Dave Asprey, one of the pioneers of biohacking, defines it this way:
“Biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and within you so that you have more control over your biology.” The idea is that by hacking into our biology, we can optimise the potential our body has and thus become the “best version of ourselves”.
Asprey considers himself the father of biohacking, but there are many more people who are experimenting with their biology today. Dave Asprey does dozens of things related to biohacking, even stem cell therapy. But to hack into our biology, we don’t necessarily need to go to extreme lengths.
I’ve faced serious health problems, twice in my life. However, I’m very curious about the way my body works and the way I try to take control of my health is to first ask myself the question, “What is the alternative to medicine?“
I don’t mean that we should reject medicine, but many times the answer is within your reach. Sometimes, even if it’s not possible to avoid medication, you can still find alternatives to support your body and help it heal faster or reduce symptoms and side effects.
I had a thyroid disease a couple of years ago. I resisted medication at first, but after talking to several doctors and reading about the dangers of the options I had, I decided to accept the medication and treatment, which was the best option for me at the time.
I continued to look for alternative options to the medication I was using. I found a few, but in the end, I decided to accept my doctors’ advice, and I started taking it. At first, I was very sad because I care about the food I consume and my health in general. I didn’t understand why I was sick.
I finally realised that stress played a very important role in the illness I had and so I decided not to give up and do what I could to help my body heal.
I made many changes in my life and I try my best to optimise my body with small actions, little by little. I try to become the best version of myself.
I’m going to share with you the changes I made, the things I had to intensify and also what I stopped doing:
- To begin with, I started meditating more often. I’m not the best at meditating, so the alternative is that I make use of visualisation and guided meditation, which helps me a lot.
- Exercise, spa, and cold water. Going to the spa is my reward (when it is open) as soon as I’m done exercising. It is a time where I can be alone with my thoughts and there aren’t any distractions. The alternative is to walk, visit the lake near my house or take a cold shower.
- Secondly, I analysed what I was eating, because it’s just as important as medication. I read what was good for me and what wasn’t. I gave up gluten for a while, and I saw that there was a big difference in the way my body responded and in the way I felt.
- My mindset also changed, I gave myself permission to listen to my body and let it rest when I felt the need. This was something I never allowed myself to do when I became a mom. Now, if for some reason I didn’t sleep well, I allow myself to take a nap or just rest.
- Gratitude: there is so much talk about this term that sometimes we don’t take it seriously. I have always been grateful for what I have and what I have accomplished. But the gratitude we should practice most is the one where we ask ourselves why we are grateful for X or Y.
- At night, I try to dim the lights in the house and I also wear glasses that block out blue light. I put my phone in dark mode or night mode, and I often try to switch off my electronics 2 hours before I go to sleep. It’s not always possible, because I love technology and learning, and often, the times where I have an opportunity to learn is at night.
- I started wearing a smart ring, which is similar to a smartwatch, but smaller. I analyse my deep sleep hours, my heart variability, and my body temperature when I sleep. When I wake up I decide whether I should do more or less intense activities depending on how I slept during the night.
- I follow the seed cycle, where I help my body support the production of female hormones during certain days of my menstrual cycle.
- I write down my emotions in a journal, which helps me learn from my thoughts and often find solutions to my dilemmas in those pages. It’s like magic!
And finally, I try to surround myself with people who make me feel good, who motivate me to be better, and who help me to keep my feet on the ground.
Biohacking doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to help you change the way you feel. Starting with basic hacking like your diet, meditation to lower stress levels, or decreasing exposure to blue light to sleep better are things you can begin to do and these will help you make the changes you need to become the best version of yourself.
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