Blake’s Gift Guide: Sleep

Wayfarer+Black+2

$150

If you’re like most people, you’re staring at your electronics screen all day and probably most of the night. All of that blue light exposure can mess with your sleep cycle. Research has shown blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that tells your body it’s time to sleep. Blue light blocking glasses give you the extra protection for your eyes from too much junk light exposure.

$300

Red light and Infrared Light can be very healing and regenerative. Red Light is a great stress reliever and is very beneficial to metabolism. Due to the large amount of time we spend indoors, we are often deficient in exposure to Infrared Energy. Red light promotes relaxation and a sense of calm energy, reduces anxiety and irritability. It also

helps you fall asleep and get a deeper, more restful night’s sleep.

$15

It is very important to sleep in as close to complete darkness as possible. That said, it’s not always easy to block out every stream of light using curtains, blinds or drapes, particularly if you live in an urban area (or if your spouse has a different schedule than you do). In these cases, an eye mask can be helpful.

Blake’s Gift Guide: Coffee

$25

Kion is committed to providing you with the highest quality
products on the face of the planet so that you can unlock your full potential. This means they extensively research, carefully source, and test everything to
performance and longevity. As coffee aficionados, they have extremely strict
criteria for our beans, and will settle for nothing less than the purest coffee
on the planet.
give you only the most powerful and proven tools for optimizing health.

$41

Hack your morning coffee routine with a ceramic burr grinder. The ceramic lasts forever and won’t rust, and it stays cooler than stainless steel grinders do (some coffee aficionados say the heat from a metal grinder burns off precious coffee oils, although the topic is up for debate). A Hario grinder lets you adjust your grind very precisely; you can change the flavor of your coffee and switch between a fine grind for espresso, a rough grind for French press coffee, and so on. The hand grinding encourages you to slow down and take time to prepare and enjoy your coffee every morning.

$29

Here’s another coffee upgrade. The AeroPress has taken the coffee community by storm. The AeroPress consistently ranks among top-rated brewing methods, despite being compact and cheap (it’s only 30 bucks). It’s also quick – it uses pressure to speed up the brewing process, so you can make a delicious cup of coffee or espresso in under a minute. If that weren’t enough, the AeroPress has no moving parts and won’t break easily. It’s basically a simple plastic tube (BPA- and phthalate-free, of course). You can even travel with it.

Blake’s Gift Guide: Anti-aging

Collagen

$38

Your body produces a protein found in your skin and connective tissues, called collagen, that provides elasticity. As you age, collagen production decreases, causing wrinkles. If you want to put your best face foward, try daily supplementation with grass-fed collagen in water, healthy shakes, or a hot beverage.

Blake’s Gift Guide: Performance

$159

Did you know that the time between each of your heartbeats varies? It’s known as heart rate variability (HRV), and measuring it can tell you how your nervous system is doing at any given moment. HeartMath’s Inner Balance is a bluetooth sensor that connects to your smartphone. It tracks your heart rate, then teaches you how to reach a more balanced emotional state. The result? Less stress and better performance.

$190

Sitting down for hours at a time is linked to metabolic syndrome, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular disease and more. Luckily, there are several easy ways to break your habit. Some companies offer standing desks if you ask for them. If you work from home I suggest this one. If you have the extra money to spend, the best option is a treadmill desk like this one.

  • Blake’s Gift Guide 2020: Sleep
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  • Blake’s Gift Guide: Fitness

    $159

    Did you know that the time between each of your heartbeats varies? It’s known as heart rate variability (HRV), and measuring it can tell you how your nervous system is doing at any given moment. HeartMath’s Inner Balance is a bluetooth sensor that connects to your smartphone. It tracks your heart rate, then teaches you how to reach a more balanced emotional state. The result? Less stress and better performance.

    $190

    Sitting down for hours at a time is linked to metabolic syndrome, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular disease and more. Luckily, there are several easy ways to break your habit. Some companies offer standing desks if you ask for them. If you work from home I suggest this one. If you have the extra money to spend, the best option is a treadmill desk like this one.

