Head Strong Book Review from Best Selling Author Dave Asprey
If you are looking to find a book about optimizing your health or biohacking, then reading the Head Strong book review will give you a great start.
Why I picked up Head Strong?
At the time of personal development and biohacking were two common phrases that I was searching in Google. I constantly try to level up my life from a business and biological perspective.
Perhaps you feel in the same situation. Maybe you have been feeling sluggish lately and have stumbled upon Bullet Proof Coffee.
Dave Asprey is the founder of Bulletproof Coffee, which he founded in 2011. I drink BulletProof Coffee about 2-3 times per week and enjoy it. I find that it helps to sustain my energy longer throughout the day and not feel the hunger sensation.
Dave makes several references to BulletProof Coffee in the book and at times, it almost felt like an advertisement for it.
Bulletproof Coffee is a beautiful mix of coffee, MCT oil, and butter (preferably grass-fed butter). If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit their website here.
Dave Asprey does a great job compiling all the research behind everything he mentions in the book, which I’m sure took a great deal of time. I did feel that at times the book was heavy on scientific terms and not easy for the average person to understand.
If you feel that your brain performance is weakened or you feel tired often, it could be because of your mitochondria function. Everything from fatigue, obesity, depression, anxiety all related back to your mitochondria and how your body was affected by them.
Dave Asprey’s Research Centre
At the beginning of the book, Dave mentions that the research conducted in the book was done by his own research center. With that, we only have his results for our basis.
I would’ve like to see other research shown by other firms or laboratories to compare the results.
How practical is the advice?
Dave Asprey is a successful entrepreneur, author, and public speaker, and because of that, he is able to spend money on gadgets that will improve his life. When reading this book, some of the tools that he mentions are anywhere from $2000-$5000.
Although not a crazy expensive amount, it is more than the average person would like to spend on a tool to help monitor brain functions.
All-in-all, Dave is so focused on the monitoring of his body that he believes he should be able to live past 150 years old, based solely on science.
Products for all your problems
To be completely honest, I felt that this book was a big advertisement for his products. Whenever a new imperfection was brought up, the best cure to solve it was one of his products, which is totally fine, but an alternative to those would’ve been great to add.
I’ve used Bulletproof Coffee, love it, and can stand by that, but I have not tried the other products by Dave or the Bulletproof Corporation.
Actionable Advice from Head Strong
What I did like about the book was that there are actionable snippets that I could put into practice today.
For example, one of the experiments I’m going to test is a cold shower and cold water bowl. According to Dave, getting cold water on your face and chest is vital, and Dave recommends that you face your showerhead or even dunk your head into an ice bucket of water and hold it.
Dave even used a snorkel and was able to hold his head in freezing cold water for 5 minutes, in which case he said the results were amazing. If you’ve ever tried this, drop me a line, would love to hear how it went for you.
Foods to eat to optimize brain health
Dave Asprey recommends Dark veggies, which include Bok Choy, Broccoli, Collard greens, Dandelion Greens, Kale and Spinach. Some other recommendations mentioned in the book were to eat:
- Low sugar fruits (Lemon, Blackberries, Raspberries)
- Bulletproof Coffee
- Dark Chocolate for something sweet (Dave recommends 85% or more)
- Blueberries and Pomegranates
Dave Asprey is a big advocate for intermittent fasting, where you eat only in a specific window. The most common windows are 6- or 8-hour windows. You eat for 6 or 8 hours of the day, and fast for 18 or 16, respectively.
The window of fasting versus eating does not matter as much as the time constraint. The more time fasting, the better.
I found that to have your first meal at 1:00 PM and last meal at 7:00 PM was ideal. If you are a person that needs breakfast, try doing 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Additionally, if it’s too difficult, then you can try an 8-hour window for eating and a 16-hour window for fasting. Your times could look something like 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM or 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
My Final Comments on Dave Asprey’s Head Strong Book Review
If you are a person who enjoys science, you will be more inclined to enjoy the book. He does get specific and scientific when talking about the brain, explaining how it works and how we can hack it.
I enjoyed this, but at times was confused because of the lack of knowledge I have in this area. If you can get over the advertisement like sales pitches throughout the book for his products, you will also enjoy the book.
Overall, if you’re looking to read a self-development book in the biohacking space, this is definitely one to consider.
If you want to purchase the book, you can do so on Amazon here.
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