The Uses & History of Wine, Mead & Beer

845 AD- Paris, France- The plague was beginning to sweep through the Viking army camped outside of Paris. The army of over 5,000 warriors led by Ragnar Lodbrok had been pillaging towns along the Seine and meeting little to no resistance. Once they came upon Paris, the Viking army was confident that their siege would be a success. Soon after they began the siege of the city, a plague erupted within the Viking encampment. It seemed that the herbs they had brought could do nothing to combat the sickness. Even after the offerings and pleas for help to the Norse Gods, the plague continued to spread. As their hope dwindled, one of their ships that they had thought lost at sea arrived. This ship contained a large supply of mead that they had brought from home. Most of the sick had been hydrated with the water from the river because that was all that was available. Once the ship arrived, many men took to drinking the "nectar of the Gods" to give them strength and dull the pain inflicted by the plague. A short time later, many of the men began to recover. So many recovered that they were able to defeat the forces protecting the city and sailed home with a ransom of 7,000 pounds of silver. Whether it was the mead that saved them is unknown, but the honey used to make the mead, which has many anti-bacterial properties could have been a contributing factor.

 

HISTORY OF VARIOUS ALCOHOLS

The consumption of alcohol has both a very positive and negative history. Archeological evidence points to the use of these beverages more than 8000 years ago and in multiple locations around the world.

What were these people using the alcohol for? Was it just to get drunk?

Was it just to get drunk?

While I'm sure many of them enjoyed a little buzz from time to time (who doesn't?), I doubt that was a very big reason. In fact, many cultures mixed their alcoholic drinks with water so that it wasn't as strong and looked down on people that were intoxicated much of the time.

MEAD

Ahhh, the nectar of the gods. The favorite drink of the Norse Gods and what all the warriors looked forward to drinking in Odin's hall, Valhalla. The mead of the giant or Jotun, Suttung which was made from the blood of Kvasir was the source of wisdom and poetry.

The history of mead can be traced back until at least 9000 years ago. The oldest known examples of this are from around 7000 BC in northern China where pottery was found with the presence of honey, rice and other things associated with fermentation.

It's been described in religious texts and in literature throughout the world from India to Europe. The word for drunk in classical Greek is even "honey-intoxicated." The word "honeymoon" is even the practice of the father of the bride giving her husband enough mead for a month-long celebration of the marriage.

Mead is a type of drink made by the fermentation of honey with water. Sometimes other ingredients called "adjuncts" or "gruit" are used such as fruits, herbs, grains or spices to give it a different flavor or for medicinal use.

Medicinal Properties of Mead

Pliny the Elder or Gaius Plinius Secundus was a Roman author, philosopher and also a military commander that lived between 23-79 AD. Some of his writing talks a lot about the medicinal properties of honey drinks.

Hydromel which was essentially money mixed with water along with numerous other ingredients like vinegar and sea salt was used for anything from weight loss to gout.

In England, people mixed many different herbs and spices with mead for many different ailments. Things like digestion and even depression were improved using these concoctions of what was called metheglin, which is the Welsh word for medicine.

Omphacomel was another drink mentioned by him that was a honey and grape mixture used as a tonic to keep people strong and healthy.

The benefits of honey by itself are outstanding and many of these benefits carry over to the mead and can even be amplified by the fermentation process.

Gut Health

Mead is made up of a diverse set of good bacteria during the fermentation process. All of that good bacteria can help to iprove the health of your microbiome.

Antibiotic  

Honey has been used as a treatment for many types of infections including antibiotic-resistant strains like MRSA. This property of honey seems to be present in mead as well.

Present Day

Mead making has recently started to become more popluar, and not just with people at Rennaissance fairs, but also with people looking at its medicinal properties. Much of this can be attributed to microbioligist Tobias Olofsson from Sweden's Lund University. He has been developing a probiotic mead to help in the growing battle with drug-resistant infections. While most people don't think of mead for it's medical uses, many of our ancestors may have.

Antibiotic-resistant infections have been in the news quite a lot over the past few years and for good reason. For many years, doctors have prescribed antibiotics for almost every type of infection imaginable along with the overuse of antibiotics for livestock. For this reason, many common pathogens that used to be easily treated, have now mutated in an effort to survive.

What can be done about this scary development?

Well, drinking what Gizmodo called "Viking crunk juice" might just be the solution.

Sign me up!

Olofsson thinks that harnessing the power of an ancient alcohol and making it even better with modern science could be the solution. His research has found that the microorganisms inside honey called lactic acid bacteria (LAB) could be one way to kill resistant infections like MRSA which can be a potentially fatal. He found that when making mead in traditional ways, the LAB content was even higher than in regular honey.

While this could be great news, don't think that just going out and buying a bottle of mead from the liquor store or even a winery will give you these effects. Most commercial mead makers sterilize their products before selling it similar to how the milk industry pasteurizes milk before it can be sold.

To truly get the benefits we're going to need to either start making it ourselves or find someone that makes it in a more traditional way.

Sounds like it's time to take up the old craft of mead making.. For medicinal reasons of course!

