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Biohacking: What is it & 5 ways to Biohack.

Biohacking took off in Silicon Valley around 2005. Many CEOs and employees found out about the power it has in their life.


The former CEO of Twitter and current CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey, has claimed the benefits of fasting intermittently and drinking “salt juice” each morning. Another famous American entrepreneur and author is a huge fan of biohacking. He founded BrainQUICKEN, a nutrition supplement company. And he has written “The 4-hour body” explaining all the benefits of biohacking.


Biohacking is still a very broad term for a lifestyle that’s growing increasingly popular. It can be found in many forms and ways. Let’s look deeper into what biohacking is.



But, what is biohacking your body?

Biohacking your body means changing your chemistry and your physiology through science and self-experimentation. The purpose is to increase energy and vitality.


Biohacking is also known as human enhancement. It is a “do-it-yourself” biology, as mentioned in The Journal of Trends in Biotechnology. It aims to improve your performance, your health, and your wellbeing through strategic interventions. People "hack" their own bodies with a mixture of scientific concepts, tools, and technology.


Keep in mind that Biohacking is still a broad definition. That’s because the concept is still new and it is evolving.


People choose biohacking in their life to optimize their well-being, and their physical abilities. Further, biohacking has considerable effects on improving cognitive function and mental health.


What are the Biohacking Types?


LIFESTYLE AND DIET

This is one of the simplest and most known types of biohacking. Actually, you might biohack already without knowing it. This includes: meditation, eating healthy, spending time in nature and exercising daily.


Making changes to your diet is a proven way to help control high blood pressure. These changes can also help you lose weight and lower your chance of heart disease and stroke. While meditation acutely lowers arterial and tissue oxygenation. A repeated exposure to this condition may lead to long-term adaptation and, through increased ventilatory efficiency and improved gas exchanges, to an increase in baseline oxygenation.


WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Most probably you already own a wearable technology like a smartwatch or something similar, right? These technology gadgets actually are a form of biohacking. Getting notifications to drink water or to take more steps is a type of biohacking. Also, there are quantum frequency healing devices that can boost bio energetically the regeneration of your cells. While it uses individualized frequencies to help you balance your mind and body.


IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY

Many in the biohacking world consider implanted technology the next level, yet it is not widely known yet nor confirmed. The technology exists for microchips, bionic eyes, mind-controlled drones and gene editing. These are some of the future technologies that may be part of the future life.


GENETIC ENGINEERING

Or otherwise known, CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats). This technology allows individuals to edit their own genetics. It’s highly controversial and unregulated, for now existing only on the fringes of the biohacking world.



Biohacking is in the development phase, and you might see many more biohacking types and developments. Biohacking is rooted in the notion that a human can change their bodies and brains to become better and smarter. SKC considers biohacking a great tool for lifestyle optimization and to live a more balanced and healthier life.


Keep in mind that not all forms of biohacking are yet confirmed and not all procedures are medically approved. Some forms of biohacking are safe, like taking care of your nutritional needs, or exercising. Mindfulness and yoga has been proved that can help reduce anxiety and chronic pain.


But, some biohacking methodologies can be considered unsafe. If you’re interested in biohacking, do your research and choose the technology and the practices that will help you reach your goals while minimizing risk and avoiding harm. Always seek professional help in the field you would like to optimize. Working with an expert is always essential for the greatest results through a safe path. Our professional team of body & mind experts can guide you through an optimisation process, contact us here.


What’s the difference between biotechnology and biohacking?


Biotechnology is the study of biological processes to inform technological advancements. Biotechnology is a regulated industry. Biohacking can make use of biotechnology but it does not necessarily study biology and technology together the way biotechnology does.


How to start with biohacking?


Start simple. Start from your diet, identify your body’s needs and which foods offer you the nutrients that your body needs. Stay committed to an inclusive and nutritious diet. Introduce exercising in your daily routine. Find your most suitable workout that improves your wellbeing and your energy levels. On top of that, you can use tech gadgets like smartwatches to track the way you operate.


You can also include mindfulness and meditation in your daily life, one of the most scientifically proven ways to improve your mental health. Once you’ve mastered these basic biohacks you can introduce other non-invasive biohacking methods in your daily routine.


5 simple ways to biohack:


1 - Intermittent Fasting

When you eat can make a huge difference on your wellbeing. Intermittent fasting can help you optimize your nutrition intake. Also, it can be beneficial for your energy levels. Biohacking your body involves testing out new techniques and finding out what works. You can try different types of fasting to check which suits your body needs. You can start from a very simple fasting of 12-14 hours, for example during the night.


2 - Functional Music

It is known that music has immense benefits to mental health. As you may already know, brain activity can be measured in a wave-like pattern. The most reliable way to change your brain state is through sound waves. You can start from listening to your favorite playlist. When you feel ready, you can try music that boosts specific brainwaves.


3 - Gratitude

If you are here for a long time, you might already know how important gratitude is to your life. Gratitude is a way to refocus your brain to see more positive things around you. Plus, gratitude is a characteristic of an abundant mindset. Start practicing gratitude in your daily life. Start by introducing a ritual in your morning routine. A meditation or a 5 minutes journaling of what you are grateful for.


4 - (Natural) Supplements

Your nutrition and your exercise routine play a highly important role on your energy and wellbeing. There are a lot of supplements directly by nature that can help you boost your overall health. For example, I use Propolis daily, a natural product produced by bees. This product is powerful to boost your immune system, while it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.


5 - Frequency Therapy

Frequency is leading a new category in regenerative medicine designed to activate a person’s innate regenerative potential, within the body, to repair tissue and restore function. Frequency-specific microcurrent (FSM) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current. The current is delivered to certain parts of your body in an attempt to relieve pain. A frequency is the rate at which a sound wave or electronic pulse is produced. This measurement is registered in hertz (Hz).


Biohacking is a way to hack your body, your brain, your health and your energy. Essentially, you should observe yourself on how your body or brain reacts in certain situations. For example – how it absorbs the food, which exercises help your body the most. By observing yourself and your needs, you will understand which biohacking methods will suit you the best. Looking to experience biohacking first- hand? Check out retreats where you can experience biohacking.



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