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  • Writer's pictureTina Belt, L.Ac. Dipl OM

What is biohacking and how do you do it right?

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You’ve probably heard of the term biohacking… but what does it mean? And how can it help you?

Biohacking involves different tricks for boosting your body’s ability to perform at its best and help you live a long and healthy life. Adding incremental techniques for boosting your health add up, and before long biohacking can help you achieve glowing health.

You don’t have to be an athlete or an executive to benefit from biohacking, anyone can enhance their health with techniques that work for them.

What are examples of biohacking?

Here are some of the most common examples of biohacking:

·        Cold plunges

·        Intermittent fasting

·        Genetic testing

·        Health device utilization

·        Diet changes

·        Supplementation

·        Exercise regiments

·        Steam and sauna

·        Red light therapy

This is by no means an exhaustive list of biohacking techniques, there is a wide range of approaches you can take. Good Needles can help you find biohacking techniques that work best for your needs.

What are the dangers of biohacking?

You don’t want to practice biohacking in place of treatments you need to get better, or practice biohacking in a dangerous way.

Some people might need the assistance of a practitioner to get better but attempt to biohack their way to better health on their own. This can be dangerous because some people will pick a few biohacking techniques when they need something else entirely.

Some people think they can replace the care of a trusted healthcare professional with biohacking- but this is not the case. You should still seek the guidance of a healthcare provider when you're faced with troubling symptoms or conditions whether you choose to biohack or not.

Other biohacking techniques, when performed incorrectly, can also have detrimental effects on your health. Some people don’t understand how to intermittently fast and neglect to eat when they should- this makes it difficult for your body to function, much less heal. Don’t forget that food is still fuel!

Talking to a trusted healthcare provider about your biohacking strategy can help you avoid mistakes that make you feel worse. You can create a plan together that focuses on your specific needs while making sure you still have health basics checked off the list.

How can you make sure you’re biohacking correctly?

Many biohacking techniques don’t have negative consequences when used in moderation. However, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

For example, if you enjoy steaming or using a sauna, you can actually hurt your health by using it too much. Your body has a certain tolerance to heat- once you reach your weekly tolerance you can do more harm than good by continuing exposure.

If something you’re doing is making you feel worse, stop doing it immediately. Your body is trying to tell you that your approach is doing more harm than good.

Good Needles has seen patients who used the keto diet to improve their mental clarity, but then struggled to eat enough for their body to work right. This wasn’t the right approach for them, and they ended up feeling sick and irritable.

Make sure you ask your healthcare provider questions about proper biohacking techniques before picking up new habits. They can also give you a game plan for biohacking techniques with a proper protocol to make sure you’re on the right track.

How can Good Needles help you biohack?

Good Needles has a range of health devices that can help you get that last 10% of improvement you’ve been looking for. We love to improve our arsenal of techniques so we can help you out no matter what your goals and needs are.

Tina Belt can also help you come up with a plan for biohacking that fits your specific needs and lifestyle. You will have a conversation about your goals, what you’ve tried before, and what does and doesn’t work for your lifestyle.

Whether you’re looking for more energy in your day to day or to enhance your physical or mental performance, biohacking might be a great strategy for you to feel your best.

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