    Blake Murphy’s Gift Guide — What to Buy Your Favorite Biohacker

    It’s the most wonderful time of year… for the favorite biohacker on your holiday shopping list. This Biohacker-approved holiday gift guide features the coolest biohacking gadgets for everyone on your list — whether they’re coffee snobs, fitness fanatics, geeks who love their tech, or all-around health nuts. Click on a category below and get ready to play Santa.

    If you are interested in what I’m using check out my biohacking tool kit

    The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

    I wanted to write a post about mental health awareness month. But I keep having a hard time finding the words. It’s a topic I particularly care about… I’ve been there, touched a pretty dark bottom, and worked hard to rise back up to where I’m today. A healthy place, a balanced place. What really helped me was accepting the part of the journey I was in and asking for help. Being ashamed and afraid of what we feel and go through doesn’t protect us, it protects the false truth we’ve been told about what is acceptable to feel and how to be.

    Blake Murphy

    Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

    What Exactly is a Mental Illness

    Mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease. The two most common mental health conditions are:

    Anxiety Disorders – More than 18% of adults each year struggle with some type of anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (panic attacks), generalized anxiety disorder and specific phobias.

    Mood Disorders – Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar depression, affect nearly 10% of adults each year and are characterized by difficulties in regulating one’s mood. What You Can Do to Help you can do to help:

    • Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.

    • Advocating within our circles of influence helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school, and community.

    • Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.

    • Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.

    • Advocating within our circles of influence helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school, and community.

    • Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.

    Get Professional Help If You Need It

    If you need help with self-care and self-love don’t hesitate to reach out!

    If you or someone you know is feeling especially bad or suicidal, get help right away. You can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance.

    Of course, you don’t have to be in crisis to seek help. Why wait until you’re really suffering? Even if you’re not sure that you’d benefit from help, it can’t hurt to explore the possibility.

    A mental health professional can help you:

    • come up with plans for solving problems
    • feel stronger in the face of challenges
    • change behaviors that hold you back
    • look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
    • heal pains from your past
    • figure out your goals

    How to Create the Habit of Meditation

    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.

    The Habit Loop

    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.

    5 of the best Brain Foods

    Oily fish

    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.

    Salmon

    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.

    Blueberries

    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.

    Pumpkin Seeds

    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.

    Avocado

    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. 

    avocado

    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.

    Chocolates

    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, and antioxidants. Flavonoids are a group of antioxidant plant compounds.

    The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory. Researchers say these compounds may enhance memory and also help slow down age-related mental decline (1234). In fact, a number of studies back this up (567).

    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.

    The Power of The Nap

    Napping is good; my childhood was wasted crying to stay awake!

    The Power of The Nap

    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 Dance to Their own Tune!

    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.

    Mid-day Slump

    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.

    Let’s Take a Brain Break

    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.

    Avoid The Nap Hangover

    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.

    Famous People Who Loved to 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”.

    John F. Kennedy would nap for up to two hours without fail as part of his daily routine. Kennedy was not to be awoken unless it was a true emergency and would always be joined by Jackie

    Studies, Research and My Opinion

    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.

    What Is HRV Training?

    HEART RATE VARIABILITY TRAINING

    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.

    WHAT IS HRV?

    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.

    HRV Tracking

    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.

    HRV Tracker

    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.

    Heart Math provides a simple-to-use system for anyone for daily practice. It has a healthy UX and is available not only for iOS but also Android.

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    What is a good Heart Rate Variability?

    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.

    The Importance of a Healthy HRV

    How one builds up compared to one’s age and gender demographics?

    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.

    HRV CHARTS

    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)

    Elite HRV users
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    Normative Elite HRV Scores by Age and Gender

    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.

    Males:

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    Females:

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    Males

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    Molecular Hydrogen: Why You Should Drink It

    What is molecular hydrogen and why would you want to use it?

