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The Ultimate Neurohacking List for Energy, Cognition & Longevity

The Ultimate Neurohacking List for Energy, Cognition & Longevity

Neurohackers, biohackers, and health conscious creators share their favorite hacks and tips for boosting mental energy.

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The Ultimate “Light Diet” to Boost Mitochondrial and Vision Health

The Ultimate “Light Diet” to Boost Mitochondrial and Vision Health

Matt Maruca, CEO of Ra Optics, shares with us 8 steps to optimizing, both mitochondrial and vision health through the power of light

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Why Algae is a Powerful Longevity and Detox Hack - A Q+A With the Founder of ENERGYbits

Why Algae is a Powerful Longevity and Detox Hack - A Q+A With the Founder of ENERGYbits

As Neurohackers, longevity, in relation to both lifespan and healthspan, is a topic of great interest to us. Scientific understanding in these areas is advancing rapidly as are studies linking algae to longevity.

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Individuals Must Join Together For Climate Change - An Interview with Bill McKibben

Individuals Must Join Together For Climate Change - An Interview with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a noted environmentalist, author, educator, and activist. He famously wrote the book The End of Nature 3 decades ago, and most recently in his book Falter he explores what it might mean for us to come to the end of our civilization rope and what do we do next. He is the founder of 350.org global Grassroots movement for environmental advocacy, justice, and divestment from petrol capitalism.

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Biohacking for Better Skin: Understanding The Structure and Function of The Skin

Biohacking for Better Skin: Understanding The Structure and Function of The Skin

The skin is a special organ that combines the body’s major systems: circulatory, nervous, muscular, immune, endocrine. It is a barrier that protects us against the threats in our environment, but it is also a sensory organ that allows us to perceive the outside world. Read on to understand both the structure and function of the skin.

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The Power of Neuroplasticity - An Interview with Brant Cortright, Ph.D.

The Power of Neuroplasticity - An Interview with Brant Cortright, Ph.D.

The bad news is there are toxins in our environment that can negatively impact our brain function, but the good news is we can heal the brain physically and psychologically with lifestyle changes. Clinical psychologist, Brant Cortright, Ph.D., sheds light on the processes of neurogenesis and explains neuroplasticity. He also describes the relationship between cognitive decline, anxiety and depression.

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Exploring Self-Actualization for Greater Happiness: An Interview With Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D

Exploring Self-Actualization for Greater Happiness: An Interview With Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D

In this episode Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D, humanistic psychologist, cognitive scientist, and educational philosopher joins us to dive deep into the topic of self-actualization for greater happiness.

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6 Sleep Optimization Tools For Neurohackers That Our Team Loves

6 Sleep Optimization Tools For Neurohackers That Our Team Loves

One way we can support and optimize our sleep is through the use of sleep technology. Read on to learn of six sleep optimization tools Neurohackers can’t get enough of.

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Why Does Mitochondrial Health Affect Aging? 4 Science-Backed Ways to Rejuvenate Mitochondria

Why Does Mitochondrial Health Affect Aging? 4 Science-Backed Ways to Rejuvenate Mitochondria

Selectively eliminating dysfunctional mitochondria (mitophagy) and replacing them with new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis) helps us stay biologically younger. But what exactly are the functions of mitochondria and how does mitochondrial health affect aging?

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Qualia Vision: The Building of a Comprehensive Eye Support Stack

Qualia Vision: The Building of a Comprehensive Eye Support Stack

Being fully aware of the hurdles of screen time—we spend as much time looking at screens as anyone else—we wanted to create a product that would support and protect the health, resistance, and resilience of the visual system. We designed Qualia Vision to help our eyes cope with the challenges of the digital age hose a set of ingredients that could support visual health and performance.

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The Formulator's View of the Qualia Vision Ingredients

The Formulator's View of the Qualia Vision Ingredients

Qualia Vision combines eye-healthy plant pigments, super fruit extracts, colorful spices, antioxidants, taurine, and vitamin B12. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the reasons why we included each ingredient in Qualia Vision.

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Qualia Vision Survey Results

Qualia Vision Survey Results

During the development of Qualia Vision, volunteers with high amounts of daily screen time agreed to take the product and give feedback about their experiences of screen time eye strain issues. Here are the survey results.

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How to Hack Your Mind - An Interview with Sir John Hargrave

How to Hack Your Mind - An Interview with Sir John Hargrave

Author of Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days, Sir John Hargrave joins us today and shares tips to hack your brain. This discussion is jam-packed with tips you can use in your daily life to get most out of your brain function. In this episode we discuss how mental clutter impairs optimal brain power and how to create your own reality.

