Biohacking – also known as DIY biology – is the attempt to “upgrade” your mind and body in order to optimize performance. Dave Asprey, a biohacker who created the supplement company Bulletproof, defines biohacking as the “art and science of changing the environment around you and inside of you so you have full control of your own biology”. Biohacking can range from getting stem cell injections to making lifestyle changes in order to improve your health and well-being. In fact, anything you do that can help you better perform mentally and physically is considered as a bio hack – even if it’s simply putting away your phone for a few hours a day.
Common DIY examples of Biohacking:
- Manage stress and anxiety by practicing meditation
- Control weight by experimenting with different styles of Intermittent Fasting
- Pay attention to your digestive system by consciously intaking foods that will help improve your gut health
- Eliminate foods that make you have less energy such as red meat and excess sugar
- Incorporate more outdoor exercises into your daily routine
- Take supplements such as hemp-derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products to relax or recharge
In-depth examples of Biohacking:
- Conduct blood tests to work with raw data on whether your biohack is working at a cellular level
- Implant devices like computer chips into bodies (Read more about how Elon Musk’s explanation on AI here)
- Leverage and spend on technology to perform treatments such as cryotherapy, neuro feedback, near-infrared saunas, virtual float tanks, and many more
- Buy wearable devices to track sleep patterns or to monitor glucose levels (See more biohacking gadgets here)
At the end of the day, biohacking comes down to the desire to feel better and to see how far we can push the human body through these ‘hacks”. Biohacking does have some merits depending on individuals’ approach to improve the mind and the body. The big takeaway is that without the proper precautions in mind, experimenting on yourself can lead to unexpected side effects. Do your research and consult a doctor before putting any foreign substance into your body to stay safe.