Become more energised, focused and productive and ultimately, live life to the fullest!
Better health is something that most people want and each of us deserves the knowledge, tools and empowerment to make it happen.
Reaching our optimal state of health means so much more than just getting sick less often. What is really means, is that we can become more energised, focused and productive, perform at our best, spend more time with family and friends, and ultimately find more happiness and satisfaction in life.
If you’ve ever struggled to access the health, energy, creativity and happiness you know you have within you, then the Biohacking Movement is sure to have the answers you’re looking for.
But wait… what is Biohacking?
It’s a systems-based approach to self-improvement, with the understanding that what we put into our biological system has a huge impact on how we feel, behave and perform.
Biohacking unites technology and nature, to encompass the many ways we can change our physiology, to optimise our mind and body for wellness, performance and productivity.
Although the term sounds high-tech, chances are you're already incorporating some "Biohacks" into your daily routine. Here are 6 ways to Biohack yourself to better health!
1. Meditation, Awareness and Gratitude
Never underestimate the importance of what we feed our minds. The mindset we cultivate is just as important as the diet we choose to nourish our bodies.
Meditation, awareness and gratitude are the ultimate Biohacks for a well-nourished mind - and the benefits don’t just end at improved mental health.
From reducing pain and inflammation to increasing sleep quality and boosting productivity, meditation and daily gratitude can have a powerfully positive impact on our physical and mental health.
2. Cold Showers
It can be a hard pill to swallow but getting outside of our comfort zone is a great way to improve ourselves.
A deliciously hot shower on a cold morning or after a long day at work is a luxury many people wouldn’t ever consider going without. That is, until they learn how it can change their lives.
Discomfort is an inevitable part of life, and through embracing it, we grow. Getting comfortable with discomfort help us to take on life’s challenges more readily, meaning we’ll experience faster personal growth and reach our goals sooner.
Along with getting comfortable with discomfort, conquering a cold shower means you’ve already had a little win before leaving the house, setting you up to start the day with a great, winning mindset.
When that cold water hits your tired body, you’re forced to stand up tall and draw a deep breath. This sudden change to breathing and posture changes your internal chemistry, making you more alert, focused and ready for any challenge. Cold showers are a less extreme form of Cold Therapy and a simple Biohack that you’ll eventually learn to love.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, you have a higher risk of developing many health problems, including chronic disease, depression, hormone imbalances and a weakened immune system.
So, it’s no surprise that a top priority in the Biohacking community is to get the highest quality of sleep - every night.
Getting more sleep sounds like something simple - but many of us will know that this isn’t always the case.
Fortunately, there are some really effective Biohacks for becoming the master of your sleep. The most important step is to hack your circadian rhythm by sticking to a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends.
Start by getting out of bed at the same time every morning, even if you didn’t get enough sleep during the night. It won’t be long before your body gets used to the rhythm you’re setting and falling asleep becomes easy.
Help this process along by keeping electronics away from your bed, avoiding exposure to screens in the hours before you sleep, and experimenting with other Biohacks like essential oils and binaural beats.
4. Nutrition and Eating Habits
Making changes to what, how and when we eat can have a profound impact on our health, wellbeing and performance, and there are so many Biohacks to experiment with when it comes to nutrition.
Adopting a plant-based lifestyle, eliminating sugar and processed foods, and eating organic is just the tip of the iceberg. We can also hack our health by controlling when we eat (with intermittent fasting), our portion sizes, and by including medicinal foods such as herbs, and adaptogenic mushrooms.
Once you’ve decided to hack your health through nutrition, it’s important to first get tested for any food sensitivities.
Although you may not have a noticeable reaction, having a sensitivity to a food you eat regularly will mean your body is always performing sub-optimally, making it impossible for you to reach your highest level of health and performance.
5. Earthing - walking barefoot
Ever wondered why a barefoot walk along the beach just feels so damn good? Earthing is one of the most enjoyable Biohacks for reconnecting with the Earth’s powerful healing energy - and all you have to do is take your shoes off and walk in nature.
Having direct contact with the Earth, our feet act as electrical currents and the electrical charges produced by the Earth flow through our bodies.
This practice boosts our energy, improves sleep, relieves stress and can even reduce inflammation.
Earthing is part of a more general Biohack known as ‘Rewilding,’ which encourages us to move away from our self-imposed domestication by spending more time outside, avoiding processed foods and getting lots of sunlight.
6. Sensory input changes
We may be used to it these days, but there’s no denying we’re overstimulated. A constant stream of information, notifications, lights and beeps - keeping us distracted from our thoughts and feelings… and keeping us disconnected from our selves.
Sensory deprivation tanks (aka float tanks) are becoming super a popular treatment at wellness centres worldwide.
Inside a float tank, you’re suspended in salty, skin-temperature water. Each tank has around 350kg of Epsom salt, which not only keeps you buoyant, but the magnesium lowers your cortisol levels while having an incredibly relaxing effect on your muscles.
This zero-gravity experience, free of external stimulation, creates an ideal environment for deep relaxation and meditation.
Using float tanks is one of the most effective Biohacks for combatting stress and all its negative side effects - including insomnia, depression, anxiety and burnout. Floating is also great for exploring your own mind and provides a shortcut to deep meditation and accelerated personal growth.
Have you ever felt like you were in ‘The Zone?’
You know… that incredibly rare state of relaxed, high performance - where you’re not even thinking about what you’re doing?
The Biohacking community call this the “Flow State,” and recognises it as the most powerful state of being for all of us.
When we’re in this state, time disappears, and so does our ego. We forget ourselves and our problems, muscle memory takes over and we perform at our peak - physically and mentally.
These 6 Biohacks can help us enter and remain in the Flow State, as well as eliminating stress from our day-to-day lives and feeling more healthy and energised than ever before - so it’s time to start experimenting!