Introducing Bulletproof Bullet Points: Your Biohacking News Flash
Here at Bulletproof we frequently share cool new studies and articles with each other and revel in the amazingness of science and biohacking. Someone often brings up the question: “Is this worthy of a blog post?”
Far too often, the answer is “Yes, but I don’t have time.” Other times the study is interesting but too small to get its own post, or it’s too specific to fit into a larger article. Whatever the reason, each month there are loads of cool discoveries that don’t end up on the blog, on Facebook, etc.
That’s going to change, starting right here! From now on, every month we’ll put out a roundup of our favorite “Bulletproof Bullet Points.” We’ll include a quick rundown of new and noteworthy studies, research, biohacks, and cooking tips, along with the occasional fun article thrown in. Here’s the first installment. Enjoy!
Silence: the latest low-tech sleep hack
Do you have a couple stubborn pounds that won’t come off? Wearing earplugs at night could help you lose them. A team of Swedish researchers looked at the waistlines of people exposed to traffic noise – road noise, railway noise, and aircraft noise – and found that each correlated with both increased abdominal fat and an increased waist-to-hip ratio. People exposed to all three types of noise showed the greatest increase in belly fat. If you live in a loud area consider closing your windows at night or sleeping with earplugs in.
Want a kick ass recipe for avocado butter?
Avocado butter combines two super Bulletproof foods, which is why it’s awesome that the Food Network’s Alton Brown just posted this recipe for avocado butter. Yes, please! Just skip the garlic if you’re sensitive to it.
Mimicking fasting works
A group of scientists at USC Davis found that limiting yourself to 750-1000 nutrient-dense calories (about 50% from fat) per day leads the body to mimic a fasting state while curbing hunger.
Participants who mimicked fasting just 5 days per month showed significantly decreased risk factors and biomarkers for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and aging. Mimicking fasting also regenerated the immune system.
Sound familiar? Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting follows the same principles, although the approach is slightly different. If you haven’t tried Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting yet, check out the guide here. It’s nice to see yet another study demonstrate the power of fasting, and show that it works even if you have some food in your system.
Break a bone? Cannabinoids can help
It seems like marijuana can do just about everything these days. Studies suggest that cannabinoids, chemicals found in cannabis plants, can inhibit cancerous tumor growth, treat glaucoma, prevent seizures, slow Alzheimer’s progression, act as a neuroprotective agent, and possibly even relieve anxiety and depression when taken in small doses.
Now there’s another possible benefit to add to the list. A lab in Israel recently published an exciting new finding: cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in marijuana, significantly speeds up the healing process in rats with fractured legs. The study also found that CBD turns on genes that promote collagen formation, increasing bone flexibility. To top it off, CBD is not psychoactive – it won’t get you high.
Even with the all the recent research on cannabinoids, there’s a lot scientists don’t understand about marijuana’s effect on the brain. Some cannabinoids seem to be hormone disruptors, and marijuana smoke contains carcinogens. A lot of the plants are grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and many strains are genetically modified using crude methods and potentially dangerous mutagens. Keep the whole picture in mind as you decide whether or not to partake.
Are your gut, your brain, and your happiness all connected?
This article talks about your enteric nervous system (ENS), a group of nearly 100 million nerves that line your gut. Your ENS sends signals about your gut and immune health up to your brain and brings your brain’s orders back to your GI tract. A growing body of research suggests that an imbalance in gut bacteria can interfere with signaling in the gut-brain pathway, affecting your mood, creating food sensitivities, and increasing both gut and brain inflammation.
Speaking of inflammation, this other recent study found a strong link between brain inflammation and depression. Depressed individuals have 30% greater translocator protein density, a measurement of inflammation in your brain.
So your diet impacts your gut health, and your gut health impacts your brain health. Does that mean eating good food could heal your gut, decrease brain inflammation, and fight depression? Maybe. There isn’t enough research to be sure yet, but it’s certainly a powerful idea.
Learn how your habits can change your brain
This awesome infographic talks about the basics of neuroscience and brain hacking. It depicts brain chemistry in a neat, approachable way, and it discusses neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to adapt in response to your experiences, behavior, and surroundings.
The infographic also touches on how you can shape your brain, encouraging you to view it as a muscle that you can physically change through training and diet – and biohacking, of course!
An ingenious new way to track the chemicals in your environment
MyExposome is a simple but mind-blowing Kickstarter project that can tell you exactly what chemicals you’re exposed to in your day-to-day life. The company isn’t funded yet, but if it takes off it has an ingenious plan. MyExposome will ship you a silicone bracelet that you wear for a week. The silicone absorbs the same chemicals in your environment that you absorb, as well as anything you secrete through your pores. At the end of the week you ship the bracelet back to MyExposome’s lab, where scientists screen the bracelet for more than 1400 compounds, including carcinogens, pesticides, and hormone disruptors. They then send you back your lab results. Brilliant. You can learn more or fund MyExposome here.
Let’s mix shrimp and gelatin. What’s the worst that could happen?
Last but certainly not least, this list of 1950s kitchen creations will make you more grateful for fresh meat and produce than you’ve ever been before. Can you believe how many recipes included gelatin, hot dogs, canned seafood, and pimentos? Sometimes all in the same dish?
Although now that we think about it, there’s probably a way to make a Bulletproof Ring-Around-the-Tuna…no, never mind.
That’s everything for this month. If you have other studies, recipes, articles, or ‘50s dishes you’d like to see here, leave your ideas in the comments below. Stay Bulletproof!