You’ve heard of computer hacking and likely employed more than a few life hacks. Now let us introduce you to the newest trend in hacking: biohacking.
One of our major wellness trends of 2018, biohacking is a little less nerdy than digital hacking and a more targeted approach at living your best life than life hacking. “Biohacking refers to the incorporation of small consistent changes that change the performance of the human body or mind in measurable ways,” explains our biohacking expert, Meghan Walker.
“The easiest and most impactful biohacks come from the modification of things you do or take on a daily basis”
In other words, it’s totally doable and a pretty badass way to optimize your health and well being. In fact, if you’re reaching for Bulletproof coffee in the morning, popping probiotics, or downing a shot of ACV to improve your gut health, you’re already doing a few of the more common biohacks.
While the biohacking community embraces some pretty big changes, like the ketogenic diet, we wanted to know about some less intense changes we can make on a daily basis to hack our own biology.
“The easiest and most impactful biohacks come from the modification of things you do or take on a daily basis,” Walker told us. Aside from the apps (which we covered in our intro to biohacking), here are a few of Walker’s favorite hacks:
- Hack your Hydration – Add chlorophyll to water. It helps the taste and supports daily liver and skin health.
- Hack your Immune System – End your showers on cold. Even better, contract your showers between hot and cold, always ending on cold. This is excellent at increasing energy, focus, and immune health.
- Hack your Fat Burning Potential – Stop eating by 7pm. The longer you can go between your last meal of the day and your first meal the next morning, the more ketones (brain energy) you will produce. This will also predispose our body to burn fat for fuel.
- Hack your Nervous System – Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to support cognitive stimulation and nervous system relaxation unlike any other rival.
- Hack your Sleep – Melatonin is necessary for sleep. It is interrupted and delayed when you receive blue light from the back of a screen prior to sleep. Consider a book or, if you enjoy some screen time after dinner, try some blue blocking shades.
- Hack your Brain – Nootropics are brain boosting substances that serve to increase cognitive functionality. These should be used under the advisement of a healthcare practitioner, but may include vitamin D, magnesium, and botanicals such as curcumin or bacopa monera.
But it’s not all fun and fasting. Aside from just trying out a few of these actions, we need to make sure we’re tracking our progress and measuring how our bodies react to these changes.
“Biohacking is equal parts quantification and action,” explains Walker. “In other words, you can’t improve what you don’t measure. All of the fancy hacks are fun, but part of the power, and frankly fun, of biohacking, comes from measuring data points related to your health. Heart rate variability, blood sugar and more advanced testing such stool analysis and advanced hormonal assessments are all within the biohacking arsenal.”
This is one way to embrace our inner nerd that we can totally get behind.