Here’s a list of some of my favourite hacks; the products, hacks and tweaks to use for upping your game. Some people call it biohacking (check out this page if you want lots more on biohacking). I say call it whatever you like.
I hope you enjoy, feel free to let me know how you get on.
Hack your sleep: I've been using the Oura ring for ages. Problem was, the old one wasn't very pretty (to put it politely.) Version 2 looks good though (see pic). Oura Ring is a tracking device that you wear on your finger. It measures your sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing pace, body temperature, exercise and loads of other stuff. The ring automatically collects and wirelessly syncs to the Oura app (and you can put into airplane mode - the biggie for me). It measures your physiological signals, with no switches or flashing lights. A great all round life hack. Use the code ZESTOLOGY to get $50 off.
The bathroom accessory to energise you. In the health world, many of the featured hacks can cost a lot, or involve super-advanced gadgetry. However this one is possibly the most effective of the lot. And it’s a simple bit of kit that doesn’t cost much and takes us back to a more primal way of, er, squatting. My girlfriend gave me the simple Squatty Potty, an awesome present for Christmas. What a gift. Without going into too much detail, it really works. Possibly my favourite cheap hack 💩🍊
Hack your sleep on the go:I used this on the 3 peaks in 24 hours challenge - when you've got 13 sweaty lads in a small minibus desperately trying to grab some sleep, you need all the help you can get. This is a scientifically proven super soft neck support travel pillow. It holds your neck in an ergonomic position during rest and it is light (weighing only 148 grams). I've also found when I fly, it's much easier than a conventional travel pillow as you can simply fold it away in your bag. Solid life hack.
Hack your feet: Take a walk in your ancestors' footprints. Wide shoes with thin soles - I've been wearing these, and wow. These shoes are designed to give you maximum sensory feedback and they’re foot shaped so your feet can move as nature intended. Walking around in Vivo Barefoot just feels like walking with no shoes on and it is a primal feeling. UPDATE: over the last few months, I’ve been using LEMS shoes which are even wider for my big paddle feet, and I think I like them even more. Solid shoe hack.
Hack your water: I've been banging on about this for the past couple of years to anyone who will listen - it's an awesome water filter for the house, on the road, anywhere. It's the Berkey water filter. I got mine from here in the UK. You can even pour red food dye into it, and the filter will take it all out. It's probably my favourite toy. I'm sad, I know. I bought the travel one, it's a bit smaller but just about big enough for two people. It can remove 99,999% of Chlorine, Viruses, Harmful pathogenic Bacteria, Cysts, Heavy Metals, parasites and hazardous chemical contaminants and other impurities while leaving undisturbed the essential minerals your body needs. The water also tastes way better than water out of a tap (urgh).
Hack your brain: Struggling to meditate? This brain sensing headband is your personal meditation assistant that will gently guide you to a calm mind. Put on the Muse headband, earbuds, start the app, and close your eyes. You will hear changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain which allows you to obtain a deeper sense of focus and motivates you to build a highly rewarding practice. Let Muse guide you to a calm mind...
I like Sam Harris’ new Waking Up meditation app. It’s very simple, and introduces the listener to lots of different types of meditation. Each day is about 10 minutes so manageable. There’s 50 days and I took the whole program, to refocus my meditation practice. I’m still using it, so it has to be one of my favourite hacks.
And in fact probably my top hack of all is meditating (see above). It doesn't cost anything, although doing it in front of the Joovv infrared light is always a treat. I’ve been using infrared light for a long time now and it means better health, less inflammation, great skin and I use it for any little aches and pains too, especially on my back. They’re soon bringing out a mini-light which will be handy too.
It’s surprisingly hard to find a water bottle with no plastic in it at all, made of good non-toxic materials. So what is the safest and healthiest water bottle? I’ve now probably spent far too much time thinking about this! So I invested in a onegreenbottle all stainless steel bottle with steel cap. Trust me, I went down this rabbit hole so you don’t have to.
Talking of sleep, these Flare Audio earplugs do the job very effectively. A lot better than normal earplugs and the best I’ve found. I found large size to be the best.
As you probably know I'm a (little bit of a) supplement junkie. I try not to take too many, but I did recently throw out the microwave so I could create some extra supplement storage space. One brand I like is Seeking Health - although annoyingly they're a bit hard to get in the UK. Dr. Ben Lynch knows his stuff when it comes to vitamins/nutrients and methylation. And if you can't be bothered to take lots of different supplements, perhaps his Optimal Multivitamin is a great start. Obviously check with your health practitioner or Doctor before starting something new.
Other assorted hacks
I've just started this list and I'm going to add to it with more fave tweaks and hacks so stay tuned and let me know what you think.
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