Bio-hacking is a relatively new word. It’s a neologism that just a decade ago wouldn’t yield any results on a Google search and you certainly wouldn’t find a definition in a dictionary.
Bio-hacking is a made-up word, so you (and I) can create our own definitions uniquely suited to our individual needs.
The word might conjure up the image of a some tech-genius hacking the internet and taking over the world’s governments. While bio-hacking isn't exactly a hostile internet take-over, it is “taking over” your own health and optimizing your potential.
One of the most common definitions of bio-hacking is by Dave Asprey: “Bio-hacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology.”
In other words, bio-hacking is the use of experimentation to find what works, and what doesn’t work, for your body. At some level, we are all bio-hackers. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has put forth effort to improve their physical or mental performance.
For example: Do you try to get more sleep because you know you will feel and look better? Do you eat certain types of foods or drink large quantities of water to make up for something you feel your body is lacking? These things all qualify as bio-hacking.
It’s as simple as that.
You might be an intermediate-level bio-hacker already without even knowing it!
So, if you want more from your life and your biology, I give you permission to call yourself a “bio-hacker.” You don’t have to be super rich, good-looking, smart, or even a man to bio-hack.
Bio-hacking is for anyone, and everyone. All the tools you need to start are within you. You've got a brain in your head to learn everything you need to know, and two arms and two legs to use that knowledge for good.
I’ve been bio-hacking my life and brain since 1996. This is my definition of bio-hacking. What's yours?