Biohacking without devices?
Are you a true Biohacker if you don’t wear expensive devices or get blood tests regularly? Is there a more grounded version of health hacking that relies on just listening to your body?
But first, what is biohacking?
“Biohacking refers to the application of IT hacks to biological systems – most prominently, the human body – but also the entire biosphere. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of DIY IT projects and ideas.” Source: Techopedia
“Biohacking is a crazy-sounding name for something not crazy at all — the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves. The main thing that separates a biohacker from the rest of the self-improvement world is a systems-thinking approach to our own biology.” Source: The Bulletproof® Blog
I think there’s a lot we can do to improve our wellbeing without the need to invest in tests and devices. I’ve done some blood tests and used a few applications in tracking my process, but it always comes down to listening to my body. How you feel and perform is the main indicator telling if your lifestyle is optimal FOR YOU. Therefore, I’m learning to listen to my body as carefully as I can.
I’ve made huge progress lately with realizing the effects of my actions to my well-being. For example, I feel a big difference in my energy level before and after carb refeeds and I’ve learned to distinguish when it’s time for the next re-feed. Another example is my pretty optimally working circadian cycle. I´m an early bird, and I wake up naturally around five. I feel rested, energetic, and clear-headed. In the evening, as soon as the sun goes down, I start getting tired. I believe this is thanks to properly functioning melatonin production. For a while, I was tracking my sleep with an application, and it stated the effect of carb re-feed to the depth of my sleep. After a re-feed, I sleep much deeper and stay in the deep phase for longer than other nights.
My goal is to find an optimal state of performance and happiness by the means of nutrition, rest, mental and physical exercise. Food is in my focus both in business and personal life. It’s about nourishing my body with the optimal fuel and enjoying the pleasure of eating. How can something so ordinary in everyday life bring so much joy! I’m grateful every time I get to eat foods that I know are good for me.
My biggest struggle has been managing the stress. I’ve been focusing too much on making sure nothing goes wrong in life. Worrying about all the possible scenarios just doesn’t work. Sooner or later something will go wrong anyway. And then what? I’ll find a way through the challenges.
Breathing properly is the key to reduce my stress level. Focusing on long exhales is helping me to relax and feel less stressed. I also need to remind myself constantly that I’m not in a hurry – whatever I decide to do, I have time to do it mindfully.
For me, the core of biohacking is being responsive and courageous in recognising the signs of my body and mind, and then actually making changes based on that. Reasons behind the actions are very important. I’ve tried to dig deeper into my habits and routines to see the underlying causes. Someone could say that I over-exercise, and I’ve tried to understand why I need to move so much. But since it makes me feel so good, can it be wrong?
LESS SITTING, MORE MOVING
No over-exercising – but you still need to be active most of the day! “Sitting is the new smoking” – I’m sure you’ve heard it, too. Tight shoulders, headache, tiredness? Try to stand at least part of your working day.
EAT REAL FOOD
We all agree that healthy nutrition means real food. Minimising processed, artificial ingredients, and toxins take you far. Even better if you leave sugar, dairy, and grains. Sure you can do some tests and see specialists but still, it’s YOU who needs to do the testing to see how certain foods make you feel.
GO TO NATURE
We are surrounded by technical devices and networks that harm our health. There’s no need to invest in expensive devices to see that nature makes you feel better. Especially, combined with moving, fresh air and sunlight.
PREP YOUR MIND
Grateful thoughts in the morning help you start the day with the right mindset. I sit by an energy lamp for 5-10 minutes after waking up and breathe into my heart. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated.
How do you hack your day without devices?