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Biohacker Dave Asprey’s Top 5 Tips On How To Work Smarter And Think Faster

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In the fitness and wellness community, there’s a great saying offered up by newbies and advanced trainers alike:

Work smarter, not harder.

Think about it. If you’re working out on a regular basis, sweating it out at the gym, pounding out that pavement on a run, you want to get the most for your efforts. And effective training has a lot to do with working efficiently.

Can we learn to train better, feel better, look better, and think better, without having to struggle and strain and sweat the whole time?

We sure can. And Dave Asprey shows us how it’s done.

Dave Asprey And The Foundations Of Biohacking

No matter what you’re pursuing — a promotion at work, a personal project, a healthier body, a more energized mind — you want the most bang for your buck, right? You want a good payoff for your investment, especially if that investment involves your time or energy.

So, how can we learn to utilize our energy in the most effective way? Well, Dave Asprey has something to say about that.

Dave Asprey is the founder of bulletproof coffee, the New York Times bestselling author of The Bulletproof Diet and Head Strong, and one of the innovative leaders of the biohacking movement.

Dave learned about biohacking purely by accident. It was though a personal quest of self discovery and personal improvement that he began to undersstand how the human mind and body are inherently connected, and how that can be used to your advantage.

What’s biohacking?

Simply put — biohacking is the conscious control of your external environment to enrich your physical and mental health. It involves monitoring what you eat, hear, see, touch, and smell, to guide the external stimuli around you to facilitate a better, healthier version of yourself.

Dave has been a powerful voice in the biohacking movement, not to mention his pioneering work with bulletproof coffee and the bulletproof diet. And when it comes to holistically healing the body and mind, Dave Asprey has plenty of powerful suggestions to offer.

Dave Asprey and Jim Kwik
Dave Asprey and Jim Kwik

5 Tips From Dave Asprey To Work Smarter And Think Faster

If we want to bring our bodies and minds up to optimal speed, we need to make sure we’re providing ourselves with the proper fuel and stimulus to thrive.

Here are 5 tips from Dave Asprey on how to think faster, be more productive, feel better, and work smarter — not harder.

1. The Bulletproof Diet

The Bulletproof Diet, created by Dave Asprey, is designed to help support fat loss and muscle maintenance, while targeting and lowering inflammation in the body.

It also balances hormones, stabilizes blood sugar, banishes brain fog, and boosts your energy.

The best part about this diet? It’s not really a diet at all. It’s simply a modification of what you eat, and working healthier, more nutrient-dense, life-giving foods into your life.

The Bulletproof Diet works on a spectrum:

  • Green Zone foods: These are Bulletproof foods. Eat ‘em up whenever possible!
  • Yellow Zone foods: Be cautious. You might be able to eat these foods, but they’re also known to cause inflammation, so check in with how they make you feel.
  • Red Zone foods: Avoid these foods whenever possible. They’re almost always liable to wreak havoc in the body!

Pretty simple, right? Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Diet is easy to understand and even easier to try. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the diet. 

Oh, and we almost forgot:

Dave Asprey’s Game-Changing Bulletproof Coffee

We can’t talk about the Bulletproof Diet without talking about bulletproof coffee!

Bulletproof coffee was created by Dave Asprey and is a blend of special coffee beans, a teaspoon of “Brain Octane Oil” (a purified form of coconut oil), and a tablespoon of grass-fed unsalted butter. You put all these ingredients into a blender, mix for thirty seconds, and end up with a beautiful, frothy drink that’s a sight to behold and a wonder to consume.

Bulletproof coffee delivers the same energy as regular coffee, just without the dreaded mid-afternoon crash so many coffee-drinkers have come to loathe.

2. Intermittent Fasting

One way to supercharge your body’s natural cleansing, fat blasting abilities? Intermittent fasting.

Dave Asprey explains that intermittent fasting has become a popular trend due to its ability to rapidly impact the body and mind in as little as 24 hours.

One of the most popular methods of intermittent fasting is to use the 16/8 method – meaning, you fast for 16 hours a day, and eat for 8. Usually, you begin your fast period around the time you go to sleep, say 9 pm. The next day, you would refrain from eating until 1pm.

What’s the point to intermittent fasting? Well, it offers many cleansing properties for the body:

  • Increase in Human Growth Hormone (HGH). When you fast, your levels of HGH rise, resulting in fat loss and muscle gain.
  • Insulin levels drop. Your insulin sensitivity improves, which makes stored fat in the body more accessible.
  • Cell repair. When you fast, your cells instigate a repair process of removing old, dysfunctional proteins that build inside your cells.

Dave Asprey talks about the powers of intermittent fasting in his book The Bulletproof Diet.

3. 40 Years of Zen – A Meditation Experience Like No Other

This suggest is not for the faint of heart.

Dave Asprey has designed a unique, exclusive experience for those looking to hack the biofeedback of their bodies and truly revolutionize their experience.

It’s a form of biofeedback meditation training offered in a small, specialized facility in Seattle, Washington. The program can only take a handful of students at a time, and costs a whopping $15,000 to attend.

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Vishen Lakhiani experiencing brain scanning with the 40 Years of Zen program

In 40 Years of Zen, Dave Asprey offers a customized, personalized experience tailored to each applicant. For five days, trainees explore neurofeedback through specialized equipment and software that teaches them how to listen to the feedback from their own bodies and minds on their emotional and mental state.

The program is called 40 Years of Zen because, as Dave Asprey explains, it takes zen masters some 20 to 40 years to cultivate a similar level of awareness that the program offers.It’s an intense process, and requires a deep level of emotional dedication. But Dave Asprey swears that the training has yielded staggering results for those willing participants who have undergone the training.

If you are looking for more information on general biohacking and this concept of 40 Years of Zen, here is a great Q&A style talk with Vishen Lakhiani and Dave Asprey at Mindvalley’s A-Fest:

4. Head Strong – Dave Asprey’s Biohacking Manual for the Brain

In Dave Asprey’s newest bestseller, Head Strong, he details the biohacks you can use to take advantage of your brain’s biochemistry for a faster, sharper, more creative mind.

In this book, Dave Asprey offers up a two week program designed to totally supercharge the performance of your brain:

  • You learn what the brain needs to fuel itself for optimal output.
  • You are taught how to eliminate environmental elements that are slowing you down.
  • You discover how to reduce inflammation in the body and mind to stay energized.
  • You learn to promote the growth of new neurons for increased mental acuity and new learning potential.

If you’re intrigued, be sure to explore what else Dave Asprey’s newest book, Head Strong, has to offer.

5. Bulletproof Radio

For the lowdown on everything Bulletproof diet related, you should tune into Dave Asprey’s podcast, Bulletproof Radio.

The series is available on iTunes, and you can both download and subscribe to Bulletproof Radio from your mobile device.

The episodes range from Bulletproof diet tips to reversing autoimmune diseases. There’s no topic too big or small for Dave Asprey to tackle, so check in to the newest episode of Bulletproof Radio on iTunes!


What do you think about these suggestions for living a healthier life?

Would you try biohacking or intermittent fasting? And how about Bulletproof coffee?

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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