Elixir and Biohacking

Adolfo Neto
2 min readMay 28, 2018

I was listening to the fourth episode of the Elixir Mix podcast:

The guest was a guy called Kamil Lelonek. I had never heard of him before.

The podcast was about Blockchain but near the end (around 28 minutes) they started talking about biohacking.

I was against biohacking because I thought it always involved using drugs to be more productive.

But the I am totally in favor of the kinds of biohacking discussed in the podcast:

  • Having enough sleep (at least 7 hours, not more than 9 hours — and don’t go to bed to late).
  • Doing intermittent fasting (read this book — it will teach you how to fast and it will also explain that some people shouldn’t fast or need medical orientation to fast).
  • Using standing desks.

Why should developers do intermittent fasting? It helps heal, regenerate, fix internal organs.

Why use standing desks? Because sitting is the new smoking? Not sure, but I feel better when I stand (and I usually can’t stand at work).

In the end, they recommended this book:

They didn’t mention diet, but I think it is very important for any knowledge worker to follow a healthy diet. And most of what we know about healthy diets is wrong, as Nina Teicholz has put in this book:

A good and free guide to a low carb diet can be found here:

Source: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/foods

So, although I am a big fan of Elixir (see my tableaux app), I really liked this podcast because of the biohacking discussion.



Adolfo Neto

Associate Professor at UTFPR. Interested in programming (Elixir), logic and Deep Work.