What is Biohacking, You Might Ask?
A crazy-sounding name for something not crazy at all—the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves! Biohackers believe in experience-based learning. In plainer terms… we like to touch stuff. If you don’t try it, how do you know it works? If we want better outputs—to have more energy and focus, to be free of disease, to have a better memory, to perform optimally in business and athletics—then let’s tweak the things we put into our body and mind to stack the deck in our favor. … Dave Asprey
I returned just a week ago from my first Biohack conference. 3000 like-minded, high octane, incredible human beings from all over the world met in Pasadena, California to learn the latest and greatest bio-hacks. We had a lot of fun, enjoyed the California sunshine, and learned some great “Hacks” that I would like to share with you.
Top 5 Biohacks from the 4th Annual Bulletproof Conference
Deep, Healing Sleep.
Is your sleep restorative? Do you wake up feeling refreshed and excited to start the day? I do, at least most days, and I LOVE IT. This was not the case for me for many years, so I know how hard it is to function when you are REALLY tired from tossing and turning, waking up too early, or not being able to fall asleep. Good sleep improves all aspects of life. You are more productive, and have more mental energy to be a better parent/spouse/employee, and just be a nicer person. If you are not sleeping well, you need to figure out why. Here are some of the top sleep robber’s: (1) worry/anxiety/depression (2) low blood sugar from poor eating habits (3) adrenal burnout (4) kids in your bed. So, if you are struggling with sleep, it’s time to hack it. Figure out why, and fix it. If you need help with this, please let me help. I am an expert in this area.
Lift weights regularly. The health benefits for having more muscle and less body fat are irrefutable. More muscle improves your immunity, stabilizes your skeleton, prevents bone loss and breaks, helps you sleep better, and burns fat all day long. Muscle eats sugar out of your blood stream. Did you know the best hack for diabetes, high blood sugar, and insulin resistance is exercise? If you are not lifting weights at all, start with a one hour a week total body workout. After you are used to committing an hour a week to weights, increase it to two hours a week and do upper body one day and lower body one day. If you are serious about taking your muscle/fat ratio to the next level, do one upper body, one lower body, and one total body circuit per week.
Stand more, sit less.
If you have a desk job, please consider getting a stand up desk. Years and years of sitting will jack up your back, hips, shoulders, knees, feet — all of the above.
Eat 4 cups of vegetables a day and eliminate oxidized, inflammatory oils from your diet.
The average American is getting less than 1 cup of vegetables a day. Vegetables are the most nutritious (nutrient density) for the least amount of calories. Vegetables are anti-inflammatory, full of phyto-nutrients that protect your body from disease, and give you ENERGY! Eat at least 4 cups a day and a variety of colors, to get the full effect. While you are at it, cut out all vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are highly unstable and damage your arteries. If you want to have a healthy circulatory system and less pain and inflammation, you need to completely eliminate these oils, and get the veggies in. In review: OILS OUT, VEGGIES IN!
Get 10-15 minutes sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with as much skin exposure as possible.
The sun provides life to the planet, and to you, too. Get outside, take off your shoes and put your feet in the dirt, and expose as much of your skin as possible to direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes a day. Even if you could do this a few times a week, you would notice the benefits. I like to turn on Pandora’s dinner downtempo on my phone, and just soak up some rays. Sunlight is the best way to get Vitamin D levels up.
So there you go, a few biohacks that each, on their own, have the capacity to really impact your health, energy levels, and relationships. Which one (or all) are you going to start TODAY?