So, WTF is biohacking exactly?
Dave Asprey, most commonly known for the world’s introduction to Bulletproof Coffee, has built an empire around this concept that suggests high-quality fats, tons of veggies, and grass-fed meat is the way to optimize energy and focus.
In the book, Asprey explains that “Biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology.”
So, how do you incorporate this into your daily life? Simple, listen and pay attention to your body. Modify the foods you eat, the things you do, the people you surround yourself with to create the ultimate feel good experience on a regular basis. The entire premise that you have to live your entire life being too skinny, too fat, too stressed, too dumb, too whatever, is nonsense. “Using your body as your personal laboratory, finding the exact hacks that work for you” is what Asprey says is “the art and science of becoming superhuman.” Say what? Sign me up!
Well + Good Talks: Biohacking for Women
Biohacking is more than just coffee though. Well + Good hosted there very first live series called Well + Good Talks: Biohacking, The Next Wave in Women’s Health on October 4, 2017 in NYC at the Deepak Homebase, which is a stunning venue, by the way, and I had the pleasure of attending. Let me tell you, it was AWESOME!
Five phenomenal women came together in a space of nearly 300 attendees to engage in a conversation that was truly revolutionary. From left to right in the photo below, the speakers are as follows: Melisse Gelula, co-founder and chief content officer of Well + Good; Alisa Vitti, founder of FloLiving.com and creator of the MyFlo app; Jasmina Aganovic, president of Mother Dirt; Lauren Berlingeri, co-founder and co-CEO of HigherDOSE; and Robin Berzin, MD, founder and CEO of Parsley Health.
It took no longer than two minutes to discover that these beauties are bad ass! Alisa is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to women’s cycles and how they impact our daily lives. She is also the author of the book Woman Code, which I literally purchased on the train home and cannot wait to read. Her energy and knowledge is contagious, and I want to know more about how awesome I am for bleeding and not dying every month. Jasmina graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, so basically knows everything and is ten times smarter than I’ll ever be. Robin is a doctor that’s not interested in prescribing pills for every tiny ailment, and Lauren gets high on infrared saunas. I love them all and want to be their best friend…don’t you?
5 Things You Need to Know About Biohacking
1. Men run on a 24 hour cycle. Women run on a 24 hour cycle + a ~28 day cycle.
Yeah, we’re basically better! Also, the same things that work for guys (think sleeping, waking, eating, pooping, repeat) doesn’t work for girls. Being conscious of the fact that our bodies are prepping and using the micro-nutrients we consume on a daily basis in different ways based on when we have our periods is eye opening. When we are about to menstruate, our body needs better foods, less intense workouts, etc to function at the same level as the days immediately following. You can, and should be, cycle syncing your fitness routine. The MyFlo app tells you all this and more.
2. You aren’t as dirty as you may think.
Jasmina talked about how in the past approximately 75 years society’s perception of cleanliness has changed dramatically. We are obsessed with it! While we definitely don’t want to offend anyone with awful BO, there is a better solution. Whether we like to think about it in this way or not, our body is covered with tiny little bodies that react to everything we put on it. Harsh chemicals and anti-bacterial soaps irritate the tiny bodies and there only choice is to react and attack the stuff coming at them. This is why your skin may appear inflamed after scrubbing too much. It makes it hard for the microorganisms to survive and do what they are supposed to causing our skin biome to be depleted.
3. Your furry friends are making you healthier.
You’ve heard the phrase a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s, but is there really any truth to that? According to Robin, “living with an animal can result in your microbiomes mirroring each other a little bit, [and actually result in] a much healthier microbiome” overall. The bacteria shared between humans and animals is beneficial for everyone, resulting in a healthier and happier future.
4. Biohacking your sleep pattern is a real thing.
With the introduction and incredibly fast-paced advancement of technology in the past 5 years, biohacking your light exposure is becoming a necessity. Robin and Alisa both agreed on how exposure to junk lighting (think LEDs, computer and phone screens, artifical lighting, etc.) is causing our bodies to be confused about what is day time and what is night time. We used to live and breathe by the sun rise and set, but now, we are exposed to lighting nearly every second of the day. This could be decreasing the quality of sleep by increasing insulin and cortisol levels, and more disturbingly, launching children into puberty at much faster rates than in the past.
5. There’s a natural cure for PMS.
Cramps, bloating, fatigue. These reactions, according to Alisa, happen when your body creates a perfect storm of micro-nutrient deficiencies as a result of highly responsive endocrine disruptors, stress, and a multitude of other factors that cause your body to shut down in an effort to survive during this particular phase of your cycle. Listening to your body, biohacking and modifying the foods you eat, the exercise you do, and the stress you have, can reverse and improve every single one of these symptoms.
Have to know more? Check out the live stream via Facebook to watch the full hour discussion.