Biohacking can sound intimidating, like a futuristic sci-fi experiment gone wrong -- but guess what? It’s something you’re likely already doing.
As long-time biohacker and CEO of Bulletproof Dave Asprey says, “People who care about the quality of the food they eat and the air they breathe, and do exercises that work their mind and body, are taking the steps to biohack their biology without even knowing it.” Sounds familiar, right?
Here are five ways you’re biohacking already, along with a few tips on how to take your fitness and well-being to the next level.
1. You eat organic.
One major proponent of biohacking is having a healthy diet. Asprey knows this firsthand. He lost 100 pounds thanks to hacking his own health with what is now known as The Bulletproof Diet. While you should always consult with a doctor before making any big changes to your diet, there are a few basic guidelines biohackers recommend across the board including:
• Bulk up your diet with lots of organic vegetables.
• Eliminate processed foods.
• Replace sugars with healthy fats like avocados and wild-caught salmon.
• Opt for grass-fed meat over factory-farmed meat.
If you want to take your diet to the biohacker's level, give The Bulletproof Diet a try. You can access a quick overview here.
2. You eat healthy portions.
At its heart, biohacking is empowering. You have the power to take control of your own body and health. As Asprey says, “[Biohacking] is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have control of your own biology.”
One huge aspect of this control is what you put into your body, but another part of it is when and how. Biohackers take healthy portioning and dieting to the next level by fasting. One of the most common fasts used by biohackers is intermittent fasting. Don't be intimidated, though - these aren't days-long fasts. Sometimes, they're as simple as skipping breakfast.
Biohacking expert and CEO of Nootrobox Geoff Woo recommends intermittent fasting to everyone. Why? According to Woo, “We're now in a society with an overabundance of consumption and we never dip into our stored energy reserves. This builds up metabolic dysfunction which is a major driver for skyrocketing diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic disease rates.” Intermittent fasting, on the other hand, has shown links to longer lifespans, improved metabolism, improved insulin resistance, and even cognitive improvement.
If you’re interested in trying intermittent fasting, check out Nootrobox’s guide here.
[Editor's note: Always be sure to discuss any major changes to your diet or lifestyle with your primary care physician. Intermittent fasting may not be suitable for people with chronic illnesses or taking certain medications.]
3. You meditate.
One of the oldest, most common forms of biohacking is meditation. Meditating can launch you into altered states of intense gratitude, flow, and connection. Biohackers are interested in meditation and altered states because they allow humans to do amazing things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, and biohacking is all about getting closer to a state of self-actualization.
If you want to take your meditative practice to the biohacker's level, start tracking it. Biohackers believe in applying the quantitative, systems-based approach engineers and scientists use to their their own bodies. As Woo says, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t optimize it.” You can keep track of your practice with a program like Headspace.com.
4. You exercise regularly.
You know how important exercise is to a happy and healthy life, and in exercising regularly, you’re already biohacking your way into a higher quality of life. But biohackers take exercising, like everything else, to the next level. Here are a few ways you can biohack your exercise routine:
• Set goals: Whether it’s to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply feel good, be aware of why you’re exercising and set goals. The more specific the goal, the better.
• Supplement: Depending on your personal goals, invest in supplements like multivitamins, BCAAs, and Omega-3s for more productive workouts, muscle development, and fat loss.
• Track it: How can you know you’re progressing if you’re not keeping track of it? Start logging your progress in an exercise journal.
• Measure yourself: Take your measurements, take progress shots, or jot down numbers like your weight and BMI weekly. This accountability will allow you to better reach your goals.
If you want to dig even deeper, check out Nootrobox’s guide to hacking exercise here.
5. You’re living mindfully.
Ultimately, biohacking is living mindfully taken to the extreme. Biohackers view their lives as an exciting, personal journey in which they are the experimenters and the experiment. In reality, you're already biohacking. Why not biohack even more?
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