Friday, December 6, 2019

The Biohacker - The Beginner's Guide to Longevity

New to longevity? Need to polish up your knowledge on how to increase your lifespan (living longer) and healthspan (living healthier and happier for longer)? The Beginner’s Guide to Longevity provides comprehensive information you need to get on the road to living a healthier, longer life.

We are currently publishing the guide, piece by piece, with Supplements Taken By Biohackers to Increase Longevity being the first article of the guide. As each piece is highly researched and reference by a team of health writers, scientific researchers, and doctors, the guide is expected to require 3-6 more months to build. Over the next couple of months, expect to see more published.

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What is Longevity?

Longevity - Beginner's Guide to Longevity

Longevity is basically the long duration of a person’s life. It’s a field of research where scientists study factors that constitute a longer, disease-free existence.

Thanks to advancements in medical research and technology, longevity (sometimes used in place of ‘life expectancy’) has steadily increased over the past century. When you increase your ability to live a longer, healthier life, you’re also increasing your chances of living a happier, more fulfilling life.

Longevity “biohacks” encompass health elements, ranging from optimizing your diet, taking supplements/pills, making changes in your environment, and many other factors with the goal of increasing your lifespan. The idea is to enhance different aspects of your health which will greatly improve your chances of avoiding disease for a longer life.

Some elements of longevity include your genetics, diet, body weight, level of physical activity, mental health, as well as various risk factors (like smoking and drinking too much) that definitely lower your chances of living longer.

Sometimes, increasing your longevity is simply a matter of making sure you’re not consuming highly processed foods. Even quitting smoking, improving the quality of your sleep, and taking the right vitamins can help improve your health and lifespan.

But longevity isn’t just about eating healthy or avoiding risk factors; it’s understanding what’s best for your body, adopting the healthiest possible lifestyle, and improving the quality of your life.

Our guide is designed to describe all areas of longevity—from the most researched longevity diets and supplements, and ways to strengthen mental health, all the way to how future technology can enhance your health and lifespan. It’s a holistic guide, because we believe longevity is about living your best self, to have a happier, more fulfilling life.

What is Healthspan?

A lot of biohacking discussion is focused around increasing lifespan. In fact, many respected biohackers like Ray Kurzweil, Tim Ferriss, Dave Asprey, Dr. Peter Attia, and Dr. Rhonda Patrick talk a lot about it in their websites.

But for many, healthspan is just as important, if not more important, than lifespan. Healthspan is defined as the period in life where a person is generally in good health. But unlike the average lifespan, which is around 78.7 in the U.S. (2018), there weren’t any statistics that marked the end of the average healthspan. To resolve this, the World Health Organization came up with an average healthy life expectancy indicator, which is said to be 67.3 years old.

When you increase your healthspan, you’re basically improving and maintaining your health as you get older, so your quality of life is retained, or even better, as you age.

Just imagine running like you’re 20 when you’re already 70, or having 20/20 vision even when you’re 80. The idea is to be able to preserve your health, including all bodily functions that decline as you age, for a longer period of time.

What is Biohacking?

What is Biohacking - Beginner's Guide to Longevity

Biohacking is the process of making changes to your body and your environment in order to reach optimum health. Increased health helps prolong your life, which sets you up for the ultimate goal of living up to a 100+. In the long run, the best biohacking techniques may prevent serious diseases, and may even help you slow down aging.

More importantly, biohacking involves careful use of scientific knowledge to help boost your overall health. It means keeping up with the latest research on nutrition, fitness, medical advancements, and technology to know how to optimize your health. 

A biohacker actually transforms his/her your body to become a better, more balanced and productive individual—allowing you to do the things that matter most. In this way, biohacking helps you become the best version of your self, to live a long and full life.

*Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature, and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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