WINE

The archaeological evidence of winemaking dates to around the same time as mead (7000 BC). The oldest discovered winery was found in Armenia and dated to around 4100 BC. Within this site they found jars, cups, fermentation vats and even a wine press. 

The historical significance of wine throughout the centuries is enormous. It seems like most ancient cultures mentioned wine in some form or another. Our love of wine can be traced back as far as written words have been used. Many writers, philosophers and the great thinkers of the ages have professed their love and even hatred of this fermented beverage. While people have used wine for its health benefits for thousands of years, it has only recently been studied in depth to find out what makes this drink healthy.

Medicinal Properties of Wine

The Egyptians believed that wine should be reserved for those closest to the gods because it could help to improve vitality and improve the longevity of the people who drank it. Healers in those times also used wine mixed with medicinal herbs in a way that resembles the making of tinctures. The wine would be used to draw out the medicinal properties of the plants and make the medicine more potent.

Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" talked quite a bit about the heal properties of wine. The acidic properties of red wine would help to break down rich foods and make them easier to be digested. He also prescribed white wine for people suffering from bladder issues. It would also be used to break down kidney stones to help them to pass much quicker and without as much pain.

Before the discovery that boiling water would make it safe, many people would mix water with wine to help to sterilize and rid it of harmful bacteria that was a result of contaminated water supplies.

Longevity

A Finnish study over a period of 29 years, using 2, 468 men found that wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers [r].

Stronger Heart

Wine drinking has been associated with 30% less chance of heart attack for people who have high blood pressure [r]. The tannins found in red wine also contain procyanidins that protect against heart disease [r].

Brain Function

As we age our brain function tends to decline, some faster than others. One study has shown that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol show less cognitive decline than people who abstain from alcohol completely [r].

Type 2 Diabetes

Moderate drinkers also haev 30% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes [r].

Present Day

The biggest issue with wine today is that it can be pretty overwhelming trying to choose from the thousands of choices at the store. Especially since most of them will probably make you feel like crap.

When choosing a wine, there are a few things that you should consider.

The first criteria I have when choosing a wine is that it has to be either organic or biodynamic.

The second criteria is sugar content. We all know that sugar can cause many problems and should be avoided when possible.

The best place I have found to get high-quality wine is from Dry Farm Wines and you can even get a bottle for just a penny by clicking on that link. The guys over at DFW scour the world for the best wines imaginable.

BEER

I LOVE a great craft beer. IPA's are some of my favorites. We're not talking about normal domestic beers like Bud Light. YUCK!

Beer is an alcoholic drink brewed from cereal grains.

People have been brewing beer for at least 7000 years.

Some of the first evidence of beer is from the ancient Babylonians. People in those days really took their beer drinking seriously. Brewers were a prestigious part of the community and well respected.

At least until they brewed a bad batch of beer. If that happened they would be drowned in it. Sounds a little harsh to me, but what do I know?

Beer was also a large part of European culture. Many inns were rated not on the cleanliness of their lodgings or the quality of their food, but on the quality of their beer!

Many people claim that the rise of beer in the Middle Ages was because the water was so contaminated. The water used to make the beer would be made safer from the alcohol. While that may have been the case is small places, I haven't found any accuracy to this at all.

Medicinal Properties of Beer

While wine is known for his high levels of antioxidants, beer is almost it's equal when it comes to that. The hops that are used to brew many beers are a great source of flavonoids.

Bone Density

According to a report from the International Journal of Endocrinology, moderate consumption of wine or beer can lead to an increase in bone density in men. Much of this is due to the silicon in beer which affects the formation of bone [r]

Inflammation

Hops, one ingredient in beer, has been used as medicine for thousands of years as a sedative and anti-bacterial remedy. Recent research has shown that hops also has anti-inflammatory properties [r].

Kidney Stones

One study recently found that people who drank beer or wine had between 33-41% less chance of developing kidney stones than people who didn't drink [r].

Digestion

Drinking beer also increases the production of gastric acid which aids in digestion so go ahead and have that beer with dinner [r].

Present Day

Over the past decade or so we've seen an explosion of micro-breweries all across the US. You can find one in almost every city and many towns across the country. Whether you like a porter, stout, lager or ale you're sure to find something that meets your standards.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL

Prior to Psammetichus I, Egyptian pharaohs didn't drink wine or offer it to their Gods because they thought that it was the blood of people who once battled the Gods and that once they were killed they became part of the earth, and from that earth came the grape vines. So the next time you drink wine, just remember that you're drinking the blood of people who fought against the Gods and lost.

We all know that too much alcohol whether it's wine or bourbon can be a bad thing. I'm not just talking about how it makes you run down the street butt naked in the middle of the night. Oh, you don't do that? Me either.

Besides making you do and say things that you wouldn't normally, it can also have serious negative consequences on your health. Binge drinking and drinking heavily over long periods of time can cause things like brain damage, cancer, high blood pressure and damage to many organs like your liver, stomach, pancreas and intestines.

Alcohol is also a neurotoxin that can poison your brain and wreak havoc on your liver.

