Father Of Biohacking: Dave Asprey’s Top 5 Biohacks To Upgrade Your Life

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hey I’m Dave Asprey New York Times bestselling science author founder of bulletproof and creator of bulletproof coffee host the bulletproof radio and father of biohacking biohacking is a new word in the English language added actually in 2018 to merriam-webster’s and believe it or not I’m in the definition if you don’t know what biohacking is it’s the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside of you so that you have full control over your own biology what are you gonna do with that control hey you want to get swole go for it you want to lose a hundred pounds the way I did you’re gonna make your brain work better you want to get higher quality about less sleep you want to have tons of energy end of the day you wanna be a better painter better athlete better human being it doesn’t matter it’s your energy your biology you can do whatever you want this is the toolset for that here are five things you can try today that are low cost or no cost that have the highest possible return on investment because here’s the bad news about biohacking you could spend every waking minute for the rest of your life biohacking and getting results but how do you get the most results with the least amount of effort and time that’s what I want more energy in less time so one of the things that works exceptionally well is ready for this you know say Dave Asprey is a jerk for at least three days what you want to do is in the morning after your nice warm shower have it hitting you right in your forehead turn that knob all the way to cold and just sort of scream and maybe swear a little bit and what’s gonna happen is after about 10 seconds you’re gonna get out of the shower you have the most cold receptors in your forehead and in your chest and you’re really not gonna like it you might shiver it’s gonna be so unpleasant and then the next day you’re gonna do it again but then you’re probably gonna go twenty or thirty seconds before you just can’t stand it and then the magic happens on the third day you finish you’re going that was unpleasant but it really wasn’t that bad and the fourth day you do it and it’s like you just feel fantastic it doesn’t even bother you what happens is in a recent study something called cardiolipin in the mitochondrial membrane if you don’t know what that is that’s okay that’s a power plant for your cells and when you modulate what it’s made out of what you’re doing is you’re telling your body look if you don’t have power plants that can turn on and make energy really really quickly then you’re doing it wrong and it’ll actually make new power plants for you and you get benefit from those all day long so that’s number one cold showers for at least three days in a row you can skip a day after that if you really want to number two you got to do something about bright light the number of people who by the end of the day you just feel blown out like I’m tired I’ve had sugar cravings all afternoon I’m driving home and I just don’t know anything left here’s what I do when I’m indoors I put on glasses that block some but not all of the blue light this is called true dark glasses and I started this company I don’t operate it but it’s something I started because it makes such a big difference for me you’ll see me in most of my videos wearing these glasses because I have twice as much energy end of the day you’d be amazed it’s a true dark calm and they’re affordable they make you look like a rock star but most importantly cutting out the blue light that stresses your brain it completely changes things you wouldn’t even believe it number three piece of advice skip breakfast this is called intermittent fasting and break fast is what breakfast is called when you sleep obviously for eight hours you’re basically going a little while without food but if instead you say I’m only going to have either black coffee tea or even bulletproof coffee without any of the collagen protein added your body has zero insulin and it has zero protein digestion going on so what you end up with is by noon you’re not hungry surprisingly not hungry but now instead of going eight hours you might have gone for 12 hours 14 hours even 16 hours without food and during that time all those enzymes in your body that would have been responsible for digesting food go in and clean up your cells you’d be amazed at how good you feel how invigorated you feel how much lighter you feel you can lose weight your muffin top shrinks and more importantly your brain works better here’s a word of warning though it’s gonna feel really good once you get used to doing it but it doesn’t mean you need to do it every single day especially if you’re young you’re gonna like I’ve got this I’m never having breakfast again well when you’re under times of extra stress extra strain or if you’re trying to lose weight you know what have some protein and some fat in the morning the way I do that I do blow proof coffee which has special coffee beans we make brain octane oil butter and I add collagen protein to so when you have weight to lose or just under extra stress or for women intermittent fast every other day you’ll find that it’s more sustainable and it works better but skipping breakfast saves you money saves you time and it makes you feel better that’s a huge return on investment for you the fourth biohack it’s about sleep there are so many things you can do to change the quality of how you sleep I’ve written dozens of blogs on sleep hacks but here’s one you probably haven’t heard of this came out in my most recent book called game changers if you raise the height of the head of your bed by about six inches it can improve the quality of your sleep so what I’m proposing you do is you get a couple bricks or wooden blocks or whatever other way you want you’ll lift up