266. The Flow State Formula: Neurohacking Mindfulness (Luke Live @ Mercado Sagrado)

Luke Storey

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In this immersive lecture recorded live from Mercado Sagrado, I will guide you through a lesson in achieving a rapid elevation of creativity, cosmic consciousness, and flow state brain entrainment.

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is presented for educational and exploratory purposes only. Published content is not intended to be used for diagnosing or treating any illness. Those responsible for this show disclaim responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information presented by Luke or his guests. Please consult with your healthcare provider before using any products referenced. This podcast may contain paid endorsements for products or services.

Mercado Sagrado is one of my favorite events in the world. Every year, people trek to the mountains of Malibu to learn more about a more connected, conscious way of living. I’ve gone the past few years to run the Biohacking Lounge and host a session, and in 2019, I gave a talk titled, “The Flow State Formula: Neurohacking Mindfulness.”

In this immersive lecture, I will guide you through a lesson in achieving a rapid elevation of creativity, cosmic consciousness, and flow state brain entrainment. Using modalities ranging from ancient breath work, meditation, and movement practices to the most cutting-edge nootropic, herbal, smart drug, and psychedelic microdosing supplementation, you will learn how to stack the application of the most effective internal transformative tools with the latest external brain training biohacking technologies to radically and permanently upgrade your consciousness and performance. 

I give a lot of juicy and very specific details in this episode, so I’ve assembled all of these resources in one convenient place for you! You can download the slide deck I used for this presentation by going to lukestorey.com/limitless or texting IAMLIMITLESS to 44222 on a US phone.

09:23 — Roots of brain fog

  • Parasites 
  • Heavy metals
  • Inflammation
  • Leaky gut
  • Poor sleep habits

11:15 — Sleep Tools

14:30 — Meditation

  • Nothing clears your mind after a good night’s sleep better than a solid meditation practice

15:41 — Float Tanks

  • The experience is akin to a forced meditation
  • How the AIDS crisis killed float tanks — and why that absolutely isn’t a fear founded in reality
  • Just Float in Pasadena
  • Float Lab in Westwood and Venice

19:00 — Breathwork

  • Breathwork is a daily practice for me
  • There are practices from a variety of modalities, and they’re all useful
  • Similar to float tanks, breathwork can allow you to access consciousness and have mind-altering experiences stone-cold sober
  • Holotropic breathing
  • The effects of breathwork, generally

20:57 — Kundalini Yoga

  • I’ve been practicing Kundalini for close to a decade, and I love it because it’s accessible to everyone who can sit in one place, breathe, and chant
  • The vibe of Kundalini can, understandable, be off-putting to some people
  • But there is a reason for all of the white and the turbans!

22:42 — Cryo / Ice baths

  • If you live somewhere cold, you can just go outside when it’s below freezing
  • I like cryo, but I LOVE ice baths
  • Why getting cold blasts your brain with happy chemicals
  • Getting cold regularly will elevate your life and your mood
  • Even just a cold shower in the morning can make a big difference

25:10 — Inversions, movement, and blood flow

  • Anything that is in your bloodstream and you want to get into your brain will get there faster if you’re upside down — so inversion is great for stacking biohacks!

26:00 — Neuroacoustics therapy

  • Binaural beats use sound to induce certain brainwave states
  • NuCalm (save $500 using the code “luke500” at NuCalm.com)

29:30 — Brainwave entrainment/frequency technology

  • One of the best things about these brain entrainment technologies is that they can help you reprogram the subconscious mind
  • The value of stacking brain entrainment tech with recorded meditations or lectures
  • Crushing limiting beliefs
  • Brain Tap
  • Ampcoil
  • Biocharger

29:48 — Cranial micro-stimulation

33:10 — Neurofeedback

  • Peak Brain Institute
  • Neurofeedback is also a form of brain entrainment
  • You can think of neurofeedback as teaching your brain to teach itself
  • It can help people with PTSD, ADD, and ADHD minimize or even get rid of the problem

34:27 — Molecular Hydrogen

35:00 — Sungazing and Vitamin D

36:34 — Magnesium

37:35 — Nootropics
 & Smart Drugs

41:30 — Microdosing & Lion’s Mane

  • I’m not talking about tripping and partying
  • This is not the path for everyone, especially people currently taking psych meds
  • Interested in microdosing? Hit up my DMs on Instagram

45:40 — Listener Q&A

  • What is Luke working on right now?
  • Who does Luke follow?
  • How does Luke know what works? Do you have a process for figuring out what’s actually working?
  • Are there physiological advantages to cyclical ketosis?
  • What is Luke’s take on intermittent fasting?

More about this episode.

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Luke Storey:  Did we turn this on? Yeah, there we are. We're here, right? Okay, cool. I always think it's a weak start to be like, "Is this thing on?" but sometimes, you have to ask that. You know what I mean? I'm Luke Storey. Thank you. Are you guys ready to blast off? Okay, we're going to start with a little quick activation here. And it's so nice that we have this soundtrack behind us. It's just lovely and it's totally fitting for what I want to talk about because the music is in such a great flow.

So, we're going to do a short piece of breath work. It's a little something I stole from the kundalini yoga tradition. So, I can't hold the mic, and show you at the same time. So, I'm going to do my best to project over the music. Maybe I won't fall off the stage though because, sometimes, that happens when you do these bits. So, I'm going to try to project, and you guys just follow along. We're going to do a short version. Normally, you'd want to do this for about 11 minutes if you have supervision.

Is there anyone that needs clarification while I have the microphone? You guys good? No one wants to be that person that's like, "What? I don’t get it." Follow along. The most important thing is the count of eight, inhale through the nose, the count of eight, exhale through the mouth, and the pumping of the hands. Really put the energy into the hands. Like imagine you're really trying to smash like a small beach ball and just allow that action to spring. For those of you that have practiced these traditions, you're like, "Yeah, duh, I love this one." For those of you that are like, "What the fuck is this?" just follow along. 

And what I'd invite you to do is just we're going to take a moment, and just close our eyes, and check in. And just check your energetic level. Like see where you are. Is there a little tension? Is there a little anxiety? Is there a little lethargy? A little depression? Kind of just do a little tune-in with yourself. And we're going to just go for maybe two minutes. And then, I'll invite you afterwards to just see if there was any change in the way that you feel. I'm a big fan of changing the way that you feel from the inside. Unless you already feel perfect and you don't want to change anything, then you can just meditate during this section. Now, ready?

You guys are doing great. Something that’s helpful, keep going, is to really use your core. Use your abdomen and your gut. You have so much power. And you can use that power, turn it like the power of that device that blows air onto a fire. Imagine your lungs are like that. You can use your rib cage. You can use your abdomen to really work with that energy and work with that fire and that prana, to move it around. And that’s what these traditions are really useful for is just moving energy or cultivating energy that already exists in and around us and putting it where you want to go. 

