Video transcript below:
Welcome to the Wild, ladies and gents. My name’s Colin Stuckert. I’m the founder and CEO of Wild Foods Co. Some products, right there.
And today, I woke up fighting a cold. It’s frigid outside. The weather’s changing.
It’s that time of year, and since I moved to Texas four years ago, every year, I’ve struggled with something called cedar fever, which is an allergy to cedar trees. They say it usually gets better after you’ve been here a while.
Last year, I had it rough. And so, this year, I’m feeling it, but I’m just trying to use positive visualization, to ignore it and say affirmations like, “I’m fine. I’m healthy,” whatever, and focus on mind over matter.
And so, in today’s video, I’m going to give you some strategies to avoid getting sick when you feel it coming on. And not just positive affirmations or matters of the mind. But actual physical things you can do so that you, basically, never get sick again.
Okay, so the first thing you need to do is load up with nutrients. Alright, so I got a couple of examples here, and these aren’t the only ones.
This is going to be the supplement category for number one. Number two, I’m going to go into some of the whole food things you can do to combat.
But the first thing that I always do when I feel I’m tired or weak or getting sick is I mega dose omega-3s, particularly Wild Fish Oil, which is one of the only sustainable, wild-caught, Friends of the Sea certified fish oils in the world; just clean, pure fish oil.
And what the omega-3 does in your body is helps to correct the balance of omega-6 to omega-3, which we all have. If we eat a standard American diet, even if we’re eating clean and still eating food in our food system, it’s mostly filled with omega-6.
Whereas, with omega-3, you’re getting wild game, fatty fish, and red, grass-fed meats. It’s just harder to come by them. And so, what we have is, in our body, in our diet, we have an abundance of omega-6 and not enough omega-3.
And so omega-3s have been heavily researched for preventing inflammation, increasing longevity, and all these different things. It does a lot of diffeothergs in your body to make it run better.
So, I mega dose with it. And again, if you’re going to be taking a lot, you need to consult your doctor, especially if you’re on medications because they can thin your blood and interact with other medicines.
Right now, I’m doing a video experiment for YouTube where I’m taking five grams daily, which is 40 capsules of… 40 of these daily.
Omega dosing with omega-3 and eating foods with omega-3, fatty fish, grass-fed beef, wild game, things like that, even organs, organ meats…
And then we’ll get into some Real Food stuff later in the video, but that is my first line of defense.
Then, I’m making sure to take the Wild Tumeric, a turmeric extract with Bioperine that helps with absorption. Tumeric, itself is known to prevent inflammation and improve longevity. It is also a cancer fighter, et cetera, so I also take this.
Again, you can find turmeric extract and add turmeric to everything in your cooking.
The last and final thing I’m making sure I’m taking, especially this time of year when it gets colder and when we’re not going outside as much, is vitamin D with a K2.
The K2 makes sure that you use vitamin D3 properly. Some research has shown that, if you take vitamin D alone, it can cause issues in the body with build-up and some other mechanisms that I’m not super keen on right now.
And that’s why the new vitamin D’s usually always come with a K2, which is also really good for you, an essential nutrient in the body.
And since I’m not getting outside enough and since you probably aren’t, either, we should be taking this every single day to make sure our vitamin D levels stay up because when our vitamin D levels start to plummet or when our omega-3 levels start to plummet, our body is just in disrepair.
It doesn’t work as well. And so, we get those levels back up, and we can let our body do its thing.
The number two thing is short, quick, and accessible. Drink a lot of water. Now, you hear that all the time.
Yeah, okay, so I have an app on my phone called the Way of Life app — and there are these other habit-tracking apps — that say that… I can program it to say whatever I want, but it says 16 ounces of water, and then, when I do it, I check it off.
And then I have one that’s midday, 16 ounces of water. Then I have one that’s below it, 16 ounces of water. And I try to break it up into small tasks I can do throughout the day instead of saying, “Oh, did you drink eight glasses of water today,” or whatever it is, right?
You need to break habits into the minor form you can. I could even do eight ounces of water if I had trouble getting 16.
And then, in addition to this, every morning — it should be part of your morning routine — start with a glass of water; ideally, not cold. Right?
And add some Wild Pink Salt, and then add a dash of lemon, lime, and apple cider. And this will do many things, helping clean out your system.
Apple cider vinegar, especially when you’re fasting, has improved autophagy. Your body recycles old cells out of your system and creates new ones. And it’s a perfect process.
It’s one of the reasons why fasting is so good for you. It’s for that process. And so, taking that in the morning will help you refuel the electrolytes and start your day off great.
It’s going to prevent hunger pangs. If you’re fasting in the morning, it will be much easier to fast, and you’ll get more benefits from being in the short hood state.
