Biohacking Goes Big

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It’s official. I’m a biohacker and many of your customers are becoming biohackers, too. It’s the next logical step for people who want to be healthier. A movement led by thought leader David Asprey, creator of the popular Bulletproof Diet, biohacking takes a systems-thinking approach to your own biology.

We all know that what you put in your body impacts how you feel and how it functions. Exercising, supplementing, sleeping and drinking water are important for optimized health…Biohacking is the next level.

At the Bulletproof 5th Annual Biohacking Conference in Pasadena Oct. 13-15, I got to hear from Asprey himself about the future of biohacking.

What really excited him is that 23% of attendees were new to Bulletproof and the idea of taking control of your biology via the art of biohacking.

Here are some trusted ways to biohack your life.


“We understand that what you put into your body affects what you get out. Similarly, with the mind, our thoughts and intentions influence our reality, reactions and even productivity. Gratitude is one of my favorite mind practices because it is simple, free and has such an impact. It literally re-wires the brain,” said Asprey.

Study after study shows that simple gratitude exercises, like keeping a journal or sharing daily wins with friends or family, can make you happier, more positive, and more emotionally open after just two weeks. The benefits last, too, which leads to an overall increase in well-being, making you stronger and more resilient to stress.

“That’s a lot of improvement for 10 minutes a day. Our thoughts create the world we experience, and I think science is starting to better understand that if you put gratitude in, you’re likely to experience positive thought pathways more naturally,” said Asprey.

Real estate that gives back to the planet

Build a home that gives back to the environment with Dvele. The company is disrupting the prefab home industry with their line of prefabricated homes that merge dream home luxury with environmental awareness. Dvele’s experienced design team focuses on sustainability, with an emphasis on style, to provide high-tech prefab or modular homes that cater to special interests ranging from green living to gardening. Dvele shows their commitment to the environment by automatically planting 10,000 trees when you purchase your home to offset the resources used to build it. Dvele homes fulfill your fantasies as well as the needs of the planet.

Help your brain function at its peak

We’ve all experienced burnout, brain fog, bad moods, and mental exhaustion. Qualia is here to help you overcome your mental slump and tap into your best brain power! Working as the ultimate over the counter brain snack, it safely and effectively feeds the mind the nutrients it needs to reach a deeply productive flow-state. Qualia understands that having mental energy won’t result in accomplishments unless you have sustained focus to go with it. Qualia’s formula balances the relationship between all chemical and electrical pathways of the brain and body to help you get the most out of one of your most important muscles- your brain!

When your brain dysfunctions, you dysfunction, but when your brain works optimally, you work optimally. Meo Energetics uses the healing powers of essential oils and flower essences to help your brain work optimally. Their essential oil blends energetically support specific brain regions to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Their line of essential oil blends will help you reach new levels of productivity, strength and overall health. Meo Energetics are definitely something you can wrap your head around!

Scientific longevity

Advanced Biomedical allows you to use your stem cells to tackle the effects of time and receive personalized attention, ethical care and the respect you deserve as a patient from the best physicians in the best facility that specializes in stem cell therapies. At this Cancun-based longevity center you can receive innovative treatments and learn about the importance of regenerative medical stem cell treatments for early intervention and the credibility of advanced biomedicine treatments. Advanced Biomedical has been referred to as the best in the world for its impact on longevity and it allows you to experience it in a safe and a top of the line setting.

Probiotics that help keep your home clean         

Discover how easy it is to naturally rid your home of odors, mold and germs with Homebiotic! This ready to use surface spray harnesses the power of natural probiotics to stop musty odors, prevent mold, and fight germs on all surfaces of your home. Homebiotic is 100% non-genetically modified, all-natural, colorless and odorless and remains fully active on surfaces up to 1 week! A clean house is a happy house, but it’s even happier when it can be done naturally!

Move better

Whether it’s a run, workout or just a walk, Aline wants to help you move better. Their insoles are made using their patented Suspension Technology which combines over 100 moving ribs, bioengineered suspension zones including a heel cup and gel pad to place your body in the correct alignment at the correct times during activity. Make sure your next move is your most comfortable with Aline!

Innovative exercise

Arxfit machines can only be described as the future of exercise. ARX technology combines computer-controlled, motorized resistance that is capable of matching the force of any user 100% of the time — meaning it gives you the perfect rep, every rep. No trainer? No problem. All ARX machines can be entirely controlled by the software so you can perform workouts alone and track your progress without the need of a trainer or partner. ARX can deliver the physical results that are usually only achieved with weights or other equipment with a far smaller time commitment and smaller risk of injury. Software monitored workouts, the perfect rep every time and faster results… experience the fitness revolution with ARXfit!

