Resource book: “Headstrong” by biohacker Dave Asprey

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks

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This book on biohacking (optimizing the biological functioning) of your mitochondria, the power plants in every cell, is a superb resource for those wishing to function better, feel better, have more energy, and better understand their own biology.  It shows how behavioral choices from eating to exercise to sleep all affect our functioning and energy levels in the deepest ways.

This 337-page book is a terrific guide to mastering the health of your own neurons and cells, all of your brain and bodily functioning.  Though very readable, and at times quite humorous, this book also contains about 240 references, many from reputable scientific journals or books.  I found many of the papers are “gold standard” publications in their respective areas.  Readers who wish a deeper dive can go further with these.

Following on his book “The Bulletproof Diet”, Dave is providing a program of exercises and supplements that are designed to minimize or eliminate mitochondrial dysfunction, boost mitochondrial efficiency, and promote growth of new mitochondria via targeted nutrition, oxygen therapy (via exercise and better circulation), as well as to stabilize blood sugar and insulin, optimize the levels of many important hormones, detoxify the body and to identify and help the reader avoid or minimize further toxin exposure, to demonstrate how to achieve truly functional and adaptive amounts of stress,  to create a more healthy physical environment with better light spectra, and to effect changes to water in the body.  There is a very good section tying nutrition, chronic inflammation, and hormone levels.  Dave provides a good guide to adequate measures of these levels as well.  For example, he talks about measuring inflammation using the markers of CRP (C-reactive protein), homocysteine, and Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase).  All this may sound too much to the uninitiated but it gives you a useful language to talk to your physicians with to really effect meaningful changes.

Mr. Asprey is a very astute researcher and user of this information.  He includes many facts that should get the reader’s attention:  for example, between 30 and 70 years of age we lose 50% of our mitochondrial efficiency.  Hormones, blood sugar levels, diet, and lifestyle (sleep, etc) all directly and powerfully affect the functioning of your mitochondria.  With optimization of these, we can grow new neurons no matter what our age, and it is possible to increase this rate of growth as much as 5-fold with such optimization.


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