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What is Biohacking?
In short, biohacking is using science and technology to become the absolute best version of yourself. With that being said, how can I apply biohacking techniques to achieve optimal healthy living?
First, we need to understand biohacking is an ever-growing field that encompasses much of what we do as humans seeking to live in the most fulfilling, healthy, and productive way possible. While biohacking may be a new term for some people, it includes many things you already do – or want to do.
Biohacking is all about improvement. It’s human nature to pursue progress. We want things to be easier, better, faster, more efficient. And at the top of the list is our own body. Our body is our home and carries us through this life. Unfortunately, our bodies are subject to disease, age, environment, and our own personal limitations. But what if they weren’t?
Improving our biology is no longer science fiction, and the results can be impressive. We have identified four main categories of biohacking of which are outlined below:
The field of biohacking analytics is aimed at getting a baseline for the biology you’d like to improve upon. You can track things like heart rate, sleep cycles, blood sugar, step count, and even the speed and distance of your workouts. Once you have a baseline you can more accurately track your Biohacking efforts.
Imagine a world where amputees can have fully functioning prosthetic limbs. What about a pill that can tell your doctor exactly what’s going on inside your body? Picture soldiers with exoskeletons that can protect them, or skilled laborers with supportive strength. 20 years ago these were topics of science fiction fantasy now it’s potentially a future in biohacking technology.
When your body needs healing from sickness or injury, you know how important the environment can be. The temperature, air conditions, and other factors can promote healing, reverse aging, and just all around improve your wellness. Cryo-chambers claim to reduce inflammation, Hyperbaric chambers claim to rejuvenate cells and encourage blood vessel growth. Even simply buying and using Himalayan Salt Lamps claim to enhance negative ions promoting relaxation and health. Biohacking environments is a huge field of research to find new ways we can impact our bodies for good.
From the dawn of time, nutrition and exercise have been a cornerstone of biohacking.
Biohacking nutrition is making healthier dietary choices to support optimal body function. Biohacking exercise is as easy as deciding we want to lose weight or build muscle and participating in the activities that promote these results. With better inputs, we get better outputs—outputs being our behavior, our health and our performance.
The reality is, most of us are engaging in our own personal biohacking today—we’ve just never thought of it this way. By shifting the focus onto our bodies and biology, we can take a more targeted approach to improving daily function, baseline health and productivity. Though each of our goals may be different, biohacking can be used as the universal approach to self improvement.