You may have heard the term ‘biohacking’ being used in the last few years, but what exactly is it and how can you practice it?
Biohacking is essentially the practice of changing our chemistry and our physiology through science to enhance the body. The term is broad as it is an ever-evolving concept which includes lifestyle and nutrition changes to boost your mental and physical performance as well as treatments such as red light therapy, or the use of ‘health wearables’ such as sleep trackers or fitness watches like the FitBit- a great place to start if you are new to biohacking. You can input your food and water intake, monitor your sleep quality and ensure that you are getting enough physical exercise.
When it comes to nutrition, the simplest way to biohack is to cut down on your carbs, eat good fats and stay away from sugar. Try and add more superfoods into your meal plans, that is, foods thought to have health benefits due to their exceptional nutrient density. We’ve all of goji berries but why not consider adding something into a drink to make it easier to consume? Wheatgrass is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants and can be easily added to a fresh juice, and spirulina is a blue-green algae with anti-inflammatory properties, full of antioxidants, packed with B vitamins and essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)- a great addition to any smoothie. As well as what we eat, new research shows that when we eat can also play a role in optimising health. This is why intermittent fasting has become so popular. When your body is allowed to rest you experience a number of benefits as you increase your levels of growth hormones which boost your metabolic rate, lower your blood sugar and burn fat quicker.
Eating well and exercising are a great start but adding supplements is another great way of biohacking and you can improve your focus, energy levels, and more with bioavailable forms of nutrients. Be mindful that the quality of supplements makes all the difference so don’t let price be a factor wherever possible.
Mindset is another area where we can biohack to optimise our lives, especially given the current stressful times we live in. Learning meditation and breathing techniques can be a brilliant way of taking time to slow down and being grateful for what we have by setting an intention. Changing your mindset comes with time and practice. You need to consistently refocus your brain to see the positive in every situation until it becomes second nature.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, simple biohacking for beginners. The more technology advances, the further you can go into health optimisation and longevity. Why not try one or two of these biohacks and see if it enhances your mental and physical performance?