Three B’s for Performance Enhancement
I’ve been learning a bit about biohacking lately (how to get, and keep, your body performing at its optimal level) so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite hacks.
Being the organic girl that I am I can’t go past Beetroot as my first pick. I love preparing it from fresh and then either roasting it or grating it into my salads or sandwiches. Beetroot is packed full of nutrients and is particularly good for your heart, your eyes and your blood. It is high in nitrates (not nitrites which are the bd guys in processed meats) that your body converts into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes your blood vessels, increasing oxygen delivery and lowering blood pressure. Having beetroot juice on the morning of a big race is a hack athletes use to improve their performance. It’s a trick I use if I’m feeling run down or tired. Other easy ways to get beetroot into you, if cooking isn’t so much your thing, are smoothies (it goes really well with berries), juices and kvass (fermented beetroot juice – honestly it tastes better than it sounds!) which also has probiotic benefits.
Butter Coffee/ Keto Coffee/ Bulletproof Coffee is my second pick, partly because it’s so effective, but also because it takes something that is on the negative side of the equation for most peoples’ health and flips it into something that is a delicious positive. Coffee has a bunch of good health effects, but the stand out is that it helps boost metabolism, so it’s good for weight loss and energy. The downside, is that it spikes your energy, followed by a corresponding slump a few hours later. If your adrenals are fatigued, it can also push you further along this path. Enter Butter Coffee! (It’s like a long black blended with grassfed butter and coconut oil.) Aside from having a long list of their own health benefits, the fats in the butter and coconut oil slow down the rise and fall of caffeine in your bloodstream give you mellow long-lasting energy. When they are blended with coffee they give it a smooth taste so creamy you don’t even notice that it’s missing the milk.
I am fascinated by all things bee and love taking Bee Pollen every day. Bee pollen is a mix of flower pollen, honey, nectar and enzymes and has over 250 active compounds. It boosts immunity and can significantly reduce the body’s allergic response (unless of course you’re allergic to bee products). Bee pollen’s anti-inflammatory effects help wound healing, infection prevention and can help reduce swelling just to name a few things from the long list of bee pollen’s health benefits. It’s also an easy add to your diet. You can add it to smoothies, sprinkle it on your cereal or add it to just about any raw food you’re eating.
For most of us, working on improving our diet is a work in progress. It’s difficult to change the habits of a lifetime, but it’s incredible how significant an impact some of these simple additions can have to how you perform in body and mind.