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I know a lot of you are just like me. You want to be creating habits in your life like meditation, exercise, eating better but the actual meta habit of creating habits is actually really difficult. So how do you create habits? I found it a very interesting theory called the cue routine reward cycle, popularized in the book ‘The Power of Habit’. I’m going to walk you through a sample habit cycle that you can use to begin meditating, eating better, or quitting social media addiction.
Let’s talk about the Habit cycle.
Now generally like Charles Duhigg popularized in his book ‘The Power of Habit’, generally there is a cue, a routine, and a reward cycle to a habit. The cue, routine, reward cycle is basically what triggers the habit, what the habit is and why the person does the habit. Because generally speaking we don’t just do things for no reason. Generally we do things because there is some kind of payoff or end goal we are trying to achieve. Weather in the brain or whether it’s just temporarily with distraction.
Now the cue.
The cue is what triggers your routine, an example of a cue could be me getting stressed out trying to write and edit this post. The cue being “I feel stressed”. This leads to my routine, what I do to deal with that cue. The routine is, I stuff my face with chocolate because I love chocolate and this helps me get through the post. The reward is getting through the task successfully and not feeling stressed, life is good.
The cue is what triggers it, stress, in this case, is the routine. What I do, is stuff my face with chocolate, that is the reward. That relief we get after is because we did that habit for some reason. Now I feel like I can do this post and I’m not grumpy.
Now let’s talk about a simple cue routine reward cycle you can use for meditation that I have successfully used. The cue here is going to be waking up in the morning. I’m going to link waking up and doing 10 jumping jacks to sitting down on the bed for one minute to meditate. So what we’re linking is to get up out of bed, 10 jumping jacks because, one, you already are getting up anyway. You always have a morning. so linking meditation to morning ritual is one of the best ways to consistently do it. Now the reason for the jumping jacks is that is going to actually wake you up. Honestly, it’s going to it’s a lot easier to be lazy and sit on the bed and fall asleep if you’re not woken up a bit so the jumping jacks will have built up circulation, and blood flow to wake you up.
Then you sit down at your bed calmly and quietly put your hands on your knees and then just meditate for 60 seconds. You can use a phone timer, you can set some kind of alarm. Your morning wake-up alarm whatever. The point is, you link waking up to doing 10 jumping jacks, to just sitting on the edge of your bed for 1 minute. Then you’ve linked meditation to a pre-existing event that’s already in your calendar.
So rather than being like yeah I’m just going to start meditating every day and then assigning it to some random time throughout the day is very hard to actually do that your master.
If you’ve heard about the health benefits of ghee, you may be getting ready to put rush out to the grocery store for your own tub of golden goodness— but not so fast.
Buying ghee may seem convenient and in some cases. But high-quality ghee can be very expensive. So I’m going to teach you how to make it at home for a fraction of the price.
Here’s how to make ghee at home in a few simple steps
Cut butter into small cubes (approximately ½ inch each).
Warm the butter in a medium to large saucepan, over medium heat until melted.
Melt the butter completely, then turn the temperature down to a simmer.
After a couple of minutes, the butter should start to foam and bubble. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until you see it foam a second time.
Once melted butter has a bright gold hue and milk solids at the bottom of the pan have turned into a red-brown color, take it off the heat.
Allow ghee to stand and cool for a few minutes, then strain through the cheesecloth or fine strainer into a bowl or jar. (You can discard the milk protein, but some people find use for it in other recipes.)
Store in a glass mason jar. Ghee will last 1 year in the refrigerator, or on the countertop for up to 3 months.
This recipe makes about 2 cups of ghee.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body which means they must be obtained through diet. The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA. What makes oily fish so good is that they contain the active form of these fats, EPA and DHA, in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines are rich in a nutrient called omega-3, which is essential for the development and maintenance of brain tissue. Nutritionists recommend to portions of oily fish a week as part of a balanced diet. Tined or fresh is equally acceptable and both have good nutritional value.
