Food+Thought: Biohacking

Posted by Edith Clogg on 11/18/19

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Have you heard about Biohacking?

Biohacking, also known as DIY biology, typically means testing out various lifestyle choices to advance your health and wellbeing. Often consisting of incremental behavior changes, biohacking can involve everything from shifts in your diet to implanting devices in one’s body.

Biohacking doesn’t have to involve any super-risky behavior changes. Many of us have already engaged in some form of “biohack” in the past. Have you ever gone on a diet or fasted? Do you drink caffeinated beverages? Have you or are you currently taking supplements? These are all forms of biohacking, when the idea is to test out a behavior or other input (like a supplement) and see if it affects your body in a positive way.

While some biohacking practices are not just extreme but downright dangerous  others are more unproven than risky. One of these example is nutrigenomics.

Nutrigenomics refers to the study how our genes and our diets interrelate; however, the extent to which this information and subsequent treatments may benefit the individual are still largely unknown.

The science of behavior change is one that has lots of research behind it; at the end of the day, a person has to want to make a change and see benefits from that change to stick with it. Small, incremental lifestyle and dietary changes tend to be more sustainable than making big shifts all at once.

Call it a biohack, call it a lifestyle change, but either way, putting energy and intention into feeling your best can have great results. No temperature extremes needed.

 

Topics: Nutrition (Food), Health & Human Performance (Holistic), guckenheimer, Nutrition, Recipe, Registered Dietitian, food+thought

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