Hacking Your pH, LED lighting & Smart Drugs Part 1

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00:00:00 > it's Dave Asprey with bulletproof executive I just had a shot of espresso made with upgraded coffee beans so I'm talking a little bit fast and I apologize for that but it's worth it because I needed to maximize my brain power for today's guest he's a total badass before then though I want to say thanks thanks because you've made this podcast number one on iTunes and I really appreciate it if it's been helping you I'd also appreciate it if you went to bulletproof diet book calm and registered in order to get a copy of the bulletproof diet infographic for free and the first chapter of my book for free this is going to help me go to publishers and explain to them exactly how many people want to read the bulletproof diet book so I can get the right book deal I really appreciate your support their bulletproof diet book calm and now who is this amazing badass we're talking about this is a guy who probably the

00:01:01 > only guy I can say literally saved my career and this is Steve folks who is the master of smart drugs the author of smart drugs and nutrients to keep blogs at project well-being calm an executive director of the cognitive enhancement Research Institute the CEO of nano-polymer Systems Corporation a co-founder of vitamin research products this company that introduced major nutritional products like dmae selenite BHT and tyrosine to the whole industry these are things that you see written about all the time I talked about using tyrosine this is now 20 something years later he has a bachelor's in organic chemistry he's a former pyromaniac child the books he's written include wipeout herpes with BHT by the way that rocks the GHB book and he knows something about Alzheimer's disease because his grandfather passed away from Alzheimer's it helps that maybe he was a dentist and smoked it had emphysema that contributed but Steve knows things that I don't know and his

00:02:03 > influential newsletter series called smart drug news is what turned my brain on when I first started having brain fog in my early 20s I went to Alta Vista because Google wasn't really around then and I found Steve's newsletters online and I read every single one of them and I bought the stuff he recommended I had ordered from Europe at the time it turns my brain on enough to keep learning and to go down the path of biohacking so Steve thanks man I appreciate that and I appreciate you coming on the show today you're welcome it also helps that Steve you are a regular attendee and adviser to the Silicon Valley Health Institute the anti-aging group that I'm the chairman of so every month if you are in the Bay Area on the third Thursday you can go to Palo Alto at the community center there and you can actually see Steve in real life he has this aura around him that comes from all the smart drugs he's taken and there's a circle of people asking him questions all the time this is pretty accurate isn't it Steve yeah all right maybe the are I'm

00:03:05 > exaggerating but he is an incredibly well acknowledged expert and someone who's accessible to the community and he runs project while being meetups as well so Steve really I'm in your debt and I asked you to speak at the first biohacking conference that we put on last year and we'll be doing another one this year and of course your your parentally invited because you have this massive skill set welcome to the show man thank you it's great to be here and let's have some fun the reason I invited you on is that like I think we could talk about like 50 things but you aren't a hacking pH in a way that I'm not you know I take alkaline water it gives me the runs and I think a lot of the alkaline claims don't make sense to me I'm like the human body is a battery if some parts are not acidic they don't work very well that would be your digestion other parts of you need to be alkaline and there's a delicate balance and I think a lot of the marketing stuff I've seen all the various things I've tried haven't worked out that well but I haven't tried your protocol and you've given some fantastic

00:04:07 > talks about pH and circadian rhythm so we're going to talk about acidity and alkalinity and get your take on it because you have the most rational scientific approach to this I've come across and there's a lot of like woowoo you know alkaline water blessed by fairies and stuff like that so first off you know is very blessed water better in my opinion No I mean it might be to some people a slight source of reducing equivalents so you know we live in an oxidizing environment and we need reducing equivalents to stay alive but the problem with water is that it doesn't carry much it's like all voltage and no amperage and therefore if you put one drop of an oxidizing agent in it the the reducing power of the water disappears so it really isn't the same thing as let's say eating a pineapple guava where you're gonna get a gram of vitamin C and that that's gonna have better reducing effects on your body or the alternative

00:05:08 > of eating MCT oil or coconut oil and having it rev up your mitochondria which will produce reducing equivalents dynamically at the cellular level I understood all of that but I think everyone who's listening to the podcast right now driving in cars either ran into a median trying to think about it so let's break that down so to speak electrically and let's talk about why reducing matters to people and what just explain what reduction is in layman's terms so we can start to talk about white alkaline water or other alkalizing herbs or diets it might be helpful okay I think that that's easy to do with a temperature and Colour analogy that you know we live in an environment where the outside world is oxygen it's an oxidizing environment and you think of it as being hot or think of it as being red which would be a color of heat and it's a fundamentally dangerous environment when you go into our bodies

