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Terry Givens: Reset Your Body with The Water Challenge

We are talking to Terry Givens. I want to preface this show by telling you that this was held onsite at the Ultimate Entrepreneur Camp.

We are talking about resetting your body. I know you’re thinking, “I come here for investing tips. I come here for business, entrepreneurship.” The big lesson that I’ve shared is if you don’t get your body right, if you don’t get your energy right, then you’re not going to be as productive in work. You’re not going to be as clear when making those investments.

It’s a really eye-opening show with Terry Givens.

What’s interesting about this show is you maybe healthy and fit right now but there’s a lot more to go. We’re going to be introduced here to Terry’s story. This guy was a physically fit athlete playing volleyball and his bones were hurting, his back was hurting, his hips were hurting and his knees were hurting like that joint pain. Through his process of discovery, he was able to find out how to virtually eliminate all of that by just eating the right things. This episode is not all about just what you eat, it’s all about how you change your mindset around that.

If you’re just getting to know Terry, he is an author, public speaker and he’s a certified nutritionist. He’s also one funny guy. If you’re looking for a laugh, if you’re looking for real world tactical information, things that you can do like after this show, you’re going to absolutely love this episode. We also talk about hacks. If you want to heal your body quicker, and I’m not making claims here, we’re talking about getting the blood flow in and out of certain parts of your body. If you can think of it at a high level, blood is the thing that sustains us. Blood is the thing that heals us. Terry shares what I called a performance hack or a body hack if you will. It’s pretty fascinating. I can’t wait to try this out.

Dustin
Terry, you're at an international volleyball tournament, you're in Mexico. You get a top placement and in less than a year's time, you couldn't play.
Terry
I'm on the sidelines. It was ridiculous.
Dustin
Your body breaks down. What changed?
Terry
It was a buildup. One year, I go from playing high-level volleyball surrounded by 300 people everywhere. There was a six-feet tall, yellow chicken going me on and I'm dressed up as Tom Cruise in Top Gun. I got spandex shorts underneath. Then I went on to the point where my body had enough. I started with these terrible knees. It took me out of the game. Going back a year before that, I had shoulder surgery from bad health. Before that, my ankles were tearing me up in college. We go back and I got bad hips. I was eating terribly. After 32 years, it caught up to me and took me out of the game.
Dustin
That's crazy because I want the WealthFit nation to know that Terry is not 60 years old. You could empathize and you could understand all those ailments for somebody a little more in age. You were in your 30s at this?
Terry
At that time, I was 30 or 32 but I was like, "I must be getting old. Maybe I shouldn't be so active anymore with volleyball. Maybe I should get in a golf. Maybe I should do some more intellectual activities.” It was a cop-out, but I knew a lot of the people my age were certain to start having those aches and those pains and just explained it away to old age. My hair was starting to thin out. I refuse to believe that was my next ten, fifteen, twenty, 30 years. If I'm like this at 32, what's happening when I get to 52?
Dustin
You attribute this to the diet, to the food that you were putting in your body. What kind of things were you eating?
Terry
I'm a guy from Ohio and I spent my summers at my grandmother's farm in Mississippi. I’m eating potatoes. I was eating fast food two or three times a day. In the morning, I was eating McGriddles sandwiches or I'm having a bunch of Eggo waffles or a cereal that made the sugary milk. I had McDonald's for lunch and dinner or I'd have a pizza buffet. I'd wash it all down with some Red Bull and some sweet tea with as much sugar as I can put in. It sounds crazy now as I say it but that is how many of the people that I know, and I grew up with eating and probably still do.
Dustin
Was that the mindset of like, "I'm young, I'm invincible?" Was it ignorance or maybe it was both?
Terry
It was a bit of both. I did what I saw around me. I picked up the habits. Mom, dad, the family and I figured if I got hurt, there's a doctor. He could probably give me a pill that would make it better. It was the mob mentality and I didn't take a minute to think, "If I keep doing what I'm doing, what's going to happen? What has happened to other people that kept doing what they were doing?" It brought me back to understand there's an obesity epidemic in America. There's a diabetes epidemic going on in America. There's a cancer epidemic going on in America. Twenty million people have diabetes. Two out of three people in America are overweight or obese. That's most of the damn people. At this point, everyone has had a touch in their family from cancer. As I started looking at those statistics, it dawned on me if I kept doing what everyone else was doing, that's exactly what I was going to get.
