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

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

August 18, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The fourth biohack is about sleep. There are so many things you can do to change the quality of how you sleep. I’ve written dozens of
vlogs 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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!