Bulletproof Diet Weight Loss Tips for Women

Bulletproof Diet Weight Loss for WomenListen to Dave Asprey speaking about Bulletproof food to a female weight loss group. In the following interview, women weight loss expert and CEO of Project Fabulous, Dr Tammy Tucker, shares a group discussion she had with the Bulletproof Executive, Dave Asprey.

This is a highly informative, knowledge packed talk where a huge list of topics like, Bulletproof diet weight loss, where discussed. There was a particular focus on women eating Bulletproof diet food. You will find key points and the appropriate links in the summary points below the video.

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Executive Summary of the Talk:

  • Too much exercise is stressful on your hormones and body and won’t help with weight loss,
  • Using a whole body vibration plate 5-15 minutes per week is enough exercise like the Bulletproof® Vibe Whole Body Vibration Plate,
  • Or you can do high intensity, low repetition exercise for a Bulletproof body (Dr Doug McGuff from bodybyscience.net Big 5 movements book available). 
  • Discussion on hormones like cortisol and testosterone,
  • Food cravings how high fat coffee is used to stop starvation feeling,
  • Why grass-fed butter from Kerrygold is better than commercial corn-fed butter,
  • Butyric acid in butter heals the gut and soothes inflammation in the brain,
  • Medium Chain Tryglyceride oil can be used for weight loss,
  • Coconut oil does not raise cholesterol,
  • One tablespoon of Upgraded™ Brain Octane gives you the benefits of 18 tablespoons of coconut oil,
  • Dave years ago started with 6 tablespoons of grass-fed butter before adding Upgraded™ MCT oil.
  • MCT oil helps the Kreb cycle to produce more ATP cellular energy,
  • Women should start slowly with adding MCT oil,
  • Start with 1/2 a teaspoon per day to help support the thyroid,
  • Too much MCT oil might give you too much energy,
  • Intermittent fasting includes skip breakfast to help weight loss,
  • Athletes, MMA fighters and professional poker players use Bulletproof intermittent fasting to optimise energy levels and maintain weight,
  • Fat in the morning helps avoid stress on the body and keeps it in fat burning mode,
  • If your struggling to lose weight on intermittent fasting you probably have leptin resistance,
  • To fix this when you wake-up in the morning, within 30 minutes, add about 30g protein in your coffee for Bulletproof® coffee weight loss,
  • You could do it with a couple eggs, including the yolks, or a collagen protein,
  • Collagen helps heal the lining of arteries and is missing from most American diets,
  • Upgraded™ Collagen doesn’t taste like horrible gelatin, it has neutral flavor,
  • You can put it in your cup of coffee,
  • Mix protein and fat in your Bulletproof® coffee recipe, for 60-90 days if you have a lot of weight to loss, once you have lost enough weight you can back off the protein in the coffee and continue Bulletproof intermittent fasting where you skip breakfast and waiting till hunger after having a Bulletproof® coffee in the morning,
  • Yes you can survive on two meals a day and not snack,
  • Dave can easily wait 6 hours after waking in the morning before eating,
  • You can eat 3000 calories for dinner,
  • Try get up to 50% of your daily calories per day from healthy fats,
  • Bulletproofdietbook.com launching in Jan 2014,
  • Bulletproof iPhone apps available and Android app coming soon,
  • Food sensitivity makes you feel weak,
  • IgG and IgE blood tests can be used,
  • Use the Food Sense app before you eat at a restaurant and after you finish the meal,
  • If your heart rate goes up more than 16 beats per minute then you ate something your sensitive too,
  • Eat eggs everyday unless you allergic to them,
  • Maybe the eggs you eat are a problem,
  • You will only know with a blood test or using the free Food sense app,
  • You can use the app with kids,
  • The infographic in the Bulletproof diet helps say which foods are more problematic,
  • Try for one week only eat foods on the least inflammatory side of the diet, then experiment with an inflammatory food to see if you feel different,
  • Beer is the most inflammatory substance,
  • Love handles or muffin tops is an immune response to your food,
  • Figure out your inflammatory trigger foods,
  • These foods make you eat more sugar for more energy to get rid of those toxins (Take Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal),
  • Gluten is not food for humans,
  • The safest carbs are sweet potato and white rice,
  • The time to eat these carbs for maximum weight loss is at dinner,
  • Carbs at night can help give a better quality sleep,
  • Just been interviewed by wall street journal on sleep hacking look at for the article,
  • Try a teaspoon of raw honey, not cooked honey, right before bed if on low sugar/carb diet,
  • This can help raise sugar stored in liver and improve sleep,
  • The brain needs energy to go through sleep cycles correctly,
  • Some people only need 1 tablespoon collagen and 1/2 tablespoon MCT oil before bed to sleep well,
  • Most can’t go to sleep on an empty stomach and it is a poor weight loss technique,
  • If you have poor blood sugar levels you likely have a poor cycle,
  • Smartphone sleep app called sleep cycle helps monitor sleep,
  • Remember keep your cellphone on airplane mode to avoid excess EMF and blue light at night exposure,
  • It senses when you turned over and helps monitor how well you slept,
  • You could test what you had before bed and how it affected your sleep,
  • Alcohol like a regular glass of wine for dinner before bed is bad for sleep quality,
  • Alcohol causes systemic inflammation over time,
  • Lets discuss probiotics and yogurt,
  • Use 5-10 grams of glutamine to help pro-hormone levels,
  • In some people it causes loads of energy so can’t take before you sleep,
  • Raw milk kefir can help heal the gut, commercial milk casein beaks down into caseomorphin and activate receptors in brain, similar to gluten which effects the brain and why you might crave bread,
  • Stomach acid will kill most the probiotic bacteria in yogurt,
  • There are two big classes of bugs in your gut Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes,
  • Lactobacillus common in yogurt makes you fat,
  • Butter in coffee with MCT’s feeds the bacteria that makes you thin,
  • It is easier for guys to lose weight than women,
  • Women on the Bulletproof diet can lose 1/2 pound weight a day if they keep carbs low and have protein for breakfast,
  • They need to experiment with amounts,
  • Yogurt doesn’t get past stomach acid,
  • Probiotic capsules work,
  • Soil probiotics are best a good brand is Garden of Life Primal Defense,
  • Normal decaf coffee worst thing to drink because high in mycotoxins and highly inflammatory,
  • Upgraded™ Decaf coffee has been extensively tested,
  • What if you are not a coffee drinker drink?
  • Green tea is best and you can make Bulletproof Tea,
  • Instead of tea or coffee try Upgraded™ Vanilla mixed with coconut milk and warm water with some MCT oil and maybe a sweetener like stevia or xylitol.
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Bulletproof Tea Recipe: How to Make Butter in Tea

