When we use the term biohacking for beginners, we are not referring to hacking into someone’s computer! We are talking about a relatively new way to optimize your body and your mind’s performance.
Biohacking is a systems approach to feeling your absolute best. It is about disease prevention, improved memory, optimal performance in sports or career, having razor-sharp focus and increased energy to name a few.
It’s about eating the most nutritionally dense foods, spending time in nature, having gratitude, going beyond your comfort level, and being in “flow”.
Flow is being totally absorbed with a heightened awareness of the task at hand. It is an activity done well because you want to be your best, not as a means to an end.
You can alter how you view your life and change your general health through biohacking.
There are those that take it to the extreme and use practices such as Nootropics which are cognitive enhancing supplements. We are not suggesting you take it that far. We do, however, have some ideas that will bring you a healthier and joyful existence.
Eat Nutrient Dense Foods
Getting the best bang for your calorie will not only help keep your weight down, it will make your cells sing! Make sure to eat vegetables every day, especially the dark green leafy ones. They burn fat, are anti-aging (feeding your telomeres), they fight diabetes, help produce digestive enzymes, and they help your heart. I could elaborate on the subject of nutrition but, I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence. You know what to do…
Play Your Favorite Music At Every Opportunity
It has been scientifically proven that music can actually reduce pain, improve the quality of your sleep, helps you eat less if played softly during a meal with the lights dimmed, relieves depression and elevates mood, can improve cognitive performance, can help you stay calm before a big presentation, reduces temptation to road rage, and helps relieve stress and anxiety. It can also motivate you to work out harder!
Spend Time Outdoors
On the cutting edge of science is a new term called grounding. It shows that getting out into nature in your bare feet allows you to absorb the earth’s negative electrons. This has amazing energizing and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Studies show that being outside can increase your serotonin levels, improve your attention span and it fosters empathy. You also will benefit from the absorption of vitamin D from the sun.
The benefits of practicing gratitude are almost too numerous to count. It can actually make you healthier. Most importantly, it keeps us grounded realizing all of the good in our lives. If you are in a low point in your life, sometimes all the gratitude you can muster is that you have a mattress to sleep on, that’s alright. Realizing what you are thankful for no matter how small can enhance your gratefulness. Thanking your Creator every day will change who you are and how you think about the world.
Exercise – Even A Little!
Taking a daily walk can help relieve back pain, improve heart disease, diabetes and a host of other issues. No more excuses, just get outside and walk. It will lift your mood. It’ll change your life! Enough said…
Relax and Play
We need to light up the neurons in our brain by trying new, fun things. If we get stuck in a rut of work, eat, tv, bed, life can get dull and even a bit depressing. Think of one new fun thing you can do each weekend. Shoot basketball hoops, roller skate/blade, ride a bike, get an adult coloring book, devour a great novel you’ve been wanting to read, go bowling, play music and dance around the room. Anything that switches up your routine.
Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
We have become accustomed to drinking for almost any occasion. While it can be fun to celebrate with champagne at a wedding, it is quite another thing to find yourself drinking regularly. We have a bigger problem with alcohol use disorder than anyone would like to admit…especially the people who produce it. If you want to live a biohacked life, living with passion and energy, take a look at your alcohol consumption and ask yourself if maybe it would benefit you to cut back.
Well, there you have it! Biohacking for beginners. Please leave a comment or question in the box below.