Advice from A Biohacker.. Will Of Upgraded Ape

IMG_8123Meet Will Barron . Creator , Founder , Ape enthusiast (i made that one up) but he does have a lot of apey cartoons on his amazing webshop , blog , podcast super site

The Upgraded Ape Website 

Something he created out of love and necessity having found interest in the “biohacking” world thats so revolutionary in America , his frustration at not being able to access the products that were enabling people like Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey to optimise  their brains, bodies and productivity  .. so basically creating super humans . He decided to bridge the gap and bring BIOHACKING TO BRITAIN . I know right . we picked his ..correction .. Upgraded super brain and found out the following…

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how did you get interested in health ? 

The story of humble Vitamin D started my fascination with health. I was blown away that this simple Vitamin could influence over 1000 genes within the human genome. After a quick google search I realised I could get my blood levels of serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D tested quickly and cheaply and after raising them to the correct levels I set about seeing what else I could manipulate.

what is the one myth .. that you would love to eradicate forever about health ? 

I think peoples health is being screwed up mostly by a lack of responsibility from individuals themselves. The myth that you can eat one particular way (be that SAD, paleo, low carb…) and everything is going to be OK is wrong. People need to take responsibility to see what they personally need to eat, how much they need to work out and what they need to do to prevent cognitive decline and then do those things over the long term.

what do you think the trends in health and wellness will be in the next 5 years? 

I think the ability for the average person to manipulate their brain neurochemistry is going to be the most important health development of the next 5 years. Cognitive decline is going to become the biggest health issue facing humanity alongside obesity as diets get worse and people live longer.

I think in time it will be commonplace to take a neuroprotective nootropic drug like piracetam in the morning alongside your omega 3s and vitamin d supplements.

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your brand has quite a strong foot in the Paleo world , its quite largely misunderstood as cross fitting steak eaters.. whats the real scoop? 

The real scoop is that the word ‘paleo’ is used to sell cook books and diets. The movement started with an emphasis on eating real, wholefoods which is what I wholeheartedly support. As long as you’re eating a bunch of whole veg, a decent amount of fats from things like butter and avocado and a fist size of quality meat a day you’re doing well.

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whats a day in the life of your plate look like ? 

I intermittent fast and so I have a black coffee in the mornings using freshly ground Bioupgraded – High Performance Coffee beans and then have lunch around 1-2pm. Lunch is usually a salad of some kind – organic baby gem lettuce, cucumber, celery, avocado, tomatoes with some kind of meet like salmon or chicken. I make a little salad dressing using MCT oil and a squeeze of lemon too.

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I enjoy cooking and so my evening meal could be anything. For example tonight I’m going to making slow cooked, sticky Chinese ribs and a tomato and basil soup. I’ll likely throw some kind of fruit cocktail together for a desert too. Random but delicious.

what supplements would you recommend for overall health ? 

Vitamin D and Omega 3s (with Krill Oil being the best source) are essential for most people. After that it really depends on your mental and physical performance and training goals.

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ABOVE: some of the supplements Will Curates on the site 

who would you LOVE to interview on your podcast ? 

It’s an obvious one, but Tim Ferriss was a huge influence for me to track my own health biomarkers and then use this data to improve them. Importantly his original book the 4 hour work week was massive inspiration for me to take control of my life and become and entrepreneur.

I’d love to interview Tim and dive deep into what makes him tick on the mindset kind of level.

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exercise is important , but is it cardio , HIIT , cross fit , yoga ?!? the debate rolls on , whats your 2 cents ? 

Yoga is incredible and is something that I’m really into at the moment. Being tall I’ve never had decent flexibility and so it’s a new side of being ‘in shape’ that I’ve never really experimented with before.

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I do a lot of rock climbing but when I’m not training specifically for that my weekly break down is this –

–       HIIT once a week to increase mitochondria numbers and function (plus countless epigenetic knock on effects)

–       ‘Lift heavy stuff’ twice a week which consists of 6-8 reps x3 sets of squats, deadlift, bench press, overhead press and a few other compound movements.

–       Specific training for niggles. For example I smashed up my clavicle last year sledding and I’m still having issues with my infraspinatus being tight and so I do daily exercises to strengthen the muscles around this at the moment.

what is the one healthy lifestyle habit you think can improve everyones wellbeing? 

3 out of 4 visits to US doctors are for stress related ailments, stress is also the cause of 60% of all human illness and disease. Stress related aliments costs the US economy $300 billion a year (obesity costs way less at $200 billion).

Most of the people reading this right now are likely stressed, however there is a solution. It’s simple, free, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years – meditation.

If everyone relaxed their brains for 20 minutes a day by meditating the world would instantly become a healthier place.

1 sentence about sugar (ha!) 

Sugar is fine, in moderation, with real food, in the PM (as it effects your blood glucose and so insulin levels differently throughout the day).

1 sentence about FAT!

Fat isn’t the devil, most of your brain is made out of it!

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1 sentence about Protein 

Moderate protein guys, otherwise it can cause serious inflammation.