bulletproof teaFor whatever reason, you may not be a keen coffee drinker or just don’t like drinking coffee. If you prefer to drink a cup of tea you can make that a cup of Bulletproof® Tea. You follow nearly the same steps used in the Bulletproof® coffee recipe in the Bulletproof® tea recipe. Instead of using coffee beans you just ideally use cacao tea.

Brewing a cup of tea is a great alternative option to having coffee. Remember that, the concept of Bulletproof® Coffee was created from the tradition of making yak butter tea in the Himalayan mountains. So the traditional origins of putting butter into tea is historically older than doing so with coffee.

Instructions

Below you will find the step by step instructions for making a hot or iced version of the tea along with the recommended amount of ingredients to use when making a cup for 1 person.

Bulletproof Tea Recipe Steps

  1. Brew cacao tea, or green tea, as normal in a tea pot.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon (5ml) of Brain Octane Oil to every 8oz. (237ml) of tea.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) unsalted, grass-fed butter.
  4. Mix all ingredients into a blender & blend on high speed for 20-30 seconds – until it is frothy on top.
  5. Pour it out, drink & enjoy your cup of tea.

Recommended Tip: Try gradually increase the amount of Brain Octane or MCT oil added each day, as desired, to reach max of 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) per cup.

Video Tutorial

In the video you can see the guys over at Onnit™ labs supplement store love using Upgraded™ coffee beans and Upgraded™ MCT oil. You can also see in their video example that you still use a grass-fed butter, like Irish Kerrygold butter, and a medium chain triglyceride oil or pure C8 oil (which is Brain Octane Oil).

There is one point in the video that Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Exec, would probably not want to you to do. That is to use black tea bags. In fact, he recommends to use green tea as an alternative to regular tea bags, like English breakfast tea. Then of course there is the best cacao tea available, which is the optimal ingredient option.

Bulletproof Iced Tea Recipe Steps

  1. Brew your tea as normal in a tea pot.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon (5ml) of Brain Octane Oil to every 8oz. (237ml) of tea.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) unsalted, grass-fed butter.
  4. Blend on high speed for 20-30 seconds
  5. Add your ice cubes and blend again for 2-3 minutes till smooth appearance
  6. Pour it out, drink & enjoy your cup of iced tea.

Serving suggestion would be to make the iced tea on a hot Summer day when you want something to quench your thirst plus give you energy without turning to a cold sugary drink.

Bulletproof Cacao Tea

Bag of Bulletproof Cacao TeaAt this point there isn’t a Bulletproof chai tea, but there is cacao tea option.

Back in 2014, Dave released the first and only official tea product just for Bulletproof fans. Bulletproof® Cacao Tea was born and is the perfect alternative to drinking coffee.

If you were wondering what the ingredients are let us explain. The final product is made from 100% single estate, rare heirloom cacao beans that meet Bulletproof food testing standards. Basically these things are premium quality!

What happens is that the beans have a shell around them. This shell is taken off, dried and then gently roasted. The roasting helps to release the beautiful natural flavors that come from cacao.

What you end up with when you brew these roasted cacao shells is a tea that has a smooth cacao flavor on your taste buds. Plus, it is packed with good nutrition that supports the regenerative antioxidant processes we all need, and it has a naturally relaxing effect on your body. Perfect for detoxing periods, trying to come off or take a break from coffee and especially if you are sensitive to caffeine this is a great replacement hot drink.

You can now purchase a large 4 oz. bag of loose leaf cacao tea help you to start making a paleo tea that tastes amazing. Using these loose leaf cacao shells is the recommended type of tea when making a Bulletproof cup of tea made with added Brain Octane™ Oil and grass-fed butter.

Health Benefits

Here are some extra details about Bulletproof Cacao Tea:

  • Rare heirloom cacao beans that meet Bulletproof food quality standards,
  • Rich source of useful antioxidants called procyanidins,
  • Contains theobromine, caffeine’s calming little brother,
  • Helps to maintain healthy serotonin levels for natural relaxation,
  • Delicate tea flavor, and not like hot chocolate.

Benefits of Tea Vs Coffee

There are definitely benefits to drinking tea. Especially green tea products because they have substances that coffee beans do not like:

  1. EGCG, a compound that reduces body fat accumulation,
  2. L-theanine, a relaxing amino acid that smooth’s out the stimulating effects of caffeine.

Green Tea Vs Black Tea

The reason green tea is preferred over black tea is that a 2001 food quality study done in Portugal on tea leaves showed that black tea could contain as much as 88% mycotoxins. Particularly one called fumonisin.

There are the normal reasons why food molds are not good for you. These are:

  • Weight gain
  • Brain fog
  • Inflammation

The fumonisin mycotoxin is also linked to human esophageal cancer.However, this is definitely not saying drinking tea made from regular tea bags will give you cancer. It is that when you look at what are best tea leaves to drink when trying to stay healthy in the long-term, it appears green tea is the better than black tea.

Mycotoxins in Tea Remedy

Bottle of Bulletproof Upgraded Coconut Charcoal CapsulesIf you are at all concerned after reading the passage above that you may have had some mycotoxin exposure, remember, there is a biohacking solution.

You can help to detox your body and get rid of those unwanted mold spores. You do this by using the best activated charcoal to help detox. The right stuff has an amazing ability to efficiently absorb harmful substances out of our guts.

