Having an active approach to your life is more important than ever. We all want our lives to be longer and healthier, and that's the reason you should know about Biohacking.
Simply said, biohacking is about looking for new and smart methods of how to create the best version of yourself, maximising your own biological potential, using techniques which will bring a strong effect with minimum investment of time, energy and money.
The Most Popular Forms Of Biohacking Are:
Movement, exercise and stand time
Meditation, working with your emotions, therapy and appreciation
Association with nature
Nootropics - "smart drugs" which refer to natural, synthetic and prescription substances that enhance mental function
Usage of electronic devices - fitness watches for example
It's all about concept, what you put into your body has a huge influence on how you feel. If you want to improve your output, you first need to improve your input.
Biohacking Can Be Beneficials To Those Who:
Feel they are not reaching their goals
Having difficulties focusing
Are ill and ready for a change
Or generally want to become a better person
Biohacking is essentially the practice of changing our chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation, in order to energise and enhance the body to live an extraordinary life.
Below are various ways you can make the most of Biohacking...
Red Light Therapy
Have you ever spent a lot of time indoors and begun to feel… off? Our bodies and brains need light to function at their best. Not only does the sun give us an important dose of vitamin D, but it helps us in a number of other physiological and emotional ways.
Studies have shown that your body responds particularly well to red and near-infrared wavelengths, which range from 600 to 900 nm. This particular range of light waves are absorbed by the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 millimeters, at which point your mitochondrial chromophores absorb the photons. This activates a number of nervous system and metabolic processes.
In plainer terms, red light therapy has become an increasingly popular form of biohacking used to treat a number of conditions. It has been proven to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and restore function. And because it is a non-invasive and non-chemical treatment, it’s not as intimidating as other forms of biohacking.
Rheumatologist or dermatologist, gyms, medical spas and at home using red light therapy products are all place that offer red light therapy.
A decrease in bone health creeps up on you and most people are unaware of how bone density changes over time. Roughly up until the age of 30, men and women actually build more bone than they lose, so we are constantly strengthening our bones and working on bone density. But when we hit our mid-30s, things change. And if you’ve passed that benchmark, you may have felt that shift.
After reaching their mid-30s, women lose about 2% of bone density every year, and that continues for a few years following menopause. This leaves women with a high likelihood of experiencing osteoporosis. Men, on the other hand, lose bone density at a much slower rate, but they continue to lose bone mass until the age of about 65. So even though they may have adequate bone mass for a longer period of time, the older they get, the more susceptible they are to developing osteoporosis.
A solution to declining bone density and improving your skeletal system can be by weightlifting and strength training, rebounding, eating more vegetables, consuming more calcium, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and K from foods or supplements, avoiding a low calorie diet although maintaining a healthy weight and eating more proteins.
We can’t have a conversation about health and biohacking without talking about biohacking your diet. Carb-light meals. Eating the right kinds of fats. Abstaining from sugar. Eating more superfoods.
New research has found that it’s not just what we eat, it’s when we eat that can make a huge difference.
Many experts have turned to intermittent fasting to help optimise your body’s nutrition intake. Intermittent fasting will not only help you lose fat but also gain muscle and energy.
If you just flinched at the idea of “fasting,” we hear you. The notion of prolonged fasting – not eating for 48 to 72 hours – isn’t practical for the average person. But intermittent fasting offers a happy in-between. It’s more of an eating pattern that you follow throughout the day, not an old-fashioned diet, and will allow you to still reap many of the benefits of a true fast.
Fasting may also provide a number of other significant benefits including improved cognitive function, cancer prevention, increased cellular autophagy (cellular waste removal) and lower levels of inflammation. While there are many versions of intermittent fasting, the most user-friendly is the “16/8” method (also known as the Leangains protocol). This method revolves around a straightforward structure in which you restrict your daily eating period to eight hours. For example, each day you eat from 1pm to 9pm, and fast for the other 16 hours.
Music has an incredible effect on the brain. Brain activity can be measured in a wave-like pattern and determines if you feel alert, sleepy, relaxed or stressed. Things that can affect your brainwaves include the activity you are currently performing, how much restorative rest you’ve had and what you’ve just eaten or drank.
One of the most reliable ways to change your brainwaves is through a consistent sound wave. Change your mood and mindset by playing your favourite playlist and listening while you work out, cook breakfast or commute to work.
Mindset And Gratitude
How we view life has a huge effect on our moods, how we treat others and our general levels of fulfillment. When you have an abundance mindset, you’re consistently grateful for everything that comes your way and are always focused on the positive. Have a hard time adopting this type of perspective? Changing your mindset is really about nothing more than practice.
You need to consistently refocus your brain to see the positive in every situation until it becomes second nature. Try and implement this by writing a gratitude journal, by taking a gratitude walk where you give thanks and send positive energy to every living thing you see, you can easily incorporate this into your normal routine. Begin the day with a ritual, such as meditating, and set an intention to be grateful for all you encounter. After all, it's not happy people who are thankful, its thankful people who are happy.
Exercising, eating right and developing the right mindset are important steps to unlocking an extraordinary life. Biohacking helps you take this to the next level by incorporating supplements that improve focus, increase energy and help your body benefit from the most bioavailable forms of nutrients available.
We often don’t get all the vitamins and minerals we need to keep us at peak performance. High-quality supplements in the form of pills, shakes, bars or drinks can fill the nutritional gap and help boost performance, detoxify our systems and achieve daily energy.
Supplements such as Bacopa Monnieri or Caffeine with L-Theanine are known to help increase focus and attention. Bacopa Monnieri is a traditionally used plant in Indian medicine, which helps to improve memory and anxiety. L-Theanine is extracted from tea plants and can improve cognitive function. As a bonus, it can also help reduce mental fatigue and stress. Try taking Caffeine with Theanine in the morning about 30 minutes before you begin your day. This way, you can see its effects as your daily routine progresses.
Biohacking is a way to change your body, your health and your brain so that you can reach your goals and achieve a peak state of mind. Whether you use supplements, technology like red light therapy or you make changes to incorporate an abundance mindset, biohacking is meant to help you make lasting, positive change. Give biohacking a go, your body will thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to making it the best it can be.
Biohacking Tips by Tony Robbins
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