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‘Biohacking’, and far from being a temporary trend or fad, it is a progressive lifestyle choice that is designed to optimise bodies from the cellular core to defy the normal aging process and avoid undesirable natural processes our bodies are subjected to.

In this post:

  1. Rewrite your biological algorithm to future-proof your body
  2. How biohackers use diet and sleep to turn back the biological clock
  3. An introduction to postbiotics (What they are and how you can get them)
  4. More evidence having poor vitamin D status before infection increases

1. Rewrite your biological algorithm to future-proof your body

Biohacking

Image source: Bangkok Post 

In a competitive world where average will no longer suffice, the emphasis on mental and physical wellness has been growing exponentially. Biohackers' pioneering spirit propels them to break free from the constraints of nature, age and disease.

Prolonged secretion of cortisol due to chronic stress promotes a plethora of tell-tale signs such as weight gain, fatigue, and wrinkles as well as anxiety and depression. And the afflictions can go all the way down to your genetic makeup, especially when combined with a poor diet and lack of exercise. DNA becomes damaged, cells don’t replicate properly, and this leads to a breakdown of tissues or functions.

It is, nevertheless, an issue that can be reversed or slowed down by incorporating principles of biohacking.

Read the full Bangkok Post article

2. How biohackers use diet and sleep to turn back the biological clock

Intermittent fasting, eating less meat, and HIIT work to improve blood lipid levels, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep.

The dream of eternal youth is as old as mankind, but it seems some researchers are one step closer to figuring out how to slow the ageing process. Even 70- to 77-year-olds can lower their mortality with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), a Norwegian study has found.

  • Intermittent Fasting: Studies show that intermittent fasting improves blood fat levels, and can lower blood pressure. Fasting rejuvenates blood vessels in 95% of all cases.
  • Sleep: If you have too few deep sleep or REM sleep phases, you can only renew your cells insufficiently. You age faster. Furthermore, those who don't sleep enough suffer from more pain.
  • Nutrition: David Sinclair believes your plate should look colorful with yellow, red, or green vegetables rich in phytochemicals called polyphenols. These substances inhibit the growth of inflammatory and cancer cells.

Read the full Business Insider article

Read more: How Artificial Light is Ruining Your Sleep and What You Can Do to Fix It

3. An introduction to postbiotics: here's what they are and how you can get them

Unlike probiotics, postbiotics are not live microorganisms. They include substances called peptides, known to slow the growth of harmful bacteria, as well as short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, which allow good bacteria to flourish.

Pre-, pro- and postbiotics

Image source: Wikimedia / Ravi Mangal Patel, MD and Patricia Wei Denning, MD

In this way, postbiotics mimic some of the same benefits as probiotics, but they also offer additional perks:

Human studies on the benefits of postbiotics have shown outcomes that include:

  • eradication of infections due to Helicobacter pylori (the cause of some ulcers);
  • reduction of symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic unexplained diarrhea;
  • the ability to counter the negative effects of stress.

The best way to produce postbiotics in your body is to eat more prebiotic foods or supplements to feed the microbes in your gut.

Read the Health.com article

Read more: Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Disease: How to Heal Your Gut and Immune System

4. More evidence having poor vitamin D status before infection increases

The authors of the study found that patients categorized as having critical or severe COVID-19 disease were 14 times more likely to have pre-infection vitamin D deficiency than patients with moderate or mild disease.

Patients with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have coexisting illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, compared with those who had vitamin D sufficiency.

 



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