And as we kind of come in to the last 30 seconds or so of this, don’t do it yet, but when I cue you, you're going to put your hands down, and you're going to take a massive inhale to the depths of your lungs, like the bottom of your lungs, further than you think your lungs even go because they do go a lot further than most of us think. And then, we're going to hold that inhale when I say go, and we're going to tense our entire body like we're made of stone. I mean, like your toes, your cusp, your knees, your thighs, your shoulders, your chest, your heart, your neck. And we're going to focus that energy, tighten all of those chakras, every part of your body, you can tense, all the way up your spine. We're going to focus on the center of our brain and activate the pineal gland.

And it sounds like a lot of woo-woo shit to some of people, not this crowd, but to some. But there's so much science now that's starting to verify that we have the ability to really affect our biology on the cellular and genetic level by altering the energy.

So, in a 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, inhale, as deep as you can go. Tense your whole body. Tense everything. Hold it as long as you can until you feel like your head is going to explode in the best way possible. And focus that energy in the center of your brain. And when and if you do exhale, do a cannon fire out, a big "Whoo." Just let it out. You guys are awesome. I love this soundtrack. I want to get the recording and, like, just play it in the background of all the things. Let's take a moment, and close our eyes, and just check back in with yourself. By show of hands, who feels 5%better? Who feels 50% better? Cool. All right. That's good. That's good odds. 

All right. So, what we're going to talk about is activating the brain to access consciousness. And there are many different ways of thinking about mind, brain, consciousness. My framework is very simple. I look at the brain as sort of a radio transmitter that you can tune to different channels. And the clearer your receiver transmitter is, the more access you have to super consciousness or universal mind. In other words, that universal intelligence that exists throughout the cosmos and on this planet throughout every living and nonliving thing. Everything is a vibrational field, right? 

And so, by optimizing the physical brain and really working on strengthening and opening that brain energetically, sometimes, exogenously, which we're going to talk about. And sometimes, as we just did, using our own energy, right? Going within. We're going to talk about every tool that I've found currently if I can do that in 45 minutes, which I probably can't. We're going to talk about every tool that I've discovered to be useful for that. And some of you will have explored some of these things. Some of you will want to go find them. And some of you will be drawn to some of the more techie bits. Some of you more to the more plant medicine bits, et cetera. 

But the idea here is to really differentiate the brain and mind or consciousness. Does that make sense? Cool. Oh, God. It feels good to squat after standing all day. So, this is my PowerPoint. If we're finding that our brain is slower than our consciousness or higher self wants it to be, there's often some very low-hanging fruit that will likely be the culprits. And generally, we call this brain fog. It's like that inability to think clearly. It's the inability to be crisp and to remember and to be focused and present. And sometimes, no matter how much meditation you do and how much you pray to God and how spiritually aligned you are and how hard you work at that and how surrendered you are into that process, the brain just doesn't want to go along with you. 

And so, these are some of the most common issues. First ones being parasites, heavy metals, inflammation, leaky gut and poor sleeping habits. And for the first few, a good way to figure out if you have that going on is to just explore the world of functional medicine or a naturopath and really get your labs done a few times a year and find out what's going on. Sometimes, it's like you think, “Oh, I have the wrong diet,” and meanwhile, it's like the metal amalgam, mercury-filled fillings in your head and you have mercury poisoning. 

I found out years ago that I had really high lead. And so, I was kind of getting dimwitted and going like, “God, I used to be a little brighter than this. What happened?” And I had this crazy, off-the-chart lead, I think, from refinishing a banister with a heat gun that was painted with lead paint. I finally got enough lead out where I could figure out how it happened and I went to avoid that. But those are like—that's the first step for me because a lot of people want to do the smart drugs and the nootropics and the microdosing and they want to turn on their brain, but you can't turn on your brain if it's full of toxins. And those are some of the main ones that you'll find. 

Next, into the sleep hygiene. I think now, we're in a really great time because sleep is becoming trendy, like people want to crash sleep. It's a performance metric now. It's amazing. Me and my friends, we all use this thing called the Oura Ring. And you can track your sleep quite accurately. It comes with a little app and, you know, when you wake up, it's like the first thing I do, I'm like, sync my Oura Ring because I sleep with the Bluetooth off, which is a little hot tip if you don't want to radiate yourself while you sleep. I think that I'm like, “Ah, God, I only got an 89. What did I do last night? Oh, shit, I ate some chocolate at 10:00," or whatever it was, right? Went to the movies without my BluBlockers on. I mean, there's all kinds of things I figured out that really wrecked my sleep. And then, when you start to gamify sleep, it helps you to value it because you can start to really track how you feel each day based on the sleep score you get. And then, if you turn into a real geek like me and all my biohacking homies, we're like texting each other like, “Oh, burn, dude, I got a 95, what'd you get, 70," you know. 

It's fun because sleep is really like the number one thing. I don't care how many supplements you take. I just did an IV, probably like a $300 IV over here with everything times 10 and I feel pretty good. But if I would've gotten better and longer sleep last night, that would not even have moved the needle. You know what I mean? Sleep is just so important. And tracking it and gamifying it is one way to really help improve that and see what works and what doesn't because we all kind of have our magic medicine. 

You know, I love all kinds of different herbs and things like that. They're helpful with sleep. And I can tell which ones work and which ones don't, to the point where you can track deep sleep and REM sleep. So, I know if I take a ton of CBD and especially, if it has any THC, for example, I'll get a lot of great deep sleep, but my REM sleep will suck. If you drink alcohol, your REM sleep will be trashed. If you smoke weed, your REM sleep is trashed. I don't do either of those, but I do like CBD for the deep sleep, so you kind of learn how to fine tune them. 

The main impedance to sleep, I have found over the years of really dialing this in, is temperature control. And this is more prevalent with guys. How many guys in the room overheat when you're in bed at night? Okay. That's quite a few. Well, there's more women here than guys, I think generally. Show me how many guys do not ever have a problem waking up too hot. There, one guy. Okay. There we go. That's a better way to measure it. So, I've met very few women who are like, “Oh, my God. Just woke up sweaty all night," unless they’re in menopausal or something, right? 

But most of us tend to wake up hot and we don't realize that's what it is. You're just like, “Oh, I slept like shit last night," and you have no idea why. So, I discovered this thing a few years ago called the chiliPAD. Now, they have an upgraded device called the OOLER, like cooler without the C. And this is a water-filled little thin pad that goes under your fitted sheet that you can control the temperature of. And it's free. Yeah. She's like, “Whoa.” Yeah, it's fucking amazing because you can be sleeping with a partner and you can each have one and you can each control your own temperature on your side of the bed. 

So, like if you're a guy that runs hot and you're sleeping with a woman or whomever that runs cold, their side of the bed can be like 90 degrees and yours can be 55. It's fantastic. And so, it saves a lot of relationships also, from what I hear. If you have two of them, that is or maybe the one person doesn't need one. So, controlling the temperature and, of course, the light in the room are just really great ways to hack the sleep. And then, when you have the Oura Ring and you start measuring it. Then, you can dial in the supplements and the food and all of the things that really impact your sleep. But as far as brain function, nothing ever trumps sleep. That's why it's the number one. 

Next is meditation. And I'm preaching to the choir, I'm hoping based on the look of this crowd, but nothing clears your mind once you've gotten good sleep, like a solid meditation practice. And what I mean by that is something that's really habituated where, you know, once to twice a day, you're dropping into whatever practice for at least 10, if not 20 or 60 minutes. I've built up from the beginning, five minutes, I would just be going out of my skin and then, I started to get—you know, learn some practices. 

