Over the years my podcast has become a bit of a biohacker’s go-to destination. Check out my Biohackers Guide here and the podcast for regular biohacking updates. And here’s a list of some of my Zestology favourite hacks; the products, tips and tweaks to use for upping your game.
First up, my daily routine
- You’ll be pleased to hear I don’t go full Mark Wahlberg. But there are some tips and tricks I use to feel good and focused throughout the day.
- Intermittent fasting - I don’t tend to eat until lunch. I find it great for focus and energy. This is pretty much every day, although I can be tempted by a good Full English.
- And then I follow a low-histamine diet, it’s changed my life! Absolute game changer, i have more energy, more in shape, less bloating, and so on.
- I use blue light glasses in the evenings (use code TONY20 for 20% off) and infrared light is fantastic, well worth checking out (same code)
- I sometimes use an artificial intelligence exercise bike to get my workouts in quicker. The theory is a 45 minute workout is condensed to 8 minutes. Lazy, I know 😀
- Working in TV I am surrounded by screens, so I try to get outdoors in nature as much as possible, lots of rambling and river walks. If I wanted to be trendy I’d call it Forest Bathing.
- Sunlighten Sauna - I’m really loving this for detox and for relaxation - I’m out like a light if I use it in the evening.
- I take some supplements including resveratrol for anti-ageing and longevity - it has a good effect on my focus. There’s lots more on supplements in the detail below.
- Alcohol-wise, I found the ‘world’s cleanest vodka’. Distilled six times, it’s quite tasty.
- Mouth-taping at night is a must. I sleep so deeply. That said, I’m still in search of a way to hack sleep with a baby. Any ideas?
Now let’s go into some specifics
Hack your sleep: I've been using the Oura ring for a long time. The old one wasn't very pretty (to put it politely). Version 3 looks good though. The ring automatically collects and wirelessly syncs to the Oura app (and you can put into airplane mode - the biggie for me). It measures your physiological signals, with no switches or flashing lights. A great all round life hack. UPDATE: Read my latest Oura Ring blog here which is currently the most read article on my site. I’m not currently recommending the Oura Ring until they sort out the green light problem with their Gen 3 ring.
A groundbreaking innovation in wellness technology, Sensate uses the natural power of sonic resonance to calm your body’s nervous system, providing immediate relief and long-term benefits from regular use. We love Sensate and even take it on holiday with us. Use the code TONY to get 10% off.
My favourite current hack. The most incredible way to escape the British winter, and recharge, relax and heal at the same time. Interesting note: I’m noticing my Oura Ring stats (see above) are WAY improved when I use the Sunlighten. My HRV shoots up (good news) and my deep sleep gets better too (even better news). This ties in with compelling research around infrared saunas and HRV. Plus I love the ultra-low EMF technology in the Sunlighten - it’s very different to going to one of those old-fashioned sweatboxes in your local gym. Use the code ZESTOLOGY to get £200 or $200 off.
Lots of people ask about where to get testing done. I really like Omnos - they are a relatively new company with great values, and really help you through the process of getting excellent tests and then interpreting the results correctly (the key bit!). Head here and use the code ZESTOLOGY for 10% which is quite a hefty discount.
The bathroom accessory to er, energise you. In the health world, many of the featured hacks can cost a lot, and often they’re worth it. However this hack is one of the most effective, and it is a simple bit of kit that doesn’t cost much. It takes us back to a more primal way of… squatting, simple as that. My partner gave me the humble Squatty Potty, an awesome present for Christmas. What a present! Without going into too much detail, it really works. Possibly my favourite cheap hack 💩🍊
Hack your sleep on the go: I used this on the 3 peaks in 24 hours challenge - when you've got 13 sweaty lads in a small minibus desperately trying to grab some sleep, you need all the help you can get. This is a scientifically proven super soft neck support travel pillow. It holds your neck in an ergonomic position during rest and it is light (weighing only 148 grams). I've also found when I fly, it's much easier than a conventional travel pillow as you can simply fold it away in your bag. Solid life hack.
