Is biohacking the best way to maintain health and wellness in the modern world?

Biohacking is also known as ‘DIY biology’ or ‘DIY bio’. The reader is held responsible for how they interpret or act on the information given.


‘What is biohacking? Biohacking can be described as citizen or do-it-yourself biology. For many “biohackers,” this consists of making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to make small improvements in your health and well-being.’ - https://www.healthline.com/health/biohacking


‘The term hacker is used in the original sense of finding new and clever ways to do things’ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do-it-yourself_biology

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I’ve made it my mission to reach the age of 40 (in 2023) with all the tools, healthy habits and belief systems I need to take me through the rest of my life with optimal health and wellness. Holistically, this means emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Some of the beliefs I have now are based purely on discovering what was already within me. Others are from external teachings from inspiring people, yoga philosophy, various study materials including books and podcasts, and my work experience in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. Then there are those from discovering a new wellness craze called ‘biohacking’. Biohacking can be anything from improving your mental health with a morning routine, to changing your entire diet and curing a chronic disease. There are no rules, no limits, and no one-size-fits-all hacks. The beauty is that you get to choose, try out and test them, and you are in the driver’s seat for the entire journey.


Biohacking for me is a free, accessible self-help tool. It puts me in better control of my health and wellbeing on all levels. It benefits my clients in my work too, as I continue to learn and keep up to date with new findings. If I learn something from a medical professional who has dedicated their life to studying a particular topic such as women’s hormonal health, without a doubt I am going to be interested in trying out and recommending their methods. I will make the effort to do this because I’d say around 70-80% of the time, I will take a life changing/improving piece of gold from it. It then benefits me and others, both personally and professionally.


Over the past 10+ years of mostly accidental biohacking, I have relieved myself of chronic skin conditions, an autoimmune disease, PMS, binge eating disorder, chronic stress, sugar addiction, exercise addiction, the belief that we need alcohol to relax and let go, being a ‘yes’ person, repressed emotions and fear of judgement… phew! I carried a lot. I mention the last one because so many people don’t want to make lifestyle changes due to the fear of what others will say or think. I’ve experienced a lot of this, especially when I went vegan way before it was trending. I was sometimes ridiculed for having certain belief systems that have since become mainstream, and I could feel like I was weird or being awkward in certain social situations. In the earlier days, my evolving lifestyle and dietary changes also affected my relationship. But I stayed true to myself, and worked through what I needed to, And I can say with all honestly, it has well and truly paid off.


Biohacking is not for everyone. There are people that just don’t want to hear about it or know about it, and they are happy carrying on just as they are, and of course I fully respect this. But if you are anything like me and you get excited at the thought of being in the driver’s seat of your best vehicle – your body! – and your priority is your overall health and wellbeing, I’m sure this will resonate with you.


In this modern day, we are exposed to so many chemicals that have the potential to disrupt our endocrine system and send our hormones off track. This can affect balance in the body, and quite often the two are not linked in mainstream medicine, leaving people at a loss as to what is causing their symptoms. Thankfully, functional medicine and lifestyle medicine are becoming more mainstream now, and I’m sure eventually they will cross over with complementary and alternative medicine, and be the preferred choice over traditional methods of medicine, where the focus is on treating the symptoms and not the root cause. With most pharmaceutical drugs comes side effects, but what if you could hack your way into disease prevention so that you didn’t need the drugs in the first place?


Swap out chemical laden products for more natural products to reduce your toxic load

It may be that there are physical issues you’ve come to learn to live with, with the belief that there is no solution. This is where biohacking comes in. Once you realise the effect diet and lifestyle have on the intricate workings of your body, you can’t help but want to make positive change. The issue most people have is maintaining lifestyle changes as a long-term solution. For some reason, a large group of the population don’t like change. This could possibly be due to the effort and consistency that is needed to form new habits. Also, to change your lifestyle or diet is accepting that old belief systems have not been serving you. When we come into a new way of thinking, with new knowledge, it can be so empowering!


Science now confirms that we can change the structure of our DNA, which could prevent certain genes being expressed. In the past we’ve been told that various health conditions are hereditary, and we simply must accept them. Accepting them is setting a thought pattern in motion that will manifest in the body from the energy of those thoughts. Can we choose another pathway and ‘hack’ our so-called hereditary blueprint? I certainly think so. The mind is extremely powerful when it comes to the physical body. Both are intrinsically connected and each speaks to the other. There are many ways you can prove this to yourself. Set intentions, write them down, meditate on them over and over and believe in them wholeheartedly. Stay consistent and you’ll soon start to realise the healing powers of your thoughts. Now there’s a biohack worth trying.


It’s important to remember we are all unique, and what works for me may not work for you. Biohacking gives you the option of trying something out that could potentially have powerful healing effects on the body. Listen to your body and work out what it needs, what it’s missing, and which areas are in need of more attention.


Some of my favourite biohacks:

Singing, humming and chanting to stimulate my vagus nerve

A varied wholefoods plant-based diet for 90% of the time – food is medicine!

A couple of 24-hour fasts each month and intermittent fasting in between – major healing happens here and energy levels increase

Diet variation for my monthly cycle (goodbye PMS!) – check out Dr. Mindy Pelz

Sunlight exposure first thing in the morning – this has remarkable benefits for our circadian rhythm

Regular complete rest in mind and body - stop, literally... stop!

Dry body brushing and cold showers to stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system

Pranayama breath work practices to bring in multiple holistic benefits – my number one destress tool and its accessible anytime, anywhere



I also hack the mainstream ‘system’ by avoiding unnecessary pharmaceutical products, avoiding plastics where I can, refusing to buy into big corporations that load their products with harmful chemicals, and generally just being aware of the control I have over my own health. There are so many ethical and natural household and cosmetic products available. Have a look around your home and see if you can replace chemical laden products with natural alternatives. I can help you with this - just ask.


There really are no limits with biohacking. Find what works for you and keep going with it. Life can be lived with so much vitality and you have the power to make positive change. Right here, right now.


Why not share your experiences and thoughts around biohacking in the comments section below. Also feel free to ask me any questions 😊


References and useful further reading:

https://drchatterjee.com/blog/category/podcast/

https://www.healthline.com/health/pranayama-benefits

https://www.verywellhealth.com/morning-sunlight-exposure-3973908

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/try-see-it-my-way/202003/sing-in-the-shower-make-friends-your-vagus-nerve

https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-brushing#benefits

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-shower-benefits#takeaway



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