00:06:09 > and look at what happens down at the cellular level it turns out that our bodies are cold and blue and that there's that fundamental antagonism that we have to defend that we have to keep our body temperature cold in order to survive and that is the energy that we expend in our in our life we bring in fuel we burn it we get rid of co2 we use that energy to keep our bodies cool so that the oxygen in the atmosphere isn't dangerous it can be cleanly directed through the mitochondria to produce energy without damaging or DNA our proteins are our minds you know other kinds of sensitive molecules in our body okay and the act of reduction there is what are you doing specifically with the oxygen well that you're not doing anything with the oxygen so much as you're just channeling the oxygen in a way where the oxygen can't accidentally damage something

00:07:10 > that's critical like your genes or important proteins or structures in your mitochondria where you're generating energy in a sense you know you can think of it as a kind of inter entropy pump where the universe is disordered and our bodies are ordered and that's we're using that energy to create order and so we're we're borrowing order from the universe to keep it in our bodies and we're dispersing disorder into the universe and that takes energy to do it and oxygen is the source of that energy but because we are a highly reduced environment a very cold environment very blue environment that surrounding heat that redness and and and energy and heat is a potential threat to our systems and so when we lose that ability to keep our bodies cold we end up dying and you know this is the process of life we have to we have to borrow energy from the world

00:08:12 > in order to keep our structure intact so that we have the the knowledge in our brains and the structures in our body and the health of our vascular system and etc etc okay that makes sense in the act of reducing something there is basically maintaining that balance between the energy of oxygen and the destructive oxidizing nature of oxygen yeah you can think of it as a refrigerator you know an antioxidant is like an umbrella that protects us from the sunlight so it doesn't really cool us it just prevents us from heating up from direct sunlight but their mitochondria are like a refrigerator it's actually cooling our bodies down and we need that refrigeration if all we had was antioxidant protection we would not survive we need to have that actual drawing down of the temperature below baseline so that we can then cool off the hot spots of our body which would be caused by free radicals or by cosmic

00:09:14 > rays or by eating rancid fat or having an infection or being allergic to a wheat protein you know that kind of thing okay so these are different environmental stressors and what is an environmental stress or due to your pH well it typically it's a it's an acid stress okay so an acid stress comes in increases acidity of the body and what impact does that have on our ability to stay cool so to speak with our ability to to effectively operate as biological creatures well we need to have a certain pH range in which we operate for ourselves to be healthy and and it sits somewhere around the vicinity of seven in terms of our body and somewhere around the vicinity of six in terms of our urine because our bodies do produce enough extra acid that we need to dump that acid in our urine and so our urine shows a net acid influence from the pH of the rest of our bodies okay so your

00:10:17 > blood and most of your meat should be around and probably your saliva then should be around seven in your urine should be around six that's right okay and so by studying that dynamic you can get some insight into how your metabolism is working so for example during the day we run a large net acid production because our mitochondria are tuned up our immune systems are highly active we can run into things we could get bitten by you know insects and bye-bye snakes and lizards and spiders and we could run into antigens so you know viruses bacteria that kind of stuff all of that requires us when we're out in the world to have an active defense mechanism which is our immune system and so our immune system is highly active during the day and it's driven by acidity in our energy system when it goes into high gear during the day that produces a net of acidity so that's part of our natural rhythm and

00:11:19 > when that acidity is being generated our kidneys are taking the blood that's going through and any extra acid is being generated and dumping it into the urine well after the day is over we go into nighttime mode this is when we're sleeping and this is when we're repairing we need to be alkaline at that time so our energy systems drop down so the acid that's being produced by our energy systems goes down and then our kidneys will start conserving acid to keep us balanced so our urine will go from let's say five which is 10 times more acid than than average to pH 7 which is 10 times less acid than average and so we can see this kind of tide where we swing from acid during the day too alkaline at night and this is a natural rhythm and if this doesn't happen you are at risk for developing cancer and other degenerative diseases so that makes a lot of sense Steve and and the idea that that we're changing on a daily basis I mean we have almost

00:12:21 > every hormone that we have goes through us or kidney rhythm so why wouldn't our acid alkaline balance and probably also the our co2 reserves yes so which affect acidity very directly you get those from breathing those also probably have a cyclical thing is it just directly tied to acid alkaline the way you're asking or is your co2 separate because you breathe differently when you're sleeping so your co2 changes or is that just a part of the acid of the body well the the body balances its breathing based on pH control you know most people think you know since we're breathing oxygen and we need to have oxygen from the air that our breath is controlled by regulating oxygen well it isn't at all there isn't an oxygen sensor in the brain that's controlling our breathing it's actually controlled by carbon dioxide which is the byproduct of oxygen and so if your co2 goes up you tend to breathe more to get rid of it and if your co2 goes down you tend to breathe less to conserve it and that's all built

