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What Is Biohacking? Everything You Need to Know About the New Approach to Healthy Aging

Learn how to feel your best and age gracefully with lifestyle and molecular tips

From going on more walks to meditating and getting a good night’s rest, there are many things you can do to improve your health and aging process. However, combining all of these things through biohacking — a DIY biology approach to boosting your well-being — is a great way to promote longevity and positive aging. Keep reading to learn more about biohacking and how incorporating it into your lifestyle can help you to feel your best.

What is biohacking?

Biohacking, or DIY biology, is a relatively new practice that’s all about taking scientific approaches to boost your well-being. The goal is to enhance your physical and mental state as well as improve your general health, or even accomplish a specific goal.

The process is all about the individual as you can do anything that will enhance your own biological activities. It’s typically divided into four different categories.

Lifestyle

This category focuses on making beneficial changes to your physical and mental health. Lifestyle biohacking can include shifting your diet, getting more rest, increasing your daily fitness or even practicing meditation. 

Changing your way of life is the easiest and most common way to practice biohacking and it will also help to promote longevity.

Molecular

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The molecular method uses natural or synthetic molecules to help individuals adjust their biology. Kien Vuu, M.D., author of Thrive State: Your Blueprint for Optimal Health, Longevity, and Peak Performance, previously told Forbes: “It’s your vitamins, it’s your minerals, it’s peptides (small protein fragments).”

If you’re already taking supplements, you’re on the right track. They’ll help you get your daily nutrients and work to boost your health as well, changing your body’s approach to aging from the inside out. 

Biologics

Biologics are a mix of growth factors or cells that come from natural and living things. Sometimes you’ll need a prescription from a physician. 

They typically need to be ingested, injected or inserted with an IV or transfusion. A common biologic is stem cell therapy and this method is often used to prevent and treat a variety of health conditions. When it comes to biohacking, biologics aren’t the easiest, but using them could greatly benefit your health.

Technology

If you use a Fitbit, smartwatch or other fitness tracker, you’re one step closer to integrating biohacking into your life. You can use the data from these devices to adjust your health and goals accordingly. This also includes blood pressure and glucose monitors. For example, closing your “rings” on the Apple Watch is a great way to keep track of your movement and activity throughout the day. With all the data then stored on your phone, it’s a productive method that can be incorporated into biohacking.

Simple biohacking tips

It’s quite easy to add biohacking into your daily life, and you don’t need to be a scientist to do so start simple and build up from there.

  • Aim for seven to nine  hours of sleep every night
  • Take supplements to promote longevity
  • Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants
  • Balance your diet with enough fruits, vegetables and proteins
  • Try cold showers or ice baths to improve circulation
  • Practice daily meditation or breath exercises

Biohacking allows individuals to take control of their health through various tools and options. It’s important to do your research when trying these methods though to make sure they’re safe, ethical and can help your specific health needs and goals. 


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