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1 sentence about carbs 

Carbs = insulin spike which is a useful tool if used correctly.

and finally the QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS (one word response)

favourite  food-

Ribs

mantra-

Family, Fitness, Freedom

what makes you laugh –

Being silly

what makes you cry-

Homelessness

person to be stuck in an elevator lift with-

Richard Branson

daily practice-

Wake, Gratefulness, Coffee, Read, Meditate, Work

supplement-

Vitamin D

nugget of wisdom –

Everyone knows what to do in health, business, life. Only the successful repeatedly do it.

website you love-

Gizmodo.co.uk

best Instagram –

Dan Bilzerian

i would eat my last meal at-

REDs BBQ restaurant

You couldn’t pay me to eat-

McDonalds

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film –

Fight Club

book-

Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins

inspiration-

Tony Hawk

SITE: http://upgradedape.com

BLOG http://upgradedape.com/upgraded-blog/

PODCAST : http://radio.upgradedape.com

HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS OF 2014 Part 1

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HAAAAAPPYYY NEWWW YEARRR BABIEEESSS
I haven’t blogged for ages .. but its a new year , and this blog is going to keep on keeping on …so I thought I would start the year off with some premonitions .. cos I like to get freeakeh like that … so hang tight for some peeps into 2014 for health , wellness, exercise and foods mmmmmm delicious .
I hope you’re all looking to further your physical and mental health like the genius’ that you are
. And may my future blogs from Los Angeles (i know my life is great) fill your brains with goodness ..
Let The Games Commence (I just saw hunger games so felt it was apt .. but OMG jennifer lawrence has a face like jesus carved it out of an angels ass.. how just HOW!)

Omega 3’s

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Indisputable new studies have proven omega 3 deficiencies are the cause of many and most mental and physical ailments .. from depression to weight gain , with modern diets so high in omega 6’s in the form of vegetable oils in basically all processed foods .. Omega 3 are depleted and considering our body cant produce them and needs to aqquire them from foods (unless you’re eating a lot of sustainable fish and flaxseed) you wont be getting adequate amounts .. everyones going to be talking about krill oil & fish oils supplements as the most successful ways of building your Essential Fatty Acids .. its all about OMEGA 3 in 2014
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Paleo Diets

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They were big this year , but in 2014 paleo is going to reign supreme . The Palaeolithic diet harps back to eating caveman style and shunning Dairy and ALL GRAINS AND LEGUMES in favour of fat rich grass fed meats and fresh produce . Last year was all about bacon and eggs for breakfast , but this years paleo diet will look far more fresh , healthy and Gatherer -Hunter as opposed to Hunter-Gatherer . Think kale salads , fresh fish and simple berry dishes . Adriana lima is doing it … nuff said
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Exercising Smarter

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its now been proven that is not the length of your workout that matters , but the quality .
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) CrossFit and Functional exercise (like pulling objects , climbing and gymnastic based gym workouts) are where its at .
losing that stubborn weight or toning up quick is about short intense 20 minute workout utilizing multiple muscle groups to turn up the dial on metabolism and start the fat burning process .
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Good Fat

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Now we know fat doesn’t equate to GETTING FAT .. the year is going to be the Fat 14.. in fact to get into that fat burning state of Ketosis one needs a high fat diet , so check out the coconut oil , avocado , butter (grass-fed) ghee and anything else with the GOOD FATS in it .. these fats cant be used as energy and instead go straight to power the brain and your body has to seek about its own stores of body fat to burn for energy . look it up peeps . fatty fatty boom boom
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Mainstream Juice

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mark my words there will be unpasteurised fresh juices at the stores in 6packs.. beer or green juice… beer or green juice.. GREEN JUICE .. green juices and juice cleanses became the darling of 2013 and now everyone wants to get in on it without paying a months rent so expect affordable cleanses to hit the mainstream
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Bye Bye Smoking

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people are over it.
From Australia to Europe and other progressive areas of the world have shunned it in public places , put taxes on it and upped the ante on advertising its negative impacts on your health … but it doesn’t even need to be said anymore , almost all smokers are wanting to quit and with books so popular like Allen Carr’s Quit Smoking The Easy Way and various new forms of meditation and hypnosis to toss the habit  alongside a rapid rise in sales of Electronic Cigarettes .. smoking will be a thing of the past sooner than we thought … even the french are over it
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Crazy Yoga Leggings

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no more boring blacks in class its all about crazy prints and brights in 2014 .. the year we all get HAPPY !
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The Yoga Selfie .. Downward dogs on the beach .. Pigeons In Paris .. Airport Wheels .. its only going to get more extreme .. its the new PLANKING.. HASHTAG YELFIE
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Soy Sorry Its No Good

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The US has already started to make alternative milks available at coffee shops .. like almond milk and rice milk .. health conscious dairy shunners are over the Soy craze of the mid 2000’s and realised its no better option than shitty milk so to keep the young trendy health consious peeps happy  I wouldnt be surprised to see starbucks bring in a Almond Milk Latte Mid 2014 .. HALLELUJAH
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