00:13:22 > into the wiring of the nervous system the autonomic nervous system so what happens when I drink what I happen to be drinking out San Pellegrino which is relatively acidic is full of carbon dioxide right but it does have some calcium magnesium and some sulfide sulfate in it what is ingesting co2 through the GI tract dude - this whole balance am I completely jacking it up you are jacking up your co2 absolutely this is a great self-care test to experiment with yourself would be to look at something in your in your life that would be directly related to co2 levels and my suggestion would be breath whole time mm-hmm how long can you hold your breath if you just take a deep breath and and hold it you know when do you have to breathe this is 30 seconds later six minute later is it a minute and a half later you know and that makes a difference because if your co2 is low you can hold your breath longer it takes longer if your co2 build-up because it's starting at a lower point but if you drink a bunch of co2 water or you take

00:14:23 > some baking soda that would have co2 in it raising your co2 up then you can only hold your breath for a short period of time before you hit that ceiling and the co2 forces you to take a breath it's interesting I tend to have high co2 in my blood I don't think it's been drinking Pellegrino a bottle of day isn't that much but it's funny I should be you know excessively acid according to most of the nutritional people telling us what tx8 you meat and fat and all those coffee all those evil things bacon but I I'm consistently alkaline and to the point that if I take baking soda or even to munch magnesium I start panting at night like it it doesn't feel good which is one reason that I'm kind of suspicious of these people who say well if you burn your vegetables and test the pH of the ashes that's what happens in your body is there any rationale to that oh yeah I mean that does happen but the regulation of pH is is a higher level function and so for example if you are parasympathetic sympathetic balanced and

00:15:25 > your heart rate variability is in the green zone so what that means for people listening is we're talking about fight-or-flight response that's right so if you go into fight or flight response that that sympathetic activation that causes you to breathe more rapidly and to breathe shallow and that blows off carbon dioxide okay so co2 is the co2 release is dependent upon the style of breathing so if you're a breathing shallow then you are blowing off co2 and if you're breathing slow and deeply you're conserving your co2 so being centered and not being nervous is actually it influences your resting co2 level so I go into a doctor's office and you get a co2 assessment you're typically measuring yourself in a highly stressful environment the white coat syndrome and so you'll tend to be breathing more and in terms of driving through traffic to get there and and waiting in the issue and being irritated because your

00:16:26 > appointment is you know twenty five minutes late and these kinds of things you will tend to blow off more co2 and that will influence your reading so some of these kinds of tests aren't particularly useful but when you take it into your own home and you start studying things like your breath hold time and how it responds to different things that you might do you can actually learn a lot about what's going on with your metabolic rate interesting so a potential biohack for people listening would be once a day when you wake up when you go to sleep hold your breath for as long as you can but there's a training effect too if you do that regularly you could just get rid of it but yeah and I was a lifeguard and a swimmer in college and I can hold my breath for two minutes easily and even though according to my metabolic type I should have been be able to hold it for forty five two minute 45 seconds to maybe a minute a little over a minute I could hold it much longer because of that training so the point is though that it's not so much about how long you hold your breath it's about how it changes dynamically for you it's all

00:17:29 > about your so if you can hold your breath for a minute and a half then you're looking at you know only being able to hold it for a minute or being able to hold it for two minutes as being a significant change in your co2 state whereas if you can only hold it for 30 seconds and going to 40 seconds is a significant change in your co2 state okay so then is it because I'm too alkaline that I start panting when I take baking soda or something like that literally I feel like I just have to breathe really shallow really fast breaths yeah you're blowing off well no that would just be co2 loading okay so I'm having a load co2 with baking soda and you can load it with carbonated water and you know one's alkaline and ones acid but it's still a co2 load okay so that would tell me that it's all about the co2 for you and you know whenever you drink carbonated water or you're taking baking soda you're just loading yourself up with co2 now you could take an alkalinizing agent that didn't have any carbonate in it and see a totally different effect interesting so I need to play around that what what