I learned Vedic Meditation, which is 20 minutes twice a day. It's kind of the sister to a TM, Transcendental Meditation. And then, now, I'm into all these different brain training devices and brainwave entrainment technologies and things, which I'll cover, that take meditation to the next level, where, I mean, I'll be pissed if somebody interrupts me after two hours, you know. I'm just like out there. And when I come out of there, that's the best time for me to access creativity and flow state. That's when the brain has calmed down enough and you've gone into a parasympathetic state. You've optimized your brain waves to the place where you can really be creative or empathetic or whatever it is that you're trying to do in your work. My work involves both of those. So, meditation is huge for brain function and also sleep. 

Next one is float tanks or as they're officially called, sensory deprivation tanks or chambers. Has anyone done a float? Yeah, I figured so. I love talking to these kinds of events because people aren't like, “Oh, that’s weird. Why would you sit in water by yourself?” You know, sometimes, I do—I speak at like health events and sometimes, the more consciousness events. So, I'm always trying to suss out who's done what. 

Float tanks, I discovered a few years ago. And the idea here, for those of you that don't know what it is, is you step into a chamber, which can be a little tank, kind of like a coffin or in a better case scenario, as is. There are two places in LA, by the way, Just Float in Pasadena and then, Float Lab in Westwood and Venice. They have a full-on room. So, it's a small room you go into with a big tub of water that's highly saturated with Epsom salt. And the Epsom salt relaxes your body because it's a type of magnesium and it causes you to float. So, there's just too salt much in it, just the right amount of salt in it. And so, you can lay back and float without drowning. So, it comes up to right around your face. So, the only part of you that's exposed is your nose, mouth, and eyes. 

And it's the same for everyone, no matter how much you weigh, which is interesting. You'd think someone bigger and heavy would sink, but they don't. I don't know. It's God's magic. But what's interesting here is that if they do it right, which the two places that I just recommended here in LA do, the temperature of the air and the water will be regulated and kept the exact temperature of your skin the entire time you're in there. I like to do about a two-hour float. For some people, they get a little antsy, but I like being alone, so I'll do a two-hour float. 

But what the temperature control does is it helps you to disassociate. So, if anyone's ever done ketamine, it's like that, but less dizzying. So, you disassociate from the physical sensation of your body and this allows the consciousness outside of and inside your mind and brain to run free. And so, it's just an incredible exploration, sort of a forced meditation. If you can really surrender to the process, and get comfortable, and get used to the fact that there's saltwater going in your ears and you just kind of deal with that and accept that that's what's going on. 

And sometimes, it takes two or three visits for someone to really click into this practice. But when you do, it does fantastic things for your ability to access consciousness. It's a very psychedelic experience. Some people, I've not done this myself yet, but some people will in fact have psychedelic experiences as an add-on to their floats. I would find that problematic unless you have a driver, you know, of course. As with all psychedelic experiences, you think it's going to be fun, but then, the thing you're doing only lasts an hour or two and the psychedelics last nine. That can be problematic. But a lot of people experiment with different states of consciousness with float tanks. 

And they gained popularity in the ‘60s. Started to really ramp up in the ‘70s as an alternative to psychedelics because you can induce the same experience. And in the ‘80s, we had the beginning of the AIDS crisis and people did not want to go get in a body of water that other people had been floating in, right? And so, like the AIDS crisis killed float tanks until we figured out that they are safe and clean. And if you go to a reputable float spa or center, they meticulously cleanse the water in between each person with UV light and ozone. And you know, it's very germ-free for those of you that don't want to float in someone else's stank water. 

Breathwork. I do breathwork every single day, all the time, all different types. Every yoga tradition I've ever practiced has a different modality. The one we just did in the beginning happens to be from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. There are all kinds of different practices now. And again, breathwork, much like the float tank experience is a way to access consciousness and have mind-altering experiences stone-cold sober. So, if you're someone that is physically sensitive or sober and, you know, it’s like the journey for you is not taking any sort of medicine or psychedelics, really, one of the most popular and effective and transformative modalities of breathwork known is Holotropic breathing, which was invented by Stan Grof. 

Actually, it came to be because he'd been working with people using LSD for transformative healing experiences. And as LSD started to move out into the mainstream culture and became illegal because it was waking people up - there are powers to be they don't want us to be awakened, in my opinion and experience - breathwork sort of was born out of the psychedelic movement and also, obviously, goes back a time memorial through all the yoga traditions, et cetera. But any kind of breathwork you can do, again, is going to have a multitude of effects. 

One of the main ones being is that it's going to hyper-oxygenate your brain. And again, your brain being the transmitter and receiver, right? The brain is the transmitter of thought and consciousness and the receiver of thought and consciousness. And the more activated and nutrient-dense and oxygen-rich our brain is, the more blood flow we have, the better it works and the better we're able to access flow states and be of higher service in the world. 

I love this flip chart thing. I'm kind of into this. I might start doing this all the time. It's very—you guys ever take yoga with Guru Singh? I think that's where I stole the idea, perhaps. A friend of mine helped me do the illustrations. I can't take ownership of these lovely drawings. Kundalini Yoga, which we just practiced a little bit and I'm sure many of you have participated in. And for the novice or someone who has not had the experience of partaking in that practice and you find it, for any reason, to be perhaps off-putting because of all the sort of traditional garb and turbans and wearing white., and nd it can appear somewhat weird or culty when you walk in a Kundalini Yoga class, depending on what studio you go in to. I've experienced that, like bringing the homies to yoga and they're like, “Dude, what? Like what is going on here? Where's the cult leader?” And I said, “Don't worry, he's passed, so no one's going to indoctrinate you.” 

But aside from that, there are reasons that people wear white and wear turbans and do all the things that you find within that tradition. I personally have been practicing for eight or nine years and I just wear whatever I feel like wearing that day. If it happens to be white, which it probably doesn't, I wear that, but I love Kundalini Yoga because it's not like a club that you have to be the cool kid to get into. It's a teaching that's accessible to anyone and everyone. And no matter who you are, if you're able to sit in one place and breathe and move your hands and chant, it can really transform your life. And I think the net effect that I've had from Kundalini Yoga is just a complete expansion of my consciousness. 

And more so, specifically and not necessarily related to this particular talk, well, there's just a deep inner emotional healing. I mean, when you're in class with a great teacher, and you're listening to beautiful mantra, and you're singing, and you're in full-willing participation, energetically, it's extremely transformative and healing, especially in the longer workshops. Like today, they have white tantras, all the real Kundalini diehards aren't here. They're wherever that's happening today. But if you do like Kundalini Yoga all day, you'll never be the same person afterward. It's pretty much a guarantee. 

Next one's cryotherapy and ice pass. Now, if you live somewhere that's very cold, you can do cryotherapy just by walking around outdoors naked, you know, if it's below freezing. However, there are centers now where you can go in and get very cold for short periods of time. I like cryo, but what I really like is the ice bath. In fact, I saw one of the vendors that's selling food over here, setting up a big chest freezer on the ground when I was setting up yesterday. I was like, “Oh man, I wish they would fill that with water and we could all go do an ice bath.” Because that's what I do at home, you know. I hacked my freezer to become an ice bath and had my handyman build a little wood case around it. 

