Biohack Yourself into a Healthier Life

by Valerie Demetros

You’re heard about hacking computers but what about your body? The concept of biohacking may sound intimidating, but it’s really about self-improvement.

Biohacking is a technical term for taking a greater role in, and responsibility for, your health by changing your chemistry and physiology through science and lifestyle changes.

The concept of biohacking constantly is evolving as technology changes. There are simple ways to improve your health and vitality as well as high-tech and expensive ways. The truth is you already are probably implementing some of these.

Supplements — By learning from a blood test exactly what your body is lacking, you can then take specific supplements and vitamins to get healthier. Many people update their tests and change the supplements a few times a year for optimal health.

Smart technology — If you wear a smartwatch that reminds you to drink water, stand up or take more steps, you are biohacking. This is a great way to begin. These devices also indicate heart rate for better workouts.

Cold therapy — Cryotherapy and cold therapy expose your body to very cold temperatures, causing vasoconstriction. When your body returns to its normal temperature the rush of blood to the tissues brings nutrients, minerals and a rush of endorphins to help heal.

Intermittent fasting — Eating right is just the beginning. For many biohackers, when to eat is just as important. Research shows that intermittent fasting boosts your metabolic rate. There are a few ways but 18:6 and 12:12 are most popular, meaning fast for 18 hours and eat in a 6-hour window or fast for 12 hours and eat in a 12-hour window.

Remember to eat healthy in those windows.

Red-light therapy — Studies show your body responds to red and near-infrared wavelengths from 600 to 900 nm. This is absorbed by the skin and activates your nervous system and metabolic processes. More studies link it to pain relief and reduced inflammation.

Music — Studies show that listening to your favorite music can change your heartbeat, stress level and state of mind. Some biohackers go further and use brainwave entrainment, which uses binaural beats and tones to synchronize with your brain waves and induce a meditative, relaxed state.

If you use a white noise machine, you are using one version to biohack your brainwaves for better sleep.

Exercise — The trifecta of exercising, eating right and taking care of your mental health can lead to a healthier, longer life. This includes moving your body whether it’s yoga, weight training or dancing. Biohacking your health without physically moving won’t give you the results you’re looking for.

Ultimately, biohacking is a way to change your body, health and brain to reach your goal of a healthy and happy life. There are too many to list here, but research will help you find what is just right for you.