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Biohacking a bulletproof lifestyle: for beginners

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You may have heard of the Bulletproof lifestyle, but even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of the weird trend of butter coffee – a trend that Dave Asprey (the creator of the Bulletproof lifestyle) brought back from his trip to Nepal where he was enamored with yak butter coffee.

So, what is the ‘Bulletproof lifestyle’ exactly? If you haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty much similar to many of the dietary principles out there: a ketogenic diet of low carbs, combined with intermittent fasting, and of course, butter coffee.

But there’s a bit more than that, as there are also dozens of non-food factors that hardcore followers take into account when trying to boost their energy, increase their physical strength, and clarify their minds.

This practice of total-body optimization is called “biohacking”–the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology. “Most people have twice as much energy potential, but they’re doing hundreds of small things that hold them back,” according to Asprey.

The art of ‘biohacking’ is huge these days, and has evolved to a stage where it even includes things like stem-cell transplants and injectable nutrients to cryotherapy and spiked mattresses, all believed to help make us harder, faster, and stronger (and yes, Asprey’s tried them all).

All these seem intimidating, but thankfully, you can start with the simple things. Here are some:

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1. Approach your symptoms like a scientist

The number one thing you can do as a biohacker is start paying attention to how you’re feeling. Why do you have a headache? Or why aren’t you able to sleep today?

A biohacker wouldn’t just deal with insomnia by just accepting it and popping a pill — they would examine everything from the temperature of the room to the time they shut down the computer, looking for correlations to symptoms.

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2. Get your light right

Most people in Singapore tend to love those flourescent lights, but our bodies don’t take to those naturally. It’s recommended to switch to amber or red lightbulbs, installing a dimmer switch, and putting screen filters on your electronic devices to block the melatonin-suppressing blue light; there’s even a Night Shift feature on an iPhone.

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3. Invest in an air purifier

Living in a bustling city, air quality becomes really critical because there’s more air pollutants than if you lived in a kampung. Having an air purifier with a HEPA filter can be especially helpful for those suffering from fatigue. By getting the particles out of the air, your immune system calms down a bit, so you’ll have less inflammation.

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4. Shake up your workouts—literally

We’ve all seen those 80s-style vibration belts and thought they were cheesy, but Asprey is a big fan of whole-body vibration training. Apparently it’s something NASA uses to help astronauts get their bone density and muscle tone back quickly. Something like a PowerPlate device involves standing on a pedestal that vibrates 30 times per second, which causes lymphatic circulation so your body can get rid of toxins more quickly, and you’re stimulating the nervous system and muscles.

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5. Avoid mold at all costs

According to Asprey, the single biggest thing that affects people dramatically is environmental mold. Apparently, brain fog, fatigue, and autoimmune conditions can be pinned to this problem.

Just to be sure, you can get a mold test kit for your home (or office) and take action if any is detected. “When you clean up the source of it, it’s like your brain comes up to a new level,” he says.

These are just some of the many biohacking tips that you can practise. For more, you can check out the Bulletproof blog here.

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