BIO-HACK – HACKING OURSELVES
Article contributed by Mr. Deep Chandra Andola, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Technology and Computer Applications
According to an interview in THE NEW YORK TIMES, Duncan Keith, Canadian Ice hockey player, goes to upstairs in his penthouse (lab – according to Duncan Keith), where he has a bunch of little things which he takes to keep healthy. According to the same interview, he douses himself with infrared lights (that has electromagnetic current) for eight minutes. Keith also added that sometimes he took hydrogen inhaler at night for healthy sleep. Lastly Duncan Keith concluded that he was a BIOHACKER and a part time hockey player.
Bio-hacking is a concept that gained currency in popular culture over the past decade, initially as an apparently earnest approach to applying the tech-hacker ethos to biology.
We all know, how coffee feels like a shot of energy to our brains. Feeling sleepy – have some coffee – wide awake for some hours. This is how we can have hacked our brain with a cup of coffee. This is BIO-HACKING.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BIO-HACKING?
It depend on whom we ask, we will get different definition for it. Some can explain bio-hacking in following definitions.
Bio-hacking can be refers as self – experimentation with our own body to upgrade and make more control in mind.
Bio-hacking is the method of alternation with own body by implanting some cybernetic devices to enhance our powers with those devices.
Bio-hack is commonly used as a term to describe the management of one’s personal biology using an approach that employs a combination of nutritional, medical, and even electronic solutions.
According to Dave Asprey, owner of Bulletproof (supplement company), bio-hacking is an art and science of changing our nearby environment and our self so that we can have full control over our own biology. He focuses on control which means optimizing and upgrading our minds and body.
Bio-hack (source: Internet)
GOALS OF BIO-HACKING
Goals of Bio-hacking are increasing very rapidly. We can bio-hack our self from sick to healthy or healthy to enhance and beyond that. After bio-hack, one will feel healthier and possibly can slow down the normal aging process and every part of the biology can be optimized.
Methods for bio-hack ourselves:
- Time in nature
- Moving our body
- Eating good food
- A sense of purpose
- Connection to people
- Moderate wealth
Sleep – As we all know that sleep deprivation leaves our immune system in tatters. Sleep requires nothing, neither money nor effort, moreover it provides deep meditative state where we can explore our subconscious mind to its best and clearing out the metabolic waste of the body.
Time in nature – Best way to bio-hack is spending time in nature. Spending time with nature will decrease brooding and will increase heeling and many other benefit.
Moving our body – Moving our body as much as possible is another way for bio-hacking our self. Don’t worry about the latest trends, joining hi tech gyms or going for those places required money. Just moving body is enough.
Eating good food – Good food is a mix of taste and culture. People who eat a lot of minimally processed, plant based things tend to live long. Anyone who makes strict rules about an avoidance-based diet is an example of bio-hack.
A sense of purpose – Chasing happiness is not a bio-hack, but the purpose of chasing happiness is an example of bio-hack.
Connection to people – Believe it or not, humans form relationships that fill up our time on earth. If these relationships doesn’t exist than there is no difference between the humans and other things. So, connection to people is important factor for bio-hack.
Moderate wealth – Top predictor of health is only wealth. Moderate wealth is the most important factor for bio-hack. As we all know wealthy people live longer than people who cannot afford to eat well and are constantly under stress.
Best way to bio-hack our body is with upgrading our self with simple methods.
Methods to Bio-hack (source: Internet)