Low DHA levels have been linked to an increased risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory loss whilst having sufficient levels of both EPA and DHA is thought to help us manage stress and helps make the good mood brain chemical, serotonin.
High in antioxidants and a rich source of vitamin C, evidence accumulated at Tufts University in the United States suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short-term memory loss. Eating them can help aid coordination and balance among other things.
Richer in zinc than many other seeds, pumpkin seeds supply this valuable mineral which is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. These little seeds are also full of stress-busting magnesium, B vitamins, and tryptophan, the precursor to the good mood chemical serotonin. Another rich source of Omega-3 oils and zinc, they are perfect for any vegetarians out there who feel they might miss out because they can’t eat oily fish. They help maintain the part of the brain that keeps sensory function intact.
Guacamole isn’t just delicious—it’s also jam-packed with monounsaturated fats, fiber, and lutein that can better cognitive health, says a 2017 study. According to the study authors, participants who ate one fresh avocado every day saw a significant improvement in their memory and problem-solving skills.
Often avoided because it is felt they have a high fat and cholesterol content, avocados facilitate blood flow to the brain, which is essential for keeping the Mind alert and focused to concentrate on the stresses of the day. They can also help to reduce overall blood pressure in the body.
For most people, this is probably the nicest of all brain foods, although it must be said, it is really only good quality dark and milk chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids that counts!
Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with a few brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine,
In one study including over 900 people, those who ate chocolate more frequently performed better in a series of mental tasks, including some involving memory, than those who rarely ate it (5).
Eating a couple of small squares of premium dark chocolate every day will help provide lots of memory improving antioxidants, eating the same amount of milk chocolate will improve motor functions and reaction times
If I could go back in time, I would go back to my 4 year old self that was dead set on keeping my eyes open through the ENTIRE day to become a ‘big kid’. Many hours were wasted fighting with my parents, hell, fighting with my body, just to be awake so I can say I didn’t take a nap. Flash forward twenty some years and I would love to be forced to take a nap. Sadly that is not the reality of my adult life and my 40-hour a week job. However, science is showing that making time for naps have countless positive effects on things such as productivity all the way down to your body’s inner functionality!
Our bodies all function off our own personal circadian rhythm, say what? That’s a fancy term for the 24 hour cycle that your body goes through each day. We all have our own circadian rhythm, and each person is different. They are influenced by things such as sunlight and our feeding schedule. There are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to this daily cycle.
As adults there are certain times throughout the day that our rhythm takes a bigger dip. You might be familiar with the term “mid-day slump”, turns out this is a real thing. Between 1:00-3:00 PM we experience a dip in our circadian rhythm and that is when we get drowsy, can’t focus, start questioning your thoughts and just overall less effective in your tasks. Now this “slump” can look different to each person and can vary by the day. If you get a great night sleep, your circadian rhythm will not have such a severe drop during the day, you might not even notice it.
So now you know a bit more about why you might feel the need for a nap. Let’s talk about what the nap can do for you because I already know what you are thinking “who in the world has time for a nap?!”. The answer is rather simple, if you struggle through your circadian rhythm dip, you will be less productive, irritable and less alert, and likely have to redo simple tasks you usually have no problem completing.
Studies show that taking a 10-20 minute nap can help to boost alertness and energy making the rest of your day more productive and meaningful. By keeping your nap on the shorter side, you will stay out of the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep that makes for a smoother transition back to whatever it is that you need to do! As with most things, listen to your body, it knows you best. Some people find that their body needs more or less to recharge.
If you nap for too long you can wind up with a hangover like feeling, leaving you in a groggy state for a while before you are back up and running. If you experience this, you need to cut your time back a bit. It will take some testing to find out what works best for your body as well as the best time of the day for you to take a nap.
Winston Churchill once said ”Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces” From his book “The Gathering Storm”.