The recommended activated charcoal product to use would be Bulletproof® Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal. This particular activated charcoal product goes through a more expensive acid washing process to help get rid of toxic heavy metals that are common in the manufacture process. Plus, it is ground much finer than most brands which means it has a much better absorption ability. You can try see if there are any coupons available when buying your bottle.

At the end of the day it is about practicing Bulletproof lifestyle principles and not following a plan rigidly. Test, test and test again on yourself to see what works best for you and your health needs. So yes you can make Bulletproof tea instead of coffee.

Stay Bulletproof 🙂

Bulletproof® Diet Travel

How To Eat Bulletproof Food At a Hotel or Conference

Bulletproof Diet TravelThe upcoming Bulletproof® diet book is going to be released in the not to distant future. You can actually read the first chapter for free so far.

If you have been following the Bulletproof Exec, Dave Asprey, then you will probably have an idea as to the kind of food he recommends you try eat to lower your mycotoxin mold exposure and help optimize fat burning and brain performance.

Some Bulletproof Diet Travel Tips

In the following video see what food Dave buys when he is traveling on the road for work or holiday whilst staying in different hotels in various countries around the world. This is what Dave actually eats when being over 100 days per year away from home. These are some tips to use in a restaurant if needs.

What you would have heard is that this was when Dave was in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW) presenting on brain biohacking.

  • Total grocery bill cost $120 for 5 days
  • 1x Cold storage bag with hotel ice to act like a fridge if needs
  • 4x Kerry gold butter will probably use about 3 in the 5 days
  • 2x Dark chocolate tarts from Hail Merry miracle tart chocolate for before bed
  • 1x Raw Honey jar to have 1-2 teaspoons before bed to improve sleep
  • 1x Crackers to use with the butter and salmon fish from Mary’s Organic Crackers
  • 4x Sliced Salmon packs
  • 2x Salmon fillets

Dave Asprey’s Breakfast

Dave Asprey’s Lunch

  • Conference lunch would be 1-2 salmon packs on a salad and using the rest of the grass fed butter from the morning.

Dave Asprey’s Dinner

Bulletproof Blue Blocking Glasses & Lights To Improve Your Sleep & Health

Blue Blocking Glasses and Light BulbsPeople sometimes ask “Why is Dave Asprey wearing orange glasses?”.

Well it could be for one of two reasons.

  1. One could be for helping to improve Irlen syndrome symptoms.
  2. Two, it could be for blocking artificial blue light at night.

This post is about why you should consider wearing a pair of blue light blocking glasses that have a dark amber or yellow colored lenses. Especially when you are in an artificial light environment.

This is such a simple and easy biohack, yet, it can be so profound in the health benefits it provides you get both in the short-term and long-term.

At the end of the day you should be wearing these special yellow lenses when watching TV, reading your iPad, & especially if using your cellphone at night.

The main reason is to protect your natural circadian rhythm of melatonin production to help your sleep. Let’s look at this in more detail.

Best Blue Blocking Product Options

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So hopefully you know can now understand that it is definitely a good thing to filter out certain spectral wavelengths.

Now you get to see biohacking products that can help protect your eyes if you are at work, home or even travelling for business or going on holiday anywhere in the world.

Best Bulletproof Blue Blocking Glasses

amber tint glassesPeople wear normal sunglasses to help avoid excessive exposure to UV (ultraviolet) light and glare during the day. This is especially true in places with lots of natural sunlight, just like California 🙂

However, it is probably the artificial blue light spectrum being emitted from your work laptop , cellphone screen or the bright energy efficient LED lightbulbs inside your house at night that need more of your attention.

Wearing a comfortable pair of frames designed to filter harmful light, by using a dark yellow or amber tinted lens, is such an easy and convenient way to protect your eyes and pineal gland from the detrimental effects of digital devices glare.

1. Biohacked TrueDark Glasses

If you watch Bulletproof radio episodes or you were at the Bulletproof Conference in 2017 then you would have seen Dave wearing blue light blocking glasses from a Biohacked called TrueDark™ Daywalker andTrueDark™ Twilight.

There are two pairs of glasses – one for the day called Daywalker and one for night time called Twilight

You would use the TrueDark Daywalker glasses during the day in junk light environments & places like an office cubicle or walking around an expo hall.

You can get a pair of Daywalker Elite glasses on Amazon here.

You would use the TrueDark Twilight glasses at night when it naturally gets dark and you need to turn on the lights to see at home or watch T.V. These are designed to help you fall asleep before bed.

2. 2. Swanwick Sleep Glasses

What are the best blue light blocking glasses for Bulletproof biohackers?

They are “Swannies” from Swanwick Sleep and they were a massive hit at the 2016 Bulletproof Conference expo hall.

The swannies are the brand that Dave has worn himself so maybe we can say these are the Bulletproof blue blocking glasses recommended choice.

swanick sleep glasses celebritiesBiohacker, James Swanwick, is the man behind the Swanwick Sleep company.2

Other than Dave wearing a pair of these there are Hollywood celebrities who have been spotted wearing the glasses like:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Actor, Alfie Allen, who plays Thoen Greyjoy in Game of Thrones
  • NFL star Terrel Owens
  • NFL player Denver Bronocs Von Miller.

These glasses have an amber/orange colored lens which have been made dark enough to blocks out enough blue light to give you a benefit.

This might not be the case with other frames that claim to blue filter lenses.

The type of color of the lens is important in order to help your brain be able to make melatonin even with the lights on in the house and for yours eyes to relax at night.

These are definitely the kind of night eyewear you need to put on when you need to finally turn the lights on at home because it is getting dark outside.

It is recommended to start wearing these a few hours before going to be bed. This will help your pineal gland, in your brain, try make enough melatonin so you are able to fall asleep easily.

