There truly is a sense of power in being able to do things that you never thought were possible. Who doesn’t want to evolve and grow? Who doesn’t want to become the superhuman version of themselves? When a lot of people start to change the way that they eat, they only focus on improving the way that they look. But there is so much more to gain when you switch to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
While looks do not mean that much in the greater scheme of life, Biohacking allows you to develop the mindset of eating and changing your lifestyle in order to get your body to perform at its optimum state.
Self-optimization is becoming the superhuman version of yourself, and biohacking tips are part of the answer. Biohacking is simply using science, technology, intuition, and self-experimentation to become the best version of yourself. The aim is to improve all areas of wellness, including mental sharpness, physical performance, body composition, sleep, longevity, and relationships. We have always lived a reasonably healthy lifestyle, but biohacking takes it to an entirely new level, and we are obsessed with the idea.
This approach requires a lot of self-experimentation. As each person’s body is different, you need to become aware of which biohacking tips you react well to. Through doing that, you will be able to find the right formula to help you become the ultimate you. Biohackers often track their progress and responses through DNA and blood tests, ketone monitors, fitness trackers, blood glucose monitors, etc. But if you are an average person, and cannot afford all these cool gadgets and services (yet), you can still be a biohacker. You just have to focus on the affordable biohacking tips, and listen to how your body responds to the different diet and lifestyle changes.
The first step is to devise a plan for self-optimization and becoming superhuman. Here are our top five biohacking tips that you can consider incorporating currently:
Eat Nutrient-Dense Meals
If you want your body to perform optimally, you will want to ensure that it gets all the nutrients that it needs. Some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find include liver, eggs, salmon, seaweed, shellfish, seeds, nuts, and dark chocolate.
We eat an animal-based diet (Jonathan is currently carnivore) and try to eat nose-to-tail, as animal foods are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find.
Follow a Primal/Paleo Type of Diet
If you want to become superhuman, you need to cut out processed food from your diet. Stick to natural foods, and experiment with different kinds of diets until you find one that works for you. You can look at the paleo diet, primal diet, Mediterranean diet, or even the ketogenic diet.
A lot of biohackers seem to enjoy experimenting with the ketogenic diet and now the carnivore diet. Following a low-carb, high-fat diet has a variety of benefits for the body. Not only does it promote autophagy, the body’s own cell recycling process, but the high fat content is excellent for promoting brain health and preventing cognitive decline. Having fat as your main source of energy means that you are training the body to burn fat, making it a great approach to fat loss.
Restrict your eating time to a certain window in the day. You could do a 14-hour fast where you fast for 14 hours a day, or even fast for 16 to 24 hours. Many people even do three-, five-, or seven-day fasts every few weeks or months. Just like a ketogenic diet, fasting also stimulates autophagy. It gives your digestive system a break, can improve mental clarity, and has been linked to longevity.
Get Cold to Become Superhuman
Exposing yourself to low temperatures through cryotherapy, cold water immersion, or even just a five-minute cold shower can improve mental function, increase energy, and reduce inflammation in your muscles. It can help get rid of brain fog and is good for your skin.
Improve The Quality Of Your Sleep
One of the best biohacking tips is to get enough sleep. Sleep is probably the most important aspect of healthy living. A lack of sleep can negatively impact your work performance, increase cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and even raise hunger levels significantly. Even if you do get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night, the quality of your sleep is just as important. If you like biohacking, you might already have blue blockers and have found other tips that help improve sleep, but did you know that your diet can affect the quality of your sleep?
When your blood sugar levels drop, it spikes your cortisol levels, which can wake you up during the night. To balance your blood sugar levels, try to avoid sugar as much as possible, as it causes blood sugar spikes, followed by crashes.
Make Tryptophan a Priority for a Superhuman Mind
Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps your brain produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps calm you down. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to mental health problems, sleep disruption, and sleep disorders. Vitamin D, exercise, and carbohydrates help tryptophan reach your brain, where it is converted into serotonin, so get some sunlight (one of the easiest biohacking tips to become superhuman), move a bit, and eat carbs at dinner if you want to.
If you are trying to restrict your carbohydrates, but are struggling to get proper sleep, you could eat low-carb during the day and leave your carbs for at night. You can find tryptophan in foods, such as chicken, eggs, beef, almonds, fish, and yoghurt.
After just a few weeks or months, you will already feel the benefits of adding some of these biohacking and diet tips to become superhuman to your routine. Shifting your mindset to becoming superhuman can make your health and fitness journey far more rewarding. Do not waste time obsessing over the way you look. Rather focus on biohacking and becoming superhuman.
This article was originally published in March 2019 and was updated April 2020.