Dustin
You showed me some stats or saw some stats that I got to witness. You showed the obesity rates from 1985 all the way until now. I want you to walk through the transformation from '85 to now.
Terry
In '85, they were tracking the body mass index by the state of human beings. It capped out. It was a map and every state got darker as the body mass index increased. On the '85 stat, the highest category was 25% BMI. Fast forward ten years later, 80% of the map was colored in darker than it was in that previous map. They have new categories for higher body mass indexes. Fast forward ten more years, there were three new categories. There was bright red all over the thing. There were 25%, 30% body mass indexes of people, which in most of the state started to creep into that area. A lot of states in the South got hit the worst with obesity.
Dustin
Why is that? What do you think that is?
Terry
It gets hot and people do not remember to drink water. People drink liquids though. They're drinking some sweet tea. They're drinking all the sodas to try to alleviate that and all they're doing is just shoving more sugar in their body than they know what to do with. Then they're eating foods that do not pass through them very well because there's no live fiber, no enzymes, no salads. It ferments. It's in your body. At 98.6 degrees, imagine you have a refrigerator full of food the day after Thanksgiving and the power goes off. This food is heating up on a hot day. No one opens a fridge for a month and then you open that bad boy up one day. That's what's going on inside of people.
Dustin
I was a sweet tea drinker. I can definitely recognize growing up in Georgia. I put a lot of water in my body after coming through some of your stuff and following you. It's been a big difference. I think about why aren't more people drinking water? Is it marketing? Is it so addictive? Are you a conspiracy guy in this? Is it all driven by profit? Where are you in the spectrum?
Terry
Am I a conspiracy guy? No, but the priorities that we have as a culture now are based on profit and financial success at all costs versus doing it in a responsible manner. A lot of people are looking for a thing that they can promote that makes money. Water does not make people money. No one's trying to put water down but if I'm selling my own version of Gatorade. I want to sell out of that because I can put some sugar in it, make it sweeter. I can put some different chemicals in it to make it taste some unique flavors and I can sell that. No one has anything to sell with water but that is the lifeblood. Our blood is almost 80% water. Our blood is by volume. A human being is an eighteen-gallon water jug. We need water. Water is the thing that flushes of nutrients into our cells. It's that thing that pulls all the gunk and wastes out of our cells. Nothing is like water. Water is H2O. Anything else is not water.
Dustin
Terry, I can drink Coke and it's made up of liquid. It's got to have a water-based to it. Can I drink Coke? Can I drink tea? Can I drink whatever?
Terry
That's what we all think. As we eat food, let's say we chew up some hamburger. It's liquefied in our body, but our body knows that it's not H2O. It's no different than us taking a pound of hamburger meat, put it in a Vitamix and drinking that down. Your body still knows that is not water, so it treats it as a solid and it needs more water to help digest that. Then we're putting more food in ourselves and it's sucking water out of the least important parts of our body. People start getting joint pain. They start getting ache. Their skin gets dry. They have these weird ailments they can't put their finger on. It’s because their body is sucking water out of anything that's not critical. The brain's going to be the number one place. It starts to suck us dry and people can't put their finger on it until they flood their body with this amazing life-giving water in the right amount based on their weight. Everything can change for someone in almost overnight.
Dustin
Let's unpack that because I've been through the water challenge and definitely noticed some transformation in myself. What is this water challenge and what are the rules? Let's talk about benefits because we could get into that but if people don't get sold on the idea or see the benefits, they're not going to receive it. What are the benefits of this water challenge?
Terry
The biggest benefit of the water challenge is one, it hyper-hydrates your body. Your body is made of 100 trillion cells. You put a bunch of cells together and that's how a heart is made. You put more cells together, all the organs are created, and it starts to build up until you create a human being. Cells need three things to thrive. Number one, they need oxygen. How do we know you need oxygen? How long will you live if you hold your breath? You're out in a few minutes. Number two thing that cells need is water. How do we know that's important? How long can you go without water? About two weeks. Number three thing cells need is going to be to flush out all the waste that's created. We know that if our cells don't have enough water, they're going to not be able to do their job well. All of a sudden, your organs aren't working very well. Then you're like me or your kid. I was chronically dehydrated, so I was sweating a lot, big sweat stains. I had a complex in high school. I was a sweaty Terry to me. I was wearing layers of shirts and I couldn't go in front of the class. I was like, "I look like an idiot." Now, I'm wearing a tight shirt.