00:18:30 > would be an example of a non-carbonated aisle colliding agent be lemon juice okay yeah some seaweed isn't lemon juice acidic well its acidic on your tongue and it's acidic to your stomach but it's alkaline - when it burns in your body so that's again going to that kind of question so lemon juice would be tart on your tongue and therefore you might think it's acidic but it's not and but the ash is very alkaline but seaweed is even more alkaline than that and that doesn't have any acid or alkaline taste to it at all so if you put a pH meter and lemon juice though it actually is acidic that's right right so the body doesn't burn things you know if we did we could eat candles and we would be totally happy on that so why does what you know a chemical reaction that doesn't happen in the body we do that's a lemon juice why does that tell us what's gonna happen in the body like that I am very skeptical that that's a reliable 100% accurate indicator like you burn your food and

00:19:31 > it's gonna tell you what who's gonna do in your body because we don't do that we burn food yeah so you burn the carbohydrates in the in the citric acid things like that in the lemon juice and there's also other kinds of residues in the in the lemon juice that would be left over so if you have let's say potassium that's going to change your pH and so once the fruit acids are burned off depending upon how they go you're either getting an alkyl effect or an acid effect from it that will the ultimate ph that you are left with is more about the ash than it is the ph of the food itself okay so we give you an example citric acid very tart pucker your mouth a big time it's an acid rearrange the carbon and hydrogen atoms and you get sugar not hard at all right right so the question there is you whether a combustion process with heat is leaving the same residue as a metabolizing process and I've always been suspicious of that but

00:20:34 > I've never had you know great evidence otherwise it seems like you know the the reactions that are driven by high temperatures when you burn something are just not like what happens in the body so the residues would be different in the body they are alike in terms of you know Oh - and carbon in and and hydrogen in and water and co2 out there alike in that respect but you're right in the sense that let's say if you are anaerobically dominant at the time that a food comes in the sugar is going to burn to lactic acid instead of burning the co2 all right and that's going to affect your your pH balance because co2 flows from the cell out and through the tissue to your lungs and is efficiently mobilized and and flows from your body whereas lactic acid comes out of your cells and sticks in your tissue and and doesn't move very well so that's your classic acidic American body type from the traditional Chinese medical you know

00:21:35 > kind of message and that's why most people will say you know alkaline alkaline Alton is the is the way to go and you know they're not recognizing that they're only talking about one layer of the body and under that layer and above that layer you also have pH effects that are not at all connected to it and it's not uncommon to see somebody with lactic acidosis on the tissue level have blood alkalosis interesting all right so so now I'm sure some people listening to this are lack big acidic and in their eyes are crossing because we're getting pretty pretty scientific pretty quickly here there's there's a point to all this though that's really worth understanding and it's that you can measure your pH at different times of the day and that's going to tell you tweaks you can make to your diet to increase your performance increase how you feel and increase even your health level so what's the best way that someone listening to the show could go out today or tomorrow and measure

00:22:37 > their body's acid alkaline balance their pH what's your recommended method well it's not it's not something that people should do if they're not really dedicated because when you're want to measure your pH because it's a dynamic rhythm you need to measure it every time you pee and typically for three to five days in a row in order to be able to verify that the facet alkalyn swings that are taking place on one day actually correlate with the swings the next day and the day after that that in a sense you're looking at your overall ph rhythm rather than looking at you know the fact that you had salad for lunch one day and chili for lunch the next day it's sort of like a like when women track their morning temperature for ovulation calculations though day to day changes might not be that important but you can tell when overall it's climbing or overall its falling so so this is something for people who really

00:23:39 > are willing to spend a week understanding how their body works but listening to the show we have all kinds of people who you know they drink bulletproof coffee every morning because they feel better they you know they wear a Nike Fuel band or a bassist band you know they're doing all kinds of stuff because they're willing to invest that and if the kind of people come to Silicon Valley Health Institute meanings so let's assume that people listening are willing to you know basically carry around a little bundle of sticks or something else and every time they P measure it what do you recommend is it a P thing or is it a saliva thing well I'd recommend urine just because I understand it better and so if somebody does some urine measurements and they submit the data to me I look at it like it make sense a bit faster got it so you recommend people he has drip and write it down that's right and and and track it over time and if you collect your date your pH data on one side you want to collect how you feel on the other side you know just you know I'm feeling you know plus better than average you know zero neutral negative you know worse than

00:24:40 > average negative negative I'm really you know can't get out of bed this morning though that kind of data can help and also tracking you know when you drink a cup of coffee when you lead a meal whether the meal is high protein or low protein whether it might contain let's say wheat and you might be allergic to wheat all of these kinds of things can can be correlated with the urine pH changes so that you can learn by associating you know some prospective cause with an effect okay so this is all a learning process now for those people who aren't willing to be you know to dedicate their life to this kind of thing because you know carrying around pH papers with you all the day and having to think every time you need to go the bathroom oh measure my pH you know and have a notebook to write it down it's good for the five days there's a lot of overhead ya in it and if you're at work you got a contract that's coming up you got you know some deadline how much of your coping power can you dedicate to this kind of thing can be a

