Head Strong by Dave Asprey Review

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Head Strong by Dave Asprey ReviewHead Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Boost Brainpower, Increase Focus, and Maximize Performance-in Just Two Weeks by Dave Asprey
Genres: Non-Fiction

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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 longEliminate 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.

I feel quite torn about this book. There is some really great information here, especially when it comes to the science of the brain. How it works and what fuels it. Especially the neural pathways and how our brains can and do change and grow, even into old age. Much of this book is filled with information that is available and pretty much common knowledge.

This feels like fluff or filling in order for the author to sell his products that are designed to target specific cells in our brains. Such as his claim that we can affect the mitochondria within our brains. I am no scientist, but I know that our mitochondria will use any food that we eat. There is no real way to target or isolate the mitochondria.

I quickly became irritated with this aspect of the book that I finally just read the 3 Head Points and 3 Head Start Points at the end of each chapter. These summarise what the chapter was about. Nearly half the book is dedicated to the two-week program that will supposedly activate untapped brain energy.

Again I felt this was just information that is freely available and common knowledge, such as eat the best foods for your body and move your body to keep your brain at top performance.

Some of the “facts” didn’t really ring true to me. I would be careful and do my due diligence and research some of the things put forward in the book, before taking on the two week program found at the end of this book.

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