On my recent whirlwind media and Boundless book tour of India, I hosted, along with my friends Jag Chima and Kris Gethin, a massive biohacking Q&A and panel in Mumbai, directly after the one we recorded in New Delhi, which you can listen to here (you may also be interested in our private hotel room chat here). We covered an enormously wide range of topics, including:
- The harmony between ancestral living and modern science…
- How to optimize gut health…
- Does moving around help digestion…
- 5G and EMF hazards from mobile phones and “smart” technology…
- Why it’s so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet…
- How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process…
- How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old…
- The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking…
- And much more!
Jag Chima, born in England, is an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist with business interests that include real estate, construction, finance, lifestyle, and health and fitness. Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs.
Jag has carved a niche for himself as a passionate and astute professional, with experience that started in 1998. He has also been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV. He is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs and believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development. Jag recently completed a triathlon and also a 1450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar India, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India.
Originally from Wales, Kris Gethin has established himself as one of the most versatile fitness entrepreneurs in the industry. Before founding Kaged Muscle, Kris competed as a lifetime natural pro bodybuilder, placing as high as second place in the Natural World Championships. As a personal trainer, his clients have included Bollywood celebrities, billionaire businessmen, and champion athletes. In between training clients, he has certified more than 800 personal trainers. Somehow, this tireless innovator found time to co-found a health club franchise called Kris Gethin Gyms. He has shared his extensive knowledge through books, newsletters, videos, and podcasts.
Now, he’s moved into the nutrition sector with Kaged Muscle, a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge, ultra-premium sports nutrition supplements for athletes of all types. All of Kris’ pursuits are consistent with his mission of helping others reach their health and fitness goals.
In this episode you’ll discover:
-What it means to be “boundless”…8:41
- We just want more energy to accomplish our goals, purpose, etc.
- We go about our lives with less energy than we’re capable of; it’s more than just exercise and diet
- Oft-neglected variables: cognitive performance, digestion, blood-brain barrier, spiritual disciplines, etc.
- “Read the book, but don’t become a student of learning. Put it into action.”
- Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- Mitigating hazards of the Information Age:
- Don’t feel pressure to read the entire book
- Have one shelf of books you’ll read again and again
- How to get your hands on Boundless:
-How to optimize gut health…16:30
- The gut is where most of the bacteria reside and thrive
- Postbiotics contribute to our energy levels
- Two branches of the nervous system: Enteric and Central
- Enteric resides within the gut; fed and fueled by the vagus nerve
- Neglect of the gut will affect our mental function, sleep, neurotransmitter, mood, etc.
- Functional medicine has it right: go to the gut first in determining the issue
- Other deleterious variables affecting the gut:
- Processed food
- Sources of the food we eat
- Sugar intake
- Kris had mold toxicity in the brain; the functional medicine doc went straight to the gut
-The harmony between ancestral living and modern science…21:04
- The two don’t need to be mutually exclusive
- You can overdo anything
- Many biohackers rely too much on tech that they become disconnected with nature
- Eating “ancestral” foods (ghee, blueberries, etc.) to excess
- Modern science has spawned a rediscovery of ancestral living
- “Retirement” is a foreign concept in Blue Zones around the world
- Always look for opportunities to move, ground with the earth, etc.
- Don’t let the weather be an excuse for getting outside
- Discomfort, suffering encourages other disciplines in our lives
- Keep your smart phone on airplane mode whenever possible
- Book: Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
- BioBalance mat
- Earth Runners sandals
-How moving around helps digestion…31:20
- Low-level physical activity throughout the day
- Rest without being in a seated position all day
- Why recline or rest while eating:
- Allows you to be present while eating
- Consuming food in a stressed state may negate any nutritional benefits of it
- Choose to fast if you don’t have time to eat in a relaxed state
- Bone density decrease that correlates with a shift from squatting to sitting position
-5G and EMF hazards from mobile phones and “smart” technology…36:00
-Why it’s so difficult to thrive on a plant-based diet…56:37
- You need to know how to do it; know which holes need to be filled in
- Plants have built-in defense mechanisms; these can be problematic for the gut
- Smart plant-based diets:
- Many plant-based advocates are ignorant or unwilling to go through the trouble
- Ethically-raised meat can supply the amino acids and nutrients you need
- The ideal diet will vary based on your genetics, but is omnivorous
- Be aware of the source:
- Some endurance athletes thrive on a plant-based diet, but is their health optimized?
- Beware of documentaries on Netflix that preach a plant-based diet
- Diets can be used as a tool to be used for a specific purpose, but it may not be the ideal diet forever
-Biohacking your workout…1:08:45
- Nasal breathing
- Encourages diaphragmatic breathing
- Improves facial symmetry
- Use the mouth only during the hardest part of the workout
- Blood flow restriction training
- Heart rate variability (HRV) measurement
- HRV is the time between beats of the heart
- Indicative of the health of the vagus nerve
- Neglecting HRV can be very detrimental
- High HRV is good; indicative of good overall health
- Oura Ring
-How to slow down, or stop altogether, the aging process…1:18:25
-How Ben can have a biological age of 9 years old…1:26:43
-The right approach to aesthetics when it comes to biohacking…1:33:38
-Biohacks to help with a polluted environment…1:47:26
-Hacks to optimize health while traveling…1:53:50
-Herbs for biohacking…2:02:41
-What wearable technologies to use, and which to avoid…2:08:40
- It must be able to disable bluetooth, wifi, put in airplane mode
- Apollo wearable band (15% discount automatically applied at checkout)
- Oura Ring
- Molekule air filter (code: BEN)
- Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning!
- Keep phone out of the bedroom
-Ben and Kris’ top 5 biohacks…2:18:40
- Hot and cold thermogenesis
- Stimulating the vagus nerve
- Promotes emotional stability
- Sun exposure/light therapy
- Meditation and gratitude
- Hot and cold thermogenesis
- How to obtain BPC-157 in India
- Why Ben recommends sauna over steam
- How to decide which supplements are appropriate for you
- Is there benefit to doing hot before cold thermogenesis, and vice versa
- What do prebiotics and probiotics have to do with gut health
- Determining the proper diet for you
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Got a question about what Jag, Kris and I talked about in this episode? Drop a comment below and we’ll reply!