Biohacking: Bulletproof coffee with a genetically high fat or caffeine sensitivity

You’re all about leveraging your strengths and turning weaknesses into opportunities for improvement. We’re able to help you further biohack your body by using your DNA. Here’s how you can use your DNAfit results to further biohack your Bulletproof Coffee.  

You treat your body as if it were a machine. A high-performance race car that you keep running by fine-tuning the engine, and you are the mechanic. By giving your body everything it needs to run optimally you are extending your life expectancy. You’re a biohacker.

By now, you know that the right diet and a fitness programme are the keys to keeping your body running at its peak performance. But, what if there was more you could do for your body? What if you could rewire your body by taking the most basic information you have available to you and using it to your advantage?

All the answers to your biohacking questions can be found in your genetics. We’re able to help streamline your weight loss and health experience by removing the guesswork.


Biohacking with bulletproof coffee

One of the most common biohacks which is popular with experts, such as Dave Asprey, is to increase your daily fat intake. The easiest way to increase your daily fat intake is to make yourself a cup of bulletproof coffee every morning. It kills off cravings, kicks your metabolism into overdrive and even improves your cognitive function. Think of it as your perfect early morning wake-up call.

But, what if you discover that you have a high-fat saturated sensitivity? This means that if your daily intake exceeds 6% saturated fat you will experience weight gain. How about a high caffeine sensitivity, which could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease? Does this mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of bulletproof coffee? Not at all - you just need to be smart about how you plan your meals for the day. We’re about to show you how...

Benefits of biohacking with DNAfit

By being aware of the information that is found in your genes you are able to manipulate your nutrition, fitness and lifestyle in order to improve your health. After you’ve taken your DNA test, we’re able to see how your current lifestyle and diet affects your body. We’re able to see your sensitivity to substances such as caffeine and a high fat diet.

What happens if you have a genetically high fat sensitivity?

What does this mean for the rest of the day, if you have a high fat saturated sensitivity? All this means is that you need to monitor the remainder of your fat intake.

If you are uncertain about what a high saturated fat sensitivity means for your body, simply put it means that you will see weight gain if your daily saturated fat intake exceeds 6% of your daily calories. While Dave Asprey’s bulletproof diet means that you get between 50-70% of your daily calories through fat - hence his high fat bulletproof coffee. If you do have a high fat sensitivity, be mindful of the type of fat you use in your coffee and your fat intake throughout the remainder of your meals.  

Substitute the fats you eat regularly with other things. Instead of butter on your toast, use a few drops of olive oil, avocados, hummus or leave butter out altogether.

Your DNA doesn’t need to dictate your decisions rather let it guide your journey. You don’t need to cut fat out altogether - simply limit your saturated and trans fat intake wherever possible. Based on a high saturated fat sensitivity you should be eating foods like:

  • Pink oily fish  

  • vegetables

  • Fruit

  • Avocados

  • Lean meat and poultry

  • Eggs

What happens if you have a genetically high caffeine sensitivity?

Now that we’ve covered how to enjoy a bulletproof, biohacking lifestyle with a high saturated fat sensitivity let’s tackle, what to do if your results expose a caffeine sensitivity.

A caffeine sensitivity means that, unlike those of your circle are able to enjoy between three to four cups of coffee per day, you might cause increases in your blood pressure or increase your risk of reduced bone mineral density - from one strong cup. DNAfit recommends that slow metabolisers (those with a high sensitivity) should limit their intake of caffeine to around 200mg per day (one, maybe two cups of coffee per day).

When we genetically test for a caffeine sensitivity you will find yourself in one of two categories:

  • High sensitivity to caffeine: you have slow CYP1A2 activity which is associated with a higher heart disease risk with a large caffeine intake. - as we mentioned earlier.

  • Low sensitivity to caffeine: These people have one or more fast versions of the  CYP1A2 gene and are less likely to develop heart disease from caffeine.

If you have a genetically high caffeine sensitivity, it’s a good idea to limit foods/drinks that list it as a main ingredient.

Learn More About Health Fit | Caffeine sensitivity chart

Biohacking is in no way a quick fix, so don’t let the term ‘hack’ confuse you. However, it’s definitely a way of getting around your body’s limitations. After all, Asprey himself said that “when you hack your own biology, you can gain control of systems in your body that you would never have access to.”

Your aim is to change your body and your mind so that you have ultimate control over it. Once you have the control you can push the boundaries. By knowing your genetic results, you know what foods to avoid and how to hack your way around the do’s and don’ts. In that same breath you are more aware of the foods and nutrients that will benefit you the most.

Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making healthy choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!

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