How to Biohack International Travel, Ben’s Inexpensive Hair Loss Prevention Protocol, Top Ancestral Living Strategies For A Longer Lifespan, & More With Jag Chima.

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Whether it's biohacking to limit jet lag, preventing balding, discovering simple daily movements to emulate the physicality of your ancestors, sipping healthier alcohol choices, or debunking fasting misconceptions, today's show is packed with practical advice for rejuvenating the body and mind.

In this episode, explore the fusion of ancestral wisdom and cutting-edge biohacking strategies for achieving peak wellness with me and Jag Chima, an entrepreneur, investor, visionary, health and fitness enthusiast, philanthropist, and the host of The Inspired Lifestyle Podcast.

Jag is the founder of The London Group, a diversified conglomerate with extensive operations in the UK, India, and other parts of the world. The London Group is comprised of companies in property consultancy, property development, estate agents, lifestyle brands, fitness education, talent management, and health clubs.

He has been featured on many media platforms including BBC News Asia, BBC Asian Network, and MATV, and is a sought-after speaker and strategic advisor on business affairs. Jag believes in facing fears and taking on challenges for growth and personal development, as demonstrated by his recent adventures completing a triathlon and a 1,450 km bicycle ride from Delhi to Mumbai. He is a proud supporter of The Unique Home for Girls, a home for unwanted, abandoned girls in Punjab, India.

Join Jag and me as we discuss everything from mindful eating to combat hyper-palatable foods to utilizing antioxidants for protection against environmental pollutants and the implications of oxidation-prone fats in your diet. The episode doesn't stop at internal health, though — it also provides transformative tips for enhancing your skincare and haircare routines using budget-friendly biohacks like peptides and red light therapy, discovering the art of preparing plant-based foods to maximize their nutrient content, and staying true to the holistic wisdom your ancestors practiced.

Oh, and if you haven't checked out my first interview alongside Jag in India, you can catch that here:

During this discussion, you'll discover:  

-Does Ben change his biohacks when visiting different countries?…01:58

  • Adapting biohacking strategies is key
  • Washington State and India have different environments
  • Air pollution can cause inflammation and breathing challenges
  • Use antioxidants like 
  • The combination of radiation, inflammation, or pollution can cause damage to fats that make up the membranes of your cells
  • Certain types of fat are more prone to causing inflammation
  • If you live in a highly polluted area, avoid fried food and fragile fats like vegetable oils, instead use:

-Is it better to do aesthetic treatments for aging or go right to the root cause?…07:25

-What are some effective hacks for hair loss prevention?…14:06

-Is hair loss genetic or caused by stress?…19:54

-What are the challenges of plant-based diets?…22:56

-How do you make plants more digestible?…27:40

-What are some healthy protein choices for vegetarians?…31:55

-How has longevity changed from your ancestors to now?…34:24

  • People now, on average, live longer
    • Better quality of life
  • But with an ancestral mismatch, you no longer
    • Hunt
    • Forage
    • Farm
    • Spend time outdoors in the sunshine
  • You are no longer exposed to hormetic stressors — mildly dangerous things that make you stronger and harder to kill
  • Results in being 
    • Soft
    • Fat
    • Cells quit turning over
    • Onset of diabetes, dementia
    • Accumulation of fat
  • The reason this is happening is also the solution — it’s not impossible to mimic an ancestral lifestyle
    • Move
    • Get outdoors
    • Have a treadmill and dumbbells (use code GREENFIELD to save 10%) by your desk 
    • Get a pull-up bar
    • Try not to have very easy-to-chew hyper-palatable food in the home
    • Eat real whole foods close to nature

-What are the secrets of the Blue Zones?…41:55

  • Blue Zones are areas of the world with a disproportionate number of “centenarians,” people 100 years or older
  • You see a wide variety of consumption of plants, grains, herbs, and spices
  • Allowing for small amounts of amino acids from each
  • Important to think not only about lifespan but also healthspan
  • Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • Dan Buettner's Live to 100 on Netflix
  • Describes some of their secrets to longevity:
    • Natural movement throughout the day
    • Being outside
    • Eating a wide variety of food
      • Plants
      • Herbs
      • Spices
    • Eating real whole recognizable foods without 
      • Processing
      • Oils
      • Sweeteners
      • Preservatives
    • Some elements of fasting
      • Religious
      • Cleansing
      • Water fasting
    • Traditional Mediterranean diet
    • Human connectivity — the desire to love, be with, and give to other people as a part of your core ethical beliefs and values
      • Relationships
      • Family
      • Neighbors
      • Friends
      • Community
  • One of the top reasons for chronic disease from a lifestyle standpoint is loneliness

