Despite the mental images that instantly conjure in my head when I hear the phrase ‘biohacking’, it actually has zero to do with chemical weapons. Who knew?
Biohacking is an increasingly popular practice and an empowering approach to healthcare, that enables you to get to know your biology better, then create hacks that allow you to feel your very best. King of Bulletproof and bio-hacking, Dave Asprey, says “Biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology.”
As Mark Moschel, self-proclaimed health evangelist says “if we want better outputs — to have more energy and focus, to be free of disease, to have a better memory, to perform optimally in business and athletics — then [we have to] tweak the things we put into our body and mind to stack the deck in our favour.”
Now, a deck stacked in our favour is definitely something we can get on board with, but how the heck do we start?
Here are four simple ways to bio-hack your way to better health:
Pay attention to your body
As you go about your daily eating, try paying actual attention to what your body is telling you as you do. Note how your body responds to different foods, and don’t just listen to how satisfied your brain is as you consume.
Despite what different diets will tell you, there is never going to be one single diet allows every single person on the planet to perform optimally. We are all different, with hugely different biology and needs.
Try an elimination diet
It sounds extreme when you first float the idea, but an elimination diet is a great way of finding out which foods do — and do not — agree with you. The point is to eliminate all of the usual inflammatory suspects from your diet; including gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, meat and sugar for 21 days in order to see how your body feels without them. You can then reintroduce, by which time you’ll be much more in tune with your body, which will allow you to observe more closely the effect that these foods have on your system.
Change up your usual eating patterns
If you tend to eat breakfast the very second you get out of bed in the morning, try incorporating a fast into your routine. Switching things up is integral to working out what works best for you, even if you think your habits are serving you well.
It’s often impossible to tell how bad something is making you feel, because you consider it a ‘normal’, baseline feeling that you’re completely accustomed to. So try fasting for twelve to fourteen hours and take notice of how your body responds
Sure, its tale as old as time, but exercise really can make the world of difference to your overall wellbeing. You don’t have to launch gung-ho into a professional crossfit career, but try switching up your workouts or simply walking more if you’re currently quite sedentary. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, and from here you’ll be able to work on a tailored exercise plan that allows your body to perform optimally.