Jaakko Halmetoja and Plants as Natural Chemists

“Lets say the baseline has moved more towards stronger plants, stronger, bitter compounds, bitter plants and if you do that you do not need to eat so much.”

Jaakko Halmetoja is well known in Finland and considered to be the man who popularised Chaga mushroom to the public after writing a best selling book on the topic Pakurikääpä – opas lääkinnällisten sienten maailmaan. Extending seminars around Finland about radiant health, superfoods, adaptogens, medicinal mushrooms, biohacking, sports nutrition, wild foods and food trends he is a nutrition specialist and a wellness entrepreneur and a co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook. One of his focuses has been popularising health benefits and unique uses of mushrooms, chocolate, wild foods, various berries and medicinal herbs, even going to the extent of having old texts translated from Russian about medicinal uses. Being part of the first flush of paleo-dieters he has had the privilege of testing many ideas in length and illuminating from his many years of experimenting. The man is all about mushroom, the medical kind, how to improve your mental and physical performance and a highly interesting individual who hacks himself everyday.

“Trees are the best natural chemists.”

“When everything is at least organic or wild it is really good at purifying your body and mind. You get into this super anti-inflammatory state. And you get more in touch with your emotions. I see great value in that.”

“You need to process intelligently some of these plants and its not so dualistic in many ways. I definitely think it is beneficial for people to get more in touch with their inner states because I felt like it (plant based diet) kind of dissolved some boundaries between my emotions and my mind.”

How can we utilize the nutritionally superb plants from our own back yard in a practical way? How can we benefit from traditional medicinal plants in order to prevent illnesses?

10 years ago Jaakko Halmetoja was into sports and martial arts. Today he is into herbalism, super foods, plant based diets and meditation.

Listen to Jaakko on the Flowgrade podcast talking about his natural way of looking at biohacking among many other very unique perspectives.

Today Jaakko Halmetoja works as a product developer for food growth companies, is one of the authors of the Biohacker’s Handbook and delivers around 150 lectures and performances a year. Jaakko Halmetoja will be one of the speakers at the Biohacker Summit. The best way to pick his brain is to meet the guy at Biohacker´s Summit in November. Get tickets here.

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