Biohacking – a fashion trend or a dangerous trend?

Biohacking – a fashion trend or a dangerous trend?
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Every person wants to be the best version of themselves. Someone dreams of an ideal figure, someone wants to increase their income, and someone wants to have communication skills. But all this requires a resource. In search of this resource, a very fashionable and interesting trend appeared – biohacking.

What is biohacking?

Biohacking is the optimization of the body’s work in order to increase its efficiency and quality of life with the help of science and new technologies. It is a lifestyle that includes a mindful approach to daily routine, nutrition, sleep, training, supplements, work, spiritual practices, mental exercises and more.
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Biohackers are aware that modern medicine and pharmaceuticals are just a way to stop the disease and its acute manifestation. It is necessary to independently engage in the study of one’s body and consciousness, so as not to simply be a spent expendable material of the modern system.

Biohackers solve the following tasks:

  • how to live to be 120 years old;
  • how to keep fit;
  • how to reduce fat index;
  • how to stimulate the brain;
  • how to eliminate negative factors affecting health.
Meditation – find harmony with yourself
Meditation – find harmony with yourself

There are three main areas in biohacking:

  • nutrigenomics (adherents of this direction change their body with the help of proper nutrition and chemicals);
  • DIY biology (biohackers of this trend are experimenting with genes in artisanal conditions, trying to introduce new genes into the human body that can improve its performance);
  • grindering (adepts of this direction improve their body with the help of chips and biochemical injections implanted into the skin).

How biohacking works and its basic principles

Biohacking is primarily a systematic view of human health. The main goal of which is to improve the quality of life. Biohackers take into account all aspects of life.

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  1. The basis of biohacking is diagnostics: total health check-ups 1-2 times a year to assess the state of the body.
  2. Food. It is the dietary strategy that matters, not the diet. The main thing is to exclude junk food, sugars and trans fats, monitor the calorie content of foods consumed.
  3. Sleep control. It is important to build a whole sleep system (conditions, time to fall asleep and wake up). You should always get up at the same time, sleep 7-8 hours a day and be sure to go to bed before midnight.
  4. Physical activity. The type and type of load is different for everyone. The main thing is to train regularly and comfortably.
  5. Meditations. They will help get rid of tension, increase stress resistance.
  6. Medications and dietary supplements that normalize internal metabolism. In biohacking, the use of biologically active substances is based on biochemical analyzes. The set of dietary supplements should be constantly adjusted depending on the objective indicators of the analyzes and the state of the body.

Health transformation does not begin with a trip to the pharmacy, but with a change in daily habits. Which is more difficult for many than complaining about diseases and doctors, spending money on an endless stream of pills, but stubbornly continuing to behave as usual.

“Biohacking of the brain” – a reference book for adherents of the movement

For more than two decades, biohacking advocate and author of Brain Biohacking Dave Asprey has worked with scientists to discover the best methods to help the brain work faster and more productively. And the investor from Silicon Valley described all these methods in his bestseller. This is a book about how to hack your body and brain to be much more effective on the way to your goals.

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There is a lot about nutrition in it, because food directly affects the brain. According to the author of the book, many of the foods we eat are harmful. For example, gluten, casein, sugar, cereals, dried fruits. Also, there is a lot in the book about how blue spectrum light kills the brain. This includes computers, smartphones, all fluorescent, LED, energy-saving – all artificial light. For health, we need a red and orange spectrum, like the sun.

The role of vitamin D for humans
The role of vitamin D for humans

The author of the book believes that everything happens in our head and how well our brain works determines how we live, how we recover and how we make decisions. There are ways to change the amount of energy entering the brain, namely through food, various types of physical activity, work space, meditation.

Interesting facts from the book “Biohacking the Brain”

  • It’s not the time that matters, but the quality of sleep. If you quickly go into the deep phase of sleep (when a person does not move), then you can sleep well in 5-6 hours. Alcohol and other factors interfere with this phase of sleep.
  • A diet high in healthy fats helps boost energy production in the brain.
  • Important decisions are best made in the morning, because decision fatigue can set in by the evening.
  • In a state of ketosis (carbohydrate starvation of cells), the brain can work more efficiently.

Is biohacking really safe?

Of course, a balanced diet, healthy quality sleep and sports are good for the body. But more and more often, each individual biohacker has his own elixirs of youth and sets of dietary supplements, which should bring him at least longevity.

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So, for example, Sergey Fage (one of the famous biohackers in Russia) takes 70 tablets of various supplements and vitamins daily. But no doctor can say with certainty that such a large number of drugs will do more good than harm.

Also, grinders who inject all sorts of DNA alteration injections are experimenting with their bodies underground. Not the fact that everything they do is safe for the body. No one knows what it will result in a certain number of years.

Superfood – food that should be in the diet
Superfood – food that should be in the diet

But if you do not rush from one extreme to another, then biohacking is undoubtedly a multifaceted tool in the cross section of such sciences as biopsychology, endocrinology and neurobiology. Thanks to him, each person is able to qualitatively and reliably change his life, habits, thinking, behavior and fully reveal his biological potential, pump his brain, his body, his psyche and become a perfect version of himself.

Application of biohacking

What is biohacking? In its purest form, biohacking is a conscious control of the external and internal environment, aimed at increasing physical and mental performance in all areas, comments Roman Pristansky, nutritionist, nutritionist, CEO of ELEMAX.

Biohacking includes paying attention to what we eat, what we drink, touch, hear and see. It involves managing external stimuli to form a healthier, better version of ourselves.

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Biohacking is not a process that is limited to one area. This process includes improving all the various aspects of physical and mental health. Developing the relationship between mind and body.

One of the steps of bihacking is to improve life with supplements, a process that has been studied for many years. It is this process that works for qualitative and quantitative evidence when it comes to boosting energy, endurance and recovery. By using nutritional supplements in a balance of maximizing effectiveness while minimizing side effects, you can enhance your ability to achieve certain physical or even mental goals.

One of the most well-researched and effective supplements you can buy without a prescription is Coenzyme Q10:

Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient and antioxidant found in most foods and naturally produced by the human body in the liver. It is an essential component for energy production and the healthy and efficient functioning of mitochondria in every cell in your body, which in turn affects all tissues and organs.

Coenzyme Q10 – activator of cellular energy
Coenzyme Q10 – activator of cellular energy

Increased emotional and physical stress, along with age-related changes, lead to a deficiency of essential antioxidants. Coenzyme Q10 levels need to be constantly maintained because of its paramount importance for maintaining youth and promoting health.

The Benefits of Biohacking

  • Reduces stress and anxiety – meditation. It’s hard to be “on horseback” when you are overcome by negative thoughts. For example, by meditating regularly, you can improve self-control, maintain emotional stability, and overcome stressful situations.
  • Improves metabolism – sport. Having more muscle in your body increases the number of calories you burn at rest. With a higher metabolic rate, you can eat more food while keeping your calories at a healthy level without gaining extra weight.
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence is a sport. Resistance training will improve your physique. Having a body that you are proud of will greatly increase your self-confidence and self-esteem, which will be reflected in every area of ​​your life.
Now you’re probably thinking that biohacking is just self-improvement? Well, no, not really. Biohacking is a holistic approach to human biology. It is a comprehensive system for regulating every aspect of our physical selves. Everything from the music we listen to, the food we eat, to exercise, affects our health, behavior and overall performance. In essence, biohacking, like computer hacking, is a “hack” to achieve an optimal result.