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Can Your Eyesight Affect Your Brain? An Exploration of the Visual System And Cognitive Health

Can Your Eyesight Affect Your Brain? An Exploration of the Visual System And Cognitive Health

A very significant part of the human brain is involved with analyzing the visual world. Learn how our eyesight affects the brain.

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The Connection Between Lectins and Leaky Gut - An Interview With Steven Gundry, MD

The Connection Between Lectins and Leaky Gut - An Interview With Steven Gundry, MD

Dr. Steven Gundry is a medical doctor, clinician, researcher, and a well-known author who has spent the last two decades studying the microbiome and helps patients use diet and nutrition as a key form of treatment. He retired as one of the world’s top cardiothoracic surgeons to teach patients how to eat, guiding them on how to get ahead of the problem, not fixing it after the fact.

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Heat Therapy For Peak Performance: A Q+A With the Founders of HigherDOSE

Heat Therapy For Peak Performance: A Q+A With the Founders of HigherDOSE

Temperature therapy has been used for centuries for optimized immune function, improved circulation, as a stress reducer, to relieve muscle soreness, and most importantly, for peak performance. Today we explore the benefits of heat therapy.

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How Does Blue Light Affect Our Eyes? Understanding The Mechanisms of Blue Light Stress

How Does Blue Light Affect Our Eyes? Understanding The Mechanisms of Blue Light Stress

Learn what blue light is and if it’s bad for our eyes.

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How to Define Gnosticism: An Interview with Erik Davis

How to Define Gnosticism: An Interview with Erik Davis

Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, and scholar with a wide-ranging focus including the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. Today he talks about the mystic gnostic nature of American spirituality and how essential to Gnosticism is the direct experiential awakening, more than simply knowledge of spiritual mysteries. Erik’s scholarly and popular essays on music, technoculture, drugs, and spirituality have appeared in scores of books, magazines, and journals, and his writing has been translated into a dozen languages. 

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What Years of Being Obsessed With Mitochondrial Health Taught Me About Blue Light: A Q+A With Matt Maruca

What Years of Being Obsessed With Mitochondrial Health Taught Me About Blue Light: A Q+A With Matt Maruca

Matt Maruca, CEO of Ra Optics, shares with us how light drives mitochondrial functions, the science behind blue light blocking glasses triggering melatonin secretion, explores the eye/brain connection, and gives us the 411 on blue light blocking glasses (spoiler alert: they’re not all created equal).

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An Exploration of Religion: An Interview with Brian Muraresku

An Exploration of Religion: An Interview with Brian Muraresku

Founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and author of “The Immortality Key”, Brian Muraresku, joins us today. He shares the inspiration that led to writing his debut book. He also shares an inside look at Jesuit traditions, Kairos retreat experiences, and what triggered his interest into mysticism and accelerated dreams.

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Neurohack Your Vision: A Discussion on Vision Optimization With Meir Schneider, PhD

Neurohack Your Vision: A Discussion on Vision Optimization With Meir Schneider, PhD

Dr. Meir Schneider joins us to share his extraordinary, holistic journey in healing his eyesight naturally and to discuss how our vision differs from our ancestors, the role the brain plays in our visual system, and easy-to-implement exercises to help us neurohack our vision.

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How Stress Can Make You Resilient: An Interview with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

How Stress Can Make You Resilient: An Interview with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., joins us on the Collective Insights podcast. She is a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” Today she shares with us a different view towards understanding stress, as she discusses why stress has benefits. It turns out that stress is what allows us to experience meaning, to make a difference in the world, to make progress on our goals.

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What is Vision?

What is Vision?

Vision is the process through which light stimuli received through the eyes are transformed into a mental image by the brain. It is our sense of sight. This process is accomplished by the visual system, the sensory system that enables vision, which includes the eyes—the sensory organ for vision—and the neuronal visual pathways of the brain, from the retinas to the cerebral cortex.

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Things I've Learned After 10,000 Hours of Cold Therapy

Things I've Learned After 10,000 Hours of Cold Therapy

Modern science is only now rediscovering how allowing our bodies to experience this type of cold leads to massive benefits. Read on to learn what biohacker Thaddeus Owen has learned after 10,000 hours of cold therapy.

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The Surprising Link Between Stress Resistance and Mental Energy

The Surprising Link Between Stress Resistance and Mental Energy

Left unchecked, stress can be mentally exhausting, stealing energy away from important cognitive tasks and hindering our ability to perform strenuous mental work. With that understanding in mind, it’s not surprising that the neurohacking community is very keen to understand how to better support stress resilience in order to free up more mental energy.

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