Biohacking is essentially over-riding your physical system to make it behave how you choose. There are many different systems in the body, and thus, many different biohacks. How do you know where to start? For most people, it starts with a problem you are having that you need to find an alternative fix for. This was the case for me. Once I learned that I could control things in my body, I started trying more.
To keep you from getting overwhelmed, I am sharing my ten favorite biohacks that I have found. These are my every day, go to solutions for every day issues. They are not in any particular order, and I use each of them every day.
I will delve into each one in subsequent posts, but for now, here is the list:
- Bulletproof Coffee
- Keto diet
- Intermittent Fasting
- Exogenous Ketones
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ultimate Women’s Wellness vitamins
- Infrared Sauna
- External Testosterone cream
- Coconut Oil
For now, let’s talk about Bulletproof Coffee.
First, let’s get this out of the way… above when I said they were not in any order, that was not entirely true. Bulletproof Coffee is my probably favorite biohack. The others have become equally important to me, because of what they do, but this is the easiest one for anyone to try and has an immediate and noticeable effect. For that reason, it is the one I share most when I am asked about biohacking.
If you are not familiar with it, Bulletproof Coffee is coffee blended with butter and MCT oil. MCT oil is essentially coconut oil, which I will explain in more detail when we discuss coconut oil, and that is what makes it easy to try at home. (View my video here on how to make it at home.) Simply add a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of butter to your coffee and blend. No cream, no sugar, just these two ingredients. It sounds weird but it is actually quite tasty. Assuming you like the taste and the effect, you can invest in MCT oil, as it will make a marked difference in the effect.
What is the effect? Energy, and lots of it. It is not the jittery energy that you get from several cups of coffee, though, You just feel like getting up and doing something, and you feel that way for hours. The reason is the butter and oil. You will get the best effect from using grass fed butter. This is exactly what it sounds like, butter from cows that were fed grass. There are no chemicals or toxins introduced into the cow from commercial feed, so what comes from the animal is pure, usable butter fat, which then converts to energy in your body. Regular butter is not processed by our bodies quite the same way. You will still notice an effect if you use it, but it will be decreased slightly. Healthy fat is one of the main sources of energy production within the body, and providing it in an easy to use form will give you a jolt of energy that will last for hours.
MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil is the other component of Bulletproof Coffee. To explain this, I will include an excerpt from my book, Midlife Mom to Supermom: How to Turn Stressed and Tired into Happy and Energized:
MCTs are one of the main components of coconut oil. Complete coconut oil contains lauric acid, which takes longer for the body to process into energy than the MCTs. For this reason, MCT oil filters out the lauric acid to become a concentrated, energy producing oil. The concentrated form takes three steps for the body to process it into energy, versus twenty-six steps with unrefined coconut oil. MCTs are a favorite of bio – hackers for fast, long lasting energy production, combined with clarity of mind and the ability to focus.
MCTs come in many forms, my current favorite of these is Brain Octane Oil from Bulletproof (www.bulletproof.com). This is the formula of Dave Asprey, a well know bio-hacker and the founder of Bulletproof Coffee.
The benefits of MCTs go far beyond energy, which we will discuss in deeper detail in the post on coconut oil. What I do want to mention now is that it has a noticeable effect on cognitive function. You will have a clear mind, be able to focus deeply and, over time, you will notice an improvement in your memory.
The combination of instant energy from the coffee and butter, and the longer lasting energy from the MCTs, will change your coffee drinking experience. I went from drinking 4-5 cups per day to one Bulletproof in the morning, and sometimes one in the afternoon, if I am dragging or have an event to attend late into the evening.
I am happy person and generally enjoy life. However, life on Bulletproof is that much better. If you are ready to check it out, you can click the link to the right to take you to Bulletproof.com, or check out the video above on how to try it at home.
Let me know what you think!