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Remember though you aren’t limited to only wearing these at night time. You can even wear them during the daytime too. There were thousands of biohackers at the annual biohacking conference in Pasadena, CA doing exactly this. In the expo hall people were under the artificial fluorescent lighting for prolonged periods. This was a suitable time when biohackers felt the benefit of using them when walking around the tech expo hall. So if you need to go to conferences or are an exhibitor at expos/conventions then get a pair for then.

Do remember you would take them off at times when going outside into the daylight so that your eyes can get some exposure the full light spectrum of the sun. They are UV rated so they can be used when outside as sunglasses too.

When Should You Wear these Amber Glasses?

You would want to wear a pair of glasses that filter out blue light mainly at night before going to bed. This is so you can produce adequate amounts of the sleep hormone melatonin in your brain to help you fall asleep more easily and avoid insomnia.

Man and Woman Wearing Amber Colored Glasses at Night

However, you can use them during the day too. Are you a gamer then you’ll know these are a must and help reduce eye fatigue. If you like to watch TV shows or movies, play video games, surf the internet, check emails or do any work on a computer then you need a pair of these glasses. Looking at LED screens, or LCD screens, from a tablet PC, laptop or mobile phone is a big problem for your eye health. Again, this is not only the effect of eye strain, but also what staring at our technologies screens might be doing to your melatonin production abilities.

Best Bulletproof Low Blue Light Bulbs

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What a blue blocking light bulbs looks like when onDid you know that there is an awesome biohackers home piece of kit that is recommended by Dave Asprey? These are the low blue light lightbulbs that you can see in the images to the right.

When you purchase these for your house what you will get is a 120 VAC nightlight fixture and one 120 VAC LED amber bulb. These light bulbs are for use in electrical sockets in the United States and Canada. Sorry for those Bulletproof fans in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, but you can try use an adapter to have them work in your electrical outlets.

One of the great benefits with these bulbs is that they block all blue light and only emit the amber range with a peak up to 598nm. They are also LED bulbs so will last a long-time and are energy efficient for your electrical billing.

Suggested Uses For Low Blue Light Bulbs

  • For babies and nursing mothers. These light bulbs are also great for mothers who are breast feeding or bottle feeding their newborn baby at night. New mums who have just had a baby need to get up in the middle of the night to take care of their child. However, you don’t want to disrupt the mum’s or even the dad’s melatonin hormone cycle when they get up in the early hours of the morning or in the middle of the night. It also means the babies melatonin is protected as they too are not exposed to the same blue spectrum if they are crying or fussing for a food.
  • For young children and toddlers. Use them in your childs’ bedroom as a night light if they are afraid of the dark. These bulbs are great for background lighting to help break the darkness for a child.
  • For adults especially the older adult. These types of light bulbs are perfect for adults (especially the elderly) who do need to get up most nights to go to the toilet. Many people need to get up in the middle of the night to urinate (pee). Using one of these low blue light bulbs in the hallway or near your bathroom door would be a much better choice of light to help someone see a bit better on their way to the bathroom. Even worst would be turning on the bright light in the toilet so use one of these in the loo to if needs.

Best Bulletproof Blue Blocking Screen Protectors

zen tech screen protectorDave has a range of blue blocking screen protector films called Zen Tech™. You can stick these on your different tech screens to help filter out some blue and UV light out.

There are different screen size options available in the Zen Tech™ product range. You can use this film these on one of the following Apple devices:

  1. iPad Air or Mini,
  2. iPhone 5, 5s, SE, 6, 6 plus, 6s, 6s plus 7, 7 plus
  3. MacBook Laptop (pro or air) 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes

The way it works is you apply it on your device like you would any other screen protector. However, this film not only helps to protect your devices screen from scratches and markings, but also filters different spectrums of visible and invisible light being emitted from the LED’s lightening up the devices screen. So you get the benefit of 24/7 filtering without needing to do anything more than applying the film.

Some other benefits are:

  1. It is a clear film that does not make your screen look yellow, amber or crimson. So this might be better for those of you that do not want to make your screen look different to others. This might also be important for digital photographers, website designers, graphic designers and film or video editors that need to see all the original colors without the distorting original images colors.
  2. The material in the film is designed to filter out a minimum of 28% blue light and 84% ultraviolet light.
  3. You can peel it off, clean it and reapply it again on the same screen or another devices screen. So it is transferable between an old iPhone and if you get a new upgrade when a newer version comes out from Apple each year.

Swanwick Sleep Mask

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It is surprising how few people might not think about this great biohack. If your sleep environment is not pitch black then you are getting disturbed sleep from an external source of light somewhere. This might be light coming from street lamps outside, smoke alarm led lights, passage way lighting, neighbours who don’t turn outside security lights off etc…

If you cannot control these sources of light with black out curtains then wearing a sleep mask is such a quick and easy way to create pitch blackness. Sleeping in complete darkness will give you the best chance to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Air travel just sucks as excess lights are shinning in from other passengers screens and lots of other places on the plane.

swanwick black sleep maskGet yourself one of these silk sleep masks from Swanwick Sleep. Not only is it oversized to block out light leaking in from around the mask, it is very comfortable to wear over your eyes and bridge of the nose, and the strap will keep the mask on, but not feeling tight that it is constricting on your scalp. The soft silk feeling will help you drift of to sleep in comfort.

There are other sleep masks available on Amazon, but we think you can’t go wrong with this one. Makes sense when you get a pair of the glasses just invest in the mask too to biohack your sleep.

Get Blue Blocking Software

flux software filter exampleThis is a Bonus Tip: For a free simple way to improve either your Windows PC or Apple Mac computer you should consider installing and using free software called f.lux®.

GetFlux is a free download that was developed by people who use their computers all the time, like software developers, and know about the harmful effects artificial light exposure from computer screens can have on our brains.

This is such a handy way to auto filter out some of the harmful light waves being emitted from your laptop or computer screen when working on it, especially after dark at night. The software will automatically adjust its settings, according to your geolocation. It will change your screen color seen by you from normal bright full color resolution to various shades of light to dark amber levels according to your preference. It uses your wifi connection to determine the GPS co-ordinates where in the world or you manually type in your zip code or physical location in the search function. You are then able to change your screens color as your natural sunlight day moves into the darkness of night.