out of your bed and put one underneath each side it’ll feel a little bit weird for the first night or two but what happens at night is that your brain all the cells in your brain they dehydrate themselves they actually lose their water and then they change their water I called a brain wash and they get rid of toxic proteins that build up at during the day at night so this thing called the glymphatic system literally pumps the cells out and replaces the water well wouldn’t it be amazing if when the cells were pumped out all the stuff that was pumped out could flow downhill to get away from the brain it turns out that really interesting thing happens around risk of stroke and heart attack and really cool research they came out of Germany the other thing while you’re at it just do not turn on the light when you get up to go to the bathroom do not turn on the lights when you’re brushing your teeth do it either in mostly darkness get a little red nightlight or you can do what I do if I’m gonna wake up the middle of the night I have my cell phone with the screen dimmed all the way down to red and I don’t aim it at myself I used as a little flashlight but when you turn on that light even for five or ten seconds at night it tells something called the melanopsin sensors which were in 5% of the cells in your eyes to tell the middle of your brain called the SCN hey it’s daytime because at no time in human history did we ever have bright lights for five seconds except during the day so it confuses your timing systems and even though you go back to sleep your sleep quality goes to crap what you want to be able to do is have super high quality sleep which means by definition darkness a recent study in Japan just came out they talked about how eight hundred adults were measured for depression in completely dark rooms or sleeping in rooms that had the equivalent amount of light that’s coming through from streetlights coming around curtains and they found a 73% increase in depression and people who had just a small amount of light so black out your bedroom raised the height of your bed and see if when you wake up you feel like a great golden God because that’s how you’re supposed to feel when you wake up the final biohack for you to try is one that I do with my kids every single night it is so incredibly powerful it doesn’t cost anything and the return on investment for this is almost infinite and every night I sit down with my kids and I say tell me three things you’re grateful for now gratitude has a profound effect on your nervous system which has a profound effect on your cellular biology it’s that big of a deal you cannot simultaneously be in fight-or-flight mode stressing about something or replaying the day’s events or just being reactive when you go wow something cool happened today even if it’s something very small you can be grateful for you could say this is the worst day I’ve ever had but I got to have a bite of chocolate focus on the chocolate it doesn’t really matter find three things three tiny things you can write him down you can tell them to your spouse you can tell them to your cat it doesn’t really matter when you do this we can measure changes in your brainwaves and the way your heart beats in the electoral resistance on your skin so gratitude is a state of high performance and when you can turn on just by doing this and that is the most important thing you can do some people like it in the morning some people like it at night some people do both some people do it over dinner doesn’t really matter pick one do it every single day for the rest of your life you will become a better human being and your cells will work better – to learn more about biohacking there are two books you really should read the first one is called game changers in this book I’ve interviewed more than 500 people who have done really big things in the world people have created new fields of psychology or new fields of medicine or just done big things he said what mattered most to you work with a statistician to figure out the patterns there and wrote a book that’s a summary of hundreds and hundreds of hours of interviews in order to tell you what they all agree on and you used those as your guide before what to do you just get such a big return that’s called game changers the other book is called headstrong headstrong is a New York Times science bestseller it was on the New York Times list between Homo Deuce and sapiens it shared the list with the secret life of trees it was a book all about the brain here’s what you going to have more energy and less brain fog less forgetfulness less emotional variability all day long and if you read those two books I know because writing those books changed my life that when you read them you will have the keys that it takes to reach another level as a human being and that’s what this is all about that and have some coffee – Hey, I’m Dave Asprey, New York Times best selling science author, founder of Bulletproof and creator of Bullet Proof Coffee, host of Bulletproof Radio and father of biohacking. Biohacking is a new word in the english language added actually in 2018 to Merriam-Websters and believe it or not, I’m in the definition! If you don’t know what biohacking is, it’s the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology. What are you gonna do with that control? Hey, you wanna get swole, go for it! You wanna lose 100 pounds the way I did, gonna make your brain work better, you wanna get higher quality but less sleep, you wanna have tons of energy at the end of the day, you wanna be a better painter, better athlete, better human being, it doesn’t matter, it’s your energy, your biology, you can do whatever you want. This is the tool set for that. Here are five things you can try today that are low cost or no cost, that have the highest possible return on investment ’cause there’s the bad news about biohacking.