The weird things start happening to your body, to your skin. People will have their skin. They will be more flushed. They'll notice a lot less of joint pain because your body's not pulling water from your joints to go to more vital areas. You'll see people become more regular. They can have more regular bowel movements, they don't hurt. I know what it's like trying to go to the bathroom and it's like there are needles trying to come out of your rear end. We're talking about poop and we're talking about pee. It doesn't help things move through you. Then you have that 98-degree broken refrigerator of chemicals cooking inside of you that leads to bad breath, all kinds of fungal issues. Your body starts to fall back on itself. You'll see people have better sleep. The benefits that people notice from this water challenge are so far-reaching. They seem unrelated to water but water is what makes your entire body function properly.
Dustin
You had people stand up in the room and there was a guy that said, "Gout." His gout had gone away and he's off medication now just from drinking water.
Terry
He was taking gout medication every day for probably ten years. He started the water challenge. He just started and he's been off his medication since.
Dustin
What's a crazy story that you've received just on water?
Terry
There was a girl in Ohio who lost 50 pounds in three months just by drinking more water, adding more water. The water challenge is not just drinking water. This isn't only drinking liquid water and no other foods. You eat normally. There's no change to that but she lost 50 pounds. When you're a 21-year old girl, that changes the outlook of your entire life. A lot of people will lose a lot of their gut. People lose a lot of gut weight. There was a guy, he was a 350-pound gentleman. He lost 24 pounds in two weeks with water going away pretty amazing. I've seen people that a lot of joint pain, back pain release goes away.
Dustin
That's is so common
Terry
A lot of people don't need as much medication as they used to take. Their doctor prescribes that. Let's say they're taking asthma medication. A gentleman told me, he now has to take either zero or very small amounts. Can you imagine you're taking a higher dose of asthma medication but you don't have enough water in your blood to carry it to the places that it needs?
Dustin
How come docs aren't telling us to drink more water? Are they and we're just not hearing it? 
Terry
No, they're not. I've never gone to a doctor and had them tell me,“If you take this medication and you drink enough water, it will work better.” I've never heard that. I love doctors, they're great. They got in the profession to help and they're givers. They got their training from medical companies. They're medical doctors. The Merck Manual which is a six-inch-thick manual is based on a series of symptoms, what medications will treat that symptom because some companies have spent millions of dollars to have triple blind studies to create a medication. No one's spending money to test the water. There's no profit in that. 
Dustin
If you aren't sold, let's talk a little bit about the challenge and how easy it is to do. What are all the rules?
Terry
The Merck Manual
It's very simple. When I got into this health kick in 2007, I went to Anthony Robbins event. I made my commitment at that time and I did two things that year. One, I committed to drinking more water. Two, I committed to eating less fast food. That's all I could commit to in the first year. What you do is you take your body weight. You divide that number in two and then use that many ounces as you're drinking for the day. What does that mean? I'm a 200-pound guy, half of 200 is 100. I drink 100 ounces of water every day. That's enough you need to get all the nutrients and food you're eating into your cells. Then that's what takes all the waste out your cells. You need that much water, which isn't a lot to some people. It sounds like all the water in the world to someone else. You don't want to be counting water bottles. You don't want to be counting glasses of water and all that. You want to just take your water and put it in one big jug in the morning. How do you know you're done with your water for the day? When the jug's empty. It seems so simple people don't think it's going to work.
Dustin
Let me complicate it a little bit because I know what some people are thinking, they're like, "Is this special Japanese under cave water? Is this reverse osmosis?" Is it straight up water or what?
Terry
Any type of water is better than no water. Garden hose water is better than drinking a Red Bull. Anything is better. I don't put a rule on the water. I typically drink filtered water personally or spring water. If you have any type of water, I'm okay with that because its H2O factor will offset anything else that's going on with it. You can still continue to drink any other fluids you want. You can drink your coffee. I drink coffee every day. You can drink alcohol. You can drink your energy drink. What you will notice is once you are drinking your proper amount of water, you won't want those other liquids very much at all.