00:25:41 > real challenge but those people who aren't in that kind of position there's a general rule about pH and it has to do with how you handle your energy do you produce energy aerobic Lior anaerobically which makes a huge difference on your ph control and in terms of how do you handle alkaline food do you handle it gracefully or does it derail you so if you are let's say you've got multiple sclerosis or some kind of autoimmune disease chronic fatigue syndrome and you eat something that's highly alkalizing it's likely to derail you it's likely to make you feel really really bad especially if you do it first thing in the morning and so that tells you that if you're paying attention to this just not bothering to measure your urine but just paying attention to the kinds of themes that I'm describing you can say okay I'm having a problem generating acid and generating energy I'm the energy I'm generating is going into lactic acid instead of co2

00:26:42 > and therefore the alkalinity that I'm putting into my body is overwhelming my my it's not balanced with my acid generating system so on the other end if you are aerobic you're now when you eat a high alkaline meal your body can raise its energy level to balance it and you can it doesn't derail you at all and you actually feel better so for people who are saying endurance athletes or people who are exercising a lot then they're probably gonna benefit more because they tend to be an anaerobic mode more often there'll be an aerobic mode more often right so then so you have to be in aerobic not an ER yes yes I could go cats there that could be off a little bit on the radio yeah and there's that they're the kind of people who would thrive on a highly alkaline diet they'd be able to eat fruit they'd be able to eat veggies and and raw veggies and lots of veggies they because their aerobic capacity would be augmented by their exercise so now here's the weird thing the the bulletproof diet recommends like

00:27:45 > 9 to 11 servings of vegetables like I eat tons of vegetables and I've got like pro athletes like world champions who are on the bulletproof diet and it's totally upping their game but you know they're eating tons of fat like not these alkaline breakfasts they're doing classic bulletproof coffee right and coffee isn't considered an alkalizing food at last I checked right no it is coffee is highly alkalinizing it is that's so interesting it's a boomerang food like chocolate coffee and chocolate have this 2-hour acidifying effect and an eight-hour alkalinizing effect afterwards see I didn't know that about coffee there's not a lot about coffee hacking I haven't read but I would love to see like any data on that because that would be an amazing post so okay so you get two hours of acidity in the morning and that's going to probably make you feel good because you were turning on your acid in the morning because you wanted to essentially turn on your immune function and go out and seize the day and then the alkaline there is this is enhancing endurance

00:28:46 > essentially well it can there's some really interesting stuff that's been done by people who have been experimenting that they've shared this kind of stuff with me that if you if you approach exercise and you know people have a an inclination to exercise or not if you're in an acidic state you you're inclined to exercise you're an alkaline state you're inclined to just kick back and relax and so what they found is that if you take something that's acidifying prior to exercise you go into the exercise better you initiate the exercise you're more enthusiastic about it but you also hit the wall faster and so the people with the best results do acidification prior to exercise and then immediately once they started the exercise they alkalinize at that point and that gives them the stamina to withstand long-term exercise Wow and you just got this from data because you mean you are like the master of biohacking some of this stuff stuff

00:29:48 > that I haven't done like acid alkaline pH like I've played with it I have a digital pH meter and all that stuff but I've never grafted out like you have so so this is where that data comes from there isn't like a formal study of that no I wonder all right but let's not do what you know that there there is from the perspective of lactic acidosis as a pathology associated with long term exercise right so people hit the wall they because they they run through burn through their glycogen they hit the wall before their fat-burning turns on or they get the burn that happens from lactic acidosis and these kinds of things are recognized as you know encumbering factors for people working out and specially peak performance Wow this is a totally I've never seen as published anywhere the first time I've seen it in public thing about coffee and that's that's really cool Steve oh I have to have to learn more about this but we probably don't have to dig in further on that one on the show but that does explain why some of these incredibly high performance athletes are really into it what about using the