There are many studies and ongoing research surrounding the benefits of napping yielding results such as improving memory, lessening the susceptibility to death by heart related diseases, blood pressure, dementia, weight control and immunity. Most of these studies are very specific in the demographic that it researched and at this time I’m not seeing anything that would make me feel comfortable stating any of those are a tested outcome across the board. What I can tell you with certainty is this; every human body has dips in their circadian rhythm, which literally makes us sleepy in the afternoon. Finding a nap period that works for you will release serotonin which produces feeling of wellbeing and can reverse the effects of stress, increases alertness and can increase productivity. Personally, I would rather find time for a 30-minute siesta and return to raring to go than struggle through the day working slower, not to my ability and likely having to redo the work I produce.
Are you familiar with the concept of HRV or Heart Rate Variability training? If not, then it’s worth your time to get it’s know – how.
Let’s start with meditation. Meditation is the strongest practice, that I have ever came across, for increasing focus, developing self- control and training the mental toughness essential for navigating the ups and downs of making your own career path in life and being your own boss.
The issue with meditation is that most of the people take it seriously at first and then fail to establish a regular habit of continuing it. A great reason for this behavior is that people don’t get any direct biofeedback on how well they are performing. This is the point where the need of heart rate variability training is felt.
HRV stands for heart rate variability. It is a physiological phenomenon. It is a variation in the duration between every two heartbeats. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.
In other words, heart rate variability is simply a measure of the variation in time interval between each heartbeat. This variation in the time interval is managed by a primary part of the nervous system known as the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
It functions regardless of our wants and adjusts, among other things, our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and digestion. The ANS is divided into two large portions, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system, also called the fight-or-flight mechanism.
Information or data is continuously processed in brain in a region called the hypothalamus. Through the ANS, the hypothalamus, sends signals to the whole body either to stimulate or to relax different functions.
It responds not only to a poor sleep, or that bitter communication with your colleagues or your boss, but also to the exciting events or news that you are selected for a job, or to that unexpected tasty healthy meal you had for dinner. All kinds of stimuli are managed by our body and thus life goes on. Anyhow, if you have constant instigators like stress, poor sleep, unhealthy diet, isolation, and lack of exercise, this balance may be disturbed, and your fight-or-flight response can switch into overdrive.
Many people leave meditation and exercising just because of the fact that they get demotivated. This demotivation is dependent on many factors but the crucial one is that people don’t get any direct biofeedback on their performance.
Biofeedback is a method which one can use to learn how to control one’s body’s functions like heart rate. In biofeedback, one is linked with electrical sensors that helps in receiving information (feedback or response) of one’s body (bio).
This feedback helps one in emphasizing on making fine changes in his/her body. Fine changes include relaxing specific muscles in order to accomplish the results one wants, like to lessen the muscle pain. In a nutshell, biofeedback empowers one to utilize one’s thoughts for controlling body, usually for improving health condition or physical productivity.
Through heart rate variability, one can really get a good understanding of the flexibility of the heart, which is a good predictor of a healthy and long life.
I’m a big nerd when it comes to self-quantified data so every single morning I religiously take one simple measurement of my HRV
For tracking HRV a variety of app and devices are may be used. Let’s take iHeart as an example. It actually measures your HRV and not only this, also it tells you about your “internal age” by calculating and measuring the stiffness of your aorta. The stiffness of aorta is used as an indicator of the health of the heart and it predicts the risk of sudden deaths from many reasons.
If you really want to track your heart rate variability, I would suggest going with HeartMath’s Inner Balance. There are too many other HRV trackers such as EliteHRV, HRV4training etc. but they are ideal for those who wears heart rate sensors.
The average Heart Rate Variability score is approximately 59 for Elite HRV users. It tells you about the above or below average value or score, which is quite interesting for one to know but it doesn’t shows whether your score is good or bad.
A higher Heart Rate Variability score (a greater HRV) at rest is usually an indicator of a better health, a younger internal age or a biological age and a better aerobic fitness. Furthermore, everything from your mindset, to air quality, to age, and exercise patterns affects HRV (Heart Rate Variability).
