Grimes Says She Had An Experimental Eye Surgery That Blocks All Blue Light

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Photo credit: Vivien Killilea - Getty Images

From Women's Health

  • Grimes shared her daily wellness and fitness routine to Instagram to promote her campaign for Adidas by Stella McCartney.

  • Her routine includes time for stretching, sword fighting for fitness, and a sensory deprivation chamber.

  • Grimes also says she underwent an experimental eye surgery to insert an orange ultra-flex polymer that blocks blue light.

Singer-songwriter Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, has won multiple awards for her musical work. Lately, she's getting a bit more attention for her personal life, though. (Btw that includes dating SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.)

The singer took to Instagram to share exactly what a day in the wellness life of Grimes is really like in the name of sponcon. (She's promoting her campaign for Adidas by Stella McCartney.) Grimes basically wrote a novel detailing her "360 approach", so I'll start with the more head-scratching moments and go down from there.

First of all, she says she recently had eye surgery. "I have also eliminated all blue light from my vision through an experimental surgery that removes the top film of my eyeball and replaces it with an orange ultra-flex polymer that my friend and I made in the lab this past winter as a means to cure seasonal depression."

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It's so experimental, it's not publicly available nor is research that supports her claims. If you want a similar effect, but don't want sharp objects near your eyes, anyone can try blue light filtering glasses. The lenses filter out part of the blue light spectrum and often have an anti-glare coating to cut down on digital eye strain.

She also discusses a variety of supplements she takes, but never mentions eating an actual meal, which is questionable. "I first maintain a healthy cellular routine where I maximize the function of my mitochondria with supplements such as NAD+, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Magnesium, etc. This helps promote ATP and it’s incredibly visceral." It sounds very high-tech, but research from Harvard Medical School shows that vitamins and minerals are more powerful when they come from real foods as opposed to pills.

"From that point I spend 2-4 hours in my deprivation tank, this allows me to 'astro-glide' to other dimensions - past, present, and future." Multi-dimensional travel might be a stretch, but sensory deprivation tanks do offer benefits similar to meditation.

Next up for Grimes is her workout, which includes sword fighting, hiking, and stretching. "In the afternoons I do a 1-2 hour sword fighting session with my trainer, James Lew, we go over the fundamentals that work the obliques, core stabilizes, and triceps as well as a few tricks. To wind down from this I spend 30-45 minutes on an inclined hike at roughly 4-4.5 miles per hour, arguably the most efficient workout."

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This part of her day is sounding, dare I say, totally reasonable. Sword fighting is a total-body burner, and this loaded movement helps improve balance and strengthen the core according to Jungshin, sword-focused group fitness.

She heads into the studio, which is basically a spa, "with a neuroplastic goal between 57.5 and 71.5 AphC’s (which is my preferred range for my blood type). I’ve outfitted my studio with the highest grade of red light. It is pretty much 1000 sqf IR Sauna."

Grimes doesn't just sit around the sauna/studio. Nope, next comes a good scream: "Hana then comes over and we do a screaming session for 20-25 minutes while I slow boil the honey tea that maximizes vocal proficiency."

Her bedtime routine gets back to basics as well. She says, "I go to bed with a humidifier on."

Okay, then...

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