Ok guys, if there’s one thing that attracts my interest it’s the idea of being able to “hack” into our biology to improve our health at the cellular level. I’m really interested in preserving and even improving vitality and health with age.
You could say that the source of our life force; our energy and youth is the mitochondria locked in our cells. They convert calories from food, heat from the sun and oxygen into energy, specifically the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Like a tiny powerplant powering our bodies at the cellular level. Anything we can do to improve our mitochondrial function is going to improve our health, vitality and even extend our lifespan!
One reason I’ve chosen the ketogenic diet is because it is fantastic for mitochondrial function. Burning fat is a far cleaner process than burning carbs. Anytime you are using glucose for energy, there is going to be glycation. Glycation=free radicals. Free radicals= aging, disease, decreased mitochondrial function. A high carb diet is going to accelerate aging at the cellular level. Even if those carbs are coming from fruit or whole grains. It’s all glucose to your body. When you get into a state of ketosis your body is utilizing fat in place of glucose. It’s an easy (ish…) way to dramatically slow the aging process. Ketosis and mitochondria
Another bio-hack is exposure to extreme temperatures. It’s getting outside your comfort zone, literally. We really like to be warm and comfortable in temperature controlled environments, don’t we? But we could be missing out on the bio-boost we get from exposure to cold and even heat. You can get crazy health benefits from even just blasting yourself with cold water in the shower. Better immunity, increased circulation, improved body composition… Like these Siberian youngsters who play in the snow in swimsuits and never get sick.
If you don’t have access to the tundra but still want to be hearty like a Siberian kid- you can get similar benefits from blasting yourself with cold water in your own shower. It’s going to be unpleasant (understatement!) but it becomes easier with time. It’s a “fun” and simple bio-hack that anyone can take advantage of.
Another “fun”…. biohack is short bouts of extreme exercise. Like 10-20 minutes of all out work that makes you feel like you might puke or pass out.
This tells your body that the weak mitochondria can just show themselves the door because they don’t have what it takes. Weaker ones die to be replaced by beefier mitochondria. It’s an intense shock to your system that will lead to forced adaptation to halt aging (woohoo!) at that cellular level. If you’re one that goes running or thinks you need an hour for exercise to count, consider the benefits of a HIIT or tabata style workout. You can accomplish more in far less time!
One more pleasurable hack is using a sauna, especially after exercise. A 20 minute sauna can dramatically increase youth-boosting human growth hormone by 140%. Plus it’s a great way to have awkward conversations with sweaty strangers…
But anyways, hack on, people.