Now, leading a healthy lifestyle has become the ultimate goal for many. Through a practice known as biohacking, one can modify their diet and lifestyle to optimize their body’s performance. This trend has rapidly gained popularity worldwide as people seek to move away from processed food and sedentary practices to enhance longevity and quality of life.
As part of the biohacking phenomenon, there are numerous sub-trends where individuals explore different methods to improve their bodies and lifestyles. In this article, we’ll explore some of the significant biohacking trends for 2023.
Nootropics or smart drugs are also growing in popularity, and they’re essentially supplements designed to improve how your body works. These supplements all operate as stimulants and often include creatine or caffeine. Doctors will usually prescribe them for disorders like ADHD and neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
With nootropics, you must get a proper prescription from a medical professional. They can be incredibly dangerous if taken without proper medical insights and directions.
2. The NAD Coenzyme
Regarding anti-aging boosters and therapies, Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and its precursors like Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) have reached the top of the list for biohackers. Various methods exist to infuse NAD+ into your body to reap the benefits. These benefits include improved mental functionality, improved immunity, boosted cellular metabolism, and increased energy production.
If you want to get onto this trend, you can go several routes, such as injections and IVs, patches, and nasal sprays. The idea is to get the enzyme into your bloodstream in a format that is easily dissolved and put to use. It’s best to avoid sending NAD+ through your stomach and digestive system, as this can somewhat dilute its properties.
3. Electro Therapies
Electro or electro-vibrational therapy has been around for years, but it’s becoming increasingly mainstream. Biohackers have discovered that this type of therapy can help to reduce body fat, build muscle, increase bone density and strength, regulate blood circulation, and support the excretion of toxins.
There are numerous ways to tap into this trend, with BioCharger NG being one of the most innovative. This device transmits energy that stimulates cells to perform at their optimum. Over time, the tiny electrical charges that run through cells can be disrupted and their energy flow disturbed. Electrical frequency restores each cell’s charge and enhances its function, leaving you feeling reinvigorated
4. Health Trackers
Wearable health trackers have been a major trend for several years and continue to grow in popularity. While smartwatches can track your activity during the day, your heart rate, your sleep cycles, your caloric intake and so much more, other more advanced wearables are better suited to biohacking.
The Oura Ring uses sensors to track health metrics and guide wearers toward improved recovery by monitoring sleep, readiness, and activity levels. WHOOP is another recovery-focused wearable with built-in photodiode sensors to monitor sleep cycles, debt, performance, and quality. Doing so helps wearers determine when they’ll perform at their peak and what changes they need to focus on.
5. Cold Therapy
We’ve all seen sports stars immersing themselves in ice baths after an intensive training session or rigorous game. However, ice baths have become increasingly commonplace, and people are integrating them into everyday life.
Cold therapy, also known as cold thermogenesis, is when you plunge yourself briefly into water between 36- and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The water temperature helps reduce inflammation in your body, allowing muscles to recover faster and alleviating pain in joints. It’s particularly good for reducing the symptoms of arthritis too.
6. Light Therapies
Light therapies come in various shapes and sizes, each targeting different wellness areas. Red Light therapy can help with skin conditions, inflammation, and healing joint and muscle pains. It’s also a stress reliever and promotes better sleep. FlexBeam is similar but is more targeted to reach hard-to-reach areas to facilitate faster healing.
Biolight therapy promotes healing, and Biophoton therapy aims to increase happiness hormones and heals aches and pains while promoting weight loss and a better sense of well-being. Each light therapy is slightly different and helps with mental and physical health.
7. Heat Therapy
Using heat for health benefits is nothing new. Saunas have been around for generations in various cultures and guises. Exposing yourself to high temperatures—whether in air or water—can work to improve your immune system. It can also decrease inflammation, improve your metabolism and combat illnesses.
Ozone, Iyashi Dome, and infrared saunas all offer powerful benefits that target different areas of health.
HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has been trending for some time, and it’s a trend that biohackers are embracing. If you find exercising boring, HIIT workouts will change that forever. You’ll do bursts of intense exercise in a HIIT workout, followed by rest. Each burst of exercise aims to get your heart rate up to at least 80% your maximum, and then reduce it by doing low-intensity exercises or stretches.
HIIT aims to change your body composition faster and more effectively than normal workouts. It helps you utilize oxygen better during this time, boosting your fitness level and your body’s ability to burn fat.