Your personal circumstances, your starting point, and your objective. Comparing you to yourself over time is usually the most essential and effective way of accomplishing your goals.
If one’s HRV scores are below one’s age-gender demographic range, then he/she may have underlying health issues which are negatively affecting his/her internal or biological age and should be addressed at-once. Adversely, if one’s Heart Rate Variability scores are regularly higher than one’s comparable age-gender demographic range, Then his/her biological age might be younger than his/her chronological age.
It should be kept in mind that the elite HRV users’ base doesn’t indicate the general population. Representatives of Elite and recreational athletes have a higher Heart Rate Variability score. This may result in a little bit of data skewness. The average HRV score for Elite HRV users is 59.3 (on a 1-100 scale)
The Elite HRV population sample was further divided into age and gender groups. This division was based on user input data to enable users to compare themselves to others within their same demographic group.
Have you tried molecular hydrogen? Your mitochondria love hydrogen! Molecular hydrogen is the smallest bio-available molecule in the universe and represents 90% of living matter. Medical research into molecular hydrogen (H2) has flourished since a landmark publication in Nature Medicine in June 2017. The article highlighted the cytoprotective and antioxidant effects of the supplementation of hydrogen gas in stroke models. Emerging evidence from studies also demonstrated that molecular hydrogen promises a huge wealth of therapeutic options for a variety of ailments. Since this discovery, molecular hydrogen (H2), the smallest molecule in existence, is making a tremendous impact as a health antioxidant supplement. Molecular Hydrogen primarily works by combating oxidative stress, to which most lifestyle-related illnesses, disease development, inflammation, cancers, and the aging process have been attributed to. When infused in water it provides multiple benefits, including increased energy and antioxidant activity. Clinical trials have been underway showing no negative long-term effects associated with use of molecular hydrogen.
Molecular hydrogen has the incredible ability to convert the most toxic free radical, OH, with absolutely no negative by-products. H20, yes, I’m talking about water! By acting as a selective antioxidant, molecular hydrogen targets only the worst free radicals, while preserving other important reactive species for normal signaling regulation. Molecular hydrogen has a high bio-membrane penetration and intracellular diffusion capability which enables it to reach subcellular compartments like the blood-brain barrier, cell membrane, mitochondria and even the nucleus. It also has superior reductive activity to some other antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C thereby avoiding increased mortality risk. Molecular hydrogen can offer multiple health benefits, with its unique cell-modulating effect caused by its ability to reach the nucleus and mitochondria. Because of all these amazing properties, molecular hydrogen can therapeutically benefit just about every organ in the body that exerts actions for anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, antioxidant and even anti-allergy!
Being able to get deep into the cellular level puts molecular hydrogen in place to successfully neutralize and mop up free radicals and other dangerous reactive species, reducing oxidative damage. Once inside the mitochondrial chamber, molecular hydrogen exerts some anti-inflammatory properties, protecting the cell from noxious substances alongside acting as an antioxidant.
The Medical Gas Research group published findings showing that a molecular hydrogen supplement can be applied with great success in the treatment of diseases that are said to be the leading 10 causes of death in United States. The diseases that can be remedied with molecular hydrogen supplements includes cardiovascular complications, cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, influenza, pneumonia, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
So now you’re thinking, I’m not a scientist, how can I even do this? The answer is pretty easy! The simplest way of ingesting H2 is through hydrogen rich infused water. When looking into your options consider the hydrogen concentration is measured in parts per million (ppm) when choosing the product that you are going to use. Unfortunately there is no cost-efficient way to make your own hydrogen-infused water. Therefore, the most affordable ways to go are ready to drink hydrogen rich water and hydrogen-generating tablets.
Hydrogen tablets can create a high ppm product, questionably the highest available depending on the formula. Hydrogen tablets are specially formulated with magnesium containing organic acids that when mixed with water can actually break the bonds of H20. This creates a cloud of H2 nanobubbles with magnesium ions which is essential in your nutrition. The ppm will vary depending on the formula and will typically require eight to 12 ounces of water.