If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad then please use the Night shift function in the new iOS versions. To find out how to set it up if you haven’t done so already then use this link.

For Android users there are free or paid for apps in the Google play store which you can download from here.

Also take a look at Iris Tech which is an alternative to F.Lux

For laptops like MacBooks then add an extra layer of protection using one of these screen protector films.

Example of Blue Light Pollution

What incredible footage from ABC news helicopter! Now that is a great example of what severe light pollution looks like from living in a built up city.

Los Angeles is one of the most lit up cities to live in at night. This was an case of a bumper to bumper traffic jam on the LA highways in all lanes going both ways.

Can you see how easily we can be exposed to too much artificial lighting, which could disturb our natural body clocks?

Incandescent and LED lightbulbs are on all around us from many different sources like:

  • Car headlights,
  • Advertising billboards,
  • Office lights,
  • Outdoor lamps and even,
  • Shinning alarm clocks in the bedroom.

Pity more people aren’t using blue light filter light bulbs like these.

Medical Research Behind Blocking Blue Spectrum of Light

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In case you missed it, the negative effects of artificial light exposure made the mainstream media news.

It was the press release from the American Medical Association in 2012 about the recognition that electrical powered light sources like LED’s having a negative effect on our health even with a possible link to breast cancer.

Another very good overview of the known scientific research and findings is the paper published by Tosini, G et al. in the Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed journal.

It showed how illuminating devices like smartphones have a bad effect on keeping optimal sleeping habits plus our eye physiology health.

So minimising exposure to blue spectral light range (450-495nM) is both good for the sleep-wake cycle plus protection from the possible deterioration of our retinas and eyesight.1

This is just some research why you should consider helping to improve your nervous systems function and correct hormone secretion levels by wearing blue light filter glasses at night. Especially when you are relaxing at home watching TV, using a computer to read emails or a cellphone to catch up on social media or play games.

You might think you need to avoid all blue wavelengths.

However, that is not the case and definitely not healthy biohacking. We need to expose our eyes to natural blue light waves that come from sunlight. Doing this daily habit first thing in the morning when we wake up helps to set, or reset, our circadian rhythm to our latitude and longitude.

Natural light from the sun is the best form of light for so many more reasons.

We are talking about mainly using it to biohack our brains to stay in sync with the day/night cycle where we live. This is how we set out body clocks.

The World from space in Sunlight and Darkness

Jet lag is a common problem when your body clock is out of sync from travelling long-distance across time-zones.

If you have ever experienced a bad case of jet lag you know just how horrible it can make you feel!

It just sucks waking up in the middle of the night and then being tired all day when you are meant to be enjoying your beach holiday or trying to be alert for a business meeting or conference when you are struggling to keep your eyes open.

Learning how to beat jet lag and avoid disturbing your circadian rhythm when moving through time zones is a great biohacking skill to have.

Using the recommended glasses below is one way to avoid the problem from happening when traveling on planes, trains and buses.

There are a whole bunch of other good reasons for actively protecting your eyeballs from bad light. Obesity, cancer, depression, seasonal affected disorder (SADs) etc… These are just some more conditions that can be associated with those suffering from poor sleep patterns, not getting enough natural light at the right time of day and too much man-made fake light when the sun goes down at night.

An easy to read link for you on the medical research about why blocking the blue light spectrum is good for your overall health could be this one from Harvard Health. The article discusses the dangers of blue light spectrum on human health and physiology.

For some even more heavy scientific reading there is the Brain Gut 11 post from neurosurgeon, Dr Jack Kruse.

What Color of Light is Best for Sleeping?

Amber or red colored light bulbs. These lights that do not emit blue light spectrum. You can use colored LED bulbs or products like a Himalayan salt lamp to create the red hue room lighting.

Best Activated Charcoal for Detox | Upgraded Coconut Charcoal

Open Capsule of Activated Charcoal SupplementActivated charcoal is a very old and very potent medicinal detox remedy. It is still widely used today because it just works so well. This is why so many people still use this incredible natural detox treatment option in loads of situations where too many toxins are major health and beauty issue. This will all be explained in more detail below.

Choosing the right one will make sure you get all the positive health reasons someone would take it in the first place. Just watch out, as something this powerful for helping a health issue, can also cause certain problems in specific situations, which we will highlight for you. At the end of the day this is a such a powerful biohacking supplement that every biohacker who wants to feel Bulletproof needs to have a bottle in stock easy to use in their medicine cupboard.

What is Activated Charcoal Made From?

Coconut Shell Carbon SourceIt can be made from many different sources, but the one you need to buy are the products that are made from natural substances like coconut shell and husks.

You need to know how it is made, since, where or what it comes from can make a big difference to your results. The goal is – just like most supplements – being able to absorb quality ingredients from your product in order to achieve the optimal and desired results.

Don’t confuse activated charcoal with normal charcoal that is used for heating purposes or burning on a BBQ. This latter type of charcoal is made using wood, peat, coal, or even petroleum. Hopefully you can see that you definitely do not want to ingest this type of charcoal. You need to look out for the word “activated”. That is the version you want to put into your body. However, don’t worry, you want make the mistake when you are looking where to buy some, as the Bulletproof store capsules are 100% the right stuff to take.

Carbon ChemistryHere is a little bit of chemistry that you first need to know: charcoal is activated carbon. Activated carbon is also known as activated charcoal. To create it something called char has to be heated up to very high temperatures in order to help “activate” it. Activating it means opening up, millions of internal tiny pores between the carbon atoms. Manufacturers achieve this by burning the coconut shells, without the presence of oxygen, into what is called char. They then can either use steam activation or chemical activation methods to then convert the char into the next stage. The end result of that process will have produced activated charcoal. However, is it not quite ready yet and it then needs to be “water-washed” or “acid-washed” to get rid of the soluble ash and be ready for commercial use.(1)

This now highly porous charcoal has a massive surface area of 300 – 2000 square metres per gram. The large surface area available means there are loads of activated carbons ready to be used to absorb either smelly odors or any chemical substances that they come in contact with. This is the reason why you will find activated charcoal water filters help to purify water of unwanted toxic chemicals.

