Updated: May 4, 2021
Have you heard of one of the newest trends in wellness? It’s called Biohacking and it's all about taking control of your own biology in order to improve your health and well-being.
It involves self-experimentation and implementing dietary and lifestyle changes with the goal of energizing, enhancing and improving the overall function of the body. It ranges on a sliding scale from simple think: vitamins and supplements to extreme like genetic engineering.
If you’ve ever heard of this trend, or even if you’re about to discover it for the first time, keep reading for all the details and some tips on how you can put biohacking to use as a beginner!
Biohacking For Beginners
It starts with making small diet and/or lifestyle changes with the goal of seeing improvements in your health and wellness. Successful biohacking means understanding why you feel the way you feel, think the things you think, perform/function the way you do, etc. Understanding this why allows you to make meaningful changes to things like your nutrition, your sleep, your fitness, your brain, and more so that you can be the healthiest you possible. Here are a few easy, safe biohacks for a beginner.
Intermittent fasting or IF looks at not just the types of food we eat, but also when we eat them. IF is a method of eating that involves eating during certain hours and fasting during others. Intermittent fasting can be a way to optimize the way your body fuels itself and has been said to help lose fat, boost energy, aid in cellular repair and may even protect against certain types of cancer.
Another nutritional biohack is the elimination diet. More or less self-explanatory, an elimination diet consists of removing a food or food group from your diet and then slowly adding it back in to see exactly how it affects your body. It is common to try an elimination diet if you suspect you might have a food allergy, that a certain food is causing inflammation in the body, or just to see how certain foods affect your perceived feelings of wellness.
Sleep is one of the body’s most important reset processes and yet unfortunately many of us do not get enough quality sleep each night. There are several biohacks you can employ to help boost your sleep, from controlling light exposure (put those phones away at night time!) and adding in exercise to limiting caffeine and eating food close to bedtime. A combination of these biohacks, called a sleep routine, can help you balance your hormones in order to get your best night’s rest.
Finally, you can biohack your brain! Research has shown that positivity and optimism both affect our moods, our self-esteem, our ability to deal with stressors, and more. You can biohack your positivity levels by practicing gratitude. A daily gratitude journal either written or spoken out loud can help you focus on all the things you have to be thankful for and aid in your optimistic mindset so you can reap the benefits.
Biohacking is a relatively new trend that is defined by the desire to understand your own body and mind and to use the technology and tools available to you to become the healthiest you that you can be. You can start by simply paying attention to how you feel, and then brainstorming ways to help yourself feel better. Try some of the biohacks above and see if they work for you! You have the ability to change your body and your brain in order to improve your overall well-being.
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