What Is Biohacking?

By Antonia Čirjak on March 18 2020 in Society

Biohacking is a relatively modern way of rethinking human biology.
Biohacking is a relatively modern way of rethinking human biology.
  • Transhumanism envisions a better, improved, and a more capable human. Technically, a cyborg.
  • Drinking coffee, moderately and intentionally, is one of the simplest biohacks you can try on yourself.
  • Grinder branch of biohacking has nothing to do with the Grinder app.

Biohacking is a relatively modern way of rethinking human biology. Also, being called DIY biology, this term covers a wide range of activities and alterations people do to their bodies.

Some are simple, some more complex, and a bit more dangerous, but biohacking is a fruitful base of transhumanism - a field that has augmentation of humankind in the core of their philosophy. 

Biohacking Branches

There are three main branches of biohacking. The first one is called nutrigenomics, and it focuses on the interaction between our genes and the diet we prefer. From this perspective, it is possible to figure out the total genetic expression of our body, just by testing how the food we eat affects our overall health condition. 

The other branch of biohacking is called Grinder. This is technically a whole different world because grinders believe that everything about us, on us, and inside us can be hacked. The word cyborg in the grinder community means something. Cyborg is an ideal type of human and is not just fictional and unreachable speculation. Implants, gadgets, chemical injections are all on the list of methods that grinders use to augment themselves. Finally, we have DIY biology as a branch of biohacking, but in a more strict sense of the word. 

Simple Biohacks

Biohacking does not have to be a complicated thing, and some hacks are more accessible to implement into your own life than others. For example, one simple bio-hack millions of people turn to every day is coffee. Caffeine keeps us awake, and ready to concentrate on the tasks we have in the schedule that particular day. Caffeine is, technically speaking, a psychoactive drug. It influences our central nervous system, making us more mentally aware. Not only that, but caffeine can help ease acute pain when used with painkiller substances like ibuprofen or paracetamol. 

ne simple bio-hack millions of people turn to every day is coffee.
One simple bio-hack millions of people turn to every day is coffee.

There is one special type of coffee, which pushes the capabilities of a coffee cup even more. The so-called ‘’bulletproof coffee’’ is enriched with a compound that contains medium-chain triglycerides oil. Inform yourself about this particular sort of coffee, but handle it with care, as it is a powerful energy booster, which can also lead to more burning of the calories, which can result in weight loss. Also, be careful with how much ‘’regular’’ coffee cups you drink a day, because you definitely can overdose on this substance. 

We can look at diet limitations as a type of biohacking activity as well. It is best to try this type of life-altering limitations after you consult a professional on nutritionism. In a modern world, with a new kind of diet that is often saturated with added sugars and fats, changing your diet to your preference can be life-changing. Dairy, gluten, and processed sugar are the most common elements people try to limit or get rid of from their diet entirely. 

Intermittent fasting is also a type of diet that is inspired by biohacking. This altered eating schedule, where there are usually long pauses between two meals, is still debatable. Still, there are some signs of how it can be useful in addressing different medical issues, mostly when it comes to lowering insulin levels in our body.

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