bean), turmeric—all provide certain brain-boosting benefits in an all-natural, non-high inducing way.

You can also adjust the amount used and slip a little bit in smoothies/shakes/etc. to get some of the benefits without doing a full serving-sized drink.

Get a bag today and use this delicious superfood mix for the brain in your smoothies, shakes and coffee drinks. It's also great by itself as a hot cocoa style drink with a dash of honey.

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-Colin
Founder

Coffee and Mold - Is It Exaggerated?

Colin Stuckert

I recently received an email from a customer.

In his email, he asked this:

2. I read you article on coffee and particularly the section on mold. I know that high heat from roasting does kill the mold, but I know from talking with Dave (from Bulletproof) that he is also concerned not just about the mold but also the toxins created from the mold such as ochratoxin A which are not destroyed by high heat. I notice no mention of this, so I wanted to get your thoughts.

Here was my response:

To answer your question, it's all about mitigating exposure and buying great coffee. Then testing it on the individual level. The fact is, if you test beans that you get from a farm and they test mold-free, well then you keep buying from that farm and they hopefully don't change anything... right?

And if the beans test positive for mold, you stop buying from that farm/exporter and instead buy from someone else while repeating until you find a farm growing coffee without mold issues.

It's all a little exaggerated in my opinion. Furthermore, you don't need to have a lab test to know that a certain bean makes you feel good and tastes great just the same as you don't need to lab test folgers (or any other crappy coffee) to know that it makes you feel like crap and tastes like crap.

Testing Coffee Beans

Let's assume you were selling "lab tested" coffee beans. 

When your batch of green coffee beans would "pass" a test, you would then approve that lot or farm and send them to your roaster to be roasted before being sold to the public.

The beans that don't pass your test would be ruled out for consideration.

From there, you would add that grower and bean to your "approved" list of coffees.

Maybe you would do this until you had a few farms and exporters on your approved list—at least enough to supply the beans you need to fulfill customer orders.

Then what?

You'd automate the buying process—or someone else would handle that, like the roaster, as is standard in the coffee industry—and you'd go about your life, business as usual.

After that, how often would you test your beans?

Maybe once a quarter? Maybe a few times a year? Maybe once a year?

Who knows...

In reality, you could test your beans in a year and still market your product as "lab tested," regardless of just how shady that seems. After all, it's still true, right?

(And such is a standard example of the subtle ways marketers can spin language.)

Finally, you could make people sign an NDA before letting them in on your testing process and protocol (which is exactly what certain popular brand requires).

And that's one way to do it.

Now let's remove lab testing from the equation and look at a way to produce the same end-result of finding a delicious tasting coffee that's low in mold and grown with respect to the environment and the end-user's health.

Is this what "lab-tested" coffee looks like? The problem is; no one knows.

Is this what "lab-tested" coffee looks like? The problem is; no one knows.

Human Trials

Instead of testing your green coffee beans in a lab, let's say you use "human trials," e.g. you and others you trust that know coffee test some green coffee beans from a few select coffee producers.

After receiving your beans, you fresh roast them to a various roast profiles and send each person home with a few ounces of each roast to test. You instruct them to try the beans with a few brewing methods as well as without added cream, butter, sugar, etc. 

You also instruct them to listen closely to how they feel after drinking the coffee—an hour after, 2 hours after.

Finally, you ask them to rate each coffee from 1-10 on the feeling spectrum.

Then you compile the results and choose the clear winners.

You then add this list of winners to your "approved/tested list."

Don't discount the importance of human trials 

Don't discount the importance of human trials 

In each method above, you end up with a specially curated list of premium coffees that taste great and make you feel great. In fact, you might even end up with the same list of coffees from the same farmers by following completely different curation/testing methods.

In case you were wondering, at Wild Foods we used the latter method for creating the Wild Coffee line of Organic, Single-Origin, Fair Trade coffees.

I have a feeling that our Wild Coffee beans pass any lab tests with flying colors. Especially considering the hundreds, possibly thousands, of human trials our beans have undergone at this point (friends, family and Wild customers).

I wanted to address this topic because of the frequent questions we get about our coffee beans. I'm hoping to point out how some people mistake the trees for the forest in the case of mold and coffee.

Since the point is to find amazing coffee that tastes great and doesn't have mold issues (the forest), whether or not beans are tested does not actually change the coffee itself, it merely gives you one way of testing beans (the testing method being the trees).

