In our fast-paced modern society, we’re always looking for new ways to get ahead, be faster, more efficient, smarter, more focused… well, there is a hack for that! Well, actually, there is a BIOHACK for that!
New to biohacking? Here’s a definition According to Webster’s Dictionary:
Here is my definition:
Making intentional changes to your internal or external environment to control your biology for specific desired outcomes.
A very simple example of this is using coffee to increase your energy:
Before coffee = tired, foggy, unfocused
After coffee = energized and alert
The only difference between the before and after is that something was added to your internal environment, which resulted in the outcome that you desired.
All high performers have one thing in common – they take full advantage of the resources that they have access to. Your body and mind are the greatest and most powerful resources that you have, so CASH IN! Your body and mind have so much untapped potential and biohacking is one way to tap into it.
Think about a high performance car – you would never put regular unleaded fuel in it, right? You know that the car will not perform at optimum level unless you supply it with quality fuel. Your body is the same way, it needs high quality inputs – not just food – to be healthy and function at a high level. It boils down to adjusting your environment (inputs) to “hack” your biology to get the outcomes (outputs) that you desire.
Start biohacking now!
Biohacking doesn’t have to be complicated. There are some simple ways to start tapping into your biological potential today!
Suggested biohack: eliminate refined sugar and processed foods
Are the thoughts in your mind healthy?
Suggested biohack: change your inner dialog to a healthier one – i.e. practice daily gratitude for
the good things in your life
Is your body getting enough movement?
Suggested biohack: intentionally move for 30 mins every day – i.e. walk, workout, bike, dance
Are you getting enough sleep?
Suggested biohack: get 7-9 hours of sleep per night to give your body time to fully recover
Suggested biohack: make your home or workspace more inviting – i.e. clean it, decorate it, make it smell good with oils or candles, liven it up with some music
Do you spend time with people that inspire you and bring you joy?
Suggested biohack: find a mentor or tribe that shares your passions and makes you feel good
Are you exposed to toxins and pollutants?
Suggested biohack: use air filters and filter your water or drink natural spring water
Are you often in stressful situations?
Suggested biohack: take a little time for yourself each day to relax, meditate and practice self-care
Once you’ve mastered these holistic, lifestyle-based biohacks, you are ready to take your biohacking to the next level! For more biohacking inspiration and other useful health and wellness tips visit @BioCurious_Kayla on Instagram!
Kayla Osterhoff, BSc, MPH, Doctoral Student Mind Body Medicine
Kayla is a Health Scientist by trade, and a Biohacking- Functional Health and Wellness Coach by passion! She helps her clients harness the power of their biology to upgrade and optimize their lives! Her curiosity about the human body lead her to dedicate her life to researching human biology and finding new ways to optimize human performance. Through her research and training, she’s gained expertise and a unique skill set in biohacking, nutrition, mental health, and fitness that she integrates into holistic health and wellness practices. You can learn more at www.biocuriouskayla.com
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