Barton Scott is a chemical engineer and nutritionist. He is the founder of Upgraded Formulas, a company creating a line of 100% bioavailable, cutting-edge nano liquid mineral supplements and blends that provide measurable effectiveness to targeted problems that spring from deficiencies and off-balance mineral ratios in the body and brain.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in the wilderness of southwest Louisiana. Not exactly an intellectual hub, so I had to get out and travel a lot early, to see the world and explore, before I could, I read widely to cultivate a proper worldview haha. That said, spending so much time alone in nature as a young man led me to have deep confidence in my ability to survive in the wild, live off the land, and oddly enough, to open awareness meditation which has led to a life of daily meditation that feels so natural and easy. Nature really does have many of the answers if we simply tune in.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

The importance of play and not being quite so serious. I was always such a focused person growing up. People want to be around others who are having a great experience of life. Thankfully I began to realize this at some point.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

2 sides to one coin – Both generalizations. Both incorrect. Both dangerous when taken to the extreme. 1. that, especially in the keto world, a ton of salt is obviously what you need, and 2. In the larger less tuned in world, that all salt is the same, and that you shouldn’t really have much of it. Both are incredibly misguided. As a chemist and nutritionist and founder of a company that looks at many mineral analyses of patients each day, I know empirically that sodium from the right sources is essential to balanced cell function, organ function, and hormone levels. The key is to test consistently to actually understand where you really are for all of your minerals instead of relying on intuition and blog posts, instead of guessing at your levels. Only then, is it possible to achieve optimum health. The hair testing we offer changed my life because it gave me a roadmap to intelligent action. It’s fundamental and essential because it tests many elements in the body including heavy metals. Awareness is the first step.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it.

I lost my short term memory for small spaces of time at 24. It was the culmination of losing my mother suddenly, the stress I’d put myself through since I was 5, always pressing, pressing, pressing. I created today what is to solve the issues I had. I wasn’t absorbing the nutrients I was taking and I was pushing so hard something had to break. Now, people have a way out – this testing and overall approach with our science around absorption is something that everyone needs if they even want to think of going all out in life – and living to tell the story!

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far? Aligned Persistence, which I define as knowing what you’re meant to do which is the hardest most existential part for most people, and simply not being affected or deterred if the work isn’t easy.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up at 6:30 am or 7 am most days. It used to be earlier but for years now I have put sleep ahead of everything, which is smart. To whatever extent you can, do it. Trust me. Your relationships and your waistline will thank you.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

This one is easy. I meditate daily. Often morning and afternoon to clear the day away and enjoy the rest of my evening in a very present way.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

  1. Do every smart approach to sleeping better in less time.
  2. Sleeping as much as I need (Upgraded Magnesium truly does change people’s relationship to sleep, was the first product I out, and actually gets people to dream again – absolute gamechanger. lay around with the dose until you get it right.
  3. Meditate for 5 minutes right before bed.
  4. If you can’t sleep, meditate haha. Either way, you win.
  5. Do it again in the morning with breath work to get in-state.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Wow, so many. I read a book per week or two. Sometimes that means rereading ones that I found valuable. I’ve done this for 15 years now, so it’s quite hard to choose but I’ve found that something all people struggle with, even very smart people, is acceptance. The Tao Te Ching by Laozi and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer helped in this category. Lots of poetry to open the heart and connect it to the mind from legends like Hafiz and Rumi helped me love myself and others on a deep level. The One Thing that helped me find focus in my work. Tim Ferriss helped me create systems. The book Clean by Alejandro Junger helped me understand so much about diet, environment, and emotions and their impact on our health. Read them all.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

About 500. No joke. Limits are illusions is a favorite, as is “Every moment is golden for he who has the vision to realize it as such.” that “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and that “There is an optical illusion to every person we meet.” by Emerson