Biohacking is a method of altering your own biology so that you can improve your total health, live longer, improve cognitive function, and reduce your risk of illness and disease. There are a wide range of methods used in biohacking, and some are safer than others. You should always consult with your physician or a medical specialist before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle or diet.

Types of Biohacking

While some types of biohacking have been around for decades, others are relatively new and don’t have as much research or evidence to back up their efficacy.

  • Lifestyle vs molecular – Lifestyle biohacking focuses on improving your health and lifestyle habits to enhance your overall well-being. This is the way most people make their entry into biohacking, and it's the easiest and most accessible type of biohacking. Lifestyle biohacking includes dietary changes, meditation, exercise, and breathwork. Molecular biohacking uses natural or synthetic molecules to shift and adapt your biology. This could include taking supplements, vitamins, minerals, and peptides.
  • Wearable technology – Wearable technology can be used to track various health and fitness goals, as well as sleep and reproductive cycles. Technology companies are currently designing and developing more extensive methods of wearable tech bio tracking devices in the form of embedded implants. These embedded implants include magnetic implants, memory chips, GPS systems, and electronic tattoos that can collect and analyze detailed data about your health and biological functions.
  • Nutrigenomics – Nutrigenomics is a type of biohacking that evaluates how food and genes interact. The idea is that each person’s unique genetic makeup affects their body’s response to certain foods, and that some foods are more suited than others towards optimal biologic performance. To take part in nutrigenomics, you can send your DNA sample to a laboratory that analyzes your genetic makeup. They will then create a personalized nutrition plan designed to optimize your performance and health. Nutrigenomics can be used to improve our understanding of how diet and genes affect your health and increase or decrease your risk of certain diseases and illnesses. Here at Kore, we use nutrigenomics with all of our longevity patients, to make sure we are giving them the highest quality personalized health recommendations.

Who Should Consider Biohacking?

Adults of any age can benefit from exploring different types and methods of biohacking. Most people decide to attempt biohacking to:

  • Improve their overall health and wellness.
  • Reduce their risk of illness and disease.
  • Live longer.
  • Improve symptoms of an existing disease or illness.
  • Regain control over their health.
  • Restore vitality and youthfulness.
  • Lose weight faster.

Ways People Use Biohacking

There are numerous reasons people use biohacking. The most common reasons are:

  • Age – Age biohacking can potentially reduce or slow the signs of aging and even extend your overall lifespan. The main component in age biohacking is cellular senescence. Cells in the body get damaged as you age by injury, disease, and stress. The body removes them in a natural process called apoptosis. Aging makes the body less efficient at this process, and the accumulation of dead or injured cells can cause inflammation, accelerate the aging process, and quicken the onset or progression of disease. Age-related biohacking focuses on cellular regeneration and maintaining cellular health. Examples of age-related biohacking include red light therapy, stem cell therapy, cryotherapy, and taking anti-aging supplements and medications.
  • Energy – Energy biohacking includes hacks for sleep, which aims to improve sleep hygiene, increase energy and focus, and relieve stress. Energy-related biohacking includes sleep tracking devices, blue light blocking glasses, light therapy, meditation, supplements, and reduced or timed caffeine intake.
  • Diet and nutrition – Diet and nutrition biohacking is one of the most widely used methods. Biohacking food and calorie intake and vitamins and nutritional supplements can increase or improve weight loss, optimize cellular function, increase energy, improve metabolic health, and lower cholesterol and heart rate. Examples of diet and nutrition biohacking include blood sugar control, glucose monitoring, prebiotics and probiotics, ketone breath analysis, metabolism monitoring, intermittent fasting, and the principles of nutrigenomics.
  • Physical health – Biohacking is used for physical health in order to improve your athletic performance, stamina, endurance, performance, and recovery. Physical biohacking can improve cellular energy metabolism, enhance insulin sensitivity, stimulate the release of growth factors, and improve cellular repair and regeneration. Physical biohacking includes cold water therapy, heat therapy, biofeedback technology, whole body vibration therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, red light therapy, supplements and vitamins, and electrolytes.
  • Brain – Brain biohacking aims to regulate the function of neurons to improve memory, emotions, hormones, memory, focus, cognition, and more. Brain biohacking includes neurofeedback therapy, nootropics, psychotropics, psychedelics, meditation, breathwork, brain games, and physical exercise.

Benefits of Biohacking

Working with an expert in biohacking and regenerative medicine has benefits that affect your physical, mental, emotional, and social life. If you’re on the fence about whether to take the first steps towards biohacking, consider these benefits:

  • Personalized, targeted nutrition and healthcare tailored to your genetic makeup, needs, and goals.
  • Improved mental and physical health.
  • Improved protection and prevention from physical and mental health conditions and illnesses.
  • Integrated treatment that works alongside other regenerative and functional medical treatments.
  • Improved cognitive function, sleep habits, and diet.
  • Increased energy and resilience.
  • Decreased inflammation and optimized digestion and gut health.

Easy Ways to Get Started with Biohacking

It’s best to consult with a medical specialist or professional before beginning any type of biohacking. If you’re interested in starting slowly and getting a sense for how your body reacts to minimal changes in your diet and lifestyle, you can start with these simpler methods of biohacking:

  • Intermittent fasting – Intermittent fasting is one of the most accessible methods of biohacking. It is a form of dieting during which you only eat during specific time periods. The rest of the time you fast or severely limit your caloric intake. For instance, you might only eat between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and fast between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am. Or you might eat normally every other day and limit your calories the other days. Intermittent fasting can:
    • Reduce your body fat.
    • Lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
    • Reduce inflammation.
    • Lower your risk of diabetes.
    • Increase your resistance to heart stress.
  • Cold water therapy – Cold water therapy involves immersing yourself in ice water or any water with a temperature lower than 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold water can improve your cardiovascular, immune, and endocrine system and improve your mental health. It’s best to begin cold water therapy under the supervision of a medical professional.
  • Caffeine – Drinking or consuming caffeine can improve your energy levels, cognitive function, heart function, memory, and productivity.

Does Biohacking Have Risks?

Like any other diet or lifestyle change, biohacking does carry risks. It’s best to work alongside a physician rather than immediately undertaking biohacking methods on your own. Working with Dr. Quinn, a biohacking and regenerative medicine specialist, will give you the best chance of success and ensure everything you do is safe, monitored, and carefully regulated. Certain types of biohacking may be riskier for people who suffer from eating disorders, chronic illnesses or diseases, or untreated or unmanaged physical or mental conditions.

Using Blood Testing for Efficient Biohacking

When you work with a Dr. Quinn, a biohacking and regenerative medicine specialist, and her team at Kore, they will monitor your health and progress to make sure you stay safe and healthy. Regular blood testing can ensure you are biohacking effectively. Your doctor will look for levels of specific substances in your blood and determine how your methods are working and what needs to be tweaked. Blood testing can evaluate and measure your nutrition, cognitive functions, antioxidants, and cellular function.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Biohacking

At Kore Regenerative Medicine, we specialize in whole-health solutions for patients who want more than what traditional medicine provides. Our team can offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, aesthetics, ketamine therapy, stem cell therapy, IV therapies, bioidentical hormone therapy, functional medicine, regenerative medicine, biohacking, and more. We use cutting-edge medical practices to improve our patients’ physical and mental health and focus on personalized medical care as individual and unique as each of our patients. Our patients include athletes, executives, and people who have not had success using traditional medical approaches. To learn more or to find out if biohacking is right for you, call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.