Biohacks for Beginners

Monday, 27. June 2016

Biohacks for Beginners

Last week we took a general look at the "Biohacking" fad. Now let's take a look at a few hacks you can try as a beginner. 

If you are going to start biohacking, it is best to do so in tandem with an app you can download, so you have a place to record your daily data. If you are feeling more ambitious, you can also buy a fitness bracelet. The more data you collect, the better, because the only way to examine the effects of your hack is by comparing your data. Finally, listen to your body and know what works for you. 

Simple Steps

Don't worry, you don't have to buy expensive drugs to start biohacking. You can start small. Let's look at two diet hacks that are currently popular:

Only Eat When You're Hungry
This hack is actually more of a behavioral adaptation. Only eat when you are hungry, and if you are, eat. Don't wait for a certain time like "lunch" or "dinner". It's better to eat when you are actually hungry than to snack and eat a bigger meal later. Refrain from habitual snacking while watching TV. It's simple: eat only when you are hungry. Going without snacking allows your body to adapt to your true needs, which accelerates fat burning, and improves protein synthesis, among other positive effects. 

Butter for Breakfast
You might be thinking: "This is a hack? " We don't mean butter on your bread though, this new trend involves putting butter in your coffee. Use organic butter from grass-fed cows. Alternatively, you can spoon coconut oil in. Doing so allows the body to start producing energy based on fat early in the day. The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are ideal for this purpose. Biohackers swear by this breakfast and it helps them stay full and full of energy so they can stay focused without getting hungry.

Breathe and Relax
Reducing stress not only increases productivity, it is good for the body. Start with meditation or yoga to increase your mental capacity and your resistance to stress.

Sleep Properly
When we talk about quality sleep we talk less about quantity than we do quality. Each person needs a different amount of sleep. Poor sleep quality can have a devastating impact on our mental, emotional and physical health. Therefore many Biohackers try to improve their sleep quality. For this purpose, many people change their sleeping habits. The goal is always deep, undisturbed sleep. Avoid caffeine after 2 o'clock or read a book in the evening instead of sitting in front of computer or television. The blue light of the monitor tricks our bodies into switching to a daytime rhythm of wakefulness. This means that restful sleep is no longer possible.

These are just a few tips to start biohacking. You can start as simple as you like. Eating healthier or avoiding sugar are two very simple steps to increase your health and performance. One way to get started is to leave the comfort zone. Read more about it in our magazine by following the previous link.