Archive for October, 2019

My biohacks

October 27, 2019

The word “biohacks” seems to be popular these days. I take it to mean doing some action on the body that gets rapid results.

Here are my biohacks:

  1. Sleep: 8 or more hours of deep sleep will eliminate mental and physical toxins. This is the most important biohack.
  2. Foam rolling: 10 minutes of foam rolling every day releases the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). It makes you more mobile.
  3. 10-minute walk after each meal: three 10-minute walks every day balances the body’s blood sugar level, reduces cholesterol, and a bunch of other wonderful things. Next to sleep, this is the best biohack.
  4. Eat simple, unprocessed foods: make meals from scratch, using real ingredients.
  5. Deep breathing: breathe in deeply, exhale, hold. This will push oxygen into your body and brain. Yogis have been doing this for thousands of years. Very important biohack.
  6. Fresh pepper: improves digestion!
  7. Read for enjoyment: let your mind be immersed in another life, it will release stress.
  8. Exercise: many of the sins from poor eating can be reduced or eliminated by regular exercise.
  9. Vacation: get away from work. Think of other things. It will keep your mind fresh.
  10. Fresh rosemary plus mint: forget coffee (i.e. caffeine). Rosemary and mint in a glass of water plus the juice of a fresh lime will make your mind alert. Remember, caffeine doesn’t make you alert, it merely blocks the sleep receptors in your brain, i.e., it just makes you less sleepy.
  11. Super-strong peppermint tea: when I feel a cold or flu coming on, I make a super-strong batch of peppermint tea: pour hot water over one cup of loose peppermint. It doesn’t eliminate the cold/flu, but it does lessen its duration and intensity.
  12. Chinese cupping: remember the odd ring marks on Michael Phelps back at the last Olympics? That was from cupping. I have found cupping to be very effective at providing instant relief from back pain.
  13. Hot-cold baths: I fill one bathtub with hot water. I fill the other bathtub with cold water and 30 pounds of ice. I soak 2 minutes in the hot water, immediately followed by 2 minutes in the ice bath. Repeat three more times. After that, all aches and pains are magically gone.

The secret to deep breathing that pushes tons of oxygen into your cells

October 19, 2019

Recently I learned some exciting things:

  1. When we are young, we have a lot of oxygen in our cells.
  2. As we get older, the amount of oxygen in our cells decline.
  3. Want to get younger? Then increase the amount of oxygen in your cells.
  4. The way to increase the amount of oxygen in your cells is to do deep breathing.
  5. However, there is a secret which makes deep breathing much more effective: inhale deeply and then exhale completely and then hold for as long as you can. While you are holding, carbon dioxide is building up in your system. The carbon dioxide pushes the oxygen into your cells!

The Yogis have been doing this kind of breathing for thousands of years. I never knew what the rationale was, but now I know.

This morning on my 10-minute walk I did this type of breathing. I will do it 3 times per day, every day.

Wake up and move

October 13, 2019

After sleeping 8 hours I would go sit in front of my computer for 30 minutes. No more.

I realized, “Hey, I just spent 8 hours inactive, it makes no sense to be more inactive.”

Now, immediately after getting up, I walk around the house for 10 minutes.

Also, I used to turn on the (artificial) lights immediately upon waking. No more.

I realized, “Hey, I want my body and mind to gradually enter the new day, I want naturally lighting from the moon and stars.”

So, I do my 10-minute walk in the dark, with lighting only from the moon and stars.

Recovery is key to mental and physical health

October 7, 2019

“There is one thing that I am better at than anyone in the world, and that is recovery.”

  • Eddie Hall, the only person to deadlift 500kg (1100 pounds)

So, you just finished a hard exercise session. The degree to which you will benefit from that physical stress is the degree to which you recover from it. If you don’t recover 100% before your next session, then you will decrease your physical health.

So, you just finished a hard day of knowledge work, creating and solving challenging problems. The degree to which you will benefit from that mental stress is the degree to which you recover from it. If you don’t recover 100% before your next knowledge work session, then you will decrease your mental health.

I have listened to Eddie Hall talk about all the recovery techniques that he does – massage, hot-cold therapy, shockwave therapy, oxygen therapy, foam rolling, chiropractic, and others. Very impressive. I understand why he is the best in the world at physical recovery. I am incorporating more and more recovery techniques in my daily routine.

To recover from mental stress, lately I have been reading mystery novels. I have found that beneficial. I can approach my knowledge work with a fresh (recovered) mind.