Biohacking – What is it? My experience of the health optimisation summit.

The Health Optimisation summit London – September 2019

Have you heard the word biohacking? Biohacking is a term used initially by the creator of the bulletproof diet and bulletproof coffee, Mr. David Asprey, dubbed the father of biohacking.

I had the pleasure of helping out and attending the health optimisation summit in London in 2019 & what a great experience it was! Hanging out with like minded people and the buzz of new technologies, inspiring talks from speakers with an enormous amount of experience in their fields and the top healthy supplements and food products. It was the very first one of its kind and was a great success. The organizer, Tim Gray, is himself an avid “Biohacker” living in London. Mr David Asprey was among the panel of speakers along with other great speakers on a range of topics from sleep optimisation to gut health, neurofeedback to EMF’s, oral hygiene and its consequences to sex drive, epigenetics to mindful weight lifting.

There were lots of practical workshops in animal flow movement to acroyoga. Also, of course let’s not forget the food and supplements. Of course, there was the bulleteproof crew and bone broth companies like osso, protein supplement companies like Nuzest.

Most attendee’s at the event walked around in their Vivo Barefoot shoes, Oura ring and red tinted blue blocking glasses. I definitley have to invest in an Oura ring – next on the list!

What are these red tinted glasses for? If you have never heard of them before, the red is to help block out junk light. Most of us are not even aware the damage the junk light from our screens is causing us on many levels.

A great company to get quality ones from is and it’s all about optimising sleep like the aura ring is. The oura ring is just like a normal ring you wear that monitors your REM or quality deep sleep each night among other things like HRV – Heart Rate Variability. Monitoring Heart rate vairability is so much more valuable that just monitoring heart rate is like many other devices do like the fitbit. Not to mention the fitbit emits EMF’s all day long unlike the Oura ring. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on your body. It is measured as the time gap between your heart beats that varies as you breathe in and out. Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, whilst decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout.

When you sleep better, you feel and live better, more energy, more focus and decreasing systemic inflammation. We don’t prioritise our sleep enough and more and more research is coming out on the power of optimising sleep and our circadian rhythym on long term disease and inflammation. Check out the book Circadian Code by Satchin Panda.

We talk about junk light not just from our screens but also the lighting in our homes and when we have this light shining in our faces right up to sleep time, the brain doesn’t produce enough melatonin, the sleep hormone.

While I am not a fan of the term bio hacking itself as it has a negative connotation for me but I am a fan of being up to date with the most recent research on optimising our health and that is essentially what bio-hacking is, just another way of saying it. It is looking at the latest research, the latest products, the latest technologies out there which allow us to monitor trends to better understand our biology and innate power to heal.

I loved Dave Asprey’s talk. He has a very inpsiring personal story of weight loss actually and severe inflammation in his body at a young age so he began doing the research. Having an engineering analytical mind, he adapted this to the health arena and became the “father of biohacking” or the pioneer of this movement of health research.

Let’s not forget John Gray, the author of men are from mars, women are from venus! He was freakin’ hilarious! He had the crowd in stitches laughing and on their feet at the end for a standing ovation!

Another favourite was Luke story, another biohacking expert living in LA and creator of the Life style podcast. Check it out! We can’t forget Shaman Durek, the shaman to Gwyneth Paltrow! His energy and presence was unreal and of course, I ran home and bought his book – spirit hacking!

In terms of products, there was the human charger, the cryotherapy machine which is known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. I’m all about the cold therapy at the moment and cold sea swims, using Wim Hof’s breathing method so i loved the cryotherapy machine.

it involves getting into a body-sized chamber up to your neck and having liquid nitrogen sprayed into the air to bring skin temperature down to below -200ºF. It can help with everything from minor inflammation to autoimmune disease and everything in between. It is important to note that Cryotherapy itself has been used in some form by the medical community for hundreds of years and is well documented. Cold therapy itself has been used since the 1700’s but has gained more popularity in recent times with people like Wim Hof, spreading the word.

Another great speaker, who opened the summit with the first talk was Dr Nasha Winters, a cancer survivor. See a slide from her talk below about daily tips to reduce inflammation and create an optimal terrain.

Overall such a great experience. As Luke Story says below in his practical spirituality talk, Health is an inside job. That’s what we are all about at Ryse Gold, empowering ourselves to listen to the bodies constant signs, tune into our natural intuition and gut feelings, look within and raise our vibrations and conciousness to be as abundant as we can be in terms of our health and vitality. Until next time..

To your abundant health,

Melissa xxx