What is Biohacking?
A big fitness/wellness buzzword floating around a lot these days is the word “Biohacking.” But what is Biohacking exactly? According to Dr. Axe, Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to “hack” your body’s biology and feel your best.
So, with that said here are some quick and easy hacks to help get your body to do what you want it to do:
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t so easy. Sugar is addictive (and delicious), but consuming sugar comes with a lot of negative consequences. Think: weight gain, blood sugar problems, increase in risk of heart disease, etc. Sugar can be found in most foods bought from a super market - foods we wouldn’t even necessarily think of as sweet. So cutting out sugar is a big commitment. But here are some of the immediate benefits you will notice from removing sugar from your diet: weight loss, clearer skin, increase in energy throughout the day, and many more. Please note: LAUNCH Health and Wellness doesn’t necessarily condone cutting sugar out of your diet entirely. This post is just meant to inform.
Get more/better sleep
This is not something new. We’ve talked about getting better sleep in various posts both on The Launchpad and on Instagram. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. But just as importantly, aim to get good quality sleep. You might get 8+ hours of sleep per night but if you are waking up every 2 hours, you aren’t going to see a huge benefit. These days companies are cashing in on the fact that people don’t get enough good sleep by creating sleep trackers, and other technical sleep aids. Once you get a better sense of how well you sleep, you can work on improving it. As your sleep improves, here are some immediate benefits you will notice within your body: more energy, better brain function, increased neural firing, better mood, etc. Here are a few tips to improve your sleep quality: get away from your screens (or install an app that reduces the brightness) at least an hour before bed. Don’t eat or workout at least two hours before going to bed. Practicing deep breathing exercises can help you clear your mind and get to sleep faster.
Again, We’ve written about meditation before. But what does meditation do to your body when practiced regularly? Meditation calms the nervous system, reduces stress, improves mental clarity, improves sleep (see importance above) etc. Additionally, meditating on feelings of gratitude, thankfulness and forgiveness increases your happiness level as well as your ability to recover from illness. Performing gratitude exercises like a mediation makes you more productive and you are perceived as more likable by others.
Get out into nature
A big wellness trend for 2019 will be forest bathing, otherwise known as getting out into nature. Not necessarily hiking, but purposefully interacting with nature. It serves as stress relief. The vitamin D from the sun also helps regulate your circadian rhythm to improve sleep quality. Additionally taking your shoes off in nature helps to ground you. By taking your shoes off in nature, you allow the natural electrical current of the earth flow through your body, which can reduce inflammation, and help ease chronic pain.
Get upside down
Doing a handstand, or hanging from a tree limb (even just letting your head hang off the side of your bed) are all ways of inverting yourself. Regularly getting upside down trains your brain capillaries, making them stronger and more capable of bringing oxygen to your brain. The more oxygen in your brain, the better you can perform. As an added bonus, after repeated inverting, the way your body regulates blood pressure can change.
So there you have it. If you have any other great biohacks you’d like to share, let us know in the comments below!