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Welcome to another episode of the Biosnacking podcast. My name is Jesse Logister. Via this podcast, I give you bite-size snacks of biohacking and wellness information that you can place on your daily menu.
I will briefly explore the term biohacking in this episode because it will be a primary focus in my future podcast episodes. Hence, it is why I also chose the name Biosnacking for my podcast.
Listen to my podcast to consume nutrient-rich snacks of biohacking information. I cannot promise a I won’t do a meal or even a buffet table now and then, as I am a health enthusiast who loves to binge on a topic, but in general, at least for now, I aim to keep it time efficient, streamlined, and optimized, just like a good hack should be.
So without further ado, let’s dive right into biohacking.
In this episode, I look at what is the definition of biohacking. I explain why it is my favorite out of all health and wellness-related topics, and I explain its cons and pros.
What Does Biohacking Mean for Me? (01:02)
Health, medical, and wellness are familiar terms for most of us, but biohacking has its own unique space in the health and wellness field. It is a lesser-known branch of that field, but it is the one I love to learn the most about and experiment with whenever I can.
It is precisely that aspect of experimenting I love so much about it. I call it the health and wellness playground because, via biohacking, you get to tinker, play, test, and discover by yourself what works for your health and performance levels. And if you’re successful at it, you might find something that helps others as well with their efforts to become healthier and perform better.
A General Definition of biohacking (01:43)
Okay, that is my vision of biohacking, but what does it mean in general terms? Type “what is biohacking? in the Google search field, and you get an answer explaining to you that biohacking is do-it-yourself biology, meaning that it is biology studied and practiced by individuals or groups operating outside of the traditional medical research field, primarily to improve one’s health and wellbeing.
Experimenting can have positive and negative outcomes, so let’s look at those next.
The Cons of Biohacking (02:14)
Let me state first that the biohacking cons depend on your risk factor. Since you are trying things out on yourself, the outcomes of your tests can have negative or positive effects in varying degrees, depending on the exact nature of your experiment. That means the bolder you are, the bigger the risk you take to harm yourself. That is something you should always keep in mind.
Before you do any experiments on yourself, you must know your body and state of mind very well to effectively recognize the fine line between doing something uncomfortable that hurts but helps you improve and doing something that feels bad and can be detrimental to your long-term health.
With self experimenting, the sky can be the limit. In these crazy times, some are even practicing do-it-yourself gene therapy. However, that is not a practical thing for the average joe. Most people aren’t millionaires with enough time and money to CRISPR themselves into a more youthful appearance. That also accounts for me. And being naturally cautious, I tend to keep my experiments simple and low-key. Generally, that works out well for me, and even low-key experiments can result in excellent outcomes.
However, there still have been occasions when I messed up and suffered the consequences of my actions. For example, when I started experimenting with eating once a day, I had this ridiculous plan of stuffing myself with 2000 to 3000 calories in one meal.
It didn’t go well. Let me tell you that being stuffed to breaking point is genuinely a terrible, terrible feeling. I remember going to bed right after stuffing myself, another huge mistake. The sense of unstable nausea followed quickly, paralyzing me because I knew that even the tiniest move, the wiggle of my little toe, would make the situation spiral out of control, which it eventually did. I spent the next two hours vomiting constantly.
The Pros of Biohacking (04:08)
With the negative out of the way, let’s move on to the pros of biohacking. As I mentioned earlier, responsible experimenting is fun. As a biohacker, you get to try out all kinds of fun, innovative, and strange tools, do exercises you would have never thought of doing, and, in the process, find out all sorts of things about your body and mind you would have never experienced otherwise. Successful biohacking experiments help build your character, make you healthier, help you perform better, and in many cases, help you save time as well.
Finding an exercise routine that works with your daily schedule or discovering a product that makes you feel good when you use it are great feelings. While experimenting with my health and daily routine, I’ve found that even minor changes can lead to positive outcomes. Starting without any preconceived thoughts can provide the best long-term results.
For example, not long ago, I decided I needed to exercise more. However, I wanted to avoid time-consuming exercise programs or complex movements that held me back. Thus, I started every day by doing 5 minutes of simple exercises. I did that for a while, and magically, I smoothly transitioned into doing more extended exercises. I have been doing that every day since then, which I would have never imagined myself doing even just a year ago.
I also noticed the effect of just starting when I recently decided to buy an automatic plant-growing system. It was expensive, and I had doubts about the return on investment, but again I decided to push my doubts aside and bought it. The grower sparked my love for gardening. I now actively garden and enjoy healthy produce daily, even though I originally purchased the grower mainly for its low maintenance benefits.
Those are some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of biohacking. What are your thoughts and experiments in this field? Please Leave me your comments on whichever platform you are listening to this podcast.
With that, we’ve almost reached the end of this podcast episode. I hope you liked it and are there for the next episode. And if you enjoy my work enough that you want to support it, please check out the link to my Patreon account in the show notes. Thank you for listening. Stay healthy, and have a great day.
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Medical Disclaimer (07:52)
Lastly, please note that this podcast and its content are for entertainment and educational purposes only. The information discussed in the Biosnacking podcast is not a substitute for professional medical help, nor do we intend to provide you with that professional help. Contact a licensed healthcare professional who can help you with specific health-related questions or complications. Always ensure that you have a trusted medical professional in your support circle to know who to contact in case of need.
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