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Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent 15 years and over $300,000 to hack his own biology.
Dave lost 100 pounds without counting calories or excessive exercise, used techniques to upgrade his brain by more than 20 IQ points, and lowered his biological age while learning to sleep more efficiently in less time.
He is the founder of The Bulletproof Executive company and has one of the top health and fitness podcasts in iTunes. Dave’s new book, THE BULLETPROOF DIET, is available now.
Questions for Dave Asprey
- Tell us what you mean when you refer to being “bulletproof”.
- Another key concept you talk about is “bio-hacking” or “hacking.” This sounds like a computer term. What does it mean in relation to health?
- Talk about your background and how you got interested in trying to reach optimal health?
- What role does inflammation play in promoting weight gain, disease and aging?
- When it comes to eating you feel it’s important to eat a larger percentage of fat. Talk to the person who may still be stuck in the “fat is bad” mindset. What type of fat are you talking about and how does it benefit the body?
- What exactly is Bulletproof coffee and why are so many people excited about it? Will this work with regular coffee off the shelf? For the non-coffee drinker would using green tea have similar effects?
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee
From Bulletproof Blog reprinted by permission.
When people hear more than half my calories come from healthy fats, one of the most common questions after “Why?” is “How?” I start the day with a cup of Bulletproof® Coffee.
I learned about the power of butter at 18,000 feet of elevation near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. I staggered into a guest house from the -10 degree weather and was literally rejuvenated by a creamy cup of yak butter tea.
The biohacker in me asked, “why?” and after a couple years of careful research, that was the genesis of the recipe below, which is today, used by Billboard recording artists before they go on stage, world champion athletes, and some of the world’s top executives, because it has a massive impact on cognitive function.
It was John Patrick Henry’s 2nd cousin’s boyfriend Juan Valdez who said, “Give me high-end coffee or give me death.” That’s because toxins in cheap coffee steals your mental edge and actually makes you weak, but clean coffee actually fights cancer and provides antioxidants.
So, I use the lowest toxin, highest performance coffee there is (I know, because I created it and tested it!) I brew it, and then I blend unsalted, grass-fed butter into it, along with an extract of coconut oil that improves brain energy.
Yes, butter. All the benefits of healthy milk fat with none of the damaging denatured casein proteins found in cream. It makes for the creamiest, most satisfying cup of coffee you’ve ever had. It will keep you satisfied with level energy for 6 hours if you need it, and because I’m having it for breakfast, I’m programming my body to burn fat for energy all day long!
Bulletproof® Coffee Recipe
- Brew 1 cup (8 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee
- Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like
>> a foamy latte
It’s really fast and easy to prepare. Realize salted coffee is a crime. Do not do this with salted butter. Bleah.
Kerrygold butter or another grass-fed brand of butter really matters because corn or soy-fed cows don’t make butter with the same fats. Those butters don’t blend well, don’t taste good, and don’t make you feel Bulletproof.
Grass-fed butter is much healthier than other butter. It doesn’t make cholesterol levels worse, it optimizes them! Starting your day with grass-fed butter will give you lots of energy and it will give your body healthy fats that it will use to make cell walls and hormones. If you’re like most of my friends who try this, your body is so starved for healthy fats that you feel like you can’t get enough.
It will take your body a week or two to fully turn on its fat digestion systems when you switch to a high healthy fat breakfast of Bulletproof Coffee. If at first it is a little too rich, try using less butter initially then build up to the amount you like. Taking a betaine HCl or digestive enzyme supplement with your coffee will also help your body digest the butter. Try this just once, with at least 2 Tbs of butter, and have nothing else for breakfast.
You will experience one of the best mornings of your life, with boundless energy and focus. It’s amazing. After one drink of Bulletproof® Coffee, you’ll never be tempted to eat fat-free, insulin-raising, fat-storing toast and oatmeal breakfasts again!
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