For many of us, “measurement” as it relates to health and fitness has meant our waist size or a number on a scale.
Sometimes it also seemed like the Invisible Man was messing with the scale.
At Bulletproof Labs, we take a different approach. Your performance is more than just a number.
Ok, time to wade into the weeds.
At Bulletproof Labs, it is all about the data. Measurement is integrated into everything we do. Performance is much more than a number on a scale or your “personal records” on traditional muscle exercises. We deploy advanced quantification technologies across many aspects of mind and body performance including blood analysis for biomarkers (hormones, vitamin levels, heavy metals, telomeres), gut biome analysis, breath analyzers, saliva and urine analytics as well as non-invasive technologies including clinical grade HRV analysis, clinical grade body composition and cellular health analysis, proprietary cognitive function tests, and more. As a Member, on your first visit, your personal Biohacker Technician will recommend a set of baseline measurements based on your personal biohacking goals. As your journey continues, we will continue to measure progress and performance against population benchmarks and your own personal goals to ensure that the hacks are moving you in the right direction.
We are working on a dashboard to pull all your measurements, activity and hack data together in one place. Until that is ready, your Biohacker Tech will help you pull the data together and tease the meaning out of it.
Don’t be this guy:
Come on into Bulletproof Labs, we have a hack for that!
Key Biomarkers, Physical and Mental Indicators Measured:
3D body analysis: All external body measurements and estimate of body composition based on population models
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): the minimum energy required to sustain vital functions while at rest.
Body Composition analysis: Intercellular water, Extracellular water, Total Body Water, Dry Lean Mass, Body Fat Mass, Visceral Fat Area, Lean Body Mass, Body Weight, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Body Segment analysis (arms, legs, trunk, etc.)
Cellular health and integrity: Measured by Phase Angle that is an indicator of cellular integrity and intracellular water. Research in humans has shown that the relationship between phase angle and cellular health is increasing and nearly linear (1,2,3). A low phase angle is consistent with an inability of cells to store energy and an indication of the breakdown in the selective permeability of cellular membranes. A high phase angle is consistent with large quantities of intact cell membranes and body cell mass. Research on Phase Angle here.
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Including but not limited to the blood levels of albumin, blood urea nitrogen, calcium, carbon dioxide, chloride, creatinine, glucose, potassium, sodium, total bilirubin and protein, and liver enzymes (alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, and aspartate aminotransferase).
Gut MicroBiome: Measured using advanced Metatranscriptome sequencing (technology developed by NASA). Research has shown the link between gut microbiome health and chronic disease, sleep, energy levels, mood, focus, weight, skin health and more.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV): HRV is an indicator of autonomic nervous system activity. Measured with clinical grade devices. A range of other outcomes/conditions may also be associated with modified (usually lower) HRV, including congestive heart failure, diabetic neuropathy, depression, post-cardiac transplant, susceptibility to SIDS and poor survival in premature babies. HRV is also relevant in measuring the emotional state, magnitude and nature of daily worry and overall stress levels.
Hormone Profiles. Including but not limited to Prolactin, DHEA Sulphate, Testosterone, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, Estrone, Estriol, Progesterone, and more.
Inflammation: Blood tests for Elevated High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (HS-CRP), Homocysteine, Ferritin, HDL, or Monocytes.
Ketosis: Is your body in Ketosis? Should be done multiple times a day and over time to show changes due to diet and exercise. Measured with a breathalyzer, blood spot, or urine sample. ha
Mood, emotions: Proprietary Emotional Balance survey before and after hacks.
Sleep quality: Measured by a Likert style self-assessment tool. The CDC has identified insufficient sleep as a major public health problem.
Upgraded Self Assessments: Bulletproof Labs is developing upgraded self-assessment tools across many areas of human performance. Based on clinical research, these upgraded self-assessment tools have better data collection, correlation to other biomarkers, and are used by your personal Biohacker Technician in conjunction with your custom intervention protocol to correlate progress toward your personal performance goals. Areas for self-assessment include but are not limited to Mood/Emotions, Sleep Quality, Resilience, Grit, Myers-Briggs type personality, Strength and Weakness, Core Values, Mental Health, and more.
Bulletproof Labs Measurement technology partners include:
InBody (https://www.inbodyusa.com/), body composition, inflammation, and cellular phase angle.
Levl, (https://levlnow.com/) breath acetone (indicator of Ketosis) inb
Styku Fitness (http://www.styku.com), 3d external body analysis.
Viome, (https://www.viome.com/), gut biome measurement.
ZRTLabs (http://www.zrtlab.com/) blood, urine, saliva
From time to time Bulletproof Labs will partner with a university researcher or an industry partner to conduct clinical research. See your personal Biohacker Technician about current open opportunities.