biohack with balance

Learn About Biohacking With Balance

Biohackers as a group and I write this with the utmost respect to these people of whom I am proudly a member, are often high-intensity people who want to integrate all the hacks into our lives. What I want you to know is that you don't have to, and actually it's best if you don't, integrate all the hacks into your life all at once.

Incorporating New Biohacks

If you start out by adding 5 or 10 or more new elements into your life, it becomes exponentially difficult to understand what element is having what impact. Having said that, there is certainly a lot of positive things which can be said for the synergistic effect i.e. multiple elements taken or used in combination where the whole is greater (sometimes much greater) than the sum of the parts. What you want to do though is combine your hacks or stacks intentionally and run them for enough time so that you get a good sense of their efficacy.

Example of a Balanced Biohacking Stack

For example, you may want to start hacking your body and recovery. What you'll likely find, and I know this is what I've found in my personal experience, is that it takes a combination of several hacks to get the right stack going. I've used two peptides together for improved recovery and performance, you can learn more about peptides here, but my personal stack looks something like this:

  • BPC-157
    • 300 mcg orally in the morning
  • MK-677
    • 20 mg taken orally in the evening

Several things I noticed on this stack were: decreased recovery times, improved gut health/functioning, increased sleep scores (as measured on an Oura ring), overall sense of health/fitness improved and general aches/pains noticeably decreased. Would some of this have happened on a single peptide? Probably, but these two stack very well together and the results speak for themselves. Would I want to start two peptides, while simultaneously changing many other aspects of my life? Probably not.

Advise from Great Biohackers

You'll find similar advice from expert biohackers like Ben Greenfield, "And so, everything is used at a certain time in a certain place with wisdom and precise dosages. So, I think a lot of people see things like this, a video like this, and want to do it all, all the things. You need to educate yourself and learn over time what works for you and then use things for specific circumstances." on his visit to Luke Storey's home, which I cover here.

It's easy to go into information overload in today's post-industrial information age, and the world of biohacking is no different. Not only is there an enormous and growing body of information out there, a great place to start learning is here from our market research, but you'll find most of the top biohackers are getting into a lot of new stuff that requires a lot more money than most people have. You'll also find some conflicting information out there, so again it's about finding what works for you and your life.

Don't think you have to do it all or try everything to get a great deal of benefit from incorporating a few new biohacks into your life.

Where Should I Start?

Pick one or two areas of your life where you'd like to start seeing improvements. If you're like most people, your sleep could use improvement. In fact, 1 in 3 adults don't get enough sleep according to research from the CDC. Further research from the National Sleep Foundation finds, "Overall health was highly associated with sleep quality. Sixty-seven percent of those with less than good sleep quality also report “poor” or “only fair” health, with 27 percent reporting otherwise “good” health. Low life satisfaction and high stress were also related to sleep quality."

You can see that starting to improve your sleep is a great place for most people, and here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Go to bed and wake up around the same time each evening and morning
  • Keep your bedroom around 65 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Try supplements like:
    • Magnesium (Magtein is a good option)
    • Melatonin (low doses from .3-.5 mg are best)
    • Valerian, chamomile, kava, skullcap, lemon balm, passionflower
    • l-theanine
    • Phenibut (be cautious and don't overuse)
  • Wear blue-blocking glasses starting about 3 hours before bed
  • Turn off wi-fi in your house and power to your bedroom
  • Take a hot bath before getting into bed
  • Listen to a relaxing story or music

Putting it All Together

Once you've chosen the area of your life you'd like to improve, work to incorporate one or just a few of the ideas you'll find on this site and others. Be consistant, document your findings and share what you're learning with someone. With some patience and practice you'll be surprised how much you can accomplish, when you biohack with balance.

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