These open pores mean there are air gaps and chemical bonds ready in the charcoal that will be used later when you take it to help soak up the toxic substances you are trying to get rid of.

Some people might be thinking: “hey this stuff is burnt that means it can cause cancer, right?” Nope, not to worry, it is definitely not a carcinogen and has no carcinogenic properties. It is completely safe for human consumption.

What is Activated Charcoal Used For?

Really the number one, and main reason, why someone would think about taking activated charcoal tablets is to help detox fast! For example this could be after being exposed to some type of deadly toxins and/or poisonous substances. It is commonly used in emergency rooms in hospitals across the world for this reason.(2)

It is very helpful in emergency treatments from an acute poisoning event. For example: like when kids eat something off the floor they shouldn’t have, or an adult has taken an accidental overdose of some kind of medication pills or alcohol.

Other Reported Beneficial Effects

1. Help lower LDL cholesterol1,2 (this was in treatment of hypercholesterolaemia, but is cholesterol a problem?)
2. Help bile flow issues during pregnancy3 (medically called cholestasis)
3. Try prevent hangovers or be a natural hangover cure4 (wines, beers or spirits included)
4. Reduce a runny tummy, abdominal bloating, burping, intestinal gas and excessive flatulence5 (a.k.a farting)
5. Water Filtration6 (tip: clean water is also important when brewing coffee)
6. Treat Mold Mycotoxin Exposure7 (damp or water damaged housing situation)
7. Teeth Whitening8 (no dentist bleaching option)
8. Anti-Aging 9 (adding to the ability to live longer maybe)
9. Colonic Cleanse10 (great as regular colon detoxification option)
10. Skin and Body Care11 (help reduce acne, spots and oily skin problems to look good on the outside too. Great to use in a detox mask and definitely try this recommended clay mask as well)

As you can see there many good reasons to consider taking a dose. Many people take it at home and is used by the whole family. However, there are some things to watch out for.

Possible Side-Effects

It is important to understand there are many benefits, however, as with any healing substance, be they natural or artificially made, there are also possible side-effects that can happen at certain times.

A very important side-effect to be aware of is do not take it at the same time as taking any other supplement or medication. Remember supplemental charcoal is a powerful absorbent and it absorbs anything it comes in contact within your gut. Please wait at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after a charcoal dose before taking any other prescribed or natural medicine.(3)

Other Potential Side-Effects

1. Cramping
2. Constipation
3. Diarrhea
4. Temporary darkening of the stool (N.B. this black poo is not a melena situation from GI bleeding)
5. Vomiting

On rare occasions if you develop any severe allergic reactions like a rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue then seek immediate medical treatment.

Recommended Dosage & Timing

supplements in handOf course it is important to know, how much to take and when is the best time to take any supplement or medicine. Some drugs or chemicals work best when taken with food or on an empty stomach, some need to be tiered up in quantities & others should be taken in large bolus type doses all at once to give the clinical effect you are looking for.

Medical Treatment

The recommended activated charcoal dose depends on the situation. A medical emergency situation is very different to treating a bad hangover problem. Adults and children also need different dosage amounts when prescribed by a trauma doctor or physician.(4) For example, it appears that you need to take it within 1 hour of ingestion of the unwanted substance otherwise it is not as effective if taken many hours later.(5)

Home Treatment

For our purposes we will look at some common biohacking situations. If you take the recommended Bulletproof® Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal then you will want to take 1 gram as a minimum. This would be two capsules. You can take more as required to get results.

Did you know that just 2 grams of Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal capsules have the same surface area as a football field! That means it provides a lot of tiny pores that can capture and bind with unwanted chemicals to help you excrete them out your body.

Recommended Activated Charcoal Products

So hopefully you can now understand why it is a good thing to use activated charcoal to absorb unwanted chemicals. You have some biohacking detox products that can help protect you no matter if you are at work, home or even travelling for business or going on holiday anywhere in the world.

Bulletproof® Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal

Bottle of Bulletproof Upgraded Coconut Charcoal Capsules

We know how Dave has found that using charcoal capsules when eating somewhere you aren’t quite sure about food quality or ingredients helps. Also in long-term treatment mycotoxin illness.

Upgraded™ Coconut Charcoal features:

  • 100% made from pure coconut shells
  • Finer grade particles in the powder compared to other brands available
  • Washed to remove heavy metal contaminations common with other activated charcoal products
  • Easy transportable bottle for travelling or putting in a hand bag on nights out
  • 90 Capsules with a Shelf Life of 4-6 Years

The large surface area available in the ultra fine powder in each capsule allows many bonding sites for chemical interactions. This means better chance of bonding bad chemicals on the charcoals carbon surface so they can become trapped an released from your body. This is important when trying to lower mycotoxin load. It is also helps reduce the risk from exposure to food items that can have high levels of mold growth (coffee, spices, fruit berries…) which in turn can create an unwanted histamine reaction in the body. Click here to get a bottle.

Soma Water Filter

These kitchen counter top Soma Water Filter Pitchers and Jugs not only look elegant & beautiful to display in your home, but more importantly they do a decent job of filtering out the bad stuff in tap water. The Soma Filters are designed to help get rid of the heavy metals like: mercury, zinc and copper, in addition to chlorine and bad odors found in water out the tap. The company is on a mission to provide clean drinking water to everyone – I hope they succeed.

What is good about them is:

  • They made from 65% plant based materials meaning a lower carbon footprint,
  • Free from BPA’s & Phthalates
  • Soma gives back by donating clean drinking water to those in need through charity

These are easily replaceable water filters that can be used many times in a month to give you many ounces or litres of clean filtered water.

You have a selection of Soma Water Filter products to choose from:

  1. 6-cup Filter
  2. 10-cup Filter
  3. Glass Carafe
  4. Glass Water Bottle

If you are looking to upgrade your drinking water when at home, filling up a water bottle to take to work or the gym then this is a sustainable options instead of buying bottled water. Click here for current pricing on Amazon.