Dustin
I can attest to that because I was a habitual tea drinker and it's like I don't even drink iced tea anymore. 
Terry
You can if you want. There was a gentleman who said, "Can you drink too much water?" You can drink too much water. If you drink a lot of water as I do, I drink over a gallon of water a day, as you're drinking all that water, you can flush your body out of electrolytes very easily unless you put some things in the water to keep things under control. Here's a ninja hack for the advanced audience. I put sea salt in my water every day.
Dustin
Why?
Terry
It forces more water to cross the cell membrane and get into the cell. You have less peeing, which is a side-effect of a new person drinking water. There will be some urination because your body has to flush that bad stuff somewhere and it flushes it out through your kidneys. That's where it goes. I put a teaspoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt into a gallon jug of water. You pee less, you're hydrated more. It improves the benefits even more. Some people say, "Your salt is bad. My doctor said don't do salt.”Talk to your doctor. I'm not your doctor. You definitely want to talk to your doctors. This is not a medical advice. You're doing your jug for ten days straight and your job is not to commit to drinking more water the rest of your life. Your job is to commit to drinking your jug of water per ten days straight and see what you notice.
Dustin
I do this thing and the benefits are going to be there at the end of the ten days. Is this something that you know because you designed it that? People now will naturally drink more water. Do you recommend they do this challenge once a quarter? Once a month? What happens after the ten-day?
Terry
What I notice is after ten days, people become more aware that they need to drink more water. The awareness factor shoots through the roof. When they're done with their ten days, some will keep a jug as I do. I carry a jug around to keep me on point. Some people have a better gauge for how much water they need to drink. I do recommend every couple of months to get your jug back out and recalibrate yourself. In my support group that I have on Facebook, we do a new challenge on the first Monday of every month. You have two chances every year to re-up on your water challenge to make sure you're on track.
Dustin
One of the things that hit me was your health is not the same as fitness, which is unusual sometimes because if you go to a bookstore, it's health and fitness in one category. If you go online, it's all lumped together. What do you mean health and fitness are different?
Terry
That was the concept that blew me away because at the time I was 32, I've got some muscles. I'm in good shape. I was playing volleyball but my knees didn't work anymore. My joints were slowly falling apart over the previous three decades. I never connected the dot of me eating McDonald's twice a day, drinking the water and chugging Red Bulls, eating pies, cookies, honey buns, bear claws, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs. This is a true story. Me eating that, I never connected that to my body. When I ate that Ding Dong, my ankle didn't start hurting right away. When I did not drink water, I didn't notice that my shoulder hurt. It wasn't an immediate connection for me to tie that together. 
Dustin
It's funny because I asked you about the difference between health and fitness and it was like, "I always thought that if I was working out like I was playing a ton of tennis, I could eat whatever I want." There was this equilibrium chart in my head, "I'm working out a lot. It means I can pig out a lot and they counteract each other," but that's not the case is what you're saying.
Terry
Fitness is more the visual aspect. I see some muscles. This guy can lift heavy things. This person has a six-pack. That is fitness. Health is how well the organs in your body work. How does your heart, your lungs, your liver, your skin, all those systems work together? Am I going to be the guy who gets cancer when I get older? Am I going to have skin issues? Am I going to be on medications? Am I going to have breathing issues? That's what health is. You can have very fit people. Florence Griffith Joyner was an Olympic athlete in the '80s. She was a very attractive woman. She died at the top of her game. She was fit but unhealthy. Football players are dying of heart attacks all the time. They are fit but they're not healthy.
Dustin
Another thing you said is that the healthiest food is not the cheapest food. You hinted at it when you talked about the drug company, no one's promoting the carrot. There's not a lot of us promoting carrots. What does one do? I get it and most of the WealthFit nation gets it too. It's like, "Those health food stores, I know they're good. I should be there but the prices are crazy." How does one compete in this world with that?
Terry
I have a bone to pick with our leadership in the States that a person can find a McDonald's Happy Meal on every corner in America and it costs $1. I'm not just picking on McDonald's, it's just an example. This food is so artificial and it's causing such damage to a human being. For them to find an organic piece of chicken, an organic salad, they have to drive far, and it cost them $10. You're able to influence people's behavior with a pricing model. That comes from a series of laws, they call it food policy here in America. They go into subsidizing certain foods and that would make those foods cheaper and more available. Our laws now are geared towards things like cotton. Cotton is subsidized heavily, soy, wheat and corn. You can make generic corn syrup. They make those things cheaper. That's why they're in all our food all of a sudden. They're not inherently cheaper.
