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Biohacking is the use of exercise, foods, supplements and technology to improve one’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
It is also the modification of one’s body to cope with extreme conditions.
Biohackers are usually very health-focused and are willing to try anything that will positively impact their lives.
Dave Asprey popularised the term “Biohacking” when he launched Bulletproof Exec. Dave says biohacking is to describe a high-tech form of self-experimentation, used to from personal health and well-being. He uses it to mean “the art and science of changing one’s environment, habits, and life to improve the quality of one’s life.
Why Biohack Yourself?
Many people follow biohacking techniques to get to physical or mental skill or ability level as efficiently as possible.
Arguably some people claim “fasting” is a biohack, even though it doesn’t use any technology and has been practised worldwide for thousands of years.
Below are some popular biohacking techniques
Ice Baths and Cold Exposure
Cold exposure is a form of biohacking that is scientifically proven to improve mood, immune system function, and sleep quality. It’s also used to reduce inflammation, help fight fever or flu symptoms, alleviate muscle pain or cramps, and even promote weight loss.
Most people use ice baths or cryo to get deliberate exposure to the cold. But you can also go out into nature in a cold location. For example, during the Wim Hof Method training in Poland, you hike up a frozen mountain in only shorts and shoes.
Safety is of the utmost importance. Don’t go into any cold environment alone. It is easy to injure yourself. Get professional training before you do any cold exposure.
Sauna and Sweating
Sweating via Sauna use offer a nearly instant way to detoxify the body. The heat of the sauna causes your pores to open up, releasing toxins from your skin.
You can experience a noticeable difference in health after just one session!
Sauna use can reduce the risk of disease. For example, the German Cancer Research Center tested the sauna’s effect on eliminating toxins in human fat tissue and found that the number of cancer-causing substances was cut in half after 10 minutes in the sauna.
Infrared sauna are popular with biohackers; however, the traditional finish saunas have more scientific studies proving their health benefits. Both are great.
At our studio in Bangkok, we will be installing a Sauna in the coming months. So you can enjoy the benefits of contrast therapy.
Sauna is also a great way to relax after a hard day Wim hoffing. But only after warming up naturally with the horse stance!
Fasting is a form of avoiding food for an extended period of time, usually one or two days, sometimes more. Fasting can be done intermittently or more continuously.
Fasting has been shown to have many benefits, including weight loss, increased energy, decreased inflammation and improved mood.
Fasting is also popular before breathwork, and some even use it prior to cold exposure or sauna
We will cover fasting in greater depth in a later blog post.