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Nootropics, Biohacking, & Brain Health w/ Steven Fowkes

“You no longer have to fear Alzheimer’s disease”
— Steven Fowkes

Greetings, SuperFriends, and welcome to today’s show!

As you guys know, my connection to the “superhuman” world is the work I do in accelerated learning, speed reading, and memory techniques. And I would imagine that you all, like yours truly, are very interested in keeping your brains happy and healthy, as much if not more than the rest of your bodies. Well, today, we’re going to talk about exactly that – keeping your brain healthy – now and well into your old age.

We are joined by Steven William Fowkes, the biohacker, author, and health expert behind Project Wellbeing, who’s spent the last 14 years promoting an insight into Alzheimer’s prevention. Now, you might not yet be the age where you need to worry about Alzheimer’s, but in fact, Steven’s words of wisdom apply to all age groups. That’s because he has authored or co-authored 6 books, and is a true renaissance man with interests and work spanning from nanotechnology to nutrition to material’s science.

In this episode, we talk about all things related to the brain and improving it’s performance. We talk about Alzheimer’s prevention, nootropics, a brain-boosting diet, all sorts of biohacks, and more. For those of you who really love the technical, geeky stuff, you’re going to love this episode, because we go way down the rabbit hole and geek way out. Either way, I think you’re going to learn a ton from this episode, and if so, drop me a tweet and let me know what you thought!

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Steven Fowkes became interested in Alzheimer’s
  • A brief explanation of what Alzheimer’s is, how it works, and why it’s so scary
  • What percentage of our energy is consumed by the brain?
  • The Alzheimer’s prevention regimen that Steven has developed, and how it works
  • What is glutathione and why is it so important?
  • What are the 3 items that can effectively reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s?
  • How can you prevent Alzheimer’s?
  • A discussion on mitochondrial function and how to improve it
  • Nootropics aka “smart drugs”: Which ones work, which ones don’t?
  • What interesting (and positive) side effects does Steven Fowkes get from Piracetam?
  • Steven and I share our experiences with various nootropics
  • How can you find safe and reliable sources for nootropics?
  • The importance of fats for brain health
  • The difference between various types of fats
  • What are Steven Fowkes’ top biohacks?
  • The merits of intermittent fasting and interval training for brain (and overall) health
  • What is collagen therapy, and why is it so beneficial?
  • A discussion of Vitamin C and how your body can use it much more effectively
  • Waking up with red light vs. blue light – what’s the deal?
  • Why do we have difficulty waking up in the morning?
  • What, if any, supplements does Steven Fowkes take, and with what frequency?
  • Is Steven big on blood testing? Does he suggest getting blood tested?
  • A discussion on “self care testing” and how it can be more cost effective

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Favorite Quotes from Steven Fowkes:

“The fundamental reason that Alzheimer’s is so scary is that you die as a person before you die as a body.”
“The strategy for prevention and reversal are basically identical.”
“The worst thing you can do is spend you psychic energy in fear.”
“Trust mother nature. How did we involve on this planet? …Go back to the basics.”
“Many people out there have their favorite racetam… and none of them agree.”
“The brain is a huge reservoir of fat.”

Jonathan

Jonathan

Jonathan Levi is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and lifehacker born and raised in Silicon Valley. Since 2014, Jonathan has been one of the top-performing instructors on online learning platform Udemy, and has snowballed this success into the launch of his rapidly growing information products company, SuperHuman Enterprises, which produces such products as the award-winning Becoming SuperHuman Podcast; the bestselling "Become a SuperLearner" print, digital, and audiobooks; and numerous other online courses through it’s own online training portal, SuperLearner Academy. Jonathan’s media products have been enjoyed by over 130,000 people in 200 countries. He is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.