Irlen Syndrome: Why Dave Asprey Wears Orange Glasses

Dave Asprey wearing Irlen spectral filter tinted lensesDave Asprey can be seen wearing orange colored lenses for one of two reasons.

  1. One, it could be to help Irlen syndrome
  2. The second, is to block artificial blue light during the day or at night to protect melatonin production.

During the filming of the “The Bulletproof Life” on Creative Live, which was a very informative 3-day live TV broadcast in San Francisco, he did explain to the audience and viewers watching the actual reason why after been asked the question live on-air.

Some people initially thought it was for blocking the artificial blue light spectrum from lightbulbs and digital screens like a computer or phone. Very good guess, but they were wrong in this case.

These particular glasses may look just like these recommended blue blocking glasses; since they also have an amber or dark yellow tint. Those tinted glasses are designed to help you produce melatonin to sleep at night; this is to do with circadian rhythm.

However, the type of eyewear Dave was wearing at Creative Live was for a whole other reason that very few people think about or or know of. The real reason Dave Asprey wears orange tinted eyeglasses is because they are Irlen Method Lenses.

What is Irlen Syndrome?

Irlen syndrome (a.k.a. Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, Meares-Irlen Syndrome or Visual Stress) is defined as a visual perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical disorder of sight that requires corrective lenses to improve the ability to see clearly. It is a problem within the brain centers ability to process visual information correctly. This means words on a page can appear distorted such as moving, blurry, zig zagging or the user could miss them and not see a word. It can run in the family.

History

The syndrome, method and institute are named after the founder, Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFT. She is a trained psychologist who has been working on informing parents, school teachers and the general public on this overlooked condition, especially in children with ADHD and dyslexia. Through here perseverance and passion there is now over 30 years of medical research looking why and what happens, how to diagnose it and how to treat it.2

Credit is also given to a teacher in New Zealand, Olive Meares, who described the classical symptoms back in the 1980’s around the same time when Helen also published her findings. Both described how spatial distortions affecting reading text by some individuals could be positively helped by covering the words with see through colored overlays or filters.3

Causes

Irlen syndrome can be caused by a defect in one of the visual pathways that carries messages from the eye to the brain. This defect causes a timing fault in processing visual information. Filtering out specific wave lengths of light helps the pathway to function normally.

This is not an anatomical pathology in the brain that needs surgery. It is more of how the neurones in the brain are functioning and working to understand what it is your eyes are seeing along the optic nerve.

Symptoms

Described below are some classic symptoms that can be used an indication you may have the issue:

  • Eye Strain – easily develop fatigued or tired eyes which reduces time spent reading, or helps to causes headache or watery, red eyes.
  • Reading Problems – problems tracking sentences from line to line, misreading words or reading slowly or with hesitation.
  • Photophobia – sensitivity to bright light like indoor fluorescent light bulbs or even natural sunlight.
  • Letters Move on a Page – struggle to keep letters still and see them as moving, flashing or getting lighter/darker. Struggle with busy patterns, particularly stripes.
  • Poor Focus – maintaining attention and normal concentration levels are a problem. Struggle to keep letters in focus independent of normal poor eyesight issues like being hyperopia (far sighted) or myoptic (near sighted).
  • Trouble Writing – poor written skills like spelling, spacing and unequal letter sizing
  • Poor Depth Perception – appear clumsy and have difficulty judging distances or playing sports like catching a ball.

Here is an example of what someone might see who is struggling with the condition.

Testing and Diagnosis

You can do a quick self-test on the irlen.com website. You can see in the example how changing the background color on the website page might make reading the wording easier, more comfortable to read or even the opposite depending on the chosen color.

There are officially two types of accredited Irlen testers:

  1. Irlen Screener – this is someone trained in using the initial testing with the colored filters they overlay on a books page. They will help determine if you need to go to the next stage.
  2. Irlen Diagnostician – this a person who has been trained by the institute who can both do stage 1 screening and stage 2 diagnosis testing. They can officially recommend and order the correct color combination for your Irlen spectral filter (a.k.a Irlen lenses) that will go into your desired style of frames. So yes you can even wear them in fashionable eyewear brands frames like Oakley, which is what Dave is wearing.

If you are searching for how to find a certified screener or diagnostician near you Then there are two options. You can find practitioners in different US states by using this link. If you want to find a certified person in an international test center around the world like the UK, Europe, Asia or Australia you can use this directory here.

Who Should Wear Irlen Glasses?

Lets look at Daves’ case first. As he said in a tweet back in May 2013 after being spotted wearing his tinted sunglasses indoors during this London Real TV interview, he wears them for improved mental performance during the day.

What did he mean by custom tint for mental performance? This means is if your central nervous system (a.k.a your brain processing centers) is struggling to make optimal sense of wording and how you perceive the environment around you then you are basically wasting mental energy. You may feel physical fatigue as one of the indicators, but it could just feeling brain fog or mentally not how you want to feel.

The goal is to add lots of different positive factors that help your personal physiology. This is biohacking. So seeing the world through a colored filter tint that relaxes your brain and helps you see your surroundings as they should be seen creates less effort and bad stress on your nervous system.

Here are some common situations people could benefit from being tested and wearing lenses:

  • ADHD children or adults
  • Autism spectrum or Asperger Syndrome sufferers
  • Brain injuries like concussion syndrome from accidents
  • War veterans and those with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Underachievers at school on their reports or in physical education classes
  • Medical conditions that are related to sensory overload or light sensitivity like:
  • Light-Induced Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Strokes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Auto Immune Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Viral Illnesses
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Lyme Disease
  • Agoraphobia

So it is quite a list of people with named health conditions that might benefit. This is why getting screened is so easy to do. Not everyone should wear a pair of these special type of glasses as not everyone has the disorder.