Since we're a site dedicated to optimizing every aspect of your life, it's also worth mentioning that while drinking may seem like it helps your sleep, it actually hurts your sleep quality quite a bit.

Like most things, moderation is the key along with the quality of the alcohol you're consuming. 

"A worse provision no man can take from table than too much beer-bibbing: for the more he drinks the less control he has of his mind" - Odin, The Havamal

Hangovers

No post about alcohol would be complete without a little information about combatting hangovers.

Feeling like shit after excessive drinking is something that I'm sure has plagued mankind since the discovery of alcohol. Surprisingly enough, there are many historical texts that actually mention hangovers and other dangers of too much drinking.

"If the headache only came to us before drank to intoxication, no one would ever indulge himself in wine immoderately" - Alexis, The Phrygian

Step 1- Don't drink excessively... Pretty simple right? Since I'm sure many of you won't follow this guideline lets look at some other ways to combat hangovers.

What causes a hangover? Too much alcohol... DUH!

Seriously though there are some things you can do to mitigate the crappy feeling you get the day after to much drinking. Here are some of our top choices to wake up without a headache and rumbling in your stomach if you happen to drink too much.

  1. Drink a glass of water in between each glass of alcohol.
  2. Eat a hearty meal before you start drinking. Choose things that are high in vitamins because those will become depleted when drinking.
  3. For breakfast, consume healthy fats and they will help to absorb the acidity????
  4. "Hair of the dog" - While having something else to drink when you first wake up probably isn't a good idea, it does help to get rid of some of the symptoms.
  5. Take activated charcoal before and after you drink.
  6. Supplements that replenish your vitamins and minerals can also be a be help to combatting hangovers.

Other articles:

THERE IS AN EQUATION AND CHEMISTRY TO FEAR

By Nic Zahasky

 

The equation:

 

Anxiety/Fear = Estimation of danger/Estimation of coping skills (ie. defense cascade)

 

The mechanism:

 

Thalamus > Sensory cortex > Hippocampus > Amygdala > Hypothalamus

 

The chemistry:

 

Adrenaline > corticotropic releasing hormone (HCT) > cortisol

 

The actions:

 

Arousal > freezing > flight > fight > tonic immobility > collapsed immobility > quiescent immobility

 

The human model is also more complex because humans make subjective representations of body states and endow their experiences with meaning, and because humans use their minds to create internally generated representations of threat—images of feeling states and events from the past or images of the imagined future—which, like real external threats, have the capacity to activate the body’s defense systems in the absence of external threat. Fear states can therefore be induced by combinations of internal and external triggers, some of which will be accessible to conscious processing, and some not.” - Harvard review of Psychiatry

 

 

The above paragraph essentially states that the mechanism of fear dictates our rationale, decisions making process and reactions based on our past traumas (experiences) and as humans we all have a level of corrupted data. If you listen to any news outlet these days you will undoubtedly find some information that will scratch the itch you are looking for.  A preset algorithm geared to the [wo]man in front of the screen or in ears shot of the news “cast” with an agenda of complete neural dominance and eventually an artificial human to machine interface.

 

Imagine if you will that there is a specific area in your prefrontal cortex that directly connects you to the Creator or creation, a place harboring specified genetic code that varies slightly from human to human but also connects us all spiritually.  What if this quantum entanglement was accidentally damaged or by nefarious means, purposely corrupted?

 

There is a portion of the worlds population that is currently operating with chemical and media corrupted data files. This has triggered an impulsive reaction to act in anger when they are confronted with data that can be attacked with fictional bias and real dangers that may be omitted through plausibly deniability. Is this the new normal or is it the perpetual human response to fear? Socially engineered ideology, coding and spells have dictated humans emotional status and behaviors for millennia. The group think conditioning has become more pervasive and easier to implement on those plugged in to the matrix. 

 

What isn't a threat has been twisted or augmented by narrative and tech to become a threat, every human has fallen prey to dogma and strict adherence to their social media beliefs, this leaves little to no room for the Creator persona that dictates empathy and compassion for our fellow humans.

 

As I mentioned before each human is specifically encoded with a variation of the VMAT2 gene, the expression of this gene controls the level of connection to the Creator and perhaps many other higher-order executive functions. We have been created in the image of something bigger and more powerful than ourselves and it is beyond our comprehension. Those that are struggling to gain control over our consciousness (soul) know this and the struggle has been perpetual.

 

You may feel that your personal safety and the safety of our loved ones is consistently under attack from an invisible hand.  You may even feel that your path or journey is no longer under own control, a series of “what ifs” lead you into a tailspin of question and false answers and back into aggression or complete paralysis.

 

There is still hope! On the flip side of aggression and paralysis there is action or fleeing. Fleeing or regrouping should not be looked upon as cowardice but it should be viewed as a variation in tactics. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Chapter Eight, page 74 highlights the character traits of a good commander. Sensibilities and understanding can make all the difference, Knowing the small minority of dark powers that come against you improves your standing and gives you solid footing. When to push forward and when to fall back, when to take the high ground or when to walk with the river bed, its all a choice.