00:30:51 > brain octane you know that the the extra short MCT oil or even just regular MCT oil at different times of the day does your you acid alkaline circadian rhythm affect what the best times are to take something that's gonna give you more bhp coenzyme a and ATP yes absolutely and so that would make a difference for example in terms of your your bulletproof coffee where you're getting a beauty right or MCT oil in it depending upon whether people using butter or not and that will rev up your metabolism and helps shift you from a low energy low metabolic state at night when you're sleeping into a high energy state of the day so there's that transition from alkaline to acid from low metabolic rate to high from low co2 to high co2 that can be facilitated and so you know it matters for you whether or not you are in tune with that process or that process is late if you're a night owl for example that process is

00:31:54 > going to be delayed two to four hours so when you wake up in the morning you're still metabolically kind of asleep and that's that you know groggy you know oh god I got to get out of bed where you need an alarm clock and that kind of thing then you have the opposite people who are the the morning larks that just pop out of bed bright-eyed bushy-tailed those people making yeah I don't know prejudiced on this show right those people are making that transition from alkaline to acid in the late stage of the morning before they're actually waking up and so they pop out of bed and for those people you have a totally different ph pattern their acid momentum is fully developed whereas a night owl type it's retarded so if you're an early morning catching worms kind of person what's the best time to drink your bulb for coffee it might be never no don't say that Steve okay so these are people who might not benefit from coffee at all they're naturally doing bulletproof without the coffee okay and there's co2

00:32:57 > perspective right but what about like the anti-inflammatory stuff that's present in there the polyphenols and all those things and hell yeah probably would be best to spread it out throughout the day because their acid momentum is already going well it's let's actually separate it out okay there's there's coffee there's butter and then there's MCTS so right that we could talk about those different components so let's say that you're one of these people and that you've peed on a stick for a while and then you you tend to be acidic when you first wake up in the morning you wake up at 6 a.m. and you're ready to seize the day you go to sleep at 8 p.m. because you know you turn into zombie at night okay so you're like the opposite of me if you're one of those people what's the best time for butter best time for MCT best time for coffee I would say later in the day I would be there be lunch or dinner okay so these guys might actually this is interesting so if you were gonna do like I think you know about the bulletproof intermittent fasting the idea that when you start your fast from zero protein zero sugar just bulletproof coffee in the morning and then you just don't care about food so these guys

00:33:58 > might actually benefit by having a full breakfast and then doing or or an alkalinizing breakfast it shows let's say if you're if your rhythm is is shortened instead of having a 25 hour biological clock like you or me they have a 23 and a half hour biological clock so they tend to fall asleep and you know in front of the television at night or you know a little bit earlier every night and so for them going to sleep is not the problem the problem is they wake up at 4 a.m. or 3 a.m. you know they're just they're just too much so they want to lengthen their day so when they're swinging acid in the morning if they have fruit for breakfast or veggies for breakfast they eat let's say some spinach for breakfast that's going to bring down their pH and extend their day okay so if but wait how is fruit going to do that to their pH I thought it's an alphabetizing influence right aren't they already aren't there already or I guess there are super acidic so you want to know one they have acid momentum so they're stacking an alkaline food on it so for example

00:35:00 > somebody who wanted to do something that wasn't what sugar could do milk for breakfast because milk protein is and and tends to be an optimizing protein or they could do beans for breakfast where the the bean is an alkalizing source of protein ignoring the left and and other you know all the reasons you shouldn't eat beans and milk protein you know so I'm just talking about it I get a superficial level and in the body of course is three dimensional is that one yeah but this is just an acid alkaline discussion right yet your that's right I get it so I I still stand and say that milk protein most Milk Protein outside of certain way and and beans are generally not the best foods for the human performance but at your point they're about eating something different in the morning could make can make a lot of sense so you're one of these people and you wake up in the morning you want to add alkalinity but you want to stay in ketosis because we know that ketosis increases brain function it's anti-aging and it's basically the cool state to be in at least five days a

00:36:01 > week so if you want to do that and you want to have an alkalizing breakfast what do you do eat some raw greens raw greens okay but you're getting all that oxalic acid you know raw spinach leaves a film on the back of your teeth which is your body trying to dump those extra assets like like you know kidney bird and kidney stones all that stuff you can do a green juice okay green juice why wouldn't you just take a little bit of baking soda and then drink your bulletproof coffee and be done with it well because bullet because baking soda is the shallow alkalinizing agent oh it's not the earth you want to affect your rhythm down at the cellular level you know deep in your body where your biological rhythms are less superficial okay so this is something that I I don't know about the depth of alkalizing like from a cellular biology perspective and so this is one of those reasons that you know people saying alkalis or die or whatever you look at that stuff you like