It looks kind of like this stuff around here, pretty vibey. It doesn't look that disgusting sitting out in the backyard. But what getting cold does for you is blast you with happy chemicals in your brain. So, the neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, the ones that make us feel really good are instantly produced when your body gets really cold. I don't know why that is, but it's verifiable and absolutely true. And if you're someone that suffers from depression or anxiety or oscillates between the two of those, getting cold, I mean, very cold on a regular basis will change your life and change the way you feel and again, elevate your mood to allow your consciousness and mind to expand into new areas of creativity. 

As far as the cryo, just for those of you that have no experience with these, the cryo is cold and uncomfortable. It's cold air usually or liquid nitrogen, but you only have to do like three minutes to get the effect, but I don't find it as deeply penetrating or mood altering as doing an ice bath. An ice bath, just to speak technically, you want the water to be under 55 degrees and your duration is going to be like three to 10 minutes depending on how much you can stand and how cold it is. An easy way to build up to either of these is just to start to turn the water cold at the end of your shower, which is pretty easy to do in LA, to be honest and then, eventually, just migrate into all cold showers and don't take hot showers, which is what I do most of the time. 

Back then, I was just in Atlanta doing an event out there and the house where I was staying, it was really cold out there. And the house where I was staying just didn't have hot water. It was something, you know, like a resort kind of condo thing. And I was like, cool. The one time I want a hot shower, I only have cold water. Taking some of my own medicine. But I find even just a cold shower in the morning just like sets my nervous system into like, “I can handle shit today," which is a really great place to start your day from.

Inversions, movement, and blood flow. So, I'm a big fan of hanging upside down. There's a number of ways you can do that. Of course, you have headstands and handstands in yoga traditions. Any way you can get yourself upside down, especially after you've done some breathwork or taken some of the substances that I'm about to cover next. Just a little insight or hot tip here is anything you want to get into your brain that's in your bloodstream gets there a lot faster if you hang upside down. More than anything, what we want there is blood which carries oxygen, which makes our brain function happen. And that of course happens from movement, whether that be CrossFit, running, lifting, whatever your movement practice happens to be, anything that gets your blood flowing is going to get blood in your brain. But if you add hanging upside down into that, you're taking shit to the next level. 

Neuro-acoustic therapy or training. Many people are familiar with binaural beats. And this is an activation where you're using sound in your ears to induce different brainwave states. So, if you're feeling too beta and too hyper, there's ways that you can induce a brainwave state to make yourself more calm and go into an alpha, just like awakened, creative, calm, but focused state or a theta state, which happens to be my favorite place to live all the time whenever possible. Theta waves state can be described as your body's asleep, but your mind's not. 

And that's that sort of Twilight daydream place that we can get to with some of the practices that I'm going to cover. But there are devices and technologies that can take us there too and help to activate our creative potential. And one of the most amazing things, I think, about the brainwave entrainment technologies, by the way, you can try this one, BrainTap over my booth. I just invited them to come hang out because it's a really cool activation for people and I think they have three chairs and just come over there and hang out. 

I don't sell anything. It's just all for fun and for free. But what these are really great for is really reprogramming the subconscious mind. So, those of us that are into creative visualization and manifestation, those things are very hard to do when you have limiting beliefs lodged in your subconscious mind. And whether you think you do or not, you probably do. Unless you had absolutely perfect parents and you've had no trauma your whole life, which I doubt any of us qualify for, the ability to alter your brainwave states and make you more teachable and impressionable is a really good thing when you're putting good information in. 

So, this is where you could listen to guided meditations like Joe Dispenza or Tony Robbins or any motivational teacher or speaker that has a great message of positivity and transformation. Putting your brain into this kind of a malleable state makes it really easy to go into super learning, where you're learning this stuff and you're changing your subconscious mind knowingly and willingly, but in a sense, it's being done for you by just allowing the portals of the mind to open by using the brainwave entrainment. 

So, it's a really good sort of self-hypnosis tool that you can use to really change yourself and get rid of those ideas that many of us have that, you know, we can never make it, we don't deserve to be financially secure or have the relationship that we want or the career that we want and those things that consciously we feel we deserve and we're like, we're good at this thing, we own this thing, we want this thing. And it just won't happen because when you were five, your dad was like, “You're a piece of shit. You're never going to be anything.” 

Between one and seven or whatever your poison was, between one and seven, you walk around predominantly in a theta state and that's how nature designs you because you're being programmed to fit into whatever culture or society that you're meant to come into adulthood in. So, it's really interesting that as an adult, you can put yourself in theta and actually re-brainwash yourself and displace the erroneous and false beliefs that you picked up while you were being programmed or traumatized in the worst-case scenario. Does that make sense? Cool shit, right? 

There's so much great technology now. And some of it is, this is new, but it's not really new. It's as old as humankind, you know, that we have the ability to alter our consciousness. It's just that now, through technology and in some cases, chemistry, which I'll cover, we actually have the power to boost that and to do it faster and more powerfully. A couple of great devices for brainwave entrainment and changing your energy are the AmpCoil and the BioCharger. And these use different frequencies to change you on a cellular level. And so, the BioCharger is a really fantastic device. Many people here have tried it today at my booth. You can come by and check that out and learn more about it, but it's very transformative, very powerful. 

Another one's cranial microstimulation. There are two different devices that I like. One, that’s Circadia and the Alpha-Stim. By the way, at the end, I'm going to give you a text opt-in, which is going to send you all of these links. So, don't think you have to remember all this. I know it's a lot of shit to take in. The last slide is the thing where you can text me, give me your email, and I send you all the PDF of the whole thing. These, again, are ways that you can artificially stimulate yourself into different brainwaves. 

And these are both, by the way, great for sleep and also, for anxiety and depression. Anxiety, depression, and sleep are kind of all interwoven and many of us that have one of those at a different time in our life will suffer from the other one once we cure that. It's kind of that trifecta thing. Of course, good sleep helps with both, but these technologies can put your healing from those particular issues on hyper speed. It's really, really powerful technology. 

We'll be right back at you after this brief, but important announcement. I'm about to hook you up with one of the hottest tips in brain health. It's something called Neuro Fuel, used to be called CILTEP. And this is something I've been using for years. You can find it over at naturalstacks.com. Now, this is the original patented CILTEP formula now with a new name and a way lower price, which is super cool. It's called Neuro Fuel because it acts as fuel for your neurotransmitters and support synaptic connectivity, which is a geeky way of saying more signaling between your brain cells and that means more brain power. 

Now, when I take this stuff, I feel an absolute increased level of engagement and novelty. And this allows for improved concentration, memory, and productivity. So, it's a really interesting compound because it helps you to be focused, but you're also in a good mood. Some products that make you focus make you totally antisocial and nuts. So, I've always loved CILTEP and I'm stoked that it's now called Neuro Fuel because it actually makes more sense to me. I'm super stoked also that it's only $29.95. 