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You can spend every waking minute for the rest of your life biohacking and getting results, but how do you get the most results with the least amount of effort and time? That’s what I want. More energy in less time.
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So one of the things that works exceptionally well, is ready for this? You’re gonna say Dave Asprey is a jerk for at least three days What you wanna do is in the morning, after your nice warm shower, have it hitting you right in your forehead, turn that knob all the way to cold and just sort of scream and maybe swear a little bit and what’s gonna happen is after about 10 seconds you’re gonna get out of the shower, you have the most cold receptors in your forehead and in your chest and you’re really not gonna like it, you might shiver and it’s gonna be so unpleasant and then the next day you’re gonna do it again but then you’re probably gonna go 20 to 30 seconds before you just can’t stand it and then the magic happens. On the third day, you finish and you’re going that was unpleasant but it really wasn’t that bad. And the fourth day you do it and it’s like, you just feel fantastic. It doesn’t even bother you. What happens is in a recent study, something called cardiolipin in the mitochondrial membrane, if you don’t know what that is that’s okay. That’s the power plant for your cells and when you modulate what it’s made out of, what you’re doing is you’re telling your body look if you don’t have power plants that can turn on and make energy really really quickly, than you’re doin’ it wrong, it will actually make new plants for you and you get to benefit from those all day long! So that’s number one, cold showers, for at least three days in a row. You can skip a day after that if you really want to. Number two, you gotta do something about bright light. The number of people who by the end of the day, you just feel blown out, like I’m tired, I’ve had sugar cravings all afternoon, I’m driving home and I just don’t have anything left. Here’s what I do when I’m indoors. I put on glasses that block some but not all of the blue light.
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This is called true dark glasses and I started this company, I don’t operate it, but it’s something I started because it makes such a big difference for me. You’ll see me in most of my videos wearing these glasses because I have twice as much energy at the end of the day, you’d be amazed. It’s at truedark.com and they’re affordable, they make you look like a rockstar but most importantly, cutting out the blue light that stresses your brain, it completely changes things you wouldn’t even believe it. Number three piece of advice. Skip breakfast. This is called intermittent fasting.
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And break fast is what breakfast is called. When you sleep, you should sleep for eight hours, you’re basically going a little while without food. But, if instead you say I’m only going to have either black coffee, tea or even bulletproof coffee without any of the collagen protein added, your body has zero insulin and it has zero protein digestion going on so what you end up with is by noon, you’re not hungry, surprisingly not hungry, but now instead of going eight hours, you might’ve gone for 12 hours, 14 hours, even 16 hours without food. And during that time, all those enzymes in your body that would’ve been responsible for digesting food, go in and clean up your cells. You’d be amazed at how good you feel, how invigorated you feel, how much lighter you feel. You can lose weight, your muffin top shrinks, and more importantly, your brain works better! Here’s a word of warning though. It’s gonna feel really good once you get used to doing it, but it doesn’t mean you need to do it every single day. Especially if you’re young, you’re gonna be like I got this, I’m never having breakfast again. Well, when you’re under times of extra stress, extra strain or if you’re trying to lose weight, you know what have some protein and some fat in the morning the way I do that, I do bulletproof coffee which has special coffee beans we make, brain octane oil butter and I add collagen protein to it. So when you have weight to lose, or you’re just under extra stress or for women, intermittent fast every other day, you’ll find that it’s more sustainable and it works better. Skipping breakfast saves you money, saves you time an it makes you feel better, that’s a huge return on investment for you.
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The fourth biohack is about sleep. There are so many things you can do to change the quality of how you sleep.