Pulse Centers is driven by passion and motivated by results. We exercise our mind and body, but why are we not exercising the organisms that keep them functioning? Our Cells! Pulse Centers offers a diverse array of innovative PEMF technologies, including three state-of-the-art systems and numerous PEMF body application accessories-making them the world’s leading high-powered pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology company. This type of technology exercises the cells, like a person doing jumping jacks, accommodating the intake of oxygen and nutrients while dispelling toxins to help reduce aches and improve overall health!

New innovations in “fast food”

Vital Choice is changing how we define the term “fast food”. The company has become a trusted source for the world’s finest wild seafood. Vital Choice does the fishing…you get to eat it!

Mitochondria powerhouse

There was more of a conversation around having more energy by improving your mitochondrial function. Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. They supply energy to every cell in your body and are particularly dense in your brain and muscles. Strengthen your mitochondria, and your whole body will work better. Ultimately, all the things we associate with aging – fatigue, excess fat, and a decrease in muscle mass and cognitive ability – are all symptoms of weakening mitochondria. Because our food isn’t of the same quality that it used to be, we are on our screens more than ever, stress levels are high, and our mitochondria is being negatively impacted.

“Creating new mitochondria is crucial for vibrant aging, optimal energy production, and protection against oxidative stress,” said Asprey. Asprey goes into greater detail about improving mitochondrial function in his book, Head Strong, but there are some simple steps people can start immediately:

Here are some of his tips:

  • Sleep in a pitch-black room. Use blackout curtains over your bedroom windows and cover all digital lights.
  • Replace oxidized (damaged) fats with good fats like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, Brain Octane, olive oil, avocado, and fatty wild-caught fish.
  • Put your phone on Airplane Mode at night. This will reduce stress from EMFs and any lights or sounds your phone might make.
  • Drink Bulletproof Coffee. Curb cravings, lose unwanted fat, and boost cognitive function fast with this recipe of coffee, grass-fed butter and Brain Octane.

Live, work and play in your best light

Not all light is created equal and the wrong lighting at the wrong time of day can ruin your sleep, performance and health. True Dark glasses ensure you get exactly the right amount of light. The concept of blocking the blue light spectrum is not a new one. There are many “blue blocker” glasses that have been around for a while, but they are a one-size-fits-all approach while True Dark offers a variety of glasses based on times of the day you need them. From sunrise to sun down True Dark glasses ensure you’re getting the right amount of light when you need it.

Don’t be afraid

Listening to Kristen Ulmer was a highlight for many. A thought leader and fear specialist who draws from her tenure as the most fearless woman extreme skier in the world for 12 years, Kristen is an expert on the subject of fear and flow states.

According to Kristen, “Fear doesn’t hold us back after all, it’s our unwillingness to deal with our fear (our resistance to it), that’s what holds us back. That message, and what to do to turn fear from a hindrance to an asset (fear hacking), is a game changer.”

Sleep is also important to Kristen. When asked after the event what she thought was most interesting she said the Samina Bed made her pause. “They are epic in general plus free from flame retardant chemicals.” She also bought the True Dark glasses and Lighting Science Good Night Bulbs at the show!

“How many people are out there in the world, who are 100% committed to being the very best human beings they can be. The people at this event are that tribe. It’s beyond heartwarming,” she shared.

Living well means sleeping well

The “sleep doctor,” Dr. Michael Breus, spoke to a full room and a line of biohackers there to ask questions and buy his books indicating that sleep has made it to mainstream bulletproof. “People are actually starting to value sleep more. I see it based on some of the questions they are asking, I am getting less of the traditional how do I sleep less and still be hyper productive, an early question from many Biohackers. Now it is more about the science, nutrition, exercise, and how all of these ideas complement each other for wellness,” he said.

The equipment and accessories that impress Dr. Breus the most were the True Dark glasses as well as NuCalm because of the serious science behind them. He also pointed out The Sleep Number 360 smart bed, the Lighting Science Good Night Bulbs and the SleepScore Tracking System.

“People are really starting to see that wellness is more than diet and exercise,” said Dr. Breus.

Nancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm with an office in Los Angeles.  Trent & Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives.  A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at  You may also visit

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