Quantity or quality? Some people want to live longer. Others focus on the condition of their lives, no matter how long or short.
What if you didn’t have to choose? What if you could have both?
Enter the biohackers: people who are so dedicated to achieving the optimum in wellness and performance that they are willing to experiment on themselves. Using science, biohackers have found doable, ‘start today’ ways to live better for longer. In other words, quantity AND quality.
The Medium article, “Top 15 biohackers to follow” identifies some of the most knowledgeable of these human guinea pigs. One of them is Anthony DiClementi who began biohacking due to his own health issues. In this FireNation podcast, DiClementi shares tips for improving wellness, energy and general performance.
DiClementi agrees that most of us are pressed for time, and our calendars are packed full of ‘must do’s. Nevertheless, if we are to live better for longer, we must prioritize our health and lifestyles, making time for doing the things that will support wellbeing.
One of these is ‘sunning’. DiClementi says that one of the biggest public health mistakes is a fear of exposure to the sun. He explains that appropriate sunbathing, not burning, is a critical component of good health.
DiClementi is backed up by science. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”. In short, our body’s circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle controlled by the sun. In other words, a biological clock that “helps to regulate sleep patterns, feeding behavior, hormone release, blood pressure, and body temperature”. (Nobel article)
Another of DiClementi’s big tips is that “the greatest additions nutritionally are the subtractions”. That is, not what we add to our diets but what we remove. He teaches that we need to take away things which are causing immunogenic and allergic reactions in our bodies. These reactions then contribute to inflammation at a cellular level, leading to autoimmune disorders and leaky gut syndrome. DiClementi’s top 3 removals (or at least reductions to minimum levels) are alcohol, commercial dairy products and grains.
So, what would beneficial meals looks like? Here are 3 of DiClementi’s best recommendations:
- One avocado, 1 tsp. olive oil, a dash of pink Himalayan salt, 1 tsp. nutritional yeast—Scoop out the avocado, cut or mash, add other ingredients, enjoy.
- A BIG salad with a wide variety of vegetables, including leafy greens and green fibrous vegetables (like broccoli), 1-3 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar—Combine oil and vinegar, pour over cut veggies, eat happily.
- 2 cups of coconut milk, 1 serving of a good plant-based protein powder, 1 Tbsp. sprouted chia seeds, any nutritional supplements desired—Blend as a milkshake, drink with pleasure.
Above all, DiClementi shares that we need to ‘reset’ our bodies. Years and years of exposure to toxins and pathogens have weakened our immune systems and caused a general lack of wellness. Drinking alkaline water is a biohack that can help with this body reset.
Chinese research indicates that “alkaline ionized water may be used as one of the accessory therapeutic methods for essential hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidaemia”. In other words, as a treatment for high blood pressure, high blood fat levels and diabetes.
A study done in New York found that “alkaline water instantly changes the molecular structure of pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. In addition, it has good acid-buffering capacity. Thus, the consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease”. So, instead of invasive medicines or surgeries, sufferers of this disease could be treated with alkaline water instead.
Hydration (having enough water in our bodies) is critical, even more so after exercise when we sweat and lose a lot of fluid. Since we should be exercising to improve wellness, it is important to hydrate correctly afterwards. One of the measures of correct hydration is blood viscosity—the thickness/thinness of the blood. Our blood should be thin enough to flow smoothly. Researchers have found “a significant difference in whole blood viscosity...when assessing a high-pH, electrolyte water versus an acceptable standard purified water during the recovery phase following strenuous exercise-induced dehydration”. In other words, alkaline water produced better hydration after exercise than regular, purified water.
No matter which other biohacks you choose, drinking alkaline water is a doable, ‘start today’ biohack that can help your wellness and longevity.