by Guest Author April 26, 2013 8 min read
Stress takes its toll in many ways - and the effect is compounding. At the inaugural Bulletproof Biohacking Conference, Dr Justin Marchegiani presented a stress management framework. He identifies
Achieving a state of coherence means successfully becoming resilient to stressors in all 4 domains.
This is an opportunity to nip all those pre-clinical ailments in the bud, before they evolve into chronic disease. It's those consistently repeated good habits that keep us thriving. And it's those repeated bad habits that contribute to chronic inflammation and stress.
It’s best to prioritise and tackle things in order of magnitude of possible improvement in any dimension while remaining aware of the stressors in each domain. Why is this important? Examples:
Alcohol is probably the most common substance we willingly use to disrupt our circadian rhythm. If you drink alcohol, you can use antioxidants like Vitamin C, NAC, l-glutathione and Activated Charcoal to mitigate the effects of alcohol's toxic by-products. Check out Dave Asprey’s more comprehensive guide to Bulletproof alcohol consumption.
Here are some of the most effective biohacks we use to help us lead healthy, resilient, coherent productive and fulfilling lifestyles. (a.k.a our super duper long list of little things that can make a big difference.) These aren't in any particular order:
Get things going on the right track from the start. Use this as an opportunity to make sure that you:
Of course we would recommend this one :)
Coffee is the number one consumed source of antioxidants in Australia. Bulletproof Coffee helps you eliminate performance robbing mycotoxins (mould). You are also giving your nerves myelin nourishing fat that.
Ever get jitters, headaches, nausea or anxiety after a cup of coffee? Dealing with inconsistent coffee bean quality week to week? You don't have to!
Mycotoxins can form at any stage between farm and bag. Only Bulletproof Coffee's vigorous quality assurance process can guarantee you get mycotoxin-free beans every time.
Bulletproof Coffee Beans are single origin, organic, carbon neutral and Rainforest Alliance Certified. Grown on a family owned farm at height of 1,250m in Guatemala, we know exactly where the beans are coming from and the high standard of care with which they have been handled.
With Bulletproof Coffee, you can eliminate brain fog and perform better for 6 hours before you even begin to think about lunch (great for intermittent fasting.)
Quality trumps quantity. Sleep deficit and low-quality sleep are culprits in negatively impacting quality of life. Poor sleep is a result of poor diet, excess emotional, mental or physical stress.
Lack of sleep is typically the result of overworking / overplaying. Sleep deficit has a compounding effect itself. In combination with our lifestyle factors, the result can be stress piled upon stress. Sleep deficits can lead to depression.
A lack of sleep disrupts gene expression. Just to show you how one dimension can affect another: A lack of melatonin may be linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes. While many of us are able to fall asleep after a cuppa at night, quality of sleep suffers.
Hack your sleep by:
At the inaugural Bulletproof Biohacking Conference aka Biohack Your Life, EvoUltraFit advocated that “movement was the key everything.” We learned that how we move (or don’t move) conditions our parasympathetic nervous system.
(side note: It’s funny - our narcissistic tendencies mean we focus on what we can see in the mirror - the front of the body. What we see is more important than what we feel. Our workouts focus on building 6 packs and bulging biceps and we neglect our posterior chain which is supposed to be the strongest group of muscles in our body! Our glutes, hamstrings and back are supposed to be doing the heavy lifting.)
They say high tech shoes = low tech feet. Barefoot is best. Ergonomically correct and probably the most comfortable shoes ever. Vibrams let you move how you were meant to - without being hindered by raised heels and toe suffocating shoes that contribute to physical strain and biomechanical inefficiency.
Over time, you can strengthen the muscles in and around your feet and eventually run around happily barefoot like you did as a kid. Speaking from personal experience, I can say that since moving away from shoes with heels and arch-supports, all pain in my lower-back and knees has dissipated.
Walking around with 5 toe shoes may be a little too unconventional and barefoot may not be practical on city street. You can still seek out shoes like Xero, innov-8s, Skora’s and Vivo's which have been designed with function in mind.
Electrostim. EvoUltraFit use the ARPWave to accelerate injury rehabilitation and performance gains with any movement pattern. For instance: By applying one of their modalities to your treatment or training, you will be able to train your nervous system faster thereby eliminating problematic compensation patterns while perfecting athletic movements.
What's your number one stress management biohack? Please comment and share below!
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