 

Your past is the catalyst to your reaction or coping mechanism to fear. The inner child that was hurt or traumatized in some manner is reacting within and out of the past but the newly created spiritually robust and experienced commander that is here now comforts that child with the abundance of wisdom. Dr. Zach Busch said it very well, “ A mindset of fear has decided the best way to control human beings is to separate us, and ‘they’ are exactly right. In our separation, we lose the connectivity that creates joy, purpose, and our hyper intelligence.”

 

No ‘person’ (corporation or entity) can separate you from your soul or consciousness, you have an internal and eternal right to deny access and its up to you to exercise this right consistently and without hesitation against any and every internal or external threat.  Every spiritual contract that you unknowingly signed under duress can easily be redacted and become null-and-void with a simple declaration, verbal and or written.    Now that you know the equation for fear and anxiety its time to apply the solution.

 

Happiness = Love + empathy + forgiveness + trust + coping + skills + people + nature

 

All of us are conduits of energy or empaths but some of us are extremely sensitive to the slightest of energetic shifts within our universe. I’d like to say that I generally have my emotions in check and that I act out of logic like Sun Tzu when presented with a problem such as fear, that I can immediately apply the equation above and like that I’m calm and at peace and my directives are clear but often the programming keeps coming and its my goal to see through the codes of fear, to see the tactics of the enemy and adjust my army as necessary.

 

Today may you love deeper, trust the process, move with decisive action and always trust your gut! Check out our video, corona part 1 and 2. Logic can explain away fear, remember that belief is the enemy of knowing.

 

 

 

References:

 

https://journals.lww.com/hrpjournal/Fulltext/2015/07000/Fear_and_the_Defense_Cascade__Clinical.3.aspx

 

http://beforeyoutakethatpill.com/blog/2014/10/27/stress-hormones-and-the-fear-response-in-survival/

 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15245638/

A Very Primalhacker Holiday

I don't know about you all, but I'm not real big into holidays. 

In fact, all holidays, with the exception of the made up ones like valentines day, have been bastardized by corporations to turn then into gluttonous spendfests.  In reality all holidays are based on ancient traditions that were anything but the soul sucking things they are today. We like to stick to the ancient traditions because they had real meaning and probably led to higher spiritual awareness vs mass consumerism. 

With that said, we wanted to share our favorite holiday gifts with you all because we know while you and I may feel a certain way about holidays, it's generally expected that we still give others gifts. And we do make money to keep our blog and social media going by offering critical biohacking tools at affordable prices. 

We can gift to others without taking on the soul sucking breath feeders that wait for unaware consumers to buy buy buy. 

Before we link to any potential holiday goodies, let us talk about winter. 

Winter is a time of death. 

The annual plants are now dead. 

The sun slowly dies all fall and finally, on the winter solstice, dies in the west earlier than ever and rises later than ever. 

As tree leaves flutter to the ground, now crispy and colored, sap from trees is now safely in the roots and out of the limbs and leaves. 

Winter is also the time of rebirth. 

This year, winter solstice happens on a GREAT Conjunction where multiple planets align for the first time in the last 6000 years. 

This alignment is a sign of a great reset, and we can see that language popping up everywhere from the World Economic Forum to corporate emails. Literally this word reset is appearing everywhere out of the blue. 

While every winter contains a reset, this year is something special.

Not only is winter a time of resetting, the sun dies on the solstice and is reborn the next day as it begins staying out longer and longer from that day forward. Winter reset is also a body reset. 

The human body cannot sustain perpetual summer. In summer we eat carbs, sugar, stay up late, get less sleep, and work hard. 

In winter, we reset the body and our systems by getting more sleep, eating little to no carbs and sugar and allowing the body to rebuild. 

But this year, a great reset is in order. We have heard that companies, with work forces that cannot come into work, due to State orders, are working harder to automate tasks and remove the need for human workers at all. 

The military is preparing for a rest in the coming year and while we have no idea what that means, I'm thinking about NATO/ UN troops coming onto our soil. 

In addition, as we move from Pisces to Aquarius the Yuga moves from water to air. This likely means an end to water terms of money like currency, flow and such and a change from paper currency to digital currency. 

This great conjunction and great reset is something you can tune into for spiritual upgrades rather and be fearful of.  You can learn more here and here. 

For now, back to traditions. 

Witches back in ancient times were healers. One tradition they kept was the Yule Log. The eldest male selected the biggest log they could find that could still fit in the hearth. This log was decorated with runes, glyphs, prayers, beads and more before being put into the fire. Being so big it would last a long time and it would be accompanied by the family snuggling up on this cold winter day. 

Nearly ALL of what we call christmas is completely and wholly based on saturnalia. Look it up. 

Ancient people would have celebrated the death of the current year with the birth of the new year. Likely this would have been done with a feast, eating up the stores of carbs like squash and potatoes and getting ready to subsist more off meats and fats. 

This was a time of contemplation, additional sleep, and less work. Some people believe ancient humans went through a phase of near hibernation where they slept most of the time, thus reducing need for food and water. 

Whether you celebrate one of the modern religious holidays or want to practice more ancient traditions, take this time to slow, down, sleep more, and eat less carbs. 

