Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wellness Feature: Head Strong by Dave Asprey (Review)

Before this book, I had not heard of Dave Asprey. When I came across this second book of his, I was immediately attracted to the topic since I love learning about neuroscience. What did I think of his latest book? Read my review below.

Book Details:

Title: Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster in Just Two Weeks
Author: Dave Asprey
Publisher: Harper Wave
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 352 pages
Genre: Health, Fitness and Dieting
Published: April 4, 2017
Content Rating: PG for language

Book Description:

From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower—in two weeks or less.

For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better—a process known as "biohacking." In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows readers how to biohack their way to a sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brain.

Imagine feeling like your mind is operating at its clearest and sharpest, and being able—possibly for the first time in your life—to do more in less time? What it suddenly became easier to do the very hardest things you do? Or if you could feel 100% confident about your intellect, and never again fear being the person in the room who just isn’t smart enough, or can’t remember something important? How would you treat people if the mood swings, short temper, and food cravings that disrupt your day could simply disappear?

In Head Strong, Asprey shows us that all of this is possible—and more. Using his simple lifestyle modifications (or "hacks") to take advantage of how the structure of your brain works, readers will learn how to take their mental performance to the next level. Combining the latest findings in neuroscience and neurobiology with a hacker-inspired "get it done now" perspective, Asprey offers a program structured around key areas of brain performance that will help you:
  • Power the brain with exactly what it needs to perform at its best all day long
  • Eliminate the sources of "kryptonite," both nutritional and environmental, that make the brain slower.
  • Supercharge the cellular powerhouses of our brains, the mitochondria, to eliminate cravings and turn up mental focus.
  • Reverse inflammation to perform better right now, then stay sharp and energized well into your golden years.
  • Promote neuron growth to enhance processing speed and reinforce new learning—hotwiring your brain for success.
Asprey’s easy to follow, two-week program offers a detailed plan to supercharge brain performance, including: which foods to eat and which ones to avoid, how to incorporate the right kinds of physical activity into your day, a detox protocol for your home and body; meditation and breathing for performance, recommended brain-boosting supplements; and how to adjust the lighting in your home and work space to give your brain the quality light it thrives on.

A better brain—and a happier, easier, more productive life—is within reach. You just need to get Head Strong.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Before this book, I had not heard of Dave Asprey. When I came across this second book of his, I was immediately attracted to the topic since I love learning about neuroscience. I really enjoyed learning about the mitochondria and how sugar and the wrong kind of fats affect its performance. This in itself motivated me to continue in my resolve to eliminate most sugar from my diet and to keep eating good fats like avocado, coconut oil and olive oil. A fat brain is a healthy brain!

This book is divided into three parts. In addition, each chapter ends with key points to remember and then three things you can do right now to apply what you've read. I liked this and thought it was a good way to make practical use of the information just read. The first part is all about the mitochondria, neurons and inflammation. I loved this part because I learned quite a few things and I connected other info I had learned from other books I'd read recently. 

The second part is about being in control of your head where the author discusses brain fuel, toxic food and toxic metals and the effect of light on our brain. I also enjoyed his chapter on exercise and getting the right kind of exercise. Once again, I learned a lot of new info and I'm more resolved now to move more (since I work on my computer all day), to sleep better and to reduce how much blue light my family and I are exposed to.

The third part is the two-week program. If you're vegan, don't drink coffee or haven't purchased the author's Brain Octane Oil then you'll find this diet hard to follow. The recipes gave me some idea on how to incorporate good fats into my diet. I'm resolved to find grass-fed meat and grass-fed butter. I do believe that we do need to supplement our diet with high-quality supplements because our food supply is depleted and we don't get the nutrients we need on a daily basis. The author includes a section on a variety of supplements that are particularly good for the brain and that can be purchased at any local natural store.

The book includes a bibliography with reference notes and an index. Overall, I think that knowing the science of why I should eat certain foods and eliminate others or change my lifestyle habits is powerful for me. It gives me the motivation to make the changes that I know will be good for me and my family. Even making a few key changes can make a whole lot of difference. Head Strong is a good reference book.

To read more reviews, please visit Dave Asprey's page on TLC Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author:

DAVE ASPREY, founder of the Bulletproof Executive blog, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent fifteen years and over $300,000 learning to hack his own biology. Dave lost one hundred pounds without counting calories or doing excessive exercise; upgraded his IQ by more than twenty points; and lowered his biological age--all the while learning to sleep better in less time. Mastering these seemingly impossible things transformed him into a better entrepreneur, a better husband and a better father. Dave's blog reaches 1.5 million unique monthly visitors, and his #1 ranked podcast has been downloaded 5 million times.

You can also connect with Dave on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. It sounds like you picked up some good tips from this book.

    1. I did. There's so much to learn and I love it when I learn new things that help me feel better.


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