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How Hidden Food Sensitivity Is Weakening You
The whole idea behind the Bulletproof® diet is to try eat more on the green side of the infographic guide. The foods on the left hand side in the green zone tend to be less inflammatory and also less prone to mycotoxins. The reason you want to avoid the types of foods on the right-hand side, in the red zone, is because they could hamper your brain performance, contribute to weight gain and general poor health.
Food allergies are a reality for people and a IgG or IgE allergy blood test might be needed for some biohackers. However, you may not have a full blown allergy to a type of food, but more of a food sensitivity or food intolerance. This is where the Bulletproof® Food Sense™ app comes into play to help you determine what food you might be sensitive too.
What Is Food Sensitivity?
Back in the 1940’s a medical doctor, Dr. Arthur F. Coca came up with the concept of using your pulse rate to determine your physiological reaction to different types of foods or recipes. Dr. Coca described the condition as “FAMILIAL NON-REAGINIC FOOD ALLERGY” or “Idioblapsis”. The blapsis portion means spoiler and the idio means individual peculiarity.
In the book “The Pulse Test: The Secret of Building Your Basic Health” by Arthur F. Coca, M.D you’ll read:
Before you are done with this book, you will know that allergy no longer means merely hay-fever or asthma or an outbreak of hives. It can also mean high-blood pressure, diabetes, epileptic seizures and stammering. It means that “tired feeling,” constipation, stomach ulcer, spells of dizziness, headaches and mental depression. In truth, it may mean much of what ails health and happiness of human beings.
Pretty tough hitting paragraph on what a food sensitivity might mean for some people.
Vanderhoof in his 1998 research on “Food Hypersensitivity in Children” summed it up quite well:
Non-IgE-mediated food hypersensitivity (food intolerance) is more chronic, less acute, less obvious in its presentation, and often more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy.
This is why biohackers like Dave Asprey the Bulletproof Executive use technology in their smartphones to understand their physiology. Imagine if you could find more percentages of performance by understanding what certain types of food could be doing to you.
Get The Free Bulletproof Food Sense iPhone App
The app is a free download from the itunes store which you can get by clicking here. It is designed in conjunction with SweetWater Health™. You can read more about the history between Dave and Ronda Collier here and here.
How the app works is by using the flash and camera on your iPhone to record your heart rate/pulse rate. You can also use a compatible heart rate monitor like the bluetooth Polar H7 heart rate sensor, 60beat Heart Rate Rx and Wahoo Ant+. Or manually record your pulse by feeling your carotid artery on your neck with the 60 second timer.
You get a morning reading of your pulse rate as a benchmark. Then 1 minute before you eat a meal you record your pulse rate. You let the app know when you finished your meal then it will remind you at 30min, 60min and 90min after you have eaten to retest your pulse rate.
The reason being you can show pulse rate sensitivity up to 1 and half hours after eating or drinking the offending substance.
You will know if you have a problem if you have a raised heart rate of at least 16 beats per minute after the meal.
Extra’s built into the app include a breath pacer to change heart rate variability (HRV) and the ability to track your HRV during the day through the heart rate sensor strapped to your chest.
Bulletproof Heart Rate Variability Training Options
This app doesn’t do the same job as the recommended heart rate variability tool from HeartMath® called emWave2 or the HeartMath Inner Balance™ Sensor For IOS. To practice the recommended coherence technique from HeartMath you’ll need one of those two devices.
To train coherence you can use either one of these upgraded health tools to biohack your heart and mind connection to reduce levels of stress and take control of your nervous system. In fact for Dave’s executive coaching clients he recommends they need to practice this for 10mins twice a day for 6 weeks.
Hope you have tried out the Bulletproof® Food Sense™ app, it is so worth the experiment.