Get out of here and go snuggle with a family member or furry friend and meditate on 2021 and the great reset. Make it a reset for your spiritual growth. 

On to the list. 

Bluebockers

Every Primalhacker MUST have blueblockers. Not only do they mimic the ancient sky of darkness, blocking all blue light from entering the eye, but they help you get more sleep at night. 

Our favorite pair are these

 

Red Light

Ancient people had fire at night. They gathered and met by firelight. Firelight was healing from the red and infrared light. It contained nearly no damaging blue light. 

If you can't sit by a nightly fire, plan on buying a healing red and infrared light. 

Our favorite is Gembared (discount code SLEEP)

Our favorite portable red light is the flexbeam (discount code primalhacker)

If the indigogo campaign is still going, you can get up to $249 off by using THIS link.

Avoid EMF

Ancient people healed faster and without modern medical equipment. Part of the reason why is because they were no bombarded by man made EMF that caused massive stress in the body. 

You can use EMF blocking faraday bags for your phone and airtube earbuds instead of putting your phone to your head. 

In addition, you can get yourself one of these EMF blocking hoodie sweatshirts to protect yourself when you leave your home. 

If you need some EMF blocking underwear try these

Greens in Winter

In winter, we advocate eating more fat and little to no carbs.  Usually this means we eat less greens and mushrooms as they aren't available fresh in our area.

One easy way to get in the greens that tastes great and that we've tried out for months and love is Organifi.

Discount code PRIMAL for 15% off.

These are the hand-selected superfood ingredients you’ll enjoy in each serving of Organifi Pure:

They also offer a morning green drink, afternoon red drink, and evening before bed drink for sleep.  We've been using all three and have really enjoyed them. 

Barefoot Shoes

Our ancestors didn't go around cramming their feet into unnaturally narrow shoes that deform muscle and tendon causing pain. All shoes, if we wore them at all, were barefoot. 

It's time to bring barefoot back. After years and years of trialing barefoot shoes, we have two companies that have been around for the long haul and make amazing shoes that last a long time without breaking the bank. 

Xeroshoes and Vivobarefoot (Discount code PRIMALVB )

 

Primalhacked Wine

You can get a bottle of the "hangover" free, low sugar, biodynamic wine for a penny using this link

 

 

EVERYTIME I USE THIS I GET ZONKED

 


By Thaddeus and Tomorrow

EVERYTIME I USE THIS I GET ZONKED...

Those were the last words my husband, (world famous biohacker, Thaddeus Owen) says to me before bed last night.  He said you have to spray it on your belly.  I pulled up my shirt ....⁠ a few seconds later it begins to burn a little and feel sort of itchy, but I am used to him using me as a female biohacking guinea pig.  The tingling went away quickly enough and I slept sound all night long.  Are you able to guess what he sprayed on me? Keep reading.  


Want to know more about Primalhacker’s biohack for a better night’s sleep.  This is one of those articles that will lead you in with a secret and won’t reveal it till the end of the page.  Just heads up.  It’s like reading a book, who reads the last page first?  Well, my mother does, but she cra cra.  


First things first.  Lets talk about ….sleep.  How well are you sleeping at night?


Most people, humans will answer below average.  Why? Because your not sick and tired enough to do something about it.  Tell me im wrong!  Please tell me im wrong. Im not wrong, there are 22 gazillion studies and doctors and people who specialize in sleep.  We will let them be special.  If you answered your sleep is above average but could still be more optimal, we have a few secret biohacks for you.  


Those of you who are doing most things right already, like have your diet dialed in, your workouts, your time outdoors in nature grounding….

These few things I have proven and tested out myself and on my wife and they might be fun and interesting for you to try out just to get your sleep dialed in a little more!


Sleep hacks for those with Above Average Sleep


  1.  5HTP + collagen  on your nightstand if you are really struggling to drift off.

This is something that works every single time. If you are truly struggling with sleep, try this trick, but we do not recommend it long term as we’ve heard it can cause neurotransmitter burnout, specifically serotonin. But used infrequently, or just long enough (perhaps a few months) to learn some other techniques, it works great.  


Recipe:

Before bed, make up a small cup of water 

Add to the water: 

1tsp of collagen powder (find it here)

1 capsule of 500mg of 5-HTP (find it here)

Stir. 

Put this on your nightstand and drink if you can’t get to sleep. 

The collagen helps the 5-HTP dissolve more easily and it can take about 30 minutes before it’s fully dissolved and ready to drink. 


  1. Wear blueblockers after sunset  that’s easy click HERE to shop our “thaddeus approved glasses” and click here to watch his TED talk about why it’s so effective

  1. Watch the sunrise and sunset- and don’t eat after sunset ---its too easy but do it anyway. Just like maugwi turn into gremlins if they are fed after dark, your cells turn into monsters if you feed them after dark. Cells are designed to sleep and detox after dark, so don’t feed them. 

  1. Our secret to getting zonked biohack has to do with the belly button. This is where your umbilical cord was attached and it’s also where all food entered your body when you were a baby. Because of this fact, your body more easily absorbs things from this area

-->Rub topical magnesium on your belly right before sleep….here’s why this works to get you zonked! 