All that being said, if you buy "lab tested coffee beans" and you find they don't taste great and/or they don't make you feel that awesome, then perhaps you should factor that data point into your conclusions?

Yours in Health,

-Colin Stuckert
Founder/CEO

 

 

 

 

3 Essential Nutrients Only Real Food Can Offer

Colin Stuckert

This is a post from Mansal Denton, the manager and co-founder of Nootropedia, a nootropics and brain health brand that produces content and software tools to improve mental performance. He also has a fascination with psychedelics, but he won’t tell if you don’t.

We all know that real food tastes better than processed, but the nutritional value is higher as well. Real food is filled with many essential nutrients that humans need for optimal mental and physical performance. Being deficient in these nutrients isn’t rare, unfortunately. Most people don’t get nearly enough of these nutrients, which creates a cascade of negative health effects.

Instead of looking for supplements that your body has a hard time absorbing, look into real foods to acquire the following essential nutrients.

1. Magnesium

In the developed (western) world, magnesium is the second highest deficiency after Vitamin D. Magnesium is responsible for regulating over 300 enzymes in the human body, which influences all aspects from protein synthesis to nerve function, and even creating DNA. This nutrient is so important for your optimal performance, it even influences production of a brain chemical called serotonin.

Even if people recognize their deficiency in magnesium, it is very difficult to find a source of the nutrient that is well-absorbed by the body. That’s one of the reasons it is best to find magnesium through real foods. Cocoa is a natural source of magnesium that the body can absorb easily. It also tastes much better than a magnesium glycinate supplement!

2. Iron

Unless you are eating grass fed red meat, iron is another common nutrient deficiency. For vegetarians, vegans, or pescatarians this is even more of a risk and can lead to deficiencies in strength and muscle health.

Even though a doctor might tell you to take a standard iron supplement, you’ll find far more bioavailable iron from traditional whole foods like cocoa powder and even turmeric. A small dosage of turmeric has up to 10% of your daily recommended iron.

3. Vitamin D

Even though magnesium deficiency is a major concern in the western world, there is only one nutrient we lack more: vitamin D. It seems silly that westerners would be deficient in the “sunlight” vitamin, but people in colder climates (away from the sun) are typically deficient. These days we spend so much time indoors and out at night that it is hard to get all the vitamin D we need from the sunlight.

Luckily, we can allow our fish products to collect the vitamin D for us. Many fish are filled with vitamin D including the menhaden fish oil, which is caught and harvested from U.S. waters. Beyond the benefits of vitamin D, this fish oil also has omega-3 DHA and EPA, which are essential nutrients for brain health.

Whole Nutrition... Then Supplementation

As a specialist on brain health supplements and nootropic drugs, I’m a firm believer in using modern science to enhance our mental performance. Yet, I still believe the greatest source of cognitive improvement is seen through basic practices, such as sleeping, eating whole foods, and exercising.

By eating whole foods that are processed in conscious ways, you can get all of these essential nutrients from your diet. You will be able to avoid spending money on useless supplements and, most importantly, you’ll have a healthier life with delicious ingredients.

The Smoothest Iced Tea Ever

Colin Stuckert

Did you know that black tea is the most widely consumed tea in the United States?

Most people think green tea is... but green tea only accounts for a mere ~8% of national tea consumption.

Unfortunately, most of the black tea consumed is not 1) good quality and 2) health promoting.

After all, most iced tea served in restaurants is made from cheap mass-produced technified tea, like Lipton's, and full of a whopping 40g (or more) of sugar.

Ugh.... gross.

But there's a better way.

And it start with the recipe below—and continues when you make the recipe below in batch and keep plenty in your fridge.

I've told many Wild customers that our #9 Twilight Black Tea is the smoothest black tea I've ever tried... and I've sampled hundreds of black teas from around the world.

Smoothest Iced Tea Ever

Ingredients:

  • Wild Tea #9 Black Tea - Ratio = 3g per 6oz Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Lemon or lime
  • Ice
  • Optional: Honey or other preferred (natural) sweetener

Procedure:

  • Bring desired amount of water to boil based on this ratio: Ratio = 3g per 6oz Water
  • Weigh out your tea and place in glass pitcher or mason jar.
  • Bring water to a boil then take off heat and let sit for 30 seconds.
  • Pour water over tea.
  • Let steep for 6 minutes.
  • Strain tea and save (keep in fridge) for another cup of tea or compost.
  • Place pitcher or jar in fridge until cooled.
  • To serve, pour over ice and add lemon and sweetener to taste.
  • Enjoy!