Biohacking For Beginners: A Guide To Biohacking21/03/2023, Healing Holidays
From James Bond-worthy gadgets that help you reach a deep sleep, to intermittent fasting to shed those pounds, wellness has gone to a whole new level – and it’s called ‘biohacking’. Biohacking is the practice of using technology to improve your physical, mental and emotional health, and as more and more people become aware of its potential benefits they are looking for ways to incorporate it into their lifestyle.
But what exactly is biohacking and how can you benefit from it? The primary benefit of biohacking is that it allows you to have control over your own health and wellbeing - by understanding how different aspects of your life interact with each other you can make better decisions about how to improve your overall health. For example, if you are aware that you need more sleep but struggle to get 7-8 hours each night due to stress or other external factors, you can use biohacking methods such as meditation or yoga to help reduce stress levels and get better quality sleep. Additionally, by tracking your heart rate variability (HRV) or brainwave activity with wearable devices such as EEG headsets, you can gain insight into how different activities affect your body so that you can adjust accordingly in order to reach peak performance levels.
Biohacking For Beginners: 5 Activities And Practices To Help Biohack Your Body
1. Cold Water Therapy
From cold showers to ice-baths and cryo chambers, cold water therapy has been used for decades by athletes seeking faster recovery from training or injury, but cold water and ice therapy have reached dizzy heights of popularity, with many experts saying it’s the ultimate biohack. It helps with depression and low moods, can stimulate virus-killing cells, releases stresses in the body and, according to the Wim Hof method, can influence your autonomic nervous system. Impressive indeed.
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2. Intermitting Fasting
Try to give your body time to recover and digest your food by fasting. For example, each day you eat from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and fast for the other 16 hours. Biohacking your body involves testing out new techniques and finding out what works, for example alternate day fasting has you fasting one day, then eating normally the next. You might restrict calories one day, then eat normally the next.
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3. Red Light Therapy
Light is an essential element for our health, and in Europe we are very deprived of it throughout the winter. A condition like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern; the episodes of depression tend to occur in the dark days of winter and the symptoms are low mood and lack of interest in life. Red Light Therapy can certainly help redress the balance during these dark months.
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4. Don’t Count Calories, Count Chemicals
So much junk food is created to make you want more, so one crisp will not be enough, you will want the packet. This is all about the chemicals in the product, which initially make you feel great but then leads to a big slump later in the day. Instead eat wholesome organic food, with lots of protein and good fats.
5. Meditation & Yoga
Make Meditation and Yoga part and parcel of your daily schedule. Whilst the Yoga will stretch out and elongate your stressed muscles, Mediation will help you to clear you mind, allowing for better clarity of thought and more peaceful sleep.
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Biohacking is here to stay, and will continue to evolve as we learn more. Anything that helps us look for ways to take control over our own health and wellbeing without relying solely on traditional medicine or therapies is always a good thing. By utilizing various tools such as wearables, apps, supplements & diets biohackers can gain an understanding of themselves on a deeper level so that they can make informed decisions about how best to optimize their physical and mental performance. So whether you’re looking for ways to increase productivity at work or just wanting an edge in sports performance, biohacking technology may just be the solution that fits your needs.
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