So, every morning, eight to twelve ounces of room temp water, Wild Pink Salt, a dash of acid, apple cider vinegar, lemon, or lime.
Now, number three is essential. You need to go slow, and you need to take it easy. So, don’t exercise. If you need to move, take walks.
Do things where you exert less of your body. You stress your body less because you need to divert as much energy as possible to fight off the fatigue and the cold or whatever might be attacking you. Okay?
Let your immune system recuperate. And I found this a lot. What I do is I get into the routine of I want to make sure I’m lifting, going to racquetball, doing all these things, and it’s hard for me to slow down.
And then, I’m working all day, and my mind is going. So, I’m sucking up a bunch of energy that way, and it’s hard for me to slow down. And so, I make a point not to lift weights during this time.
And again, this is when you feel a cold coming on or trying to recover from a cold. Take it slow. Stop lifting. Stop going to the gym. Don’t go to your CrossFit class or your row class or whatever.
If you need to do something:
- Take a walk.
- Do shallow, moderate-intensity things.
- So, ensure you don’t stress your body too much, exacerbating your recovery and making it longer.
So, take it easy.
Since we all need to take it easier, we could spend some time, every day, lying down, reading a book. This is just a side bonus tip.
Give yourself a chance to lie down and recuperate, even when you’re awake or midday. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown nap.
I’m not a nap person. I have to be exhausted to take a nap. But I know that if I lay down, midday and I read or do whatever, even if I’m dozing off a little bit, even if I don’t fully sleep, I’m getting a lot of rejuvenation from that practice.
So take a step, in the mid of your day, to say, “Hey, okay, I’m going to relax right now. I’m going to go lay down. I’m going to relax on the couch, reading,” whatever it is.
Just allow your body to take pressure off your feet and lay back. Take the stress off your joints, bones, et cetera, and just let go. Just relax. Right?
We all struggle doing it in our fast-paced, modern-day world to get stuff done all day. I’m guilty of this, too, because I want to get things done while the light is out. And every day is an opportunity to improve the future, but we must balance that with rest in the now.
And so, if you feel like you’re getting tired or even feeling stressed, take a moment and relax. And do some deep breathing. Do a couple-minute meditation.
It doesn’t have to be a big deal, guys. Mediation can be as simple as lying dowlyingcounting your breath in and out five or ten times. Just doing that is a win.
People focus too much on this ample meditation practice or this big ideal of perfection and not thinking of anything. But that’s not the case at all. You have to allow yourself to slow down and focus on your breath, which is meditation.
That is mindfulness, and that will give you a lot of benefits. And so, I guess the bonus point would be to take a moment to meditate when you’re feeling this way. And slow your roll up here. Slow your mental roll.
Okay, so the final tip is to eat real, whole food prepped at home. Bone broth is a great thing. You can even get it store-bought at this point. It’s not that great, so I would try to flavor it up if you bought the store-bought stuff.
Add some lemon, some butter, some salt, and some spices. Just do whatever you can to make it not the bland, dull broth you get at the store.
We have a perpetual broth that we’ve been doing this past week, where we started with grass-fed bones, and we throw stuff in every day.
Add some more water. Add some salt. Add some apple cider vinegar. And it’s called a perpetual broth, and it just keeps going and going and going.
And so, we take a spoon and scoop some out every day. And this morning, what I did for my breakfast was ladled out six ounces or so, add some butter and salt, and squeezed some lemon in. And I just whisked that up.
Oh, so good. And I think that’s why I’m feeling a little bit better today: I have been doing all these things we’ve discussed.
I’ve been mega-dosing with fish oil, taking my vitamin D, my turmeric, and then making sure I’m eating a lot of whole, real, nutritious food, particularly bone broth.
And then, I’m going to go home, and we’re going to have some greens. And we’re going to have some more protein. Maybe I’ll have some canned fish later to get some extra omega-3s in. And the bone broth is made from grass-fed bones.
So I’m getting a lot of omegas, as well as other nutrients, B vitamins, and all the things, all the reasons why a bone broth is good for you; good for your overall health, as well as your gut health.
And so, I hope this video was helpful, guys, which means you need to do something about it. If you feel like slugging this holiday season or coming close to being sick, when you start feeling that way, take these preemptive actions to reduce the likelihood of getting sick.
And if you do get sick, Heaven forbid, do these things all day long; lots of resting; lots of liquids; lots of whole, nutritious food; lots of fish oil; lots of turmerics.
And you will reduce how long you’re sick to the minimum amount because nobody likes being sick during the holidays. It’s supposed to be a time of thanksgiving and spending time with friends and family.
And it’s usually busy, so who wants to be sick? It just sucks.
Okay, so, like and subscribe, and drop some comments below if you have any other tips for staying pure and clean and not sick this holiday season. Please share.
Founder/CEO, Wild Foods