Our government has the ability to make healthy food cheaper. I've seen it happen in many countries. I've lived overseas, I've lived in Europe. I've been to Sweden. All the Scandinavian countries have a different set of laws. Their food is all grown within 50 miles of the major cities. There are not a lot of need for preservatives. The soil is rotated enough where you can have healthy food so you're not eating an apple and it tastes like junk so you stop eating apples. When you eat a nice healthy apple that comes from the rich soil, it tastes like candy. We have the ability to do that. Now, we have to learn strategies on how to eat healthier. That's what these challenges do for people is you will need to be inconvenienced to eat healthily. You will have to drive a little further. You will have to order off menu meaning you might not see what you want as a menu item, but you can piece that bad boy together or what they have on there and you say, "Mr. Waiter, I see you have this sandwich and that type of meat. Can you make me a so and so?" You order off the menu. You have to get creative and we go over that in a group a lot. You have to eat a lot of live fruits and vegetables with every single meal. You have to try. You're going to spend more money. A wise man once told me, "You either pay the grocer or you pay the doctor but you're always going to pay."
Dustin
I know you're fired up about this. You've got a mission to bring healthy food and make it just as much as the McDonald's Happy Mealat the same price and as affordable.
Terry
Give them a real choice.
Dustin
It seems like you've got lobbyism. I respected you saying Scandinavian and other countries they have it, but I feel like the system is so working against us.
Terry
The system is the problem.
Dustin
What can we do about it? What are you looking to do about it? Are you going to start with your own community and build your own movement? It seems like such an uphill battle.
Terry
It's a very daunting battle. It's more than just food policy. Not to get political here, there's a lot of corruption that is happening due to legalized corrupting agencies. Politicians should not be able to be influenced by money. There are a series of laws that started coming out around 1985. There’s the Citizens United vs. the US where they allow campaign contributions to come in that will affect how politicians vote. They allow for kickbacks from companies based on how they vote. People are allowed to be on the board of companies that are benefiting from the policy. I don't know how to make those changes. I know what the changes are that need to happen. We did not necessarily vote as a nation for the changes that have led to people chasing the dollar at the downfall of us. I don't think it's going to be a vote for us to get it back. There's going to be influence involved. I'm a pretty influential guy. I can talk until you shut me up. I can help people see the light of this.
My goal is to be active in the community. There are probably 50 to 100 people who are involved in those laws. I want to find people who have more knowledge and more clout than me and we are going to change the system. Because of the way the system is, there's too much temptation. There's too much temptation to put your crappy product out there to make some money. It's going to be an uphill battle. No one pays very well for that but do you ever feel like you're here for a purpose? I've heard an amazing saying once that said, "You are a speck of dust. The fate of the entire universe depends on you." We're all a small minor piece in the puzzle but we have to do something. We are required to do something to make a difference.
Dustin
I want to talk about the book because that's in line. You put your life's work and all the discoveries. I want to unpack some more of the challenges and tactical foodstuff that we can do to live a healthier life. You launched the book out into the world. What's the book about and how does it help people?
Terry
It's called Reset Your Body: The Handbook to Naturally Grow Younger as You Age. It came out in 2015 and I was number six on Amazon for one day. I went strong that one day. I have these thirteen reset rules after seven years of trial and error on myself and hundreds and hundreds of other people that are in my support groups. That's how we came up with the challenges which are designed to help you make habits of these rules. I don't want you saying, "I'm going to start eating a salad with every meal for the rest of my life." That's too daunting. “The rest of my life,” is too daunting. In ten days, I can knock anything out in ten days. The book goes through how these thirteen reset rules. Drinking half of your body weight in ounces, doing a detoxifying cleanse every year, doing a liver cleanse every year, having a serious sweat session regularly to detoxify your body. It shows how all of these rules fit into the system that helps your cells slow down how they age.
