What Is Biohacking?
Biohacking is the practice of biological self-experimentation with the goal of optimizing health, productivity, and feelings of well-being. It’s “hacking” parts of your biology in order to quickly get the results you’re looking for – almost like a shortcut. This might seem a little scary, but it’s really not. In fact, you already may be incorporating some biohacking practices in your daily life without even knowing it!
It might seem like practicing biohacking would be difficult or complicated, but actually there are many easy ways to incorporate biohacking into your normal day.
How Do You Incorporate Biohacking?
Think about biohacking practices as a set of tools in a toolbox, and along those lines, you have to customize your toolbox with the strategies that are relevant to and effective for you. In other words, not all biohacking practices work the same for everyone. That’s right, just like exercise, nutrition, business plans, etc., you have to find what works for YOU.
And that’s another awesome aspect of biohacking—it’s all about self-experimentation in the name of self-improvement. Biohacking is the ultimate “n = 1” study in self-optimization. While you’ll definitely want to pay attention to what other biohackers are doing, the most important thing you can do is tune into how you and your body are responding to strategies you’re practicing.
Notice that I keep using the word “practice” when I’m talking about biohacking. Whether you’re looking to optimize performance in sports, business, or life in general, keep in mind that performing at your peak potential and achieving greatness takes practice.
Biohack Your Morning
Consume a high-fat breakfast with MCTs.
Stretch or get some exercise.
Expose your eyes to sun before your phone.
Practice mindful meditation.
Hold off on your caffeine intake.
Write down 3 important tasks to complete.
Drink cold water.
Read a book (not online).
Examples of Biohacking
There are many practices that fall under the umbrella of biohacking, and I tend to group them into three categories: Electronics and Devices, Supplements and Medications, and Lifestyle Strategies. Here are several examples in each category:
Electronics and Devices:
- • Brain games
- • Cold laser
- • Blue light in the morning
- • Blue-light-blocking glasses in the evening
- • Blue-light-modifying apps for electronic devices
- • Fitness trackers
- • Productivity apps
- • Sleep tracking apps
Supplements and Medications:
- • Stimulants (e.g., Caffeine, Theacrine)
- • Nootropics (e.g., Noopept, Provigil)
- • Adaptogens (e.g., Rhodiola rosea, Ashwagandha)
- • Orthomolecular doses of vitamins (e.g., Methylcobalamin)
- • Hormone replacement therapy (e.g., Testosterone)
- • Drugs (e.g., LSD, Metformin)
- • Meditation
- • Diet (e.g., Fasting Mimicking Diet)
- • Exercise (e.g., HIIT)
- • Sleep hygiene
- • Circadian rhythms
* This article is a repost which originally appeared on Shawn Wells