So, it's a very affordable nootropic. And if you're one of those people that's been curious about smart drugs and nootropics and all this stuff that I talk about on the show that improves cognition and brain health, this is a really easy access point. It's very safe. And all of their ingredients are very transparent. You can go on naturalstacks.com and look at every single product and see the direct line from where all of the ingredients come from. So, I really like that level of transparency and purity. Now, in addition to Neuro Fuel, I'm just going to give a bonus plug here for you and for these guys, and that's their product called MagTech. 

If you've been listening to the show for a while, I'm sure you've heard me refer to this. This is, in my opinion, the very best magnesium product on the market because it has three different forms of magnesium that are all very bio available. And you can find all of this and tons of other great supplements, in general, all at naturalstacks.com/luke. That's naturalstacks.com/luke. I got a code for you, of course, it's going to save you 15% off if you enter the code lukestorey at checkout. So, once again, that's naturalstacks.com/luke. The code is Luke Storey. And now, back to the interview. 

And then, we've got neurofeedback. It's another type of technology that uses brainwave entrainment. This hooks you up to a bunch of electrodes on your head. There's a place in West LA called Peak Brain LA. I've done a lot of training there. And this is where you actually teach your brain to teach itself. So, it's a biofeedback or neurofeedback, meaning there's a feedback loop. Your brain's getting stimuli from a screen that's producing an effect in your brain that produces certain brainwaves and goes into a computer. And that computer dictates what you see on the screen neck. So, essentially what neurofeedback is, is your consciousness is stepping back and your brain is watching your brain and then, you're watching your brain watch itself. 

And the net effect of that, as complicated as that might sound, is that you're actually training your brain like you would train your muscles or something in the gym. So, you're training your brain like, I want more alpha, I want more theta, I want more balanced beta. I don't want to be in high beta like that state of anxiety. And neurofeedback is also a very safe and effective, albeit quite expensive cure, I mean, cure verifiably for PTSD, ADD and ADHD. So, a lot of-ex military and a lot of vets use this. A lot of children with autism and learning disabilities and things like that find neurofeedback to not only be helpful, but oftentimes, actually get rid of the problem altogether.

Molecular hydrogen. Another thing that I have over my booth, you can come try, is a hydrogen inhaler. And essentially, the hydrogen comes in two ways. You can get in little tabs that are effervescent. You put them in water and you drink the hydrogen gas or if you want to get super fancy, you get the inhaler. This is a great anti-inflammatory for your brain. Many of us, because of leaky gut, mold, lime, all the things, heavy metals have inflammation in the brain that prevent us from actually accessing flow state. And hydrogen is one of the best ways to reduce the inflammation in your brain. 

Next one, sun gazing. And not only sun gazing, but also getting sun on as much of your body as possible, as you can do safely to make sure that your vitamin D levels are up. So, many of your hormones, which affect your mood are related to your vitamin D. So, people that are low in vitamin D can suffer from all of these seemingly unrelated issues having to do with mood. And all it really is, is they're having a deficiency in what is really the hormone, vitamin D. So, don't get sunburn, but I always recommend not to be afraid of the sun. 

Use the sun in moderation and figure out what you can do safely. Me, personally, I don't know, maybe it's the Italian in me. I don't really get sunburned. I go out in the sun all the time. I use the Living Libations oils on my face. I don't—it doesn't make me too wrinkly. I'm 49 and I'm holding up okay. So, I don't believe in the fake news that the sun is evil. I think that humans, throughout history, have worshipped the sun, because they were vastly intelligent and understand there's a wisdom in the photonic energy that the sun gives to all living things on the planet. 

So, I'm a huge sun worshiper. And specifically, sun gazing at dawn and at sunset. And that's when the sign has a very specific spectrum and a narrow spectrum of infrared light. So, it's that red, amber light. And nothing gets your dopamine high as sun gazing. The sun is what regulates your circadian rhythm and it's what regulates your mood. Now, admittedly, I have a hard time with the sunrise sun gazing because I'm a bit of a night owl. But when and if I can do it, I have the best day ever and my energy is off the charts and my mental clarity and mood and creativity is as well.

Next one is magnesium. This is the only supplement I ever really recommend on an ongoing basis. It's because I've interviewed—so, I have a podcast called The Life Stylist Podcast. Shameless plug there. I have flyers for it for those of you that want to remember that later. I've interviewed some of the most brilliant medical professionals in the world and I asked them, what's the number one thing people are deficient in? And it's either going to be magnesium or vitamin D, but most of the time, it's vitamin D. When it comes to brain function and—sorry, it's going to be magnesium. 

Most of the time, when it comes to sleep issues and brain function, the magnesium deficiency is at the root of that problem. And that's because it's not in our food, because it's not in our soil, because our soil is dead. There are some people bringing it back to life through regenerative farming, thankfully. It's also not in our water as it used to be when we lived off spring water off the land. So, magnesium supplements, PristineHydro has got a great one. Again, I'll give you, you know, the notes for this later. And Natural Stacks. And both of those, I link to—I don't really sell anything, but I link to them on my web store. 

Then, nootropics and smart drugs. Huge topic becoming really popular. Some people will say nootropics are any sort of compound at all, whether natural or laboratory-made that increases brain function. And to me, nootropics are more kind of in the natural category. And then, smart drugs are synthetic and are made in a lab. And some of my personal favorites, I'm trying to think, what ones am I on today? Only the first and second. Quality is natural, plant-based. Every single compound known to man that improves your brain function is in something called Qualia. 

And then, the racetam family of piracetam and aniracetam. And those are amazing for speaking and writing. So, verbal acuity because of oxygenation of the brain and even things that we don't even understand how it works. Those two, right there, are amazing if you're a writer, actor, public speaker, podcast or things like that. Piracetam is like in my daily diet. That stuff is just incredible. And the safety profile is quite robust as well. On a more hardcore spectrum, you have something called modafinil, which the movie, Limitless, with Bradley Cooper is loosely based on. 

Modafinil is like a true smart drug, meaning you take it and you're like, “Holy shit, I'm like 500% smarter an hour later.” It's also a bit stimulating, so I recommend—you know, it's not for everyone. It does require a prescription. It was originally developed for narcolepsy, so it makes you alert and awake, but it is not an amphetamine, so it's not like crystal meth or what's the other one? The legal crystal meth. Adderall. Not like that because it doesn't make you feel weird and creepy and take radios apart and not put them back together, but it makes you very alert, but you're also somewhat calm. 

I mean, that's if you're taking like a small dose of it. So, it's a really interesting compound. It's not something I do all the time, but it's like if I’m behind on emails for three months, I'm like, turn off the phone—actually put the phone in the car outside in the garage, you know, turn off any kind of notifications on anything, take a modafinil and like catch up on those emails that you will not move from your computer for eight hours. It's that kind of thing. I gave some to a writer friend of mine the other night who had, you know, a sudden sort of opportunity to present a writing project to, you know, a TV producer and it's like, “Here, take half of this.”