00:37:02 > okay you want to be alkaline you can be alkaline like that so what's an example of a deep alkalizing chemical or supplement um potassium would alkalinize at the cellular level sodium would alkalis at the blood level okay so cesium would be a deep rising agent at the mitochondrial and and nuclear levels alright so now I'm gonna just pull out the biohacking big guns I used to take a liquid cesium by the way so you're like okay I'm I'm a world-class athlete I wake up at 6:00 in the morning and you know and I want to you know shred mountains or whatever so I'm gonna wake up and I'm just gonna pop a caesium a capsule or taking or an ounce of caesium liquid which is the stuff I had so I'm gonna make myself super alkaline even though I'm this acid phase and I'm gonna you know Chuck my coffee or eat my bacon because I want to stay in ketosis and I'm gonna you know go go win is that gonna work well if you don't overdo it I mean

00:38:04 > they're this I mean you need to have an acid momentum in the morning and you need to have acid momentum when you're initiating exercise so if you don't want a sledge hammer it when a ball-peen hammer will work just fine got it so I know it you've got me wondering and so far the most effective thing I've seen for I would say 95% of the people that I've worked with and feedback I've had is bulletproof coffee in the morning it is it rocks people's entire day and it's kind of mind-blowing and I've had a few people who they don't handle the MCT very well in the morning that it gives them GI dysfunction and a couple people who said I get a racing heartbeat from it and for those people they're always on thyroid meds and they always end up meaning to reduce their thyroid meds because their mitochondria is working better so if someone's listening to this and you know they they do this regular practice and they feel good on it how should they know how to tweak it other

00:39:05 > than if they don't want to walk her out peeing on sticks for five days it is there is there an obvious way to know this well no I mean you know I certainly don't know that kind of simplistic formula for it because on some level you don't know whether or not your racing heart is reminiscent of thyroid or not unless you've experienced that and you say oh that that room that I know what that is because I've been there and it's not some you know life-threatening thing where you panic and go to the emergency room the choke the two people's happen to have they were they knew they were on thyroid meds they said oh this is a thyroid problem they backed off on a thyroid in like wow yeah so they cut my medication okay well that they're probably way more astute than the average person on thyroid meds because a typical person who goes to a doctor and gets a thyroid prescription they get a dose and in thirty days later they come in the doctor goes you know how are you doing and that goes no and so okay you know things are you know they measure the thyroid and they're okay and they never know what hyperthyroidism feels like and

00:40:06 > so they're just you know there is much in the dark as people are not taking thyroid I have a confession to make and I'm gonna tell you this because you're gonna laugh at me I'll laugh at you in advance there we go so about a year ago or so I I tweaked my anti-aging testosterone dosage and I keep my levels in the normal levels where they should be I'm not like super juicing or any any of that weird weight lifting stuff I'm you know me anti-aging kind of kind of thing and I've been doing it for ten years and everyone knows I'm public about it so I had tweaked it and with the help of a doctor and it activated my thyroid more at the same time I was doing a photo shoot for creativeLIVE this big course I taught and I had to hold a plank pose on the whole body vibration plate you know the bulletproof vibe for five minutes so they could get the right picture and if you've never tried doing a plank pose on a whole body vibration plate for five minutes it is an enormous metabolic load and I ended up getting basically soreness on my sternum from the vibration of the ribs in my sternum so I had chest pain a lot

00:41:08 > of chest pain at the same time my thyroid dose cranked up so I had chest pain centered on the left side and I had thyroid arrhythmia and my wife sent her doctor and she's like I think you should go to the ER for that oh man so I'm studying there they stuck these electrodes all over me and it was my thyroid medication I feel like such a doofus so thus are the dangers of biohacking well that's true and and you know everything that you learn well let me put it this way most of the lessons that are most precious that you learn are the result of a mistake yeah that's very true another common mistake is disaster pants you take way too much of the MCT oil particularly less so for the brain octane you will really be friends with the bathroom for a little while but you also learn your tolerance for it you learn how much to put in your coffee to feel good so all right let's talk intermittent fasting do you use intermittent fasting do you recommend it what does it do for acid alkaline stuff like that I do but I don't recommend it because of the acid alkaline thing but because you know natural humans were

00:42:09 > constantly being were fasting constantly because of a lack of food availability since we don't have that you know imposed upon us we have to impose it upon ourselves so the whole idea that the human animal is given to adapt to some steady state of life I think is a fiction of modern society and that when people were alive in the old days you know let's just pick you know twenty thousand fifty thousand a hundred thousand years ago food was a iffy thing and so we were constantly going in and out of ketosis we're constantly being aerobic and anaerobic we'll have episodes where we're running away from a bear and climbing a tree and then other times when we'll be kicked back and partying right and so making your life more like that is beneficial because you get hormetic Hermetic change for different things that's right I give it there you know that that doesn't kill you makes you stronger well that's not necessarily true but that the challenges you does tend to make you stronger and therefore the more