Your other option is ready-to-drink hydrogen rich water, this of course is the most popular of the options because it is ready to go! The downside of the ready-to-drink method is low ppm. When you are using a ready-to-drink option depending on the packaging there is 1-2 ppm. When using hydrogen tablets you can get the ppm anywhere between .08-10 ppm.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting (IF) is not a diet, but rather a dieting pattern. In simpler terms: it’s making a conscious decision to skip certain meals on purpose. By fasting and then feasting on purpose, intermittent fasting generally means that you consume your calories during a specific window of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger window of time.
There are a few different protocols to take advantage of intermittent fasting.
Popularized by Hugh Jackman and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a fast to trim extra pounds. It is common to fast after dinner to around lunch the following day. Fast for 16 hours each day, for example by only eating between noon and 8pm. I am personally a fan of the 16/8 method, as I find it to be the simplest and the easiest to stick to.
Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).
During 2 days of the week, eat only about 500–600 calories. A plan that involves eating the recommended calorie intake for 5 days a week but reducing calorie intake to 25% for the remaining 2 days – to 500 calories a day for women and 600 a day for men.
Referred to as 23:1, meaning a person spends 23 hours of the day fasting, leaving just 1 hour a day to eat, drink and consume calories. Basically you only eat one meal a day
Since the body is unable to get its energy from food during fasting, it taps into glucose that is stored in the liver and muscles. This begins around 8 hours after the last meal is consumed. When the stored glucose has been used up, the body then begins to burn fat as a source of energy, which can result in weight loss.
Here are some changes that occur in your body when you fast:
These changes in hormone levels, cell function and gene expression are responsible for the health benefits of intermittent fasting.
As long as you stick to healthy foods, restricting your eating window and fasting from time to time can have some very impressive health benefits. It is an effective way to lose fat and improve metabolic health, while simplifying your life at the same time.
One meal a day is a form of intermittent fasting that literally involves eating one meal a day. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern or dieting cycle where you transition between periods of eating and fasting. The primary aim is to lose weight using an effective method that does not include the shortcomings or failures of other methods.
OMAD utilizes the two periods of intermittent fasting which are fasting window and feeding window. In one meal a day the fasting window consists of about 22-23 hours of a day while the feeding window is limited to 1-2 hours in a day. Therefore, OMAD pushes intermittent fasting to its maximum capacity.
Within the limited feeding window, you can eat as much as you want but maintain a healthy diet that includes appropriate food groups. One meal a day is also quite flexible and allows a calorie-free light snack during the fasting window.
OMAD might seem extreme to those who are ignorant of its benefits and lifestyle plan. It is the most natural and effective way to lose weight, and stay healthy. Here are some benefits of OMAD:
So many people struggle with weight loss because they keep trying methods that produce less result. Most of these weight loss plans come with strict diets and counting calories. Still the effects are short-term and unsatisfactory. One meal a day is an almost effortless way to lose weight. By simply eating less and healthy you shed calories quickly without a struggle.
Eating one meal a day helps to reduce various health risks such as blood pressure, cholesterol level and blood sugar levels. One meal a day helps the body maintain better insulin control.
Most people spend long amounts of time cooking, heating, and eating every day. OMAD lifestyle plan will help you cut down on those hours and find more use for time. Eating once a day guarantees less cooking, heating, and dishwashing time.
One meal a day is one of the cheapest weight loss plans. It helps you save money by purchasing fewer junk foods and using less gas. Your grocery shopping becomes more cost-effective, and so does your lifestyle.
The benefits of one meal a day include higher clarity and concentration levels. It also includes increased energy and productivity than eating frequent times a day. OMAD improves memory, energizes cells and reduces fatigue.
What are the health benefits of ghee? Is ghee better than butter? I prefer using fats from nature and of course ghee. What about butter, however? Check out below why I prefer ghee over conventional butter.