It's a bunch of bio hacks on slowing your aging and reversing time. It talks about how you're able to reverse the damage after decades of bad eating and poor lifestyle choices. I cover everything. We're talking about water in there. We're talking about sweating. We're talking about the connection with nature to detoxify your body as well. We're going over a lot of statistical things. There are 50 testimonials in this book. It covers everything that you probably hadn't even thought you were making choices about every day. I bring that awareness to light.
Dustin
From what I understand, you've got a pretty emotional connection to the book. It's your life's work. There was someone who wasn't able to see that. You shared that with me and I'd love to give you that opportunity to share it here because it's powerful.
Terry
It's my why because we always have those people around us that we want to help the most. They're the hardest ones to influence because they're so close to us. My father was that for me. He always had my back. He was my role model. He taught me how to be a man. He taught me how to be a good human. He spent the last decade and a half of his life above 350 pounds. He didn't smoke, he didn't drink, he didn't do anything bad. He just did the most convenient lifestyle choices and eating choices. It broke his body down. He got to the point where he had cancer cells in his lymph system. His kidneys started failing on him and then he had a heart attack. It hurt and I was angry. This is a good person that was very helpful in the community. I loved him to this day. He just did what he was told to do and now he's gone. My goal in life is that no other parent should ever have that happen to them. No other person should ever have to watch their parent go through this tragic situation that is preventable. I'm not going to let that happen to anyone else.
Dustin
When you shared it, that hit me. Sometimes it's easier to do things for other people. I'm obsessed with this now, this biohacking, doing the challenges. If you're sitting there thinking,“Maybe I'm not gung-ho about the salad challenge or the cleanses and things,” then think about your kids. You looked around your environment you didn't know any better. You were working out. You had muscles and everything, but you were eating KFC. You were not doing whatever. Do it for your kids. I think about that a lot.
Terry
They say a lot of things that diseases and illness are hereditary. The biggest part is lifestyle is hereditary. What you're eating every day is what your kids are picking up as habits. That's as hereditary as what's in your genes. I saw a cool meme that says, "Diabetes doesn't run in your family," or something like that, “You need to run. That's why you have diabetes.”
Dustin
That hits me because you're right. I don't want to discount. You get passed down genes and whatnot. If you think about it, we just look at what our parents do. We didn't have the role models. We're just getting the information from them. That hits home for sure. Let's talk about the salad shots because I know people are thinking. When I first did it I was like, "I hate salad." I grew up hating green things. I've had a little shift as of lately. It was a little tricky to do it but I did a system and that's the one thing I appreciate. You take all this information and you simplify it like the jug idea. Rather than get sixteen of water bottles and put them on your desk, just fill up one jug. For me, I was buying these bags of salad which I know isn't necessarily the best thing. If you can't get it live, fresh, raw or whatever, do the next best thing. Let's talk about the salad challenge. What are the benefits of this?
Terry
I hated salads. Years ago, my old boss, we'd eat out for lunch every so often. She would say, "Terry, do you ever eat salads?" It’s funny that she said that then. Then now people look at me and all they expect me to eat is salad. It's such a change. When I lived overseas in Europe, I eat a salad over there. The soil is so rich and there are so few chemicals that are put on the food that prematurely ages it. It tastes like candy. If I eat a salad in Norway, it tastes like candy. It’s amazing. I remember coming back here and I'm like, "It still tastes like regular old green stuff." When you have a properly nutritious plant, it tastes totally different.
The salad challenge first off is not just salads. Your goal is to put more live enzymes and live nutrients in your body because your digestive tract is 30 feet long, your large and small intestines. If you saw me on stage, I walk the entire length of the stage. It was still ten feet longer than the length of the stage was. That's how long the tube is that runs from your mouth to your pooper. It's a thin tube and it's flexible. As we put foods in there, pizza, honey buns, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, whatever I'm eating, they start to swell up in this tube. The purpose of the salad challenge is to put the live fiber, the live enzymes in there so that it's like pouring Drano down a pipe. It is what digests all that food so you don't look like an anaconda that swallowed a mouse. There's lump moving through you.
Your goal is to eat a salad. What is a salad? A salad is any collection of raw fruits and or vegetables. Raw means it's not cooked. Maybe it doesn't have to be less. Your salad can be some chopped up cucumber and a carrot. That can be a salad in my book. What's a good breakfast salad? Fruit, maybe you have an apple and an avocado. It's a salad right there. Don't put a limitation on what a salad is. Just make sure it's uncooked fruits and vegetables. You eat a salad with every meal. I prefer you eat it before the meal. If you eat it before the meal, you've filled up enough space in there that whatever pizza monstrosity or hamburger you get to shove down in there, there's no more room for it. You try to see how long it takes you to eat 21 of those salads.
