Bio Hacking- Keto,Grounding and Elimination Diet

Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to “hack” your body’s biology and feel your best. You know the saying, “You are what you eat”? That actually applies to humans in a broader sense: everything we put into our bodies — our foods, our thoughts, our physical movement ­— all affect how we behave. By biohacking yourself, you can actually transform your body so that you feel more energized, be more productive and, overall, feel like the best possible version of yourself.

Do it the good old-fashioned way: making small changes to your lifestyle, giving your body time to adjust and then seeing how you feel. You stick with the things that work for you, and ditch the ones that don’t. After all, when it comes to how your body feels, you’re the expert!

Looking for a diet where eating a lot of fat isn’t just encouraged, it’s required? The keto diet might be for you! While the keto diet is experiencing some serious popularity right now, it’s not a fad diet. In the keto diet, you’re trying to get your body to ketosis (“keto”), a metabolic state where the body uses mostly ketones, not carbohydrates, for energy. This can only happen when fat, not glucose (carbohydrates), provide most of body’s calories.

On a keto diet, you’ll seriously restrict carbs and sugar, and instead eat keto-friendly foods like healthy fats (coconut oil, ghee, nuts, etc.), non-starchy veggies (bye bye potatoes) and foods that are high in protein but have no or low carbs, freshly caught fish and eggs.

The keto diet is very effective at promoting weight loss, especially if you are very overweight. It can reduce heart disease markers like high cholesterol and could even fight brain disease ­— in fact, the keto diet was originally used as a way to manage seizures in people with epilepsy. If you’re already eating relatively well but want to challenge yourself even further, biohacking your diet and going keto could be what you need.

If you struggle with food allergies, are finding it difficult digesting foods,  are experiencing skin issues like eczema and acne or find yourself constantly tired, it’s probably time to biohack yourself with an elimination diet.

An elimination diet sounds bonkers, but it’s just a short-term eating plan to figure out if the foods you’re eating are playing a part in whatever issues you’re experiencing. Here’s how it works: for three to four weeks, you remove foods that are known allergens, giving any inflammation time to go down and giving you a clean slate. Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Peanuts and Corn are all foods to cut out during this time.

Then, slowly, you’ll re-introduce the eliminated foods one by one, paying attention to how you feel and how your body responds physically. If you suspect a food you’ve added back into your diet is causing any discomfort, you’ll remove it again and see if the discomfort clears up.

Giving up artificial sugar is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. It can be quite a tough biohack, but very rewarding. You don’t have to eliminate naturally occurring sugars, like the ones you find in fruits and dairy, from your diet. Added sugars are the ones you want to worry about. You’ll find those in products like soft drinks, processed foods and sweets, but also in foods like flavored yogurt, salad dressings, condiments (check the bbq sauce and ketchup labels) and energy drinks.What makes sugar so bad for your body? It increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, it leads to mood swings, it increases inflammation in the body and lowers energy ­

Meditation is the ultimate brain hack. The benefits of meditation are huge: from reducing pain and increasing sleep quality to lowering inflammation and boosting productivity. If you’re suffering from stress or anxiety, meditation can also be a really effective way of naturally dealing with symptoms. Establishing a daily meditation practice is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health. There are many apps for guided meditation these days that are very accessible and helpful.

Stand up and Walk around Barefoot, This is grounding, walking on grass or sand is an essential element of grounding. Grounding can improve your sleep, reduce inflammation and encourage you to enjoy nature more and get your dose of vitamin D. Grounding allows your body to collect positive energy through the natural electric charges the earth produces.

Another important aspect is sleep, Sleep is often missing from conversations about losing weight and improving your health and mood. If you’re not getting enough sleep each night (usually between 7–8 hours) or suffering from sleep deprivation, you’re putting yourself at risk for health problems, including a higher risk for chronic disease, a weakened immune system, depression, trouble concentrating, irritability, an increased appetite and imbalanced hormones.

I reckon you could do this in stages, start with your diet as you are what you eat and then add elements to this first change like meditation or sleeping more etc one by one until you have reached a biohacking equilibrium 🙂

 

 

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