Hack your feet: Take a walk in your ancestors' footprints. Wide shoes with thin soles - I've been wearing these, and wow. These shoes are designed to give you maximum sensory feedback and they’re foot shaped so your feet can move as nature intended. Walking around in Vivo Barefoot just feels like walking with no shoes on and it is a primal feeling. UPDATE: over the last few months, I’ve been using LEMS shoes which are even wider for my big paddle feet, and I think I like them even more. I also like Altras.
Hack your water: I've been banging on about this for the past couple of years to anyone who will listen - it's an awesome water filter for the house, on the road, anywhere. It's the Berkey water filter. I got mine from here in the UK. You can even pour red food dye into it, and the filter will take it all out. It's probably my favourite toy. I'm sad, I know. I bought the travel one, it's a bit smaller but just about big enough for two people. It can remove 99,999% of Chlorine, Viruses, Harmful pathogenic Bacteria, Cysts, Heavy Metals, parasites and hazardous chemical contaminants and other impurities while leaving undisturbed the essential minerals your body needs. The water also tastes way better than water out of a tap (urgh).
Hack your brain: Struggling to meditate? This brain sensing headband is your personal meditation assistant that will gently guide you to a calm mind. Put on the Muse headband, earbuds, start the app, and close your eyes. You will hear changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain which allows you to obtain a deeper sense of focus and motivates you to build a highly rewarding practice. Let Muse guide you to a calm mind...
I like Sam Harris’ new Waking Up meditation app. It’s very simple, and introduces the listener to lots of different types of meditation. Each day is about 10 minutes so manageable. There’s 50 days and I took the whole program, to refocus my meditation practice. I’m still using it, so it has to be one of my favourite hacks.
Probably my top hack of all is meditating (see above). It doesn't cost anything, although doing it in front of the infrared light is always a treat. I’ve been using infrared light for a long time now and it means better health, less inflammation, great skin and I use it for any little aches and pains too, especially on my back.
Get fit in 40 seconds. Eh? It sounds too good to be true - I know - the promise to get the same benefits of a 45 minute jog in 2, 20-second sprints. This bike uses Artificial Intelligence and science to compress a workout into a few seconds. I’m enjoying this so much at the moment, oh and doing a little workout every day. In fact I recently released a podcast recorded on it.
Imagine having your workout compressed into two 20 second spurts every day. Tempted?
It’s surprisingly hard to find a water bottle with no plastic in it at all, made of good non-toxic materials. So what is the safest and healthiest water bottle? I’ve now probably spent far too much time thinking about this! So I invested in a onegreenbottle all stainless steel bottle with steel cap. Trust me, I went down this rabbit hole so you don’t have to.
These Flare Audio earplugs do the job very effectively. A lot better than normal earplugs and the best I’ve found. I found large size to be the best.
As you probably know I'm a (little bit of a) supplement junkie. I try not to take too many, but I did recently throw out the microwave so I could create some extra supplement storage space. I’ve recently set up a specialist website here where you can read more about the supplements that especially work for me. One brand I like is BiOptimizers - their Magnesium Breakthrough is excellent. I take two a day - use code ZESTOLOGY10 for 10% off. Please check with your doctor before starting something new.
A whole separate category, that I know isn’t for everybody. If you are interested, baby hacks over here on a separate article originally titled Best Organic And Natural Baby Products.
I use an Air Angel, mainly in my bedroom, and I genuinely have noticed a difference in my stuffy nose levels (technical term) overnight. My sleep’s improved considerably. The first time I used it I felt like I’d been breathing in lovely cool forest air all night. Their technology was originally developed by NASA and the research shows that it kills 99 percent of allergens, odors, germs, and viruses including, incredibly, Covid 19. Check out the research on their site. There’s a 10% discount code at this link.
I’m creating positive habits with smell. It’s surprising what an energy jolt this new hack gives me. It is an effective way to hack your smell with the power of essential oils. FÜM is a company that sells all-natural pure essential oil inhalers. They help with energy, relaxation, beating anxiety. You can get 10% off worldwide by using the code ZESTOLOGY10 at this link.
- Other assorted hacks
I love this Surthrival Colostrum supplement for immunity, (for a couple of months a year, or if feeling under the weather), and these The Real Coconut gluten-free coconut crisps are far too addictive.
I’ll add to it with more fave tweaks and hacks when I remember, so stay tuned and let me know what you think.
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