One Expert Shares His Favorite Herbs and Plants to Heal

One Expert Shares His Favorite Herbs and Plants to Heal

If you knew you could easily and effectively enhance your mood, energy levels, and brainpower, what would it take for you to do it?

BulletProof founder and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Asprey knows what’s possible when it comes to making changes to the human body through what he calls ‘biohacking’. This knowledge of ourselves enables us to transform our lives, live longer, slow-down the aging process, increase brain power, and enhance our overall performance.

So how do we do it? The first place to start is by cleaning up your diet, getting plenty of sleep, and managing your stress. We can easily boost the nutrient value of our foods, facilitate a healthy rest, and regulate our cortisol levels – the stress hormone – by using specific plant compounds as medicine. These can come from fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, or even some of your guilty vices. A cup of coffee, for instance, can enhance your performance and contribute to all the feel-good benefits that cascade as a result.

Plant medicine has been around for centuries and is still widely used in the East. Some of these plants we know and love, like turmeric and mushrooms, are incredibly medicinal when used correctly. Others are newer discoveries, and exploring the science behind their properties and benefits, like polyphenols and adaptogens, is a realm that we have longed to delve deeper into.

In Episode 4 of Transcendence Season 2, Dave shares his journey with coffee; the drink that was giving him headaches, energy highs & slumps, and was slowly contributing to the range of health concerns he didn’t know were happening to his body. Too often we blame coffee for our migraines and our lack of sleep, but what Dave realized was it was the mold within his coffee, ochratoxin. Roasting of beans kills the mold, but the fungal toxin remains.

Thankfully for us, there are ways of getting your coffee without the ochratoxin so you can drink up the health benefits and leave the nasties aside. Research from the Nihon University College of Bioresource Sciences has praised the health benefits of coffee polyphenols, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and antihypertensive properties.

This is just one plant, and the science of plant-based medicine is abundant. In Episode 4 of Season 2, Healing Herbs & Sacred Medicine, you will discover:

  • Why medical herbs and plants are on the rise and what the future of medicine could look like. 
  • Why mouldy-coffee could be the reason for your chronic headaches and fatigue.
  • The miraculous healing powers of celery juice and how it works. 
  • The adaptogens and healing plants you can start using today to increase your energy, support your mood, and detoxify your body. 

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Dave is joined by Nick Polizzi, Anthony William, Daniel Vitalis, and Jennifer Partridge to explore how these ancient herbs can bring your health and wellbeing to new heights.

The worldwide premiere screening of Transcendence Season 2 begins on Monday, May 18. You can save your spot here to the free online premiere here.

Take this opportunity to uncover powerful healing herbs and sacred medicinal practices that can help you heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually and how some of these healing plants may even be growing in your backyard.



380 Trillion Viruses Live In Us; How Do We Live Symbiotically With Them?

380 Trillion Viruses Live In Us; How Do We Live Symbiotically With Them?

Interest in the microbiome has been steadily increasing over the past decade or so, and for good reason. The role of our internal ecosystem (gut flora) is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our times, offering an insight into how we heal, fight off disease, and stay healthy — even in difficult times. In “Immunity and the Microbiome,” microbiologist Compton Rom presents a compelling argument for why we need to pay attention to the ecosystem of good bacteria in our digestive system. 

Once we realize the great implications of how remarkable the microbiome within us can make or break our state of health, then we can boost our immunity over viruses, bacteria, and infections. 

While the term “immune system” is relatively common in our daily vernacular, Rom does not limit it to the body alone. Rather, he has a holistic vision and ties the health of all life on this planet with the health of the Earth, including global warming, as well as the nature of disease-causing organisms. This holistic approach allows us to appreciate our unique role as conscious beings existing in various ecosystems that need to be recognized and respected. 

Rom discusses historical evidence, showing that humans have evolved to live symbiotically with the life not just around us, but within us. This becomes particularly relevant when discussing the role of our virome, or the trillions of viruses and phages that live within our body and its cells. This he says is a major facet in maintaining proper health, by promoting symbiosis with viruses, so they don’t cause disease and illness.

We can optimize our virome and microbiome by introducing probiotic fermented and anti-inflammatory herbs, as well as a diverse diet of fruits and roots, to lower risks of infectious disease. In fact, the bacterial cells within our microbiome outnumber our human cells by tenfold.

Rom suggests our immunity from illness, as well as our relationship with the planet, begins at home. The best place to start our journey to optimum health and ideal immune function is by improving our diets, meditating, doing breathwork, exercising, and most importantly, proactively diversifying our gut microbiomes. 

Compton’s philosophy is to take a non-chemical and non-pharmaceutical approach to healing, using natural herbs, and oils to eliminate pathogenic bacteria. 

Our bodies, he notes, respond “best to natural compounds that have evolved alongside us for millennia. Synthetic compounds are singular in nature, while whole earth compounds carry numerous micronutrients and co-factors necessary for growth, many of which scientists have yet to discover. 

This is why natural compounds are so much more effective. Modern medicine has yet to use them because they are impossible to patent; synthetics can be sold at a much higher profit than naturally derived and sustainably harvested herbs.”

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