Dave Asprey has committed his life to the art and science of biohacking. His audacious goal is to live to the age of 180, and it is in this book that he shares his secrets to doing so.
According to Asprey, it is the healthy functioning of the mitochondria that is essential in preventing aging. As mitochondria function declines, the formation of free radicals within the body increases, and this ultimately results in cell damage. Antioxidants inhibit the damaging effects of free radicals, and this is why they are known to having anti-aging properties.
Asprey outlines 7 pillars of aging (shrinking tissues, mitochondrial mutations, zombie cells, cellular straitjackets, extracellular junk, junk buildup inside cells, telomere shortening), and walks us through the strategies that we can use to prevent them from happening. His recommendations range from simple and practical, to esoteric and unproven.
Whilst I certainly appreciated being exposed to his more abstruse methods, I believe that for someone like me (and most likely many others), starting off simple and then adding layers of complexity is most pragmatic. Here are some pieces of advice that I am mindful of, and am looking to incorporate into my daily routine:
There is a lot more detail in the book but I think this is a good starting place. For me, some key takeaways are to limit sugar, exercise intensely on a weekly basis, reduce stress levels, and get a good night’s sleep. And of course, for those of you reading this -- before implementing any significant changes, please seek advice from a medical expert.