You’ve likely heard the term “hacking” when referring to hacking into someone’s computer or even an election being hacked. But have you ever heard of hacking your body?
This concept of hacking the human body is known as biohacking. While the name might sound a little crazy, it’s actually not so crazy after all. In fact, hacking your own body can have some pretty remarkable benefits.
In this blog post, we’ll explore exactly what biohacking is, some examples of what it might entail, and how you can get started on your own journey of biohacking your way to optimal health.
What Is Biohacking?
In simplest terms, biohacking involves using a strategic series of techniques that are intended to “hack” your own biology in order to enhance and optimize your health, performance, vitality, and overall well-being. Biohacking is a kind of lifestyle that aims to help you become the absolute best version of yourself inside and out.
While some biohackers may get a little extreme – augmenting their bodies with a combination of things like chemical injections, implants, gadgets, and anything else they can use to manipulate and “enhance” their bodies – that’s not the kind of biohacking we’re talking about here. The essence of biohacking is working with your body and your natural biology to function at the highest level possible.
Let’s explore some examples of biohacking so you can get a little clearer picture of what it actually entails.
What Are Examples of Biohacking?
Human beings are complex. Our well-being and performance are dictated by a complicated, intricately interwoven system made up of countless moving pieces that are constantly fluctuating. And we have the ability to influence and control these moving pieces through the inputs we enter into our “system”.
The consistent choices we make about how we eat, move, sleep, think, and interact with our world are our inputs. These inputs then work together to create our outputs – things like our health, happiness, energy, and performance. So if we want better outputs, it makes sense to tweak and upgrade the inputs to stack the deck in your favor right?
That’s the whole concept of biohacking. Meaning, for the most part, the concepts of biohacking aren’t necessarily revolutionary – they’re simple lifestyle adjustments or shortcuts to optimize the “inputs” that have the most impact. Biohacking involves optimizing things like:
- Brain health, memory, and focus
- Nervous system regulation
- Inflammation levels
- Exposure to toxins
So let’s look at some specific biohacking strategies that deliver the most bang for their buck.
What Are the Best Biohacks?
There are countless “biohacks” out there – ranging from highly effective to sort of bizarre. But there are some tried-and-true, science-backed “hacks” you can use to optimize your health and supercharge your body’s natural ability to function. Some of these potent wellness-boosting biohacks include:
The Basics: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep
Nutrition, movement, and sleep are the foundations of health. Without prioritizing these pillars, implementing additional health optimizing strategies simply won’t be as effective. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how you eat, move, and sleep – but there are some general rules of thumb to help you optimize these crucial aspects of your well-being:
- Nutrition: There’s no singular diet that is optimal for everyone. But our bodies are designed to eat real food that’s as close to its natural form as possible. So building most of your meals around whole foods that are “from the earth” – like fresh veggies and fruits, high-quality meats, and healthy fats – is a good place to start.
- Movement: Again, there’s no right or wrong way to exercise, but our bodies are designed to move. So finding some form of movement you enjoy and will do consistently is key – whether it’s hiking, biking, lifting weights, dancing, or doing yoga.
- Sleep: It’s important to aim for an absolute minimum of 6 hours of sleep each night – although 7-8 is even better. But quantity isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to sleep. The quality of your sleep is just as important. So be sure to shut off the lights, block out any disturbing sounds, and create a cozy environment so you can get some quality shut-eye.
Once you’ve prioritized the basics, you can start implementing some additional biohacking strategies that can really take your health to the next level.
Intravenous Therapy (IV Therapy)
While a healthy well-rounded diet is essential, the truth is, many of us simply don’t get optimal nutrients through diet alone. Thanks to modern agricultural practices, depleted soils, high-stress levels, and elevated toxins in our environment, many of us are deficient in nutrients. That’s where IV therapy comes in.
During IV therapy, a sterile fluid solution filled with a personalized cocktail of concentrated nutrients is delivered directly into your bloodstream – bypassing your digestive system and allowing your cells to absorb these essential nutrients. When administered on a regular basis, these IV infusions can help correct nutrient deficiencies, nourish your cells, flush toxins, combat inflammation, and maximize cellular function – revitalizing your body from the inside out.1
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Your hormones serve as chemical messengers – traveling through your body to coordinate different bodily functions and allowing your cells and organ systems to communicate with each other. If any aspect of this complex communication system becomes imbalanced, it can throw your whole body out of whack. An underlying hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, performance, appearance, and more.2
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy restores hormonal balance by using hormones made from plants that are the exact same molecular structure as your natural hormones – allowing your body to recognize and utilize them to balance and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, also known as PEMF therapy, uses carefully calibrated electromagnetic pulses to recharge and optimize cellular energy. By mimicking the natural electromagnetic fields emitted by the earth, the sun, and even your own cells, PEMF therapy stimulates electrical and chemical activity within your cells – allowing them to function more effectively.3
Think of PEMF therapy as plugging in and fully charging your cellular batteries. This increased flow of energy allows your cells to better absorb nutrients, more effectively eliminate waste, and heal and regenerate more quickly. And better cellular health translates into better overall health from head to toe.
The more we learn about our digestive system, the more we learn that gut health is the gateway to overall health. The health of your digestive system influences every other facet of your health – from your immune system to the appearance of your skin and from your mood to your fertility.
And one component of a happy healthy gut, is the ability to properly, completely, and regularly expel waste. If you’re not consistently and completely excreting the waste in your bowels it can:
- Impair detoxification
- Alter your microbiome
- Damage the integrity of your gut lining
- Hinder nutrient absorption
- Zap your energy
- And leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and downright awful
Colonic hydrotherapy is a biohacking technique that flushes a gentle stream of clean, warm water into your intestines to carry waste and debris out. Clearing out any lingering waste and emptying your lower bowels refreshes and revitalizes your digestive system – supporting optimal gut health and subsequently your overall health and well-being.4
Modern medicine tends to compartmentalize our bodies – treating them as a conglomeration of separate systems and disconnecting our physical health from our mental and spiritual health. But our bodies, minds, and souls are one and the same – they are all intricately intertwined components of the same system. You simply cannot achieve optimal health, happiness, performance, appearance, or longevity without addressing your health from a holistic perspective.5
You can have the best diet and workout routine, take all the most effective supplements, and employ an arsenal of biohacking strategies. But if you don’t also work to support and enrich your mental and spiritual health alongside your physical body, you’re missing some of the most vital pieces of the puzzle.
To truly biohack your way to the best version of yourself, you must support your body, mind, and soul. By incorporating forms of mind-body medicine like meditation, acupuncture, sound therapy, neurofeedback, and more you can uplift and optimize every aspect of your well-being. To read more about mind-body medicine, head over and check out our article Ultimate Guide to Mind-Body Medicine: Is What You Think Making You Sick?
How to Get Started Biohacking?
There’s no right or wrong way to get started with biohacking. The whole idea of biohacking is to be the best version of yourself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. So the simplest way to get started with biohacking is to pick an aspect of your well-being that you’d like to optimize and begin creating the habits to support what optimal looks like to you.
While biohacking and optimizing your overall well-being is entirely up to you – no one else can do it for you – it can be helpful to have some guidance along the way. Finding an experienced practitioner in your area that has the knowledge, resources, and tools to help you “hack” your way to a healthier body, mind, and soul can save you time, money, and the frustration of trial and error.
Biohacking and Functional Medicine to Optimize Your Well-Being in Phoenix Arizona and Surrounding Areas
If you’re in Phoenix or the surrounding areas and are interested in starting or diving deeper into your biohacking journey, we’ve got you covered. At our state-of-the-art alternative wellness center in Phoenix, Arizona we have a plethora of tools to help you optimize your health from the inside out. Our experienced clinicians are well-trained in a variety of biohacking techniques and we utilize cutting-edge technology to help you shortcut your way to optimal health.
Here at Silver Tree Wellness, we partner with you to create an entirely customized roadmap to optimize your well-being – utilizing a unique combination of biohacking tools to help you feel, perform, and look your very best. To see some of our most popular biohacking and health-optimization services, head over and check out our services page by clicking right here.
And if you’re ready to take the next step in up-leveling your health, please reach out to us to schedule an appointment by calling our office at 602-675-0170 or sending us an email by clicking right here. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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- Significant effects of mild endogenous hormonal changes in humans: considerations for low-dose testing. – PMC (nih.gov)
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics
- Irrigation, lavage, colonic hydrotherapy: from beauty center to clinic? | SpringerLink
- A New Era for Mind–Body Medicine – PMC (nih.gov)