What is biohacking?

Written by babsi

On 31. March 2020

Don’t we all want to be the absolute best version of ourselves and see just how far we can push our bodies? Biohacking might be for you, friend!
Biohacking is a broad term that can cover an even bigger range of activities. It’s a different (and very primal) approach to our biology. As extensive as the term is, the community is even wider spread. Some don’t want to be sick anymore. Others want to become as smart and healthy as possible. An even more ambitious ones wish to extend their life span and regeneration skills radically. It’s a broad definition and community, but that’s because the idea of biohacking is continuously evolving. We’ll focus on the meaning of biohacking as tweaking your brain and body to boost outputs such as performance, behavior, and health differently than that of traditional medicine. Dave Asprey, who we all adore and look up to (including us), defines biohacking as “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your biology.”1

What we put into our body daily and surround ourselves with, has an enormous impact on how we feel, perform, and act. So, if we want better results, we can optimize/control/upgrade these inputs. What we also want to mention is that not all biohacks are the same. While some are backed by strong scientific evidence and are likely to be beneficial, others are based on inconclusive evidence and are ineffective or, in the worst case, even harmful. Mindfulness and meditation, for example, are shown to help reduce anxiety or chronic pain.2 In our opinion, you should be (over)informed to choose the right regime for you and always lean on science. You guys know, we’re all about red light therapy here, and we swear by it. This love of red and near-infrared light is not (only) based on personal experience but on actual science showing multiple benefits such as decreased inflammation and pain or better hormonal and skin health.3, 4, 5
If you’re new to the topic of biohacking or want to have an overview of some tools, this list is for you. Again, there is so much more; this is a good mixture of natural hacks and scientifically backed technologies, we’d recommend anytime. The premise is to make yourself uncomfortable! 6, 7

Natural biohacks

Eat the right nutrients for you

Drink good (unprocessed) water

Intermittent fasting (Gut health) 8

Breathe good air 

(Re)connect with nature

Expose yourself to sunlight and go outside MORE

Meditate (Mindset)

Create a gratitude routine

See how you can get in a FLOW state

Change your brain with binaural beats

Cold showers, ice baths (or cold exposure) 9,10,11

Biohacker drinks such as Bulletproof Coffee, Collagen Smoothies,…

Biohacking technology

Red light therapy 12

Near-infrared saunas

Float tanks

Cryotherapy

Supplements (Vitamin D, Collagen, B12, Melatonin,..)

Wearables for tracking your outputs (Oura ring, blood testing)

Summary

In our opinion, what differentiates biohacking is that the activities for boosting/ controlling/ optimizing/ upgrading are undertaken with an extraordinary mindset. It is a broad understanding that we don’t need to accept our bodies’ and minds’ shortcomings — such as disease or dysfunctionality – we can boost them and make them incredibly useful. And there is no necessity to wait for a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, traditional medicine’s gold standard. We can start to transform our lives in this instant. Biohacking is meant to help you make lasting positive changes.

There are so many different technologies and hacks spoken about in this blog post, let us know in the comments if you’d like another bold post(s) talking about them in more detail.

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Sources and References:

 [1] How biohackers are trying to upgrade their brains, their bodies — and human nature | 9 questions about biohacking you were too embarrassed to ask. Nov. 2019

[2] Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Effects on Anxiety and Stress Reactivity. Feb. 2014
[3] A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase. Feb. 2014
[4] The Effect of Light Therapy on Chronic Pain. Sept. 2018
[5] Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. May 2017
[6] A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BIOHACKING
[7] BIOHACKING FOR BEGINNERS | 3 EASY CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TODAY TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
[8] Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging, and Disease. Dec. 2019
[9] Identification and Importance of Brown Adipose Tissue in Adult Humans. April 2009
[10] The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Sept. 2015
[11] Seasonal variations of human sperm cells among 6455 semen samples: a plausible explanation of a seasonal birth pattern. Feb. 2013
[12] Does red-light therapy work, and what are the pros and cons? Mar. 2020

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