Both butter and ghee contain small amounts of important fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene. While this is awesome, don’t throw out your supplements just yet. Neither butter nor ghee contains high enough amounts of these nutrients to depend on as your sole source.
Many people look to butter for its high butyrate content; an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that keeps your gut lining and metabolism in good shape. There’s some conflicting information out there on whether or not ghee contains butyrate, but the consensus seems to be not so much. No worries. If you’re worried about your butyrate consumption, simply include more resistant starch in your diet or use both.
This is the biggest difference between butter and ghee and might be a game changer for you if you’re super sensitive to dairy protein. Butter is mostly fat and water, but it still has trace amounts of casein and lactose, the two compounds in dairy that most cause allergies and sensitivities. Casein is what gives butter its wonderful creaminess. It can also cause symptoms like: rashes and redness, wheezing, coughing, asthmatic symptoms, itching, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Removing the milk solids and water from butter, ghee is left with a stronger, more intense flavor than regular butter. Its taste is also often described as nuttier, richer and deeper than butter. Ghee has little to no casein or lactose, meaning even very dairy-sensitive people can usually eat it. It blends into Bulletproof Coffee well and is a decent substitute for butter in most recipes, although it’s more oily than butter and may change the consistency of a dish slightly. If you do make Bulletproof Coffee with ghee, know that it won’t foam the same way butter does. So you won’t get that frothy latte top. Don’t worry – it’s still tasty
What is a flotation tank? The flotation tank looks like a large enclosed bathtub. They are usually built from fiberglass and design to block out all external distractions, such as: sights, sound, tactile sensations, and gravity. Basically a sensory deprivation tank. (Another name these flotation tanks can go by.)
The salt water solution is heated to skin temperature (93.5F). Once you are settled, it is almost impossible to tell watch parts of your body are in the water and watch aren’t. This is the trick your brain into thinking you’re floating in midair.
The buoyancy created by the Epsom-salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body. This will make you feel almost completely weightless, letting Every single muscle in your body fully relax.
Floating weightlessly your body is perfectly supported by a cushion of silky skin temperature liquid. Freed from all sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuro-muscular activity). You conserve and redirect vast amounts of natural physical and mental energy.
The ultra deep relaxation of floating “resets” the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury, or strenuous exercise.
Unless you are an astronaut this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from harmful forces of gravity.
Floating devotees claim that the therapy can be a cure-all for everything from hypertension to insomnia.
The tiny spikes on this torturous looking mat actually stimulate the acupressure points along your back. When you go to bed, your fight or flight response is still activated, your body’s nervous system is still in a sympathetic mode. When you lay down on a sleep induction mat your body panics for a moment because it can’t really figure out what you’re doing and why there’s some pain. (It’s not unbearable, or painful at all, just uncomfortable for a bit.) Once you adjust for a few seconds your body starts to relax and you just melt into it. Your nervous systems starts calming down and realizes that you’re not going to die. Then your body starts releasing your feel-good hormones. This is all the perfect storm to quiet your mind, let you relax, and let you slip into a deep, restful sleep.
Everybody needs to get quality sleep, and many of us are in need of some help when it comes to getting it. I definitely recommend trying this out if you are having trouble getting to sleep. Did you know 1/3 of your life is spent on sleep? That means 26 years of your life are spent in bed.
Other ways to improve your sleep that won’t cost you anything. No caffeine after 2 P.M. Start winding down two hours before bed. Avoid bright lights in use F.lux on your computer. Sleep in the pitch black room (If it admits light, cover it – Your hands should be invisible in front of you) Avoid big meals before bed.
I love my morning routine. A morning and an evening routine are a great way to bookend your day, and the morning routine in particular allows you to prioritize all the things necessary to take care of yourself and your body while your willpower is high.
