Biohacking revolves around an in-depth understanding of one’s senses to gain heightened awareness and to manipulate them to tweak biological processes. The ultimate goal is to make the biohackers senses more efficient.
Understandably, biohacking is met with skepticism, with some going as far as to call it quackery.
Note: Biohacking isn’t yet acknowledged by the medical community.
That said, biohacking is currently in its early stages and all developments serve as a contribution to a larger conversation.
There has been exciting development on biohacking and the notion that we could become superhuman is fascinating.
Biohacking in Lay Man Terms
Dave Asprey, a leading figure in the biohacking movement and Silicon Valley entrepreneur hits the nail when he explains it as:
“The art and science of becoming superhuman.”
“To use systems thinking, science, biology, and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your body, your mind, and your life.”
Basics of Biohacking: Understanding Yourself
The foundation of biohacking is laid upon mining your own personal data.
According to Gary Wolf, co-founder of the Quantified Self Movement, the nuanced way of life we live today allows for experiments, comparisons and tests. He believes, “if we want to act more effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves better.”
The Use of Technology
Coffee with Butter: Cullen Richardson, a Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur and biohacker implements a series of hacks that include mixing organic, grass-fed butter in his coffee (see below). Richardson says he has completely overhauled his life. This combo allegedly results in hours of hunger-free energy and focus.
Fat first, and second: Dave Asprey, a leading biohacker, consumes 30 to 50 percent of his required daily caloric intake from fat sources. After discarding processed foods like sugar, gluten, grains and alcohol, he suggests eating grass-fed meat and healthy fats alongside organic fruits and vegetables for more potent nutrients.
Intermittent Fasting:Intermittent fasting differs from person to person but essentially involves going for long periods without food. Richardson follows a strict regime in which he eats his meals between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day.
Vibrations: Biohackers including Asprey claim that workout routines can be made more productive by shaking up the body using Whole Body Vibration training (WBV). Many pro athletes and Olympians use WBV training as part of their workout routine to help speed up weight loss, improve strength and stability, and increase the hormonal response to exercise.
Shut it down: For ideal sleeping habits, Richardson avoids caffeine after 2 p.m. and reads in the evening in place of sitting in front of the television or surfing the web. Asprey takes the uses a sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle to monitor the quality of his sleep and detect disruptions.
“We’re now capturing more data on what it means to be a human being than at any time in history,” says Dave Asprey, “and what we’re learning isn’t just telling us what we are. It’s telling us what we can be.”
He’s claims to have noticed improvements in “mood, sleep habits, stress levels and overall well-being.” What’s more, Asprey credits it biohacking with his personal growth: “My relationships are stronger, my emotions are in check, and my body is shredded.”