Magnesium is well known to help bring on sleep at night. Topical magnesium has very little studies showing whether it is well absorbed. Because of the lack of data, many people ignore this method of using magnesium. After many discussions with PhD scientists, they believe the theory of topical Mg absorption is accurate, but not studied. Therefore Thaddeus tried this for a year and found it VERY effective for inducing sleep. Find it online here



Is your sleep below average?


If you're not quite there and need to up your game with your diet, workouts, grounding that's a great place to start.  


Here are a few things to start with for sleep


  1.  Don’t bring tv or devices into the bedroom  LINK see our blog post about light hacking here
  2. Turn off your WIFI at night  LINK see our blog post here and learn why
  3. Don’t eat after sunset or before sunrise
  4. Wear blueblocking glasses after sunset and before sunrise  
  5. Meditate in the morning to set up your day
  6. Make sure you see the sunrise everyday without wearing contacts or glasses for at least 5 mins to 45 mins 30 mins within sunrise
  7. Turn off all devices at least 2 hours before bed
  8. Tell your partner or kids what you appreciate about them everyday 
  9. Follow primalhacker for more cool biohacks
  10. Spray topical magnesium on your belly button area right before you go to sleep

The photos are from our dear friend Kristin Canty's farm in Bath, NH.  We held a primalhacker retreat  in 2018.  Kristin is the beauty and brains behind "Farmageddon" the movie.  You can find it here

SLEEP SWEET 

PEACE AND LOVE YOU ALL 

Thaddeus and Tomorrow

Why You Should Block Blue Light at Night

Humans, for all natural history that we know of, have never been exposed to blue light after dark.

Because of this, our bodies are tuned to the color blue, only present in the daytime sky.

This attunement to blue tells our body that it’s daytime.

Daytime means we humans will produce cortisol to be awake and alert and stop producing melatonin, a hormone of darkness and sleep.

When we see blue after dark, our bodies destroy melatonin, lose many of the benefits of sleep, and set us up for long term health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer according to the National Institute of Health.

In order to minimize exposure to blue light at night, the very best thing you can do is to wear blue light blocking glasses.

If Blue Light is Necessary, Why Block it?

Blue light is present in the sun always.

Our bodies have receptors that decode blue light.

These receptors are called melanopsin.

Melanopsin reads the blue light in the environment and uses this information to produce hormones that keep us healthy.

The amount of blue in the environment also tells the body what time of day it is. There is a varying amount of blue from sunrise to noon to sunset. The body reads these levels to know what time of day it is.

Knowing what time of day it is, helps our body set circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is so important to human health that the nobel prize in medicine was given in 2017 for the study of circadian rhythm.

Every cell in our body contains a clock and these clocks are required to be set to the right time for optimal health.

Our clocks are set by the color and brightness of light.

When we live indoors and turn on lights after dark, we confuse our body and the melanopsin receptors into thinking it’s daytime. We mess up our circadian rhythm and cause chaos in the body.

Blue light at the wrong time of day is devastating.

Blue light after sunset tells the body it's daytime, releases stress hormone and keeps you awake, destroying the healing hormone melatonin and ruining your sleep. 

In addition, strong blue light during the day from devices and overheads lights that are devoid of UV and infrared light can damage the eyes by causing too many free radicals in the eye without the mitigating effect of infrared light.

Blue light after dark has been shown to reduce melatonin and shift circadian rhythm.

Why Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses at Night

When the sun sets, melatonin is released from the gut and pineal in the brain into the blood. Melatonin stays high for about 12 hours and helps us clean up cancer and even boosts our immune system!

But artificial light, which has a high amount of blue light at a time when nature provides no blue light, messes with melatonin levels.

Blue and green light have both been associated with decreasing melatonin, blue more than green. Red light does not decrease melatonin.

When blue light is removed at night, people sleep longer and get better sleep and melatonin is preserved.

Blue light blocking glasses have been shown to filter out blue light and preserve melatonin.

Blue Light Blocking for Better Sleep

Wearing blue light blocking glasses after sunset have been shown to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Personally, I find these glasses so effective that I gave a TEDx talk about the effect HERE and also developed my own blue light blocking glasses because good looking effective blue light glasses on the market were too expensive and I wanted everyone to have them.

Blue Light Blocking to Control Cortisol Release

Cortisol is released with blue light, because blue is always present only when the sun is up. When the sun rises, we want to be alert and awake. This is because we are diurnal animals (we sleep at night and awaken during the day) as opposed to rats that are nocturnal animals. 

Our biology is coded to the light. 

Cortisol is a stress hormone, but also keeps us alert and awake, which is fine during the day but not before bed.

 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Reducing the Risk of Disease

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has published multiple papers showing that exposure to artificial light at Night (ALAN) is associated with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. In addition the World Health Organization has declared ALAN or artificial light at night as a Class 2B carcinogen, in the same category as microwave radiation, lead, and asbestos.

It's important to note that light at the wrong time of the day is likely carcinogenic and also leads to health issues. This is true for everyone, even if you do not "feel" like it affects you. 

