I have always thought if I could live to be about 80 that would be a good life. If I could live to be a healthy 80 years old, having a great quality of life, even better.
But what if you could live to be 120 years old, healthy with a good quality of life? Would you consider a life like that? Imagine all that you could do with a healthy life, living that long. Imagine the places you can travel to, the experiences you can have with family and friends, the good you can do in the world. Well, the thought that maybe we can extend our life, and have it be high-quality and healthy is the latest trend that people are talking all about.
It is called biohacking.
According to Dave Asprey, “biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology”. It allows us to optimize the body’s potential and become the “absolute best version of ourselves”. Basic biohacking can be simple. No fancy gadgets, no expensive gear, and no crazy workouts.
So we can “hack” the biological code of our own body to make some big changes. Take a look at some of these simple things you can do to biohack your own life so that you can be a little bit healthier, improve the quality of your life now, so that potentially you can live longer.
1 Hack your diet
Ok, people have been talking about diets since the dawn of time. But every day we are learning more and more about what kind of diet changes we need to make. I am a HUGE fan of Whole 30. (Read about my experience going Whole 30 HERE) Eating ACTUAL food, instead of the processed stuff is a good place to start.
Another thing you want to see is maybe avoiding some of the nightshade vegetables. All plants have a defense system to help them battle their enemies. Poison Ivy is laced with poison to protect itself from it’s enemies. Some people believe that the solanine contained in nightshade vegetables may cause inflammation. Inflammation in your body is not good.
Some nightshades are: white potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant.
If you wish to eliminate nightshades from the diet, replace them with other non-nightshade vegetables, such as: sweet potatoes, yams, cauliflower, and mushrooms. See how you feel after eating these instead.
2. Hack your sleep
Did you know that before the cell phone there was another invention that disrupted the way we lived? It was the invention of the light bulb. Before the light bulb, the average person slept 10-11 hours a day! Today, we are hoping to get a good 8 hours of sleep a day. Many of us are surviving on 4-6 hours a day. WHAT!?!?!
An estimated 50-70 million Americans report having a sleep disorder and insufficient sleep has actually been deemed a public health problem. Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on the hormones that control glucose regulation and appetite, which is why you crave simple carbohydrates after a night of poor sleep. Improving your sleep hygiene can help you not only increase the amount of time you sleep but the quality of your sleep as well.
Want some good ideas on getting a good night sleep? CHECK THIS OUT.
3.Hack your stress levels
Did you know women are more stressed than men? That’s right. And prolonged elevated cortisol will have you feeling “tired and wired” resulting in a cortisol crash leaving you with low energy and low productivity. Stress may be inevitable in daily life, so what are we to do? Plan your self-care like you do anything else that is important for your health. Examples include a daily morning meditation, journaling before bed, weekly massage, and anything else that you do for you that will rejuvenate your body and mind.
4.Hack your physical movement
Only 21.7% of adults meet physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and weight training recommendations. Regular exercise can help keep your weight in check and decrease adipose tissue (ie fat). Too much fat can act as an endocrine organ and increase the risk for inflammatory diseases and insulin resistance. Exercise can help remove excess estrogen, increase testosterone (which increases sex drive, increases muscle mass), and decrease cortisol levels. Make sure to balance high-intensity exercise with low-intensity activities, like restorative yoga and walking.
Final take away…
Biohacking does not have to be complicated or expensive to help make major shifts in how you feel. Just by starting with basic hacks such as changing your diet, lowering stress levels through meditation, we can see huge shifts in how we feel every day. It doesn’t have to be complicated or overly expensive to optimize your physical and mental health through small changes in your habits, and as a result, your hormones. And with these changes, who knows? We might get the opportunity to live until we are 120 years old, healthy and happily!
April 11, 2019