Biohacking represents the human desire to become the very best version of ourselves and it’s ultimately the evolution of what started off as general self-improvement. Biohackers believe in an input/output system where inputs such as diet and exercise significantly affect outputs, such as your mood and energy. With this belief system in place, biohackers constantly adjust and tweak these inputs in order to see changes in the outputs and these adjustments can range from mild to extreme interventions, i.e. from adding supplements to your diet to putting a chip in your arm!
Whilst Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has adopted intermittent fasting and a glass of salt juice each morning to improve his cognition, a former NASA employee began injecting himself with DNA to genetically engineer his body and was investigated for operating without a medical license! I’m pretty sure you won’t be trying to inject yourself with DNA anytime soon, but dietary adjustments such as intermittent fasting and technology advancements such as the use of Fitbit’s and other health-monitoring devices are all very common ways in which we biohack our bodies every single day without even realizing it.
The concept of biohacking is constantly evolving and the definition can be as broad as you want it to be, as this is something that can be as simple as a few simple lifestyle changes or as extreme as genetically engineering your body! But all of this is based on the core idea that you can change your body and mind by making adaptations in lifestyle that enable you to become a stronger, smarter, and healthier version of yourself.
As advocates in the area of dietary supplementation and nutrition, our focus is on utilizing biohacking to control what you put into your body and subsequently gain more control over how you feel on a daily basis. We believe that what you put into your body is what you’ll get out of it, which is at the core of the biohacking ideology. And if we want to better optimize those outputs, it’s important to improve and tweak our inputs as much as we possibly can in our daily routines.
Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof Coffee, is a well-known biohacker who sees the process as a way of taking control over your own biology regardless of your chosen approach.
“Biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology.” – Dave Asprey, Bulletproof Coffee
Asprey’s biohacking routine involves everything from stem cell transplants to bathing in infrared light and taking multiple daily supplements. His interest in biohacking began after he was diagnosed at a high risk of heart attack and stroke in his 20s because of his weight. So he decided to do something about it and take control. Now that he’s improved his health and set a plan in place, Dave has definitely raised the bar yet again. In a recent interview, he said his goal is to live to 180 years old, and he’s certainly giving it a good shot!
Biohack Your Diet
Supplements are one of the most popular tools a biohacker can have in their kit. Adding a daily probiotic to your diet will boost your immune system, help keep your heart healthy, optimize your digestive health, and maintain a balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. In addition, supplementing with essential enzymes will help your body to break down the food you’re putting into it and give it the best possible chance at reaping the benefits of those nutrients. Supplements such as our Digestive Aid have been developed with this in mind.
Food sensitivities are another huge topic. If you’re unsure what you might be sensitive to, you should follow an elimination diet to figure it out or get tested for specific foods you think are triggering digestive problems. Food sensitivity not only leads to discomfort but also to inflammation which attacks not only your gut but also your state of mind due to the vastly researched gut-brain connection.
Cutting out sugar, eating healthy fats, and trialing intermittent fasting are all great ways of improving your diet and optimizing how your body absorbs nutrients. Other benefits of intermittent fasting include increased cognitive function, lower levels of inflammation, and a decreased risk of cancer. Although starting this kind of diet can seem restrictive at first, there’s actually a pretty easy way to wean yourself into it and it’s known as the Leangains 16/8 protocol. Using this method, you eat only within an 8-hour window each day and fast for the remaining 16 hours. You can choose to set your 8-hour window at whatever time you like.
Biohack your Mental Health
Biohacking your mental health is all about empowering yourself with a gratitude focused mindset. This means changing your perspective so that you always find a way to be grateful in every situation and consistently focus on the positives in life. This is also referred to as an “abundance mindset”. If this is new to you can take a bit of getting used to but it can easily become second nature with some persistence.
Some people find that it helps to keep a gratitude journal where they jot down a few things they’re thankful for each day to end the day on a positive note and reflect on the good elements of the day regardless of how it went. Another good habit to adopt is to write a gratitude letter every week or so to someone you care about or who has helped you out. This could be a co-worker, family member, friend, or even someone you haven’t spoken to for longer than you’d like.
Biohacking is the Future
Biohacking is gaining more and more traction in every industry, from the more extreme developments in Silicon Valley to the more holistic approaches taken by leaders in the nutrition industry such as Brittany Ford who describes it as “holistic self-care for optimal health”. But one thing is for sure, this is the future of a stronger, healthier, and disease-resistant human race. At the moment, a growing online movement of biohackers is working hard on forums such as DIYbio to share information and ideas to assist with testing and the development of a vaccine for the current coronavirus. If that isn’t indicative of a movement that’s going to have a massive impact on how we live our lives, then what is?