This is a guest blog by the lovely Phillipa Brown from https://feelfabnaturally.com and
If you haven’t heard the term biohacking* as a way to support your wellbeing, you’re not alone. Biohacking will impact your life sooner or later — and maybe it already has. If you’ve pursued ways to improve your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or cellular health, that’s biohacking.
Biohacking your cellular health
Did you know that you have 30-40 trillion cells in your body? Regarded by scientists as the building blocks of your body, the quality of a person’s wellbeing is wholly determined by the functional level of these cells.
For optimal cell health, we must provide the body with the correct care, love and nutrients. As well as feeding our body with nutritious foods, daily movement, meditation and hydration are also crucial factors in regulating cell health. Incorporating all of these practices into your wellbeing routine will ensure that the body functions correctly to help experience a vibrantly healthy and happy life.
Simple biohacking tips
Here are three simple tips to help you biohack and support your wellbeing:
1. Eat in seasonal technicolour & stay hydrated
Many of the healthiest nutrients in fruits and vegetables (these are often referred to as phytonutrients) come in bright, vibrant colours. Your goal at mealtimes should be to make your plate as colourful and as seasonal as possible.
Drink plenty of clean, pure water. The amount we should drink varies from person to person, but we’re all equipped with a built-in hydrometer. Pay attention to the colour of your urine. Clear or slightly yellow is good – and we should be visiting the loo every one to two hours.
2. Move your body
Yes, I’m referring to that dreaded eight-letter word, e-x-e-r-c-i-s-e. But exercise doesn’t have to be a chore if you choose activities you actually enjoy. Remember how much fun it was to play as a kid? Just think about exercise as play rather than a workout.
You don’t have to look like a bodybuilder or spend hours in the gym to significantly improve your health. Something as simple as walking 30-60 minutes daily during the majority of the week will yield measurable improvements in your health.
3. Support your sleep
Start biohacking your way to better sleep by making dinnertime earlier in the evening and avoiding heavy, rich foods within two hours of bed. Spicy or acidic foods can cause stomach trouble and heartburn.
You know of course not to have your phone in the bedroom, don’t you? Blue light and sleep simply don’t mix well.
You can also do the pillow test. Check that your pillow hasn’t reached its sell-by date and still gives your head and neck the support you need. Test your pillow by holding it out longways in front of you. If you’ve got pillow droop, buy a new one!
Nutrigenomics and biohacking
So what else can you do to support your cellular wellbeing? This is where a new way of helping you feel like yourself comes into play: nutrigenomics.
Unfortunately, our environments –– from the food we eat to the daily toxins we breathe –– causes our cells to rust and decay from the inside out.
Oxidative stress, in essence, is like the accumulation of rust on a car. Through the years and wear and tear, rust slowly begins to show. First a little here. Then a little there. Eventually, rust begins to overtake the entire thing. Your cells act in a similar way.
But our bodies have captured the ability to fight oxidants and free radicals, and they’ve encoded that ability directly into your DNA and more specifically your genes. This is where nutrigenomics comes in.
Nutrigenomics is the science of how food and nutrients affect gene expression. Remember that food is more than calories and nutrition. It also acts as a programming code or a signal for our cells and an instruction set for our DNA.
What sets nutrigenomics apart is the idea that our bodies are encoded with the instructions. It’s the idea that it’s far better to activate our body’s own mechanisms to regulate the genes in the DNA for optimal health rather than ingest vitamins and antioxidants while hoping they’ll be effective at the cellular level. This is the fundamental difference between cellular activation and supplementation.
How to flip the switch
Here are two unique, botanically based daily products which flip the switches to help you biohack & support your wellbeing:
· Protandim NRF1 Synergizer is designed to improve cellular performance. Instead of a couple of AA batteries, our bodies run on several billion mitochondria. They turn the food we eat into energy called ATP. When you use your body for anything – flexing muscles, pumping blood, reading, or trying to impress your friends with an ill-advised backflip – you can thank your mitochondria. They’re your body’s batteries. Here’s a 63 second video to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIbtG0owUdg
· Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer helps support your wellbeing from the inside out by flipping the existing switch that turn on your own antioxidant production again. Protandim Nrf2 is patented and clinically proven to lower your oxidative stress level by an average of 40% in just 30 days for the price of half a cup of coffee a day. Check out this 58 second video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1eNHWXb1Q
So why are antioxidants so important if you’re looking to keep feeling like you for as long as possible? When you cut open an apple and it goes brown, it has basically oxidised which has caused a rapid increase in its ageing process. As we age, we oxidise just like the apple because over time – from our 20s onwards – our bodies produce fewer of the antioxidants needed to neutralise the cellular damage caused by free radicals, which are all around us. This means we have a high oxidative stress level so our cells don’t function quite as well as they did: typically our energy levels drop, our sleep patterns change and our inflammation levels are affected as just three results of this process.
So what are our options to get more antioxidants into our bodies? How it works is that one antioxidant basically hands over an electron making one free radical happy so that it can continue on its merry way without causing damage. The problem is that you can’t eat enough antioxidant rich fruit and veg or take enough antioxidant supplements or drinks to deal with the 300 sextillion or so (that’s 300 plus 18 zeros!) free radicals your body has to deal with every day. Up to recently, these were our only strategies to counter free radical damage but in reality they’re like throwing a glass of water on a bonfire and hoping it will put it out…
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By naturally flipping the switches in your body through biohacking you’ll support your cellular health from the inside out and feel more like you again. Check out this 3 minute video to learn more – https://feelfab.lifevantage.com/uk-en/flip. Happy days!
* Biohacking 101
Biohacking is using science, technology and products to become the best version of yourself. Essentially, it’s using all of the tools we now have at our disposal to improve our lives.
“Hacking” has long had a negative connotation. But as you probably know, we now use “hack” to define any type of creative optimising. For example, when you find a creative solution to an everyday problem you may call it a “life hack.” A tweak to how furniture is assembled from the manufacturer’s instructions is an “IKEA hack”—you get the drift.
Hacking is creative problem solving to help improve one’s life, and biohacking turns the focus on our bodies and biology.