Last year, in the post, “11 Indispensable Lessons I Learned From The Biohacker’s Handbook Of Exercise,” I introduced you to my biohacking friends from Finland – a pioneer of holistic medicine in Finland, human technology and self-quantification specialist, Teemu Arina, superfood hunter and nutritionist, Jaakko Halmetoja, as well as Dr. Olli Sovijärvi, MD.
At that time, the exercise chapter was the only chapter of their epic book on biohacking that had actually been translated into English.
But I’m happy to announce that their entire, 544-page “Biohacker’s Handbook” has now been released in the English language and boy-oh-boy – it’s an absolutely stellar read jam-packed with tips, tricks, and hacks I’ve never before seen. It’s the ultimate addition to any health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast’s coffee table or bookshelf.
In this article, I’m going to share with you 14 biohacking secrets I gleaned from the brand new beautiful hardcover book, which they describe as the “definitive guide to upgrading yourself and unleashing your inner potential.” If you like what you see, you can click here to get the new book, and use code: BEN for a 10% discount.
#1: Power Up Your Marinades
Throughout history, food has been marinated in herbs, fats, citrus fruit, vinegar, and alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer to preserve the food and improve its flavor. Studies have also found that marinades affect the amount of harmful compounds forming in cooked food.
Reduce harmful compounds by marinating:
#2: Prepare Your Eggs With Wisdom
Eggs should be prepared in a way that maintains the flavor and nutrient density as much as possible:
The book also contains several fantastic tips for choosing the right type of eggs.
#3: Try Berry Powders
Berries contain important building blocks for eyes. Mix berry powders of different colors in equal measure, for example:
Mix one tablespoon of the powder in your breakfast each morning. For comparison, 1 teaspoon of high-quality berry powder is equivalent to a half cup of berries.
#4: The Best Biohacked Ice Cream Recipe Ever
This heavenly ice cream combines the nutrient-rich properties of egg yolks, the benefits of fats, green tea polyphenols, trace elements and vitamins B, C and E. Instead of causing sluggishness, the ice cream increases mental agility and improves cognitive performance due to the combined effects of fats, xylitol and caffeine, and theanine from the green tea. If MacGyver were to start his day with ice cream, this would be it.
If you dig this recipe, you also need to try the coffee recipe you’ll find in the book.
#5: The Ultimate Hangover Cure
Blend the ingredients in a blender.
#6: Get The Most Out Of Isometric Training
Basic Principles of Isometric Training
Sample exercise – maximal strength:
Sample exercise – muscle and strength endurance:
The book also gets into a form of isometric training called “Eccentric Quasi-Isometric Training (EQI),” which I found quite intriguing.
#7: Try The “Gibala Method” As A Hyper-Effective Form Of Cardio
The Gibala method is based on a 2010 study conducted on students, published by Martin Gibala, a doctor of Physiology. The goal of the study was to determine the effect of high intensity (100% VO2max) interval training on general performance using a method that is safer and of slightly lower intensity than the Tabata method.
The study continued for two weeks during which six stationary bike workouts were completed. Each workout included a 3-minute warm-up phase followed by the interval phase: 60 seconds of action followed by 75 seconds of rest, repeated 8-12 times. There was no control group involved in the study. Gibala found out that this method achieved the same oxygen uptake benefits at 5 hours of constant pace endurance training per week. The method also significantly increases the force generation capability of muscle cells and improved sugar metabolism.
#8: Increase Your Brain Plasticity With A Few Proven Methods & Nutrients
Methods and nutrients that contribute to long-term potentiation (LTP) and brain plasticity:
#9: Use Cinnamon As A Memory Aid
According to a recent study (2016) conducted on mice, consuming cinnamon may improve memory function and brain plasticity in individuals with learning difficulties. Other studies conducted on rodents indicate that cinnamon slows down the deterioration of cognitive skills and improves the functional abilities of individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It is possible that the future will see similar effects detected in humans.
Be cautious with cinnamon. It does have some toxicity, and the book has several little-known tips about which cinnamon to use and why.
#10: Drink The Brain-Boosting Chocolate Chai Chaga Boom
The beverage gives you energy, warms the body and offers a stimulating effect in a pleasant and consistent manner while providing a large number of nutrients. This elixir has the properties that support the immune system and the function of the cardiovascular system.
#11: Use The “Eisenhower Matrix” To Get More Done, Faster
The Eisenhower Matrix, also referred to as Urgent-Important Matrix, help you decide on and prioritize tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should either delegate or not do at all.
#12: Speed-Read With Ultra Precision
When you start reading, do the following:
Keep the following goals in mind:
After reading and studying:
#13: Minimize Your Radiation Exposure When Flying
#14: Try A Blood Sugar Balancing Cocktail
To be consumed approximately 30 minutes before a high-carbohydrate meal:
Read the book to get a bonus: the delicious blood-sugar balancing smoothie!
So that’s it. But I’ve only really scratched the surface of the host of valuable information within the pages of this book.
Weaving in practical knowledge gleaned from the biohacking trenches and combining modern technology with ancestral wisdom of foods, herbs, spices, fitness enhancement and more, the book is an absolutely epic read and a must-have for any true biohacker’s library. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced, this massive book contains everything you need to optimize your life, and in this article, I’ve only scratched the surface of the knowledge and wisdom you’ll find inside the Biohacker’s Handbook.
This book really does take the latest research into holistic health and turns it into practical and applicable information in a visual and readable format. With more than 1500 references and hundreds of images, Biohacker’s Handbook is “the missing manual of the human body” and an essential addition to the library, work desk, kitchen, gym, suitcase, or bedroom of anyone with a genuine interest in optimal human performance, health, and well-being.
P.S. These same guys also put on some of the best biohacking conferences on the face of the planet, and I’m a frequent speaker at these events, which span the globe from Helsinki to London to Stockholm to Toronto and beyond. You can get access to all six of their Biohacker Summits and 58+ hours of high-quality video content here. This is a fantastic accompaniment to the book.
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