I walk to the kitchen and I pour 16oz of water. As I drink this water, I take my morning supplements and there’s currently quite a few – specifically:
-5g SixStar 100% Creatine Unflavored
-2 capsules Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Phospholipids
-1 capsules Sundance Natural’s Magnesium
-1 capsules Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin
-1 capsule Pure Encapsulations – O.N.E. Multivitamin
-1 capsule Natures Bounty Vitamin D3
I proceed to do my 10 minute morning stretch routine.
I will head out the door for my morning run. At a minimum I will run a mile every morning.
I will return home and start making my version of Bulletproof Coffee. It consistent of:
I will take a cold shower. I will wash my body and hair with warm water. When I’m done with that, I will crank it as cold as it will go. Cold thermogenesis is the practice of intentionally exposing parts of the body to specific levels of cold stress. Years of research now shows this can cause significant increases in metabolism and calorie burning, can increase insulin sensitivity and help control blood glucose levels, reduce systemic inflammation, help with sleep and recovery, and potentially fight certain types of cancer as well as promote overall longevity. I will then stay in there for as long as I can but nothing less then two minutes.
I will get April up for school. I will talk to her about her sleep, dreams, things we are grateful for, breakfast, and the day’s activities.
We will head out the door to drop April off at school. On the way to school we will listen to an audio book that April has picked out. I try to teach her to always be learning. It’s especially effective when you’re commuting. I used to listen to tons of Anthony Robbins audiobooks on my way to work and I learned a lot of things while I was stuck in traffic. Plus it was really uplifting and made me more engaged at work.
I will drop April off at school and I will head to work for the day.
If you have proposed modifications to my morning routine, you want to describe your own morning routine, or you have questions, thoughts, then feel free to use the comments section below!
Biohacking is essentially the practice of changing our chemistry and our physiology through science and self-experimentation. It’s a broad definition, but that’s also because the idea of “biohacking” is constantly evolving. It can be as simple as lifestyle and dietary changes that improve the functioning of your body. It can be as daily as wearable technology that helps you monitor and regulate physiological data. Or it can be as extreme as implant technology and genetic engineering. The possibilities are endless, but they are all rooted in the idea that we can change our bodies and our brains, and that we can ultimately become smarter, faster, better.
The most well-known proponent of the prospect is Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey. In his guide to biohacking, he says,”The main thing that separates a biohacker from the rest of the self-improvement world is a systems-thinking approach to our own biology.”
If your body is a system, it’s got inputs (food, exercise, etc.) and outputs (energy, mood, etc.). Biohackers believe making constant tweaks to those inputs (like, really fine tuning them) can lead to immediate, measurable changes in the outputs.
In the biohacking ecosphere, you might see a lot of practices that many people swear by although the health benefits haven’t been confirmed by research. Biohackers generally don’t wait around for a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of a new therapy or approach. They try it themselves, see what happens, and make decisions from there.
So where do you begin? You can easily start using wearables like the FitBit or the Apple Watch. Or you could start experimenting with incorporating more foods that reduce inflammation. But if you’re ready for something new, and something different, consider one of these non-invasive biohacking approaches and see what benefits you.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.
I have been intermittent fasting for over one year. I skip breakfast each day and eat two meals, the first around 1pm and the second around 8pm. Then, I fast for 16 hours until I start eating again the next day at 1pm.
Red light therapy is also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), low level light therapy (LLLT), biostimulation, photonic stimulation or light box therapy. Have you ever spent a lot of time indoors and begun to feel just a little…off? Our bodies and brains need light to function at their best. Not only does the sun give us an important dose of vitamin D, it helps us in a number of other physiological and emotional ways. But let’s look a little closer – specifically at the light wavelengths between 600 and 900 nanometers (nm). These specific wavelengths of red light create a biochemical affect in our cells that serves to increase mitochondrial function. This improves ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production in the body. How does this range of light waves impact our bodies?
