Biohacking: What You Should Know

Friday, May 29, 2020


You may have heard the phrase ‘biohacking’ before and thought nothing of it. However, if you’re into health, fitness, and getting things done, it should really be something that you consider. Biohacking is something that many successful entrepreneurs use to feel great and perform optimally. If you do it right and find out what works for you, you could become healthier and more productive than ever before.

Biohacking, also sometimes called DIY biology, is a broad term that can cover many activities. It could involve tracking your own diet and sleep, or it could even involve performing science experiments, if you’re that way inclined.

Let’s talk more about biohacking and what you should know below:

It Could Help You Live to 180

Ok, maybe not - but one person is determined to try. Dave Asprey, the entrepreneur behind the company ‘Bulletproof’, is doing the most to live to the ripe old age of 180. He says biohacking is all about changing the environment inside of you and outside of you so that you can have full control over your biology. He takes lots of supplements each day, has had stem cells injected into his joints, and even bathes in infrared light. He loves experimenting on himself all in the name of living a longer, higher quality life.

People like Dave use as many devices as possible to learn what they can about their body’s mechanical functions - sleep trackers, for instance. Some even go as far to implant chips into their hands, allowing them to open doors without a fob, and even monitor their glucose levels.

People Just Want To Feel Better

You might be thinking that biohacking all sounds a little crazy. Why would anybody want to do this? Put simply, why any of us do anything: to feel better. Some want to see how far they can push the human body, while others just want to feel happier and healthier. Some want to become smarter and stronger. Others want to save as much time and optimise every single function of their lives.

In its simplest form, biohacking is a way for people to experiment with different ways to energize and enhance the body. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all about how we can become faster, smarter, and stronger as human beings.

Good news: you don’t need to have a chip implanted in your hand to start biohacking. You can take a few really simple steps that could enhance your body and the way you live/feel. Here are some ideas that you can use to begin biohacking. You might already use some of them!


Use Music

This one might sound simple enough, but the effect of music on the brain cannot be overemphasized. It can be really hard to focus on what you need to get done when you have so many other thoughts floating about in there. A consistent sound, like the music you listen to, can actually change your brainwaves. Binaural beats and tones, for example, can be used to synchronize with your brain waves and induce a meditative, relaxed state.

Adopt A Sustainable, Healthy Diet

If you don’t have a balanced diet already, figure out what changes you need to make. Your mood and productivity levels can be greatly affected by what you eat. Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods, as it will be different for everybody. In general, heavy meals that are too full of one thing (such as grease or sugar) will make you crash or feel lethargic.

Use Supplements

Supplements won’t do much for your body alone if you’re not eating right and taking other steps to live a healthier lifestyle. However, when you are doing the rest of the work, supplements can work in tandem to help you focus, increase energy, and help your body benefit from the most bioavailable forms of nutrients available.

You can look into nootropics, which are designed to improve cognitive function and focus, as well as supplements like vitamin D, turmeric, and B vitamins.

If you don’t currently take any supplements, it might be a good idea to start with one at a time and give it a chance to work so that you can see how they work for you. If you begin taking too many at once you’ll never know what your body responds to best and what ‘stack’ you should be taking in the long run. As well as supplements, you can Buy kratom and use drinks like coffee and yerba mate to get the energy and focus you need.

Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is touted as a great way to lose fat, but other people swear it’s only because of the calorie deficit we are no doubt in when doing it. We’re not here to talk about that - there are other benefits to intermittent fasting.

When your body is allowed to rest during the fasted state, you experience a number of benefits. You will increase levels of growth hormones by 5 times their normal rate, boosting your metabolic rate. Fasting can also result in improved cognitive function, cancer prevention, and increased cellular autophagy.

As intermittent fasting involves tracking your calories and sometimes restricting them, it is not a good idea for those who do not already have a healthy relationship with food. If you have an unhealthy relationship with food, you may end up developing an eating disorder. This is a lifestyle, not just something you can do a few times and hope to get benefits. It’s hard - don’t do it if you could struggle with your mindset.

Go Hard On Gratitude

Mood is everything when trying to biohack for productivity. How we view what is going on around us has a huge effect on our mood and how we interact with others. If you have a grateful attitude towards even the ‘unfortunate’ events in your life, you will find more to be grateful for.

Changing your mindset means doing the hard work of constantly refocusing your brain. You will find yourself thinking old thoughts and going through old belief systems, but the key is that you acknowledge them and correct yourself. Don’t punish yourself: just gently remind yourself of your new way of thinking. Remind yourself why your old belief systems are no longer true or useful.

Learning to be grateful for the goings on in your life whether perceived as good or bad can be tough, but there’s a lesson in everything. Find that lesson and you can be grateful for it. Below you’ll find more tips on how to be grateful no matter what:

Make gratitude lists before bed.

Set the intention to be grateful for everything you encounter at the start of the day.

Go for a walk and notice all of the little things, being grateful for all of it.

Write a letter of gratitude each week to somebody important to you.


Good Quality Sleep

Simple enough, but quality sleep is still elusive to many. This is usually because we’re all trying to get more done, burning the candle at both ends - and we’re staying stuck to screens all day every day. It’s not enough to be in bed for 8 hours - you need to get as much restorative sleep as you can in that time. Here are some pointers that could help you:

Don’t stare at your screen for too long, especially in the evening. Have a cut off point for your phone, TV, and other screens.

Use essential oils.

Take a warm bath.

Avoid caffeine after 3pm.

Don’t exercise too close to bed time.

Make sure your room is suitable for sleep in terms of bedding, temperature, and light.

Move Your Body

Exercise can massively improve cognitive function. Many people decide to do a short work out in the morning so that they can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the day. Getting into the habit is the hardest thing, but once you’ve done this, you’ll love how it makes you feel! You could go for a jog or walk, or even just do a little yoga. Intense exercise usually gives the greatest ‘high’, however!

Meditation And Breathing Exercises

Meditation and breathing exercises can help with stress and focus. When we’re stressed, we can have bad memories, poor judgement, and other issues. Meditation allows us to be more mindful, so we can better choose the thoughts that are conducive to our new way of being.

As well as feeling more capable of choosing the thoughts to focus on, you can also choose how you respond to your feelings instead of immediately reacting to them. It isn't about not feeling them, just deciding how you react and observing them. Where have they come from? Where do you think they originated?

Controlling your breathing is another tactic altogether, but still very effective. Practicing is important, because it’s actually harder than it sounds. It’s a great way to help your mind relax alongside increasing concentration!

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