Protect your Eyes

If you work on a device all day or work under fluorescent or LED lights, you must protect your eyes. Daytime blue light blocking glasses filter some, but not all blue light to help protect the eyes.

Blue light during the day is necessary, but the intense blue light from devices is too much for your eyes and can create free radicals leading to macular degeneration. 

Shift Work

Shift work is anti-life. I’m sorry about this, but humans are diurnal animals while rats are nocturnal animals. Humans are not nocturnal and this means no matter what kind of night owl you “think” you are, you are designed biologically to be asleep when it’s dark.

Yes, you can “try” to hack nightshift work, and HERE is our article on how we would hack nightshift if we had to work nightshift. Ultimately, you will want to find a new job that allows you to work during the day.

How to Choose Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Everyone and even all kids really need to be wearing blue light blocking glasses after dark.

We all are exposed to phones, devices, TVs and lights after dark, especially if we’re not at home where we can control the light.

The cheapest glasses you can buy are THESE and while they aren’t something you’d wear out of the house, you can definitely get the cheaply and try the out at home to see how they work for you.

We recommend you try them out for one month and see what happens. I haven’t yet met someone who didn’t notice a benefit.

For daytime blue light blocking glasses that look amazing, we made these glasses 

Nighttime glasses that you can wear out of the house and look cool can be found here 

Finally, if you want to block blue and green light at night, as both can mess with melatonin, then THESE glasses will do just that.

Other Ways to Avoid Blue Light at Night

  • Use Red Lights in your home like these LEDs or Gembared (Discount code SLEEP) which can also be used for red light therapy.
  • Add Twilight or Iris aps to your phone and use iris or F.lux on your laptops.
  • Use Candles at night.
  • Turn off the power in your bedroom at the circuit box. Many people do this to avoid EMFs as well..
  • Get sunlight during the day. This has been shown to allow you to get better sleep at night.

 

As soon as the sun sets, put on your blue light blocking glasses.

When the sun rises the next day, take them off.

This will ensure you preserve your melatonin and build optimal health.

Portable Red Light Therapy is Here

There are so many different light therapy devices on the market that it might get overwhelming. It's hard to make a choice. But, how do you pick the best one for yourself? What is the best red light therapy device - the answer is surprisingly simple.

The best red light therapy device is the one you use every day. So, it's more than just numbers, outputs and features (although, they are important). It's about convenience. So, behold FlexBeam!

 

There are many different red light therapy products on the market. They include cosmetic devices, cheap red light lamps, wall panels, and even masks.

So, why would you pick a portable device like this instead of a red light wall panel or a different RLT device? Generally, it all depends on how you want to use your device and what you need it for.

Whatever you use, make sure that it does what you need it to do (ie, it has good features and specifics) and that it's convenient for you to use. People often stop using inconvenient devices even when they are amazing.

 

Here are couple of reasons why FlexBeam makes an excellent choice in comparison to other types of RLT devices:

 

Flexibility

 

One thing that makes FlexBeam an amazing choice is its portability and flexibility. You just put it on, placing directly onto your skin and you let it do its thing. This means that you can go hiking, driving, cooking or just normally go about your day. You still get your dose of red light therapy along the way.

Usually, when you have a wall panel, you don’t get as much flexibility. You position it at a convenient place in your home and have your therapy. Panels are excellent devices, but not many people have the time to use them. You have to expose the part of your body you want to treat to the panel. Which sometimes means you need more privacy than you can get in your home.

On top of that, the effects of red light therapy weaken as you move away from the source of the light. Let’s say you have a knee problem. Which side of your knee do you place directly next to the panel? What about the other side? Do you do two sessions? This is all much easier when you can wrap your RLT device

 

Excellent Specs

 

If you want to dig deeper into choosing the best red light therapy device for you (as you should) make sure to check the specs of the device. Keep your eye on:

-          Wavelength

-          Energy density

-          Irradiance


Wavelength

Let’s start with the wavelengths. You want a device that emits the light between 600 to 1020 nm. That’s what science says. It also says that the best healing range is between 625 and 635nm for red light and that the LEAST effective range is 700-770nm. As for infrared, aim for 810 to 850nm. 


Energy Density

Energy density is expressed in J/m2. The maximum of energy density you should go for is 60 J/m2. Everything above that is too much and your body may stop responding to red light therapy.


Irradiance

Irradiance is the flux of radiant energy emitted per surface area. The most effective irradiance for red and near-infrared light is 20-200 mW/cm2. FlexBeam has a safe and solid 100 mW/cm2.

 

Get Yours

You can get yours at a special Indigogo sale for up to $250 off using THIS LINK and you can also buy it on the website for a 10% discount when the Indigogo is over using THIS LINK and discount code PRIMALHACKER

 

We have been using the Flexbeam for almost 3 months and it's amazing. The portability means that we use it more often than a standing panel. 

The power of the device has been incredible. We can bring it into bed, the car and on a hike. 

I would highly recommend this product. 

Why you need to keep your mouth shut for better sleep and performance!

If you have been biohacking for any amount of time now, you have surely discovered the importance of sleep.