Dustin
I hadn't considered the breakfast part. I must have been hustling through that video. I did it for ten days because I did two salads. My every meal was a salad. I skipped breakfast, I did the Bulletproof thing. I had that and then I was doing the salads lunch and dinner. People, after hearing you share it, you can get this done in seven days.
Terry
You knock this out in seven days and the benefit is your belly is going to flatten up big time because you're now digesting all that stuff that's been sitting in your 98-degree refrigerator doing nothing. Your skin gets clear because there's a lot of water and these fruits and vegetables. Your skin gets great. There's a lot less burping, belching because there's a path to get for that food and gases to go all the way out through you. You’re more regular, we're talking about poop here. We're always talking about pee. You get very regular, so you start to have less clogging things in your body. It's an amazing, 21 Salad challenge.
Dustin
One thing that hit me is at WealthFit, we serve very successful people, business owners, entrepreneurs, investors. It's very easy for people who aren't in the know I guess or that haven't been down this path to say, "This is health and what does this have to do with business?" What I found is it makes me incredibly more productive. One thing that called to me was this idea of making our body work extra hard. You're the guy that talks about this, but I want the WealthFit nation to understand that if your body's working hard, you're probably suffering if you're digesting stuff. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Terry
Digesting, it's just this magical thing. Our scientists can take a carrot and analyze it and break down all the nutrients there are in it and some of the compounds that make it up but they can't create a carrot. They don't know how to create a carrot. Our body knows the structure enough to pull the energy out of a carrot but is a whole food. A carrot is a lot different than some of the processed foods that we eat where they will take a carrot. Sometimes they'll process it down to the point where they'll dehydrate it. They'll take out all the water out of it. They will skin out some of the portions or parts they do not want. Then they'll make that more in a convenient serving for people, but it doesn't have all the nutrients and all the enzymes for the body to then say, "This is food. I know what has this part, this part and this part. I can combine it together and digest it."
A lot of times when we have highly processed foods, our body is then trying to figure out, "How do I digest this?" Sugar goes through a twelve-step process. It starts with a sugar cane, which is a tree to become these highly concentrated sugar crystals that we see in a jar. It's ground, it's dehydrated, it's chemically treated, it's centrifuged. It goes quite the process to make fine crystals of sugar. Your body, when it sees that is no different than any chemical that you'd find in a laboratory. It is trying to figure out, "What am I supposed to do with this?" It uses tons of resources to try to reconstruct that into the digestible food. It takes tons of energy to do that type of thing.
Even certain foods are also very difficult to digest. One of the challenges is a veggie cleanse. That one involves cutting out meats, bread and pasta. Not that I do not eat bread and meat, I eat meat every day and I eat bread on my cheat meal. It takes your body more energy to break that down because another thing we talk about in the book is how far it is from energy. Everything starts with energy. The sun is what fuels everything in this solar system. The sun comes in it and it radiates onto plants. Plants are then able to turn that energy into food using photosynthesis. Then it creates plants. Animals eat plants. We're digesting and then they create animal protein from the plant they just ate. When you and I eat a piece of meat, it has to go back all the way through those levels to get the energy that started at the sun. It's more phases to go through that your body has to use and digest.
Dustin
I know you're big into hacks and biohacking. You introduced this idea of a contrast shower. I heard that you take these cold showers and it's not supposed to do wonders for you. Walk us through this contrast shower.
Terry
This is a superpower. This will have people healing like they're Wolverine from the X-Men. I do a cold shower challenge myself twice a year. At 38, all I did was cold shower so I'm familiar with that. Contrast showers take it to the next level. It's all based on moving blood around your body very deliberately. Let's say you get in your shower, you turn the water on as hot as you can stand. Don't scald yourself. You get under the stream of the water. What do you see happened to your skin right away?
Dustin
It gets red.
