An Introduction to Biohacking

Biology: the study of living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution.
Hacking: the gaining of unauthorized access to data in a system or computer.
Biohacking: biological experimentation (as by gene editing or the use of drugs or implants) done to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms especially by individuals and groups working outside a traditional medical or scientific research environment

 

Too simplify, biohacking is doing things to your mind and body to function better overall. Biohackers use modern technology and science to facilitate a healthier, better version of themselves. A biohacker takes into account all the factors of a daily routine and calculates a strategy that will hopefully lead them to a very long healthy life.

Like with every trend or following, there are causals and extremists and the biohacking community has plenty of both. Biohacking by the term alone, sounds ‘futuristic’ or ‘extreme’ and for some (they push their bodies to that extreme) but biohacking can be relatively simple and for everyone. For example, making small dietary changes like remembering to consume omega-3 fatty acids everyday is a biohack.

 

Types of Biohacking
There are 3 generally well accepted categories of biohacking: nutrigenomics, do it yourself biology and grinder biohacking.

Nutrigenomics is using modern science to better understand the relationship between genes and nutrition. Nutrigenomics allows us to observe, record and understand how foods, beverages and nutraceuticals react and respond within our bodies. This type of biohacking is valued on the notion that the human body is constantly changing and by closely monitoring these changes we can better learn how nutrition and our genes work together.

Do-it-yourself biology (DIYBio)
Do-it-yourself biology (DIY biology, DIY bio) is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. The DIY movement focuses on the idea that the ‘average joe’ can also contribute to the biology community and that anybody who is willing to participate can help with new research and development. The DIY biology movement attempts to make available the tools and resources necessary for anyone, including non-professionals, to conduct biological engineering

Grinder biohacking- Is a sub category of DIYBio where biohackers use implants and drugs to manipulate the body. This more extreme approach of biohacking hopes to use technology more radically in an effort to improve the existing body into something better. Not all avenues of grinder biohacking are boundary pushing ‘almost cyborg’ to be physiologically enhanced, something simple as listening to specific sound wave frequencies at night in order to stimulate brain wave activity with specially designed ear buds is considered grinder biohacking. If you decide to experiment with implants and other methods of grinder biohacking please be careful and always consult your doctor before attempting anything.

Simple Biohacking Techniques
1. Stop eating inflammatory foods:

Cut down on SUGAR

You don’t have to go cold turkey on processed sugar but eliminating a high sugar diet will have you and your body feeling better within weeks.

2. Track and Monitor your sleep:

Start scheduling a set bed time and monitor how many hours per day you sleep. You can purchase digital sleep monitors or smart phone apps that record your breathing, pulse and movements while you sleep. If you really want to have better sleeps, go see a professional at a sleep therapy clinic and they will monitor your sleeps and strategically come up with a sleep solution that works best for you.

3. Try intermittent fasting:
Intermittent fasting is a way to biohack your body. There are many different ways to intermittent fast and we will get in to them on the next blog but try a few and see which one’s work for you.

4. Meditate:

Meditating is the brains free biohack! There a countless benefits to meditation. Develop your own style of mediation and combine others. Daily meditation can help with stress, anxiety, pain and both spiritual and physical healing.

5. Nootropics:

Nootropics are cognitive-enhancing drugs and supplements, some of which are relatively healthy, safe and well-investigated (turmeric and vitamin D supplements, for example) and others which are often considered dangerous or available on

Biohacking should be fun. Learning and understanding what works best for your body should be a truly enjoyable experience. I will get more specific in future blogs of biohacking techniques (some mellow, and others over the top). The biohacking community is rapidly expanding across the globe and I am excited too see what biohackers will develop next to pursue to achieve a healthier and enhanced body and mind.

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