She went home and like just crushed until 6:00 in the morning and then, went to sleep. It doesn't—like you can sleep on it. That's what's weird. A couple of other great nootropics are methylene blue. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to go into. But again, you can get this later, the slides, and you can look it up. And nicotine. And not nicotine like a smoker nicotine, but microdosing of nicotine is really great for focus, brain function and creativity. There's a product that I really love called Blue Cannatine. It's got methylene blue, nicotine, CBD and caffeine. 

And it's called a troche. It's like a little lozenge you put up in your gum. When you have to do something creative for an extended period of time, it lights your brain up like crazy. It's amazing. It's very mood-elevating too. As far as caffeine, I like to drink one fatty coffee a day. That's kind of my medicine. You can get the best coffee I've ever found over from my friend, Zen, at ZenBunni Coffee. It's biodynamic, which means it's like beyond organic and it's absolutely amazing and they're great people. So, I always like to plug their coffee. 

And then, being in a cyclical ketosis or eating a keto diet, which I find to be difficult. I never want to be in keto all the time because last night, I wanted some cheesecake, you know what I mean? But ketones are really great for brain function. And you can eat foods that are high in ketones, like MCT oil. That's the thing that makes that so popular is it's high in ketones. And that just means that you're burning fat rather than glucose to get your energy. And when you have a lot of ketones in your system, you tend to think very clearly and be very alert and focused. And you can take exogenous ketones too, but sometimes, they make you go to the bathroom sooner and more often than you'd like. 

Next one's one of my favorites. Microdosing psychedelics. So, psilocybin-containing mushrooms. There are a few varieties. The best one that I've found is called Albino A+. Some people like the Penis Envy mushrooms. You can guess why they're called that. because they're very potent, you can take very little, but I find the Albino A+ to be the cleanest and the best for microdosing because it's very subtle and not mood-altering in the sense where you're high. So, this is something that is obviously not yet legal, but I have a feeling will become more legal in more places. 

And this is not taking mushrooms to go party, not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's your path, but this is like, “I want to paint a painting. I want to write a song. I want to have a deep conversation with someone. I want to be connected. I want to listen to music. I want to meditate. I find that the microdosing of mushrooms and LSD in a very specific, very calculated way is really useful for brain function and also neuroplasticity, which is the brain training I was talking about earlier. When we want to really reprogram our brain and get rid of the bullshit that we learned out of the subconscious and put new information in, that's psychedelics in microdoses, if that's your path. 

And again, not something I would advise for everyone, especially someone that's on psych meds or is having like acute mental issues at this current moment. But it's definitely something worth researching because it increases the neuroplasticity, which allows you to get into your brain and work with your brain and change the way that you think and think in new ways. Fire new neurons together and wire them together so that you, in fact, become a different person than you were before. These are a little tricky because of the legality and the sourcing and the dosing, so it's not something that I'm even an expert on. I've just met people that are and they've helped me to procure clean sources and all of that. And just don't tell the sheriffs that I'm doing it. 

LSD is even trickier because if you mess up on the dosage, you could have a really bad time. But I finally figured that one out with the help of a professional. And when I say like microdosing LSD, it's not—it's barely discernible. It's like so small. In fact, it's five—the dose that I like twice a week is five micrograms, which if anyone's taken a hit of acid and trip balls, five micrograms is 1/20 of a hit of acid. So, imagine taking a tab of like bladder acid and cutting off 1/20 of it, that's how small of a dose it is. It's very, very subtle, but can be really powerful for certain types of work.

Okay. Holy shit. How am I doing on time? Where's my timer? I got five minutes? Can I do Q&A now? Okay. Sick. Okay. Perfect. Wow. That was amazingly timed, probably because today was my LSD-microdosing day. I'm tuned into the cosmos. All right. So, I want—for those of you that want this information, get out your phone right now. I'm going to do you a huge solid. What I get out of this is I get to get your email and then, every Tuesday, here's what's going to happen. I'm going to send you an email, just Tuesdays normally, say, “Hey, I have a new podcast out. This is what it's about.” 

If you don't want that, then you just get all the information I'm about to give you and then, just unsubscribe from my shit and forget about it. But here's what you do. Text, iamlimitless to the number 44222. So, just put the number 44222 in your phone. Only works on a US phone. And then, in the body of the text, text me, iamlimitless, one word. And then, it's going to prompt you to enter your name and email and then, you're going to get like a real PDF deck with all the clickable links from all the stuff I talked about, except my LSD contact, which you could talk to me privately, I might be able to set it up. Just kidding. 

If you don't have a US phone, you can go to the URL, lukestorey.com/limitless. So, the text is, iamlimitless to 44222, lukestorey.com/limitless is the URL. And you can also just take a picture of that and do it later. So, that's how you can get all the information because I know it's a lot. And I love to share this stuff with people because it is a pain in the ass to learn some interesting things and then, go home and be like, “Oh, what was that thing? Oh, forget it.” And then, you never end up doing it. All right, Q&A. Rock the mic right here. 

Audience:  Hi. So, I've been following you for some time and I've seen your progress and you know so, so much from the physical to the spiritual. Is there anything right now at this moment that you're currently working on? Is it like emotional, spiritual, physical or more than one? 

Luke Storey:  You know, that's a good question. And thank you for, you know, hanging out with the work that I'm putting out. It's a pleasure to meet people that are benefiting from it. It's really inspiring. So, thank you for that. For me, you know, I'm just one of those people that I've just always been a seeker. I'm always looking for the answers. And then, I find answers and I integrate them for as long as I need to integrate them or until I find that they're no longer effective or necessary. And then, sometimes, I move on from that. 

You know, we go through phases or you have a different teacher or a guru or a master at a certain point and they take you to a certain level of development or consciousness and then, you sort of outgrow that, you know? So, I'm that guy. And I also find things and then, new things come up. Three years ago, if you were like, “Oh, you should try microdosing LSD.” I'm like, “Dude, I don’t—like I don't do drugs. That's not—I'm not that guy.” I mean, I was, but not anymore, you know. I've been sober for almost 23 years, so I have a really, you know, checkered past in that way. 

Now, that's something that I'm really excited about because I've given myself sort of a new-found freedom and liberation to work within the confines of my own self-awareness and self-trust to know what my motives are and where I'm going with that, you know, to go do ayahuasca and not like that that's not going to become like a party drug for me, you know what I mean? So, what I'm into right now is really what I'm talking about. I think that's why this is the presentation that I pitched to these guys and like, “Hey, come do a talk.” 

I'm like, oh, I know last year I just kind of talked about metaphysics and ego and mind and sort of becoming still and present. And that's great. And that also takes you to a certain point and then, you can take that further. So, what I'm into right now is like the work of Joe Dispenza. I'm into reprogramming my mind because as far as I've come and as much as I've evolved in this journey over 23 years, I find that a lot of this really—you really get stuck on the trauma. And I've had a lot of that in my life. 

Some of it at the hand of others, as a victim and perpetrator, relationship and a lot of it just of my own doing from being a dumbass and putting myself in situations in which I got hurt in one way or another, right? And so, those traumas really live in your mind. And no matter how much you try to think positive or be spiritual or meditate or pray to God, like a lot of it is a limbic system injury in the brain, but because of neuroplasticity, it can be repaired and fixed. You can change your brain. It's amazing news. So, I'm really focused on the brain right now. Thanks for the question. Yeah. You did it too. Is this thing on?