Terry
That's blood rushing to the surface of your body. There's a saying that says, "Blood goes where heat flows." As you heat the surface of your body, all that blood is coming deep from in your organs and it is going outward going to your skin. Your goal in this contrast shower is a hot shower. Get everything there. Get your head wet. You get your feet wet. You're massaging your body as well. If you have an injury, massage that. Get it under the water for 60 seconds. Then you turn the hot water off and it's all cold. It goes deep into your organs because it's forcing that blood away from the surface. People have numb organs where there's no circulation getting into parts of their body and this fixes that. There are people who are having a numb heart. They have a numb stomach. They have numb extremities, cold hands, cold feet because the blood isn't getting good circulation. You are in the cold water for 60 seconds and it's flushing blood deep into your organs to find those poor circulation spots. Then you turn it back to hot as you can for 60 seconds.
All that blood that was deep in your organs shoots out to the surface again. With it, it takes any toxins, any scar tissue, any waste from those deep areas and pulls that outside. Then it goes to your lymph system and you can sweat it out. Then you do cold again for 60 seconds and it flushes back in. You're creating this harmonic effect of massive blood circulation. There are people taking medications, there are people taking herbs, but they only work if your blood delivers the package to where it needs to go. A hot-cold is one cycle. You want to do three to seven cycles. They use this to cure people of cancer. If you have a low circulation area in your body, they're doing it more for three minutes hot, one-minute cold. They'll do them two or three times a day which is like three hours a day. It gets that blood where it needs to go, and all of the healing nutrients or medications go with it. Do not do this at night. Warning, do not do a contrast shower at night. I did a contrast shower at 10:00 one night, the next thing I know I'm in the gym at midnight. Then I'm up to 2:00 in the morning. I got all this energy.
Dustin
Terry, I got to ask because I imagine social is going to blow up and they're going to want to know the shampoo, the conditioner. Are you doing that in the hot cycle when it's feeling good? Are you doing that in the cold because you're a beast or a freak of nature?
Terry
I bathe first and then I do my contrast.
Dustin
Terry, I so appreciate what you're doing and the cause that you're taking on. You're making an impact on my life. I only hope that our audience takes some of these ideas and have fun with it. That's the big thing. I've done diets before and Terry just has a genius way of making it simple. Sometimes you look at these health fitness people and they're like Adonises. It's like they've trained their mind or it's like they'll never eat a candy bar in their life, but you're real. You're relatable. You make it simple. You will eat a thing. That's what I appreciate about you. You make it real and yet I still got results. The big question I have for you, for folks who resonate, want to challenge themselves, and take it to the next level. Where can I find out more about you and keep up with you?
Terry
Everything is hubbed at ResetYourBody.com. From ResetYourBody.com, you can get a link to grab my book, which is on Amazon. You can click to my support group on Facebook and join us every first Monday of every month. You can find all my social media. I do stories on Instagram and Facebook all throughout the day as I'm making healthy decisions or trying to figure out a better way to do things or just being fun and zany. 
Dustin
What's the next challenge you're working on? What's the next thing you're thinking of doing or is it all mapped out? 
Terry
I'm doing a lot with cleaning out of our gut and our digestive tract. I'm doing a lot with toxin binders. I have this thing called a P and B shake. You get this 30-feet digestive tract and over the years you get an overgrowth. Have you ever seen a video of someone's colonoscopy? There are white fungi and yeast inside of their digestive tract. When you have a lot of sugars, that stuff starts to get into the walls of the digestive tract. When you have these P and B shakes, it's psyllium husks and bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a negatively charged binder. It sucks all of that years and decades of gunk off the walls that are preventing you from digesting better.
People can digest and be constipated. They're getting diarrhea. They feel bad reactions when they eat. That stuff on the walls gets in your bloodstream. Then you’re getting nail fungus and you're getting skin issues. That radiates all over your body. If you do these shakes which I don't sell the ingredients, you can get them at any health food store. You do two of those shakes a day. I used to play a lot of volleyball. Before our game in the morning, I would have to roll on a lacrosse ball to loosen my hips and my back didn't hurt. Then I would be on a foam roller, loosen this up. Then I get a hook and I'd be working on abs and my shoulder. I get this stick and I roll them my quads. Since I started doing the P and B shake months ago, I've needed none of that. No more aches, no more pains. It's magic. P and B shake. Check it out. You're going to love it.
Dustin
Terry, thanks for being on the show.
Terry
This has been dope. I love what you guys are doing. Thank you for the opportunity.

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