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Biohacking is a practice with HUGE potential for our health and wellbeing. And, while it’s been a primarily male-dominated industry, women innovators like our founders, Lauren and Katie, are leading the way in understanding how biohacking can improve our lifestyle.
For those who don’t know much about this field, biohacking is the idea that we can use science and biology to “hack” our bodies – to become stronger, build a better immune system, increase energy, or try to live longer. Biohacks range from the more technological to building healthy practices into our lives: things like tracking our sleep, for instance.
The term “biohacking” started trending in the early 1990s, but many practices used by today’s biohackers have their origins in holistic medicine. The advent of computer programming inspired a new generation of DIY biologists to try applying the principles of data and technology to the human body.
The biohacking movement today is diffuse and involves many different areas of research and practice. Broadly speaking, biohackers focus on three categories:
Biohacking doesn’t always involve radically altering the human body, but it does involve using data and feedback to try to improve our health and wellness.
Like many other industries, biohacking has been dominated by male experts. Leaders in this field include Tim Ferriss; Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof coffee; and Gary Wolf, the co-founder of the Quantified Self Movement. Jack Dorsey and former NASA employee Josiah Zayner are huge advocates of biohacking.
However, women are starting to take on leadership the biohacking movement. Liz Parish is the CEO of BioViva, a company that aims to target biological aging at the cellular level. Dr. Rhonda Patrick is the founder of FoundMyFitness, which has a similar focus. Ellen Jorgen is the name behind GenSpace, a nonprofit that makes biohacking experimentation accessible. Big-name celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow are advocating biohacks to their followers regularly.
Our founders, Lauren and Katie, have cracked the code on using infrared light as a biohack to feel good inside, look great on the outside. HigherDOSE infrared saunas are shown to have many health benefits – light at red and near-infrared wavelengths helps reduce wrinkles, acne scars, and heal burns. A session at our spa is just one way to hack your appearance while taking care of your circulation, stress, and refresh your energy.
Other women making waves in the biohacking industry focus on hacking our hormones. Kay Ali, hormone expert and founder of You Need A Nutritional Therapist, and Alisa Vitti, founder of FLO Living, look at how women’s hormones can be tracked and “tricked” to avoid those peaks and lows throughout the month, thereby avoiding mood swings, feeling tired, and other hormonal related