Audience:  Yeah. Yeah. Is this thing on? Yeah. I'm that guy. Who do you follow? 

Luke Storey:  Oh, man. I mean, I've had so many teachers and having a podcast is such a gift. I've been doing that for three years. And it's like all the people that I ever wanted to interview or just talk to, you know what I'm saying? Just like, oh, God, I read this guy's book, or this lady's, I take her meditation class or whatever. I just wish I could sit down and like pick their brain and get to know them and really extract their knowledge. And having a platform was a really great way to hack that. 

And all of a sudden, it's like you email someone and you're like, “Yo, if I talk to you, X thousands of people are going to hear our conversation. You're going to get to promote your message.” People are very willing to talk to you that would never talk to you if you were just like, “Hey, can I hang out with you?” So, through that, I've been able to meet some of my—you know, just, oh, God, most influential teachers, the ones that come to mind right now are the ones that are more on the psycho, spiritual, emotional, healing, that kind of stuff. 

Byron Katie is one of my all-time favorite teachers. She teaches you how to unplug from the matrix of your mind and become the observer of your mind and to stop trusting the shit that your mind presents to you, which is a teaching that's in so many different traditions. But the way that she presents it is just so simple and clear in black and white, a five-year-old kid—I mean a three-year-old kid that understands language could do it, you know. I like teachings that are applicable and simple, yet profoundly transformational. 

And Byron Katie's work is so—also, as I said, Joe Dispenza is a new one. People have been trying to turn me on to him for a couple of years and like, “Yeah, I'll get to it, I'll get to it.” And then, one day, I was like going to buy the audio book. And it was just—he's putting together so many different pieces. He's taking esoteric teachings like breathwork, Kundalini yoga, and even plant medicines. I just talked to him. I just interviewed him last week and found this out. 

And he's taken all of the dogma and sort of trimming the fat and the accoutrement from it and just going, “Here's what's happening scientifically when you breathe this way, when you hold the energy centers this way, when you do this meditation, when you think this way, when you fill your thoughts with your heart and your emotion, all this woo-woo shit into a pragmatic, scientific, skeptic sounds like bullshit.” Joe Dispenza's going, “Oh, no, cool. We have thousands of studies to show you what these practices are doing to you on a physiological, biological, and even epigenetic level.” 

So, I find that to be very fascinating. It's the emergence of science interweaving with spirituality. Because I believe that science is spirituality when it's done right. Because it's done with an open mind and it's done from an evolutionary point of view. The science is never settled. You know, when you hear the science is settled, no, it's fucking not. Then, it's not science. And Joe Dispenza's great for that. So, those are two. And my all-time favorite spiritual teacher was a man named David R. Hawkins, who wrote a number of books, the most popular being power versus force. 

And he dealt with the levels of consciousness and how to raise your consciousness and that everything in the known universe has a calibrated will level of consciousness. And what you want to do in your life is gravitate toward people, places, things, music, movies, careers, relationships that calibrate higher and higher and higher and raising your vibration and your elevation of your own consciousness by surrounding yourself with that and the reverberation that takes place when you're embodying that elevated consciousness and taking that into the world. And that's the work of David Hawkins.

Audience:  Who’s next?

Luke Storey:  And next week, we'll have 10 more, you know. There are so many brilliant people out there that are, I mean, just doing amazing things, you know. It's just crazy. And there's a teacher for everyone, too. I'm waiting for her question, but that's the thing. And there's a teacher for a different time. 10 years ago, my teacher was a biker from Louisiana that smoke cigars and it was like a vet, you know. I mean, like very unassuming guy, but I saw his medicine and he helped me profoundly, but he wasn't even a spiritual teacher. He kind of became my mentor. Yeah. 

Audience:  So, how do you know what works? Do you have a process? Because you give a lot of different options and things to try. 

Luke Storey:  Yeah, I know, right.

Audience:  So, I mean, there are some things that like, “All right, it works right away.”

Luke Storey:  Yeah. 

Audience:  What about, you know, taking vitamin D over time or other things, like what's your process for figuring out what is actually working for you? 

Luke Storey:  Well, you know, it's trial and error. And to be totally honest with you, as you might've guessed from my presentation, I'm just the guy that's just, and perhaps to a fault, quite obsessed with all of the things. You know, it's just in my nature. I've just always been all in. When I was a kid, it was like fucking Bruce Lee, “Don't talk to me about anything but Bruce Lee ever.” And it was Black Sabbath. It was like, “I don't care about anything except Black Sabbath.” You know what I mean? And now, it's like, I don't care anything about anything except consciousness, you know. 

So, it's difficult for me to quantify what's working because if I hear about something, I do that and I just stack it with everything else. And so, oftentimes, it is challenging for me to figure out what thing is doing what because I'm not that disciplined when it comes to isolating my studies. However, I do sometimes take a day and I just go, “You know what, I'm going to try that methylene blue thing, the Blue Cannatine. I'm just going to do that and not even drink coffee, not do anything. I’m just going to see what happens.” 

And doing those isolated tests, although they're rare for me, is one indication that that's working. So, it depends on whether it's something that's exogenous or endogenous, meaning if it's something that's coming from out of me or something within me. The things coming from the outside are so susceptible to placebo that it's difficult. I could give you a sugar pill and say, “This is magnesium. It's going to help you sleep and you'll crush sleep tonight because you think that you're going to crush sleep tonight.” 

Doing things like breathwork, Kundalini yoga, working with the chakras, you know, going to sound bass, sound healings, all these kinds of things, to me, I do that check-in like we did in the beginning. Zone in to your deepest self, close your eyes, take a few breasts, see where you are, do the thing, come back to where you were and see if your elevation has changed. If you were a hundred feet up, are you 10,000 feet now in terms of your consciousness elevation? You know? So, it's like the before and after quantification. 

And if you have the discipline to really isolate and then, it's a matter of developing a hierarchy, where you're like, “Okay, cool, Luke just gave me 150 things like, whoa, overwhelming, where do I start?” I can tell you right away, cold therapy, sun gazing, breathwork, meditation. You're done. Don't buy any of that shit. Do that. But you know what? You probably won't do that because you're like, “I'm not fucking getting up at dawn. I'm not jumping into goddamn ice bath. Give me the pill.” See what I mean? 

Now, I'm not saying you, I just mean generally speaking, we want the path of least resistance. I mean, I have friends come over like, I'm like, “What do you want to do? Jump in the ice bath?” They’re like, “Can we do a vitamin, you know, something else other than that?” And eventually, they do it and they go, “Oh, my God, Like I'm not depressed anymore. It's that easy.” So, aligning with nature to me is always number one and temperature change, like getting an infrared sauna is becoming very hot, getting out in the sun, being grounded on the earth with your bare feet. You know, just really, forest bathing, hiking, just getting into bodies of natural water, those kinds of things, I think, are the most healing. 

