In preparation for Slush x Ultrahack on the 6th through 8th of November, we talk with author, CEO, and Biohacker Teemu Arina.
This article was originally posted on HYBE.
He explains to Hybe: “Biohacking is the art and science of optimising your health and performance with the help of technological and biological tools.”
“Food to me is a form of technology that I use to hack this system [my body], once you understand yourself as a system, you can take yourself to a new level.”
He wears a smartwatch to track his steps, a smart shirt that tracks his heart rate and breathing, and has a lapel pin that buzzes him when his posture isn’t perfect.
“Sitting is the tobacco of my generation, it absolutely kills. You should be moving during the day, working in front of your computer has it’s own tax on your health,” says Arina as he demonstrates some of his in-office exercise tools.
But perhaps the most curious of Arina’s habits is his method for making coffee:
“I like to use 18 grams of coffee, I like to use cinnamon as it cuts down the blood sugar rise, I like to use fats because fats are the main source of energy. I put some butter in it, this is what people in the old times used to put in their coffee, I use butyric acid (a short chain fatty acid, very good for brain function), MCT oil which is a fat is a fuel for mitochondria, the energy centers in our cells that can use it as a source of extra energy. We blend it up to break down the fat molecules,” he produces what looks like a pleasant caffe latte, though the jury is still out on how nice it really is. However, Arina confidently states:
“Definitely if you wanna kick more ass, this is one of the tools for this.”
Well that’s sold it to me.
Ultrahack, part of Slush Hacks is held on 6th through 8th of November in Helsinki, Finland with a long pre-game. It consists of 8 fun and creative challenge and workshops for designers, developers, and creatives, working with experts onsite and online from all types of fields. Challenge winners can win up to €20,000! Register at ultrahack.org.