Get Sharper, Work Smarter & Think Faster
Take off your shirt and “Walk in the Sun.”
The Big Q: Can we bio-hack our brain to get sharper, smarter and work faster?
According to Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founder and CEO of bulletproof.com, and author of “The Bulletproof Diet” and “Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster — in Just Two Weeks,” the answer is Yes.
Dave once weighed in at 300 lbs, could not lose weight, and was suffering the effects of multiple toxic exposures, including Lyme disease. The he began to sift through the medical literature to unearth important health truths.
The History: Mr. Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur in the early days of the world wide web.
Then, he suddenly started gaining a weight, and despite working out every dad, his weight gain continued. After going on a low-fat diet, he started experiencing severe brain fog, so much so, he feared losing his career.
“I ended up spending $1-M and 15 years fixing my body and getting all of the data. I lost 100 lbs. I ended up running an anti-aging, non-profit research group. Here I am, a formerly obese computer hacker by training, who realized I could hack my own biology.
When you’re taking over a computer system, you don’t know what’s inside it. You just need to know enough to change the system. I looked at my body and I said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on in there. The doctors … barely know what’s going on in there.
Maybe I can use these techniques about managing a system even if you don’t know everything.’ It really changed my life. Years later, I have a deep knowledge of how the system of the body works and how the environment changes it.
You were one of the first guys to talk about epigenetics, this idea that your environment changes your gene expression. Like, whoa, wouldn’t it be easier to just change my environment instead of doing something? That’s where I was led to.”
Dave learned that good health boils down to mitochondrial function.
Both weight loss and improved brain capacity are byproducts of simple lifestyle changes that optimize your mitochondria.
Mitochondria are tiny organelles in your cells that can be viewed as cellular battery chargers. The mitochondria charge the structured water, which in turn operates much like a battery, thereby producing the energy (ATP) your body needs to function.
The research suggests 50% of people under the age of 40 have early onset mitochondrial dysfunction, and this phenomenon appears to be at the heart of most illness and chronic disease.
“That means their battery is weak before it’s supposed to be weak. Everyone over age 40 has mitochondrial dysfunction. It’s called aging,” he declares.
“If you can hack those little mitochondria to make them leak [fewer] electrons, to make them more effective and efficient in creating energy, to make them create less inflammation when they make energy, you’re probably going to live a lot longer.
But however long you live, you’re going to … have more energy every day. That makes you a nicer person because you can regulate your emotions better … I’m calmer, more grounded and more focused because my battery is fully charged most of the time.”
Environmental toxins, be they natural (mold), or synthetic (agricultural chemicals and food additives), all have the ability to impede mitochondrial function and hence stifle the human body’s ability to create energy.
The plan he describes in “Head Strong” revolves around reducing exposure to toxins that lower the efficiency of your mitochondria, and increasing exposures and activities that give you energy. As your disease risk goes down, the quality of your thinking goes up, quite literally making you more “headstrong.”
“What used to be a struggle stops being a struggle. It just feels kind of effortless and joyful,” he says. One aspect of his work that stands out is the importance of sun exposure. Not only does it provide your body with Vitamin D, Sun exposure also charges your mitochondria.
In a nutshell, the near, mid, and far-infrared light in Sunlight can directly add electrons to these internal power plants, your mitochondria.
Infrared light, which is the part that provides warmth actually changes the structure of the water in your cells, making it more structured, thereby increasing the efficiency of your mitochondria.
In simplified terms, you could say you can actually “charge” yourself with Sunlight. In the absence of Sunlight, you can also use near and mid infrared light bulbs.
Groundbreaking science now also shows the near-infrared range is particularly important for your brain function. Dave explains:
“There are basically 3 different types of beneficial infrared ranges that humans have been able to recreate. There is really a spectrum that is unending of all these electromagnetic frequencies. We’re just talking about certain ranges.
The near-infrared is one that you hear less about.
It is warming, more so than far-infrared, which you oftentimes hear about in relation to infrared sauna, where far-infrared heats more deeply and near-infrared heats more of the surface.
All three types of infrared light are important, and that you get all three when you get natural Sunlight.
What Dave is recommending in “Head Strong” is to go outside, take off your sunglasses or prescription glasses because that UV filter is actually filtering out light that the brain needs.
We need a little bit of ultraviolet light even in our eyes. It can help to fix near-sightedness. Take off your hat, you are not going to get wrinkles in 20 mins of Sunshine. It’s OK. Do not put on sunscreen. Take off your shirt and take a “Walk in the Sun.”
For more information go here: f “The Bulletproof Diet” and “Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster — in Just Two Weeks,”
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively, Walk in the Sun