00:43:10 > kinds of challenges you have in terms of you know high-protein low protein no protein high carb low carb no carb you know kind of things and yeah and and you know going through a tofu G as a you know when you when you'd have no protein available and all you're eating or greens that you can harvest as you're hiking to a mountain pass you know those are the kinds of stresses that humans would have and that every time you do that you're you're you're pinning your metabolism up against a wall and inducing an adaptive response yes and the same thing happens with pH we have buffering systems in our blood or blood pH is highly constrained and so we have these two buffering systems alkaline buffering an acid buffering that are that are oriented like this which keep our blood very very tight now if you are in an environment where you're eating an acid loading diet your alkaline buffering system is on all the time in your acid buffering system is weak and if you've then switch to a highly alkalizing diet it switches the opposite

00:44:11 > way so the buffering systems adapt to the kind of stresses that they have to manage it kind of like if you only get to eat something for a while your body will adapt to digesting and eating that food and that's how it is so one of the reasons that the new bulletproof diet infographic includes the idea of a day of protein fasting is exactly that you want out of a day and you just you want to shake things up it's the same reason that years ago I used to try and be in ketosis all the time and not only does that suck because you don't get to eat some very delicious foods but it's actually not that good for you compared to cyclical ketosis which is where the diet evolves and that's what I'm recommending to people today and the differences they have are pretty significant mm-hmm and I agree and I would even say that that even though it's more convenient for us to pick a once a week breaking of ketosis or twice a week breaking of ketosis that in that would never be that ordered in real life and that it might even be better to say

00:45:13 > okay this week I'm gonna break ketosis twice and then I'm gonna go for two weeks without breaking it at all you know and you know and my birthday I'm gonna drink single malt and therefore I'm gonna break it you know and that day just because I haven't had single malt in a year and so you know you're you're you're you're playing to that part of your mind that would otherwise be yammering at you you know go for this and you're just you're just giving it a day when it gets to play so that it shuts up the rest of the time you know there's a lot to be said for that especially mid winter you know when it's cold and dark you probably ought to be in ketosis most of the time in summer less so and besides the peaches are ripe like you know okay fine did you have some fructose those days you know give a little advanced glycation end-products and raise your triglycerides yeah probably but it was worth it alright see it's never it's never dark and winter in my life because I have red light therapy that I do to encourage the early morning and late you know evening the dusk and dawn effect so

00:46:14 > I'm adding to that kind of effect so that I don't have the the darkness issue well let's say you just had red not blue and it's good money I was reaching for my remote control I have bright red LEDs on right now that you see this side of my face is kind of reddish so I typically have red lights on all day but I use this my thousand watts of halogen so I'm like hey buddy it's like daytime so I've got blue here and the Reds on until I go to bed but it's on all day - yeah so let's talk about the light spectrum does shift from red dominance in the morning to blue dominance in a day to red dominance in the evening and so I just encourage that so that the the issue of the photo period adjusting around me doesn't and end up you know giving me seasonal affective with the you know affects you know what we're gonna talk some more about what color light when because we actually haven't even announced this yet so we're doing a double podcast with Steve today because Steve is just so knowledgeable what

00:47:17 > we're gonna do now Steve is we're going to end this episode and everyone listening go ahead and subscribe on iTunes and next one in a few days is going to be part two with Steve and he not gonna continue talking we're going to cover what color lights you should have win and I'm gonna tell you how for 30 bucks you can get exactly this in one fixture that even looks kind of cool it's dirt cheap easy to do and it actually affects all kinds of systems in the body so we're going to talk about some light hacking now which is why Steve is awesome we just talked about peeing on strips what time of day to eat your coffee or tea breakfast and now we're talking about lights and I'm telling you Steve can not only keep up with me on all this biohacking stuff he can run circles around me so you're gonna hear all that just stay tuned come back in about three days when you post the next episode thanks Steve we'll ask you the top three in the next episode and how it feels when women have other body parts way.i after that experience I

just assumed that women are so much better handling pain than me that I'm just not in into that waxing thing for myself anymore my wife is always I'll we'll be driving down the street and somebody will be running and I'll be like oh and that I felt that valgus force on her knee is killing me I can't believe that leg whip she has all she needs to see it you know and she'll just roll her eyes and you know save it kind of thing