That's the foundational place to start and working on your sleep. Then, once you get a base level of like, “I'm all right, I feel good.” Then, you start to play, “Oh, let me try modafinil today or let me do a microdose of psilocybin.” And then, you have like a better template from which to discern what's benefiting you and what's not. Is that helpful? Cool. Always start with nature. That's my message. Well, that's why humans are sick. That's why we're psychologically and mentally and physically ill is we've become domesticated. 

If you follow my friend, Daniel Vitalis, he does a lot of work about human domestication and rewilding and just becoming wild feral humans, yet also working on elevating our consciousness. Because we live indoors, that's why we suffer. I honestly believe that. We live indoors like a zoo animal and we get sick, just like when you take a zoo animal out of the wild and put it in a fucking zoo. And we've done that to ourselves and then, when we break down because we're disconnected from nature, we go into another zoo called hospital. 

We're weird. We're at such a lost place as a species, like who does that? We imprison ourselves or we allow ourselves to be imprisoned, myself included. I love my AC at home. I'm not trying to be out here in the sun sleeping, you know, I love technology. I'm addicted to my iPhone like a crackhead, but I also am aware of it and I do my best to unplug and really get in alignment with the energies of the cosmos and the energies of the air, earth, water, getting into the elements.

Audience:  So, you mentioned a cyclical ketosis and I've been on like the—in a perpetual ketosis for about a year now, and it's been life-changing, really. But I'm curious about the cyclical strategy and if there's, you know, any physiological advantages over being sustained? 

Luke Storey:  You know, with these, with the dietary fads, you know, I started getting into this when it was like the raw vegan days, right? And then, everyone stopped making hormones and their teeth fell out and we're like, “Oh, shit, oops, drink bone broth," you know? So, it's like—and, you know, no offense to anyone that's on that path. I'm just—like I've seen a lot of iterations and then, it's like, “My brother's on the carnivore diet right now and all his inflammation went away probably not because he's eating only beef and salt and water, but because he's on an elimination diet where he cut out everything else that could possibly having an allergic reaction to or be remotely inflammatory, right? So, the diet fads, I kind of watch.” 

I'm like, “Okay, we'll see what happens with this shit.” And that's how the keto diet is. But there's so much science to say, especially for someone who's ill, I mean, people cure their cancer from going keto. I mean, that's legit, scientifically verifiable, not all people and all types of cancer, but a ketogenic diet—historically, in terms of our ancestors, a ketogenic diet would have been pretty natural for most humans depending on where your longitude or latitude was, right? We'd be subsisting on animal organs, meat and fat, primarily with a little foraging going on. 

So, eating like a high-fat keto diet is kind of in our biology for most of us depending on where your people are from. They're from the equator, you would've had more starches and fruits, et cetera. So, it's like the paleolithic kind of viewpoint. As far as your question, specifically and coming in and out of ketosis, I totally don't have this mastered. I just know when I like quit all carbs and sugar, it was really difficult to sleep. It jacked my sleep because when you're in ketosis, it does weird things to your hormones and your cortisol can go up and it's not that friendly for all people. 

I'm very Vata. And so, I'm super high energy and need grounding. So, I don't do well on a lot of sugar and carbs, but I do need to be coming out of ketosis. So, what I do is kind of I'll eat some carbs and some sugars, like wild blueberries and things like that. Last night, I had a great cheesecake, just totally off the reservation on all my dietary restrictions normally. But I'll eat my sweets or carbs at night and come out of it in the next, you know, then fast until mid-day the next day by having a fatty coffee in the morning. 

And so, I'm kind of like going in out of light ketosis personally based on what the monitoring that I've done. But in summary, with all diets and for everyone, not just someone interested in ketosis, like I really don't think there's a right diet for all people. I think there's a right diet for each person at each point in their life. I was a vegetarian for 10 years and then, I was like, “This feels shitty. I'm not doing this anymore.” Who knows? I might do it again. Unlikely, but possible. So, like I say to you, if keto is working right now, dude, take it like—go to the—you know, take it all the way until you don't feel good. 

Because with the diet things, the fads come along and the books come along, the experts come along, dude, I could interview 10 people in a row that can absolutely convince me that being a vegan is the number one thing you can do for your health and the planet. I can take the next people with the same fucking degrees the week later and they'll prove to me why veganism will kill you and you'll never have kids. I don't know. I’m just like, “Body, what do you want today?” What my body wanted today was some lobster and oysters. I was hell of glad they were here. The minute I saw that, my body was like, ding, ding, ding, green light, you know. I listen to the body. One more question. Okay. Great. I feel like I got extra time. I love that. 

Audience:  Hi.

Luke Storey:  I love this stuff. I like hanging out with people and learning and stuff. Yeah. 

Audience:  Cool. So, since we're talking about diets, what is your take on intermittent fasting? 

Luke Storey:  Well, intermittent fasting, kind of, you know, one of those things that's come into Vogue with the whole keto movement. And again, you know, what I tend to do is kind of look back at what got us here in the positive sense, not industrialized food and agriculture, not—I'm talking go back 12,000, 15,000 years, what got us there before we started falling apart when we learned how to farm? Which is exactly what happened, is we lost the medicine in our food, right? We became complacent. 

That's where slavery and land ownership and wars and all of that shit came from us going, “Fuck, I don't want to hunt and gather anymore. Let's just grow some stuff right here.” That's like when we really bit the dust. So, going back before that, I think in a paleolithic hunter-gatherer lifestyle, there would've been times we had a lot of food, seasonally, good hunts, good foraging, or there would've been times where we had very little food. Sometimes, we would have snatched a beehive and got a bunch of honey and been stoked with a bunch of glucose. 

Sometimes, we would have killed a seal and been living on lard for a couple months. So, it's like, in nature, it's unlikely that we evolve from having as much food as we wanted of every type, all the time because common sense would dictate that, right? With agriculture, we've developed a lifestyle where—and unless we're in from an impoverished area on the planet, as some of us are and have been, we’re pretty much getting whatever we want, whenever we want, right? And so, you don't ever think of fasting because when your body's like, “I think I want some pizza.” You're like, “Pizza," and it's there. 

So, I like intermittent fasting because it allows the body a break and it allows the body to reset. And the easiest way I've found to do that is just by making some sort of coffee or elixir in the morning with some healthy fat. So, I use Bulletproof Brain Octane. I use some breastfed butter. Usually, it's a coffee from ZenBunni. I’d put a little dab of Shilajit tar in there for fulvic acid and minerals and to decalcify the pineal gland, man. And then, I'm full for like hours. And everyone's like, “When are we getting lunch? When are we getting lunch, like food, food?” I'm like, “What's wrong with you people?” 

Because fat is a great fuel, whereas if I got up and ate sugar, then I'd be wanting to snack all day. If I got up and ate, you know, something sweet or like refined carbohydrates or something like that. So, I think if you eat kind of a moderate protein, high-fat diet, you're just going to naturally do intermittent fasting without even really trying because you just don't feel like eating, because you're satiated by those healthy fats, meaning ghee, quality pasture-raised lard, coconut oil, uncooked really great virgin olive oil. You know, there's very few really good healthy fats. As long as they're from a clean source, you can sustain a lot of energy just on fats. And that helps you kind of fast as long as you want. Yeah, for sure. All right. That's a wrap. Thank you so much for having me guys. Much appreciated.


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