-How does being distracted while eating impact digestion?…46:47

  • Sometimes you need to do things while you eat
  • But if you are heavily distracted, stressed, or in a flight or fight state, blood is taken away to the brain or muscles and areas that are not associated with digestion
  • You also see a reduction of
    • Amount of hormones produced to make you feel full quickly
    • Blood glucose 
    • Enzymes that help you breakdown food
  • Hacks to try
    • Read the newspaper
    • Chat with a friend
    • Chewing your food mindfully (digestion begins in your mouth)
    • Prayer or gratitude practice
    • Be aware of the food you are eating

-What are the real effects of alcohol, and is there a safe amount to drink?…51:21

  • Ben averages 5–7 drinks a week (not all in one night)
  • Alcohol can disrupt sleep with a surge in GABA — a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain
  • Blue Zones are known to microdose alcohol
  • Little bits here and there are good for you
  • Problems arise when you consume more alcohol than your body is able to break down
    • Acetaldehyde buildup in your body is what makes you feel crappy after drinking 
    • Preservatives
    • Colorings
    • Pesticides
    • Herbicides
  • To mitigate the buildup of acetaldehyde before you drink you can take
    • DHM (use code BEN10 to save 10%)
    • Zbiotics (use code BEN to save 15%)
  • Be selective of what your drink of choice is — it should not be super sweet, like rum
    • Or mixing caffeine with alcohol, i.e., espresso martinis
    • Better choices are clean-burning alcohol
      • Vodka
      • Gin
      • Tequila
      • Organic wines from France, Italy, and New Zealand
      • Alcohol-free cocktails with

-Is intermittent fasting good for everyone?…01:01:19

  • Yes, you can fast every day
  • General rules for fasting
    • 12-16 hours for men — finish dinner at 8:00 p.m., do not eat till 8:00 a.m.
    • 10-12 premenopausal woman 
    • 12-16 postmenopausal woman
  • Longevity benefits happen after about 16 hours
  • Ben suggests trying one to four times a month — dinner time to dinner time 24-hour fast
  • Or even quarterly: juice fast, bone broth fast, protein-restricted fast, or water fast
  • ProLon fasting kits (use code BEN to save 10%)
  • If you do a lot of fasting, have one day a week where you do a refeed — not pizza and french fries, just eating more of the good stuff
  • Podcast with Jason Fung:

-Does having a coffee with fats break your fast?…01:04:54

-How do you avoid eating vegetable oils?…01:06:47 

-What are biohacking concepts for high performers?…01:08:53

  • When you are pushing, keep your battery charged
  • Every day, get outside and feel in touch with the planet — if not, get a grounding mat for your office
  • Get outside in the sunlight every day — if not, get some kind of light therapy
  • Drink clean filtered water with electrolytes instead of an energy drink
  • Make your bedroom the most protected ancestral cave you can
  • This is where your body will recharge, repair, and recover 
    • Unplug everything
    • Take the TV out
    • Turn off the Wi-Fi

-What are Ben’s top five non-negotiable biohacks while traveling?…01:11:26

-And much more…

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2 thoughts on “How to Biohack International Travel, Ben’s Inexpensive Hair Loss Prevention Protocol, Top Ancestral Living Strategies For A Longer Lifespan, & More With Jag Chima.

  1. Mehul says:

    Hi I love the Podcast

  2. Kristina says:

    A word of caution about Aseir Custom – the business who was co founded by Jay Campbell (who told me he sold it in 2020) is now owned by an unknown person(s). I have purchased their hair products before but found no real benefit to hair regrowth (a few hundred dollars down the drain). I recently won their competition giveaway and was supposed to be sent their skincare products. I was excited to try these as GHK-Cu seems to be more effective for skin repair. I replied to the email that stated I and 2 other people had won, yet I never received a response OR my prize. Since then, I’ve emailed a dozen times, along with being actively ignored on Instagram, Facebook, and their website’s live chat. Their phone number also doesn’t exist. I’m appalled by how they have treated me (and probably others) and will never buy or support their company again.

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