Ever wish you had superpowers? Sadly, that probably won’t happen, but biohacking can deliver some attainable expanded abilities today.
What Is Biohacking Anyway?
Biohacking is putting evolution into overdrive.
You’re applying what we know about science to make yourself better. You become faster, more focused, and higher-functioning mentally, physically, and/or emotionally.
Biohacking is a broad term. It can include intermittent fasting to enhance focus and productivity. Or go extreme by editing your genes using CRISPR technology.
It can be expensive, like using bionic legs that you control with your mind to walk again after an injury.
Or relatively cheap, like going keto to turn your body into a fat-burning machine.
Biohacking isn’t following the latest snake oil health craze to stay younger, lose weight, etc.
You’re applying proven science to be better at something. Or you’re experimenting to prove something works.
3 Types of Biohacking You’ll Want to Know About
This kind focuses on how the food you eat — or don’t — activates different genes.
At one time, geneticists thought DNA was an unchangeable blueprint. Now, thanks to epigenetic research, we know your environment strongly influences how a gene acts.
Have a “disease-causing” gene? That’s scary!
But that doesn’t mean you’ll get that disease.
Apply Nutrigenomics biohacking to take control of your risk. Apply the same principle to stay looking/feeling younger longer, perform better, and rewrite your “blueprint”.
2. DIY Biology
This type of biohacking involves scientists and influencers running experiments on themselves. They measure the results.
Then they share their findings among biohacking enthusiasts. Those biohackers may then try the technique on themselves.
You can’t have DIY Biology without data and analysis. So you do need measuring equipment and the ability to apply the scientific method to test your biohacking hypothesis.
If you can test how something impacts the human mind and body, that’s biohacking.
For example, meditation can lower blood pressure and improve focus. If you meditate, you may be biohacking already.
So far, biohacking may sound very run-of-the-mill. But we have one more type of biohacker that takes biohacking to the next level.
Grinders believe every part of the human body is hackable. They’re willing to go to extremes to merge themselves with technology to optimize the performance of some functions of the human body.
You may be implanting technology to become magnetic, have flashing lights under your skin, or hear colors. You could take daily injections of modified DNA to enhance muscle growth. Or you could inject a jellyfish gene to glow in the dark.
Results vary. All of this is still very experimental.
This type of biohacker seeks to become a cyborg (part human; part machine). They envision a future where this is commonplace.
Who Should Become a Biohacker
So the question remains, Is It For Me?
If you love data and want to know what’s humanly possible through optimization and alteration, then… Yes.
If you’re disciplined yet adventurous and want to maximize your performance, then absolutely. It’s important to realize that there are risks.
Or maybe you’re curious about what it might mean to be human in 100 or 1000 years.
Biohack today. You’re evolving into the fully-optimizable humans we’ll be in the future.