However, even if you feel normal, but you are biohacker looking to find any extra ounce of free energy to power up your brain and body then get yourself screened for Irlen Syndrome and see if you too need custom tinted glasses.

Irlen Products Available

If you want to find out even more or try out some of the color filters you are in luck below are some more official products that you can have shipped to your door by Amazon.

Books

“The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing your Perception and Your Life” is a book written by Helen herself. If you are a mum or dad worried about your child – this is for you. If you are a educator and want to know more about the issue – this is for you. If you are a educational psychologist and need more detail then this is for you. The book is about Helens journey and what she has discovered with some stories to bring the concepts to life. It begins with an summary of different learning disabilities and the standard treatments on offer for those afflicted. The next chapters then explain the Irlen Method and explore the scientific basis of it. Then to tie it all together Helen discusses the individual disorders: what they are, and how the Irlen approach may be used to treat them successfully. The book is available in either kindle or paperback 

There is also an older book titled “Reading by the Colors: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Through the Irlen Method” which is only available in paperback.

Color Filters

These are official Irlen colored overlays used by both screeners and diagnosticians during testing. However, you can use them too at home. In this sample pack you will get one of each color so 10 color overlays in total. These are colors determined to be scientifically useful from all the years of testing and research at the institute. You can put these over study books, textbooks or any other fiction or non-fiction books. Use the overlays to see if you can read the font better and see the graphs, pictures and images without distortions. If you know your colors you can use these for yourself or see if your kids benefit. Reading some of the five star Amazon reviews you will see how people use them for helping headaches and discovering they have a case if visual stress. You can get a pack from Amazon 

Bulletproof Coffee Scam: Is Dave Asprey Legit or a Fraud?

Is making coffee with butter a scam or real?The short answer is no – Bulletproof Coffee is not a scam. This high fat coffee is the real deal and many people make their coffee this way for lots of different health benefit reasons.

Are you wondering if putting unsalted grass-fed butter and MCT oil into your cup of joe is good for you? Are you maybe skeptical that drinking something with high saturated fat content is actually beneficial for your overall health? Making butter coffee is a real concept and is something loads of biohackers do everyday.

In this comedy skit you can check out these two guys doing a unique n=1 biohacking experiment. It is funny to watch them showing you their results of just exactly how bullet proof you will feel when you try drinking this type of ketogenic coffee 🙂 Again this is a joke and not what really happens.

Who Recommends Butter Coffee

Here is just a small sample of the thousands of people who make coffee with butter and MCT oil and recommend others do so too.

Medical Professionals Testimonials

Some people might be worried or skeptical about this type of advise and think Dave is a con2. Well it isn’t and he is not. Tons of medical doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals are promoting the low carbohydrate high-fat diet movement to reduce daily refined sugar intake.

There was even a Fat Summit hosted by functional medicine doctor, Dr Mark Hyman, who interviewed Dave and many others experts in the LCHF diet field. The goal is to lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other lifestyle diseases that can be fixed by eating the correct foods3.

Celebrities Testimonials

Then there are numerous celebrity endorsements from Hollywood actors and actresses, famous singers, professional cross-fit athletes, motivational speakers and more. Some examples would be Ed Sheernan, Jeremy Piven (a.k.a Ari Gold), Kelly Starrett and many more.

Ed Sheeran Bulletproof Coffee ReviewEd Sheeran is a UK born singer and songwriter who was nominated for Best New Artist at the 56th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2014. Ed was being interviewed at this prestigious annual music industry awards ceremony. It is like the Oscars for musicians.

At the 2014 Grammy Awards Ed Sheeran was filmed during an interview with a red carpet reporter saying how much he loved Bulletproof® Coffee. In the video below you’ll hear a positive endorsement from Ed about how he gets excited about drinking a cup of coffee mixed with real butter and ketone producing MCT oil.

He explains how he has sustained energy levels because he was able to drink it at 3am and stay awake easily for 24 hours.

Hopefully more celebrities will be swopping out their milk and cream in their coffee’s with some healthy grassfed butter and C8 oils.

Recommended by Biohackers

A great place to hear all the testimonials and stories from others who have followed Daves’ advise is at the annual Bulletproof Conference. This is a time of year when thousands of people from countries across the world come together to network, try out new health devices and listen to some world-class speakers on many different aspects of optimal health.

Over the three days the biohacking event you wouldn’t believe how much butter and different types of Bulletproof coffee are consumed. If you were ever worried about even having just one cup per day then you got to come see people drinking 3-5 cups per day and no problems.

Fake Bulletproof Coffee Scam Review

I hope you agree the guys did a good job. This is one of the funniest comedy review videos out there about what happens when you drink Bulletproof® coffee which of course was invented by famous biohacker, Dave Asprey.

So what was the ultimate point of that making this scam video? The ultimate message is that blending real butter with medium chain triglyceride oils, like C8 oil – brain octane oil, into freshly brewed coffee or tea is positive for overall physiology and is not a con. That is, of course, as long as you don’t take the terminology of the word literally and think you can stop bullets 😉

Dave Asprey Answers Back

Here is a personal message reply from the Dave, the Bulletproof Executive himself. This was Daves answer back on the scam question. Of course he is having some fun back with his response to the makers of the comedy clip above.

Dave is the person who trademarked the phrase Bulletproof® Coffee. He is the man who coined the term and started the original recipe. He is responsible for this new popular up and coming health trend to eat more fats like butter, olive oil and coconut oil in your diet.

He uses his version of a high fat diet coffee with added refined coconut oil to help produce a state nutritional ketosis1. The goal is to help raise blood ketones, like β-hydroxybutyrate, so your brain can function better and you manage your weight more efficiently.

Bulletproof Coffee is Legit Conclusion

Again this is a real thing and many people do this everyday and have so for many years now and so should you. Please go ahead and try it out for the first time if you haven’t already.

Use some of the links on this site to help guide you on how to get started and pro tips for making it taste amazing and different ways to make it. When you are choosing one of the official products available if you would like some savings too we would suggest using a Bulletproof coupon code to save 10% here when you get some of the real products.