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I’ve written dozens of vlogs on sleep hacks but here’s one you probably haven’t heard of.
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This came out in my most recent book called Game Changers. If you raise the height of the head of your bed by about six inches, it can improve the quality of your sleep. So what I’m proposing you do, is you get a couple bricks or wooden blocks or whatever other way you want, you lift up the head of your bed, put one underneath each side. It’ll feel a little bit weird for the first night or two. But what happens at night, is that all the cells in your brain dehydrate themselves. They actually lose their water and then they change their water, I call it a brain wash, and they get rid of toxic proteins that build up during the day at night. So this thing called the glymphatic system literally pumps the cells out and replaces the water. Wouldn’t it be amazing if when the cells were pumped out, all the stuff that was pumped out could flow down hill to get away from the brain? It turns out that really interesting thing happens around risk of stroke and heart attack and really cool research that came out of Germany. The other thing while you’re at it, just do not turn on the light when you get up to go to the bathroom. Do not turn on the lights when you’re brushing your teeth. Do it either in mostly darkness, get a little red nightlight or you can do what I do. If I’m gonna wake up in the middle of the night, I have my cell phone with the screen dimmed all the way down to red and I don’t aim it at myself, I use that as a little flash light. Well when you turn that light even for five or 10 seconds at night it tells something called the melanopsin sensors which are in five percent of the cells in your eyes to tell the middle of your brain called the SCN, hey it’s daytime because at no time in human history did we ever have bright lights for five seconds except during the day, so it confuses your timing systems. And even though you go back to sleep, your sleep quality goes to crap. What you wanna be able to do is have super high quality sleep which means by definition, darkness. A recent study in Japan just came out that talked about how 800 adults were measured for depression in completely dark rooms or sleeping in rooms that had the equivalent amount of light that’s coming through from streetlights coming around curtains and they found a 73% increase in depression in people who had just a small amount of light. So, black out your bedroom, raise the height of your bed, and see if when you wake up you feel like a great golden God ’cause that’s how you’re supposed to feel when you wake up. The final biohack for you to try is one that I do with my kids every single night. It is so incredibly powerful, it doesn’t cost anything and the return on investment for this is almost infinite and every night I sit down with my kids and I say tell me three things you’re grateful for.
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Now, gratitude has a profound effect on your nervous system which has a profound effect on your cellular biology, it’s that big of a deal.
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You cannot simultaneously be in fight or flight mode, stressing about something, or replaying the days events or just being reactive when you go wow, something cool happened today even if it’s something very small that you can be grateful for. You can say this is the worst day I’ve ever had, but I got to have a bite of chocolate, focus on the chocolate! It doesn’t really matter, find three things, three tiny things, you can write ’em down, you can tell ’em to your spouse, you can tell ’em to your cat, it doesn’t really matter.
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When you do this, we can measure changes in your brainwaves, in the way your heart beats, in the electrical resistance on your skin. So gratitude is a state of high performance and it’s one you can turn on just by doing this. And that is the most important thing you can do, some people like it in the morning, some people like it at night, some people do both! Some people do it over dinner! Doesn’t really matter, pick one, do it ever single day for the rest of your life, you will become a better human being and your cells will work better too. To learn more about biohacking, there are two books you really should read. The first one is called Game Changers.
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In this book, I’ve interviewed more than 500 people who have done really big things in the world, people who have created new fields of psychology or new fields of medicine or just done big things. Said what mattered most to you, worked with a statistician to figure out the patterns there and wrote a book that’s a summary of hundreds and hundreds of hours of interviews in order to tell you what they all agree on and when you use those are your guide book for what to do, you just get such a big return. That’s called Game Changers. The other book is called Head Strong. Head Strong is a New York Times Science Best Seller, it was on the New York Times list featuring Homo Deus and Sapiens. It shared the list with The Secret Life of Trees. It was a book all about the brain. Here’s what you gotta do to have more energy and less brain fog, less forgetfulness, less emotional variability all day long.
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And if you read those two books I know, because writing those books changed my life and when you read them, you will have the keys that it takes to reach another level as a human being and that’s what this is all about! That, and have some coffee!
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