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How to Biohack Longevity and Optimize Your Life – Part One, “The Body”
Welcome to part one of our three-part series on biohacking. Over the next three weeks, we will guide you through the cheat codes for optimizing and extending your life. This series uses everything from the wisdom of sages to breakthroughs in science and technology to improve your body, brain, and soul.
So precisely what does biohack mean? Bio is short for biology, and hack in this sense means to manipulate. Think of it as do-it-yourself biology for self-improvement. These are small changes with possibly exponential impact.
Each of us has slightly different body chemistry from the next guy, and all hacks don't work the same for everybody. Use this article only as a reference and conduct your own research. Let others be the human guinea pigs and learn from their experiences.
This article is not medical advice. Some of the suggestions below may have adverse health consequences if not conducted under proper medical supervision. Proceed with caution and investigate all the risks before attempting any biohack.
Are you ready to look and feel ten years younger? Great! Let's get started.
Do you want to live a long and healthy life without the devastating effects of the chronic diseases plaguing our society? Maybe you just want to look good in your birthday suit the next time a romantic opportunity arises. Whatever your motivation, use these hacks to upgrade your body.
Find a Routine
We'll start with the basics here. This hack is effective for attaining anything in life and doesn't require medical supervision. For your body, develop an exercise routine.
The most successful people stick to rigid routines by finding the things that work best for them and doing them consistently. When it comes to fitness for longevity, variety is not the spice of life. The actual exercise regimen doesn't matter as much as owning a routine.
Do the same exercises, at the same time, on the same days. Notice that we didn't say do the same workout every day. If you want to do legs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, stick to it and don't decide to switch it up this week or next. Be consistent!
Start the Day Hungry
If the goal is to burn fat, why would you add more fuel before starting the fire? For many of us, the first thing we do every morning is eating breakfast. We break our fast.
After a good night's sleep, you're probably 12 to 16 hours into a fast. Fat burning begins for most people between the 12 to 14-hour mark. So, the first few hours after waking are ideal for a light workout on an empty stomach. The longer you wait to eat, the more fat you burn.
Kick your fat incinerating engine into overdrive with 30 minutes of light aerobic exercise. Use fat stores as energy by going for a walk, stretching, or playing with the dog.
To stoke the flames even more, add some caffeine to the mix with black coffee or unsweetened tea. These drinks have almost zero caloric value, and caffeine enhances fatty acid utilization.
Control Your Blood Sugar
Avoiding fluctuations in blood glucose levels throughout the day is a recipe for longevity. The rise and fall of blood sugar are responsible for your afternoon crash and becoming hangry. When blood sugar levels spike and drop, the pancreas gets confused in its production of insulin. Long-term insulin insensitivity results in type-2 diabetes.
A simple way to lower and stabilize your blood glucose response is by consuming a digestif with a meal. We often think of digestifs as alcoholic drinks served after or aperitifs before a meal. Some common digestifs are brandy, cognac, limoncello, grappa, and port wines. The world's most popular brand of digestif is Jagermeister, although few use it as such.
While those drinks do have an effect, the best medicine is the herbal base of those boozy concoctions. Try nibbling on a piece of ginger or mint for better results. Adding lemon, black pepper, or cinnamon to your meal also helps control glucose levels. And if you really want to do a shot after dinner, apple cider vinegar does the trick.
Add Some Glow
What's the first thing you notice about a healthy-looking person? Their glowing skin! If you desire the youthful glow of a model in a Clinique commercial, try this hack instead of shelling out $50 for an ounce of cream.
The craze in the skincare industry nowadays is collagen, and it's for a good reason. Collagen is a protein providing strength and structure to your bones, skin, tendons, and ligaments. To keep your skin looking young and supple, supplement with collagen.
You could take a daily supplement, but the best way to add collagen to your diet is by drinking bone broth. Shoot to add 20-40 grams of collagen per day, depending on your age. The older you are, the less collagen your body produces naturally.
Is there anything more vital to your health than a robust immune system? For this hack, we need a return to our youth. As a matter of fact, we're going full-on Benjamin Button for this one and revisiting infancy.
The first milk produced by female mammals immediately after the birth of a newborn is known as colostrum. Colostrum is one of the most nutritious substances on earth containing high levels of antibodies to fight infection. This nectar of the gods is rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, growth hormones, and digestive enzymes.
Now that you're an adult, there's no need to call your mom for this one. Colostrum supplements are available in a variety of forms, including cow and goat's milk. We suggest giving the goat's milk version a try since humans already ingest massive amounts of cow's milk.
Heal Like a Superhero
Okay, we saved the most painful and controversial hack for last. This one absolutely must happen under medical supervision and requires a lot more research than we offer here.
The science of stem cells is relatively new, and the jury's still out on many types of procedures and their efficacy. The specific type of stem cells we want to discuss are exosomes.
Exosomes are extracellular vesicles secreted from cells that perform essential functions influencing immune response, cell proliferation, and neuron signaling. Researchers use these nano-sized vesicles to develop vaccines and treat certain cancers.
Given the currently available research, many people started injecting exosomes into their joints to aid in recovery. Obviously, this is very painful, and only the most aggressive biohacker should even consider treatment. And it's not cheap! Exosome therapy runs about $5k to $10k.
What will you try?
This article offers a wide range of biohacks from simple to complex and free to bank-breaking. We suggest starting small by building a routine and skipping breakfast. Adding supplements to your daily regimen is almost always a good idea, but nobody wants to take handfuls of pills every day.
In addition to discovering what works and building routines around it, consider where to direct your focus with supplements. What's important to you? Is it your mind, your heart, your penis, or maybe a combination?