    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 molecularMolecular Hydrogen 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.

    What does it even do?

    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!

    The Super Health Benefits of Molecular Hydrogen Includes:
      1. Improves skin/anti aging
      1. Fights autoimmune disease
      1. Rheumatoid arthritis
      1. Combats allergies
      1. Corrects DNA damage
      2. May battle cancerous tumors
      1. Helps reduce fat
      2. Hydrogen Water is Antibacterial and May Promote Oral Health
      3. Increase the production of the hormone ghrelin, which protects the vascular system, liver, and the brain.
      4. Improves cognitive function
      5. May help keep us better hydrated
      6. Faster healing and recovery from sports injury
      1. Prevents brain damage
      1. Growth of brain cells
    1. May help prevent diabetes
    How is this possible?

    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.

    Give me some hydrogen!

    Hydrogen tablets can create a high ppm product, questionably the highest Molecular Hydrogenavailable 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.

    A Guide to Intermittent Fasting

    What is intermittent fasting?

    A Guide to Intermittent Fasting
    A Guide to 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.

    16 – Hour Intermittent Fast

    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.

    13 – Hour Circadian Rhythm Fast

    Based on research of scientist Dr. Satchin Panda. Participants aim to start fasting a close to sunset as possible for at least 13 hours daily

    Eat-Stop-Eat

    Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).

    The 5:2 Diet

    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.

    The 23:1 One Meal a Day

    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

    The Potential Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

    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:

    • Human Growth Hormone (HGH): The levels of growth hormone skyrocket, increasing as much as 5-fold. This has benefits for fat loss and muscle gain, to name a few.
    • Insulin: Insulin sensitivity improves and levels of insulin drop dramatically. Lower insulin levels make stored body fat more accessible
    • Cellular repair: When fasted, your cells initiate cellular repair processes. This includes autophagy, where cells digest and remove old and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells
    • Gene expression: There are changes in the function of genes related to longevity and protection against disease

    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.

    The Benefits of One Meal a Day (OMAD)

    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.

    The Benefits of One Meal a Day
    Blake OMAD

    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:

    Efficient Weight Loss

    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.

    Your Overall Health is Improved

    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.

    Saves Time

    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.

    Saves Cash

    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.

    Increased mental and Physical Productivity

    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.

    Other benefits of one meal a day include:
    • Improved immune systems
    • Discipline
    • Long-term results

    What Is A Floatation Tank?

    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.)

    Float Tank

    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.

    Celebrities like Steph Curry and Joe Rogan swear by flotation therapy. Steph Curry and Joe Rogan, who have promoted it as a post-workout recovery tool and a way to reduce muscle soreness.

    Floating devotees claim that the therapy can be a cure-all for everything from hypertension to insomnia.

     

    Hack Your Sleep With A Sleep Induction Mat

    I just got my sleep induction mat from @prosourcefit with super sharp spikes (about 6,210 individual spikes)

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    Sleep Induction Mat
    sleep induction mat

    The tiny spikes on this torturous looking sleep induction 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.

    My Exact Morning Routine

    What is your morning routine?

    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.

    4:30ish

    I wake up trying not to use an alarm. Instead try to wake up naturally at the same time every morning. Check my HRV. Complete a morning entry into my custom Evernote Five Minute Journal

    5:00ish

    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

    5:15ish

    I proceed to do my 10 minute morning stretch routine.

    5:30ish

    I will head out the door for my morning run. At a minimum I will run a mile every morning.

    morning routine

    6:00ish

    I will return home and start making my version of Bulletproof Coffee. It consistent of:

    2Tbs of Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter (which I turn into ghee)
    2Tbs of Onnit MCT Oil
    1 Tbs of Hazelnut Torani Syrup, Sugar Free
    1Tbs of Heavy Whipping Cream
    1 raw egg

    6:30ish

    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.

    6:45ish

    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.

    7:20ish

    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.

    7:45ish

    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!