Studies have shown that your body responds particularly well to red and near-infrared wavelengths, which range from 600 to 900 nm. Red therapy light penetrates about 8-10 millimeters into the skin. Depending on which area of the body the red light is used, this can easily affect all skin layers, reaching into blood vessels, lymph pathways, nerves, and hair follicles. At which point your mitochondrial chromophores absorb the photons. This in turn activates a number of nervous system and metabolic processes.
This book is the perfect companion to Dr Perlmutter’s book Brain Maker, one of my favorite recent health titles. Grain Brain carefully and clearly presents the reasons why everyone needs to make drastic and life altering changes to the way we view food and illness. The cause and effect link that Dr Perlmutter proposes undoes long held beliefs in the health care world about the relationship between diet and disease. Important life altering information is presented which will propel most readers into permanent dietary change. If you are looking for a way to change the way you eat and feel Grain Brain is the perfect place to start. Excellent and fantastic information.
If you truly believe that high carbs/sugar diets are not an issue in the American diet, then you aren’t looking around. I’m now completely sold on the idea that wheat is entering our diets in so many ways, and destroying our systems. I am telling all of my friends to remove it from their diets and of course, am coming across as some kind of loonie. I’ll admit, I think I believed the whole ‘gluten free’ trend was just that….a trend. Not anymore!
What you learn in this book is eye-opening, frightening and also life changing. If you aren’t ready to read the book, then just start by going gluten free for a week. I am betting that you will feel a remarkable change in your sense of wellness and your energy level.
There are other books on this as well, such as Wheat Belly. A friend of mine lost 30 pounds in six months just by following the advice of that author, which included getting rid of wheat.
“Dr. Perlmutter outlines an innovative approach to our most fragile organ, the brain. He is an absolute leader in the use of alternative and conventional approaches in the treatment of neurologic disorders. I have referred him patients with wonderful results. He is on the cutting edge and can help change the way we practice medicine.” —Mehmet Oz, MD
“Dr. Perlmutter takes us on a detailed tour of the destructive effects that ‘healthy whole grains’ have on our brains. Modern wheat, in particular, is responsible for destroying more brains in this country than all the strokes, car accidents, and head trauma combined. Dr. Perlmutter makes a persuasive case for this wheat-free approach to preserve brain health and functioning, or to begin the process of reversal.” —William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly
“If you want to boost your brain power, keep your memory, and lift your mood and energy, as well as heal from a host of other common complaints, Dr. Perlmutter is your guide. This is the definitive instruction book for the care and feeding of your brain!” —Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Dementia and many other brain diseases are not inevitable, nor are they genetic. They are directly and powerfully linked to a diet high in sugar and grains. Grain Brain not only proves this, it also gives you everything you need to know to protect your brain–or a loved one’s–now.”–Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Terrific book about brain health and its relationship to the health and integrity of your gastrointestinal tract. Dr Perlmutter is a practicing MD, neurologist and nutritionist. Information presented is grounded in scientific research and peer reviewed literature. Much of Dr Perlmutter’s approach is cutting edge and offers a new way to view how the brain is affected by the diet you eat. Practical and easily applicable advise on how to improve your health and make a real change in the way you feel each day.
I have learned so much from this book. All of the healthy eating struggles and health obstacles of the past will be no more. I have acquired a second chance for me and my family. To alter our future and prevent all the brain diseases that we assumed were set in stone due to genetics. Absolutely astonishing information.
“Dr. Perlmutter’s book is among those rare and exciting exceptions: information so empowering, so enlightening, and presented so clearly and concisely that the reader emerges far better off for the reading experience. Put this book on your short list of must-reads for health and nutrition.”—William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly
“The single most important medical innovation in the 21st century is making the link between the gut and the little bugs that live there and nearly every chronic disease – from autism to depression, from asthma to autoimmune disease, from diabetes to dementia. Brain Maker is a game changer. For the first time, this brilliant scientist doctor connects the dots and teaches us why we need to tend our inner garden (our microbiome) and provides a radical but simple plan to reset, reboot, and renew your microbiome. This book shouldn’t be called Brain Maker, it should be called Health Maker.”—Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution