What’s Biohacking? Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Health Craze

Biohacking is also known as bioaugmentation or human enhancement. It’s a form of biology that you can do yourself and aims to improve performance, health, wellbeing, and other aspects through strategic interventions.

Biohacking techniques such as meditation and intermittent fasting have been used since ancient times.

Others biohackers take a more technical approach to engineering their bodies, while trying to make their bodies superhuman.

As technology for technical biohacking becomes easier to access, the do-it yourself health possibilities become more extreme.

Why would people hack their bodies? Some people do it because they aren’t feeling well. Others do it because they want to explore alternative medicine and address their health issues. Some people want to engineer to discover new ideas and take full control of their bodies. Others do it to stop the aging process, and live forever.

You may have heard of people implanting chips in their appendages or using devices to shift brainwaves to improve their sleep quality, or adding butter to their morning coffee. This is biohacking in action.

Healthier Living through Biohacking

Jack Dorsey is Twitter’s CEO and one of the most influential and well-known biohackers in the world. He advocates intermittent fasting. This means that he eats only one meal per day and fasts completely every week. Intermittent fasting, a low-tech form of biohacking that regulates blood sugar and helps to maintain healthy weight, is common.

Others biohackers use their genes to find ways to optimize their diets. This is called nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics companies can take your spit and analyze it for genetic markers. Then they will send you a customized diet plan.

Another common biohacking strategy is to use cold to lose fat. Many biohackers believe that cold exposure can help you lose fat more quickly if you are trying to lose weight. They recommend cold showers, ice baths and cryotherapy, which uses nitrogen to cool your body.

Extreme Biohacking

Biohackers do more than just take supplements. They also adjust their eating habits and take cold showers. Human augmentation is a technique that allows them to modify their bodies using technology.

One subset of biohackers, known as grinders, transform themselves into cyborgs through embedding magnets or chips under their skin. An embedded chip could allow a person to access their office door or pay for their daily coffee with a simple swipe of their wrist.

Imagine if you could have a smartphone that you didn’t need to keep in your pocket. The future holds embedded devices that let our brains communicate with computers directly. Google Glass without the glasses

There are also biohackers, who push medical procedures to their limits in pursuit of longevity and health. As part of his well-publicized quest for living to 180, Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, had a doctor take stem cells from his bonemarrow, and inject them into every joint of his body. In a hyperbaric chamber, he regularly puts his cells to sleep. This is done to restore the normal function of his brain and muscles and reduce the effects of aging.

People are even willing to try out young blood transfusions, which is quite extreme. They can also inject themselves with genetics they have edited using CRISPR technology.

Is Biohacking Bad?

Although some biohacking techniques are controversial, they can be very liberating. Biohacking is a great option for those who are interested. Do your research to find the right technology and personal practices that will help your achieve your goals, while minimising risk and avoiding harm. Biohackers are not going to stop pursuing their goals of optimizing their bodies with the help of technology.

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