As a human you have a very unique set of sleep requirements. According to Dr. Michael Breus, these unique characteristics can be categorized by an individuals chronotype and their sleep drive or circadian rhythm is cued by a combination of epigenetic factors such as sun light, blue light, food, exercise, hormones and body temperature.

Improving your sleep efficiency is key to improving your deep sleep and regulating your sleep drive (circadian rhythm). Circadian rythms will change or can be disrupted by the season changes, age, stress, schedule, alcohol, food,  and how much one is plugged into the matrix. So, where does mouth tape come in and why is it important? (sleep foundation. org - Sleep Drive + The power of when quiz.com)
 
In this modern era [wo]mans connection to nature and its subtle yet immensely impacting biological cues it provides has affected the respiration rate and the way we even breath. According to  James Nestor, author of Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art; a respiration rate increase has taken place in the last 50-75 years and the modern [wo]man is breathing more rapidly and less efficiently than that of our predecessors. According to the Cleveland Clinic the “normal” respiration rate of an adult is 12-20 breaths a minute and an abnormal rate is below 12 and above 25 breaths per minute. I’d argue that above 15 is abnormal and hitting 9-10 BPM is extremely healthy. Why has this shift taken place and how can a simple tool like mouth tape change this and improve your sleep.
thepowerofwhenquiz.com
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/circadian-rhythm/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock

What is Mouth Tape?


Mouth tape is a simple yet effective tool to improve your respiration rate and improve your sleep without impacting your wallet. I’ve experimented with all of the products that are out there and have ended up with 3M’s Nexcare gentle paper tape, medium hold. A roll cost me $2.99 plus tax and has lasted for over two months now. I have been mouth taping since the begging of June 2020.

mouth tape 3m

What improvements I saw from mouth taping

With all the things affecting our health and emotional status a great nights sleep can improve your emotional and physical resilience. I’ve tracked my sleep every night for two years until very recently when I removed all tracking devices from my life ( why you should do this is for another topic)! According to my BioStraps data on my last ever recording of July 27th,2020 my deep sleep was 5h 38min, improving on my best ever deep sleep of 3h 14m.

 

Most interesting thing to me was the change in my BRPM. From an average of 15.2 at the begging of June to an average of 12.8 at the last day in July. According to the Oxygen Advantage, “breath light to breath right”! Disclaimer, as [wo]man we throw a lot of the kitchen sink at our problems so its hard to quantify if the mouth tape alone improved my deep sleep or was it a combination of buteyko breath work and mouth taping but I can tell you that the continued mouth taping and decrease in buteyko exercise and my sleep is still anecdotally amazing!

oura ring data on mouth vs nose breathingoura ring nose breathing with taped mouth

Tips for proper mouth taping 

Proper mouth tape positioning is key for first timers to reduce potential claustrophobic feelings and anxiety. Some of the made for mouth tape sleep aids out there have a piece that covers the entire mouth and has a small slit to allow for restricted mouth breathing but this can still be too much for newcomers. 

 

This is why I have chosen the 3M Nexcare tape, a simple two inch piece taped vertically from the upper lip directly under the nose to the base of the bottom lip works wonderfully. This, method and brand of tape works over facial hair and by taping this way you feel less confined because you may breath from the corners of your mouth. Don’t worry if your tape comes off at night as this is a training tool to help improve breathing quality and function.

Breath Light to Breath Right

Remember you must breath light to breath right! Reduce and eliminate chronic mouth breathing and use techniques like mouth taping to improve nasal breathing, sleep, energy, and performance.

 

What to do now?

Take a few moments today to really focus on your breathing. It is a s simple as sitting with your eyes closed to see where your breath begins and where it ends. If you notice through out the day you are yawning frequently its a good sign that you are a mouth breather and everything from your sleep to mental performance will and is suffering to some degree.  Here are my five tips to improve your nasal breathing and respiratory function.

 

  1. Tape your mouth shut at bed time!
  2. Slow controlled nasal breathing with breath holds to improve your C02 tolerance. For instance inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds and hold for 8 seconds. repeat for 5 minutes
  3. DO NOT YAWN ever again. Yawning is a nervous system response to off load excess CO2 but most-likely you are actually hyperventilating and not under breathing. If you feel a yawn coming on, close your mouth and quickly exhale through your nostrils and return to controlled nasal breathing.
  4. O-H-M, yes, Ohm! Ohming will naturally increase the nitric oxide profusion in your paranasal sinus which will aid respiratory efficiency and improve epithelial oxygenation. ie. decreased stuffy noses, improved sports performance, and cancer fighting to name a few things. (buteykoclinic.com/docs/Nasal-Nitric-Oxide.pdf)
  5. Use a Neti pot before bed to get things cleared up. Winter in the Midwest can be brutally dry, leading to increased mucus production and congestion. A bit of structured water and mineral rich sea salt will loosen mucus and hydrate epithelial tissue helping you sleep tight!

 

As a bonus tip! You better be blocking blue light and you start here by purchasing a pair or two of stylish blue light blocking glasses.(Secret Discount code Tomorrow20)

 

Check out THIS post of ours on how to sleep right.