Biohacking For Beginners: Top 7 Tips From Best Biohackers

BioHacking For Beginners

The actual word “biohacking” may be a new craze, fad, niche…whatever you want to call it – but the idea of squeezing every ounce of potential out of our bodies and minds is as old as humanity itself. We might as well call the cavemen who invented tools, weapons and fire the first “biohackers”.

At Natural Stacks, we define the term “biohacking” as any specific, conscious action undertaken with the intent to elicit an outcome better than would have happened under “normal” or other circumstances. 

If you head to your favorite coffee shop and manipulate your surroundings for better focus or productivity, you’re hacking productivity and focus.

If you use progressive overload to trick your body into lifting heavier objects, you’re bodybuilding – and hacking your biology.

If you use supplements or take special pre & post workout drinks, you’re “hacking” – or at least OPTIMIZING – what we know about our biology. 

We asked some of the top biohackers in the world for their best tips on biohacking for beginners. Here are the Top 7 Tips from some of the world’s leading biohackers:

Increase Immunity, Bloodflow & Decompress Your Spine with INVERSION

Inversion – getting upside down – can do wonders for our health. From decompressing the spine, flushing the lymph system, boosting bloodflow and immunity, to postural and flexibility improvements, there is more to inversion than most people know.

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Hack Stress & Fat Loss with Daily Contrast Showers

Cold thermogenesis has more benefits than we can list right here. That’s why we wrote THIS BLOG about it. Fitness celebrity and biohacker extraordinaire Ben Greenfield gives us this simple tip to help us reap the benefits in 5 minutes a day…

Hack your stress resiliencY & fat loss daily w- hot-cold contrast showers- alternate 20 sec cold & 10 secs hot for 5 minutes

Find more from Ben Greenfield on his website at: Bengreenfieldfitness.com

Ground Yourself and INCREASE CALM & FOCUS With Natural Herbs

For thousands of years Chinese and Ayurvedic herbalists have used earth-grown nutrients to heal, strengthen and optimize the body. Natural Stacks Champion Crosby Tailor is a world-renowned herbalist and he’s got a great trick to bolster your daily coffee.

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Follow Crosby on Twitter & Instagram: @crosbytailor

Turn OFF The TV!

“My number one tip to a beginner biohacker would be to remove your TV from your house. I used to watch my favorite shows for at least two hours a day. Thats 14 hours a week and 56 hours a month that I could spend on getting in optimal mental and physical shape. And if you’re paying for cable it saves you money that you could be spending on the best nutrition to make your mind as clear as possible to search for and create your future.”

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Find Andy Hnilo at Alitura Naturals.

Consume Information in 1/2 The Time

If you listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, or “read” audio books, you can consume that information in 1/2 the time by setting the speed to 2X. TIP: Start at 1.5X and work your way up to 2X.

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Get more of Lifestyle Entrepreneur Ryan Lee at his website Freedym 

Make Your Days LESS STRESSFUL by Prioritizing Your Schedule

“My #1 hack, lately, has been waking up early so I knock out cardio, breakfast and then I get artwork done. This makes my day a whole lot less-stressful. Getting these few things done early are important to me, so I can have the rest of the day to devote to a solid training session where I’m not worried about time. I’m able to prep meals and go to work knowing I have gotten so much achieved! At night, I use the Bulletproof sleep mat and take GABA. This way, I fall into a deep sleep very rapidly” so I’m rested and ready to do it all again the next day!

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Follow TheSamuelShaw – Artist, Wrestler and NPC Athlete on Instagram and Twitter.

Use Supplements to Detoxify Your Body and Optimize Function

Natasha Wiscombe, from Bulletproof explains, “I spend a lot of time on the road at conferences, dinners and the occasional drink so when I can’t eat the way I know my body functions best I’ll incorporate some upgraded coconut charcoal to help absorb some of the potentially toxic substances from my digestive tract. These things have saved me many a times and bar none is my favorite on-the-road supplement.
As a female I care a lot about the health of my skin and as a human being I care a lot about my gut health so I always carry around collagen to add to my hot morning beverage. It may look a little funny pulling out a bag of white powder and dumping it into my coffee so I’ve started using a fill-n-go funnel people typically use for protein powders – I can easily store at least a weeks worth of collagen in (perfect for work trips!). Collagen is a multi-tool of healing whether it be for your tissues, tendons, cartilage and gut – getting in this quality supplement first thing in the morning helps me check off at least one health box to set a positive tone for the day.”
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Natasha Wiscombe is Bulletproof Ambassador Manager. Get more at bulletproof.com

Special thanks to our friends, colleagues and Natural Stacks Champions for their tips to help us optimize our days – and therefore, our lives!

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OPP 021: Health Benefits of Cannibis and CBD Oil

Benefits of Cannabis and CBD Oil

Brandon Nolte from Healthy Hemp Oil joins us on Episode 21 of the Optimal Performance Podcast to discuss the many health benefits of the cannabis plant and cannabadoil, aka, CBD Oil.

Let’s get a few things out in the open before we start…

The cannabis plant boasts a myriad of health benefits. The goal of this podcast is to discuss the full range of those benefits, to expose LEGAL applications of those benefits and to decrease the stigma (the whole reason I have to write this disclaimer) attached to medicinal or alternative health applications of the cannabis plant.

That said, we’re not doctors and we’re not advising anything outside of the law. Got it? OK, let’s do this…

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What You’ll Hear From Brandon and learn about CBD Oil in this episode:

  • Becoming the CBD guy
  • What is CBD? And why NOT ALL cannabis is marijuana…
  • So what IS the difference between hemp and marijuana?
  • IS CBD OIL LEGAL?
  • Why some people actually NEED THC instead of CBD
  • Why your hemp protein is NOT American…
  • Different types of CBD products: sprays, tinctures, gums…which is right for YOU and how to determine the right dosage for YOU
  • How does CBD improve performance?
  • Should we be Marijuana juicing? You know, like Kale Shakes…but with cannabis!
  • Is CBD another polarizing & highly questionable “deer antler spray” supplement?
  • Why you SHOULD be skeptical
  • Using CBD Oil to ease “performance anxiety” before the big game or public speaking
  • Get more of Brandon & Healthy Hemp Oil
  • Brandon’s Top 3 tips to Live Optimal

 

Links & Resources:

Healthy Hemp Oil dot com

Special PDF for OPP listeners

Project CBD (dot) Org

Natural Stacks Performance Optimizers

Krill Oil

Serotonin Brain Food

Natural Protein

OPP 019: Crosby Tailor on Chinese Herbs & Healthy Desserts

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Health coach and lifestyle educator Crosby Tailor is our guest on the Optimal Performance Podcast this week and he’s dropping knowledge on Chinese herbal medicine, healthy deserts, mindfulness, and how he became the “Cookie Genius”.

Read moreOPP 019: Crosby Tailor on Chinese Herbs & Healthy Desserts

Caffeine And Coffee Enhance Physical Performance

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Caffeine is the world’s most commonly used nootropic and performance enhancer. In fact 80-90% of American adults use it daily. In the physical performance world, there is debate as whether coffee or plain caffeine anhydrous is the better performance enhancer. A recent study set out to answer that question definitively…

The Study

In the study of 54 resistance-trained men, the researchers compared the effects of caffeine anhydrous (CAF) to coffee (COF) and compared them to control tests and a placebo (PLA) group. 1

Both CAF & COF were dosed at 300mg 30 minutes prior to physical activity.

The subjects performed Leg Presses, Bench Presses, and Exercise Bike Sprints. 1 Rep Maxes (1RM), reps to failure (RTF) were tested for the strength movements, while Peak Power (PP) and Total Work (TW) were tested on the bike for sprint intervals.

Despite what we might think, very few significant differences were noticed in the strength movements.

Coffee actually boosted the 1RM in the Leg Press more than caffeine – although by the slightest of margins. Neither was shown to alter the Leg Press reps to failure or the Bench Press in any way.

For the bike sprints, however, caffeine anhydrous (CAF) boosted Total Work on the first sprint and both COF & CAF attenuated drop-offs in peak power and total work for sprints 2-5.

According to the study both coffee and caffeine anhydrous “may be considered suitable pre-exercise caffeine sources for high-intensity exercise.” Caffeine And Coffee Enhance Physical Performance to similar degrees. No matter how you like your daily dose, caffeine is a safe and legal performance boost.

What Does This Mean For The Optimal Performer?

We KNOW caffeine is a performance enhancer.

This is supported by the fact that the NCAA regulates caffeine levels for student-athletes – claiming that elevated levels offer a competitive advantage. Specifically, the NCAA limits concentrations in urine to no more than 15 micrograms/ml and recommends no more than 300mg/day. 2

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Caffeine stimulates the Central Nervous System – which can:

  • Reduce symptoms of fatigue so you can perform longer.
  • Increase reaction time so you can think, react, and move quicker.
  • Increase motor unit firing so you can recruit more muscles – making weights feel lighter!

Whatever physical activity you enjoy, caffeine (or coffee) is a legal and effective performance booster that you can use to do and be more.

How To Implement & “Hack” Your Performance

At Natural Stacks, we LOVE our coffee, but it appears that caffeine in it’s purest form may be the best way to consume it for performance enhancing effects.

It’s also worth noting that taking caffeine in pill form makes the dosing more accurate and repeatable.

The NCCA agrees, “For this reason, researchers suggest that taking caffeine in pill form may be more effective than drinking coffee and may be better tolerated.”3

At Natural Stacks, we love Smart Caffeine for this very reason. You get the exact amount you need, plus Smart Caffeine is combined with L-Theanine to reduce the jittery feeling, giving you a smooth burst of sustained focus, energy, and motivation to power through the most demanding workouts or competitions.

It can be taken alone, with your favorite coffee for an extra performance boost, or with with a combination of CILTEP or Dopamine Brain Food for the ultimate pre-workout stack that provides energy, nervous system activation, and mental focus & motivation.

 

Resources

  1. Trexler, ET, et al. Effects of coffee and caffeine anhydrous on strength and sprint performance. European Journal of Sports Science, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26394649?dopt=Abstract
  2. NCAA: http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/sport-science-institute/caffeine-and-athletic-performance
  3. Rosenbloom CA, Coleman EJ. Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals. 5th ed. Chicago, IL: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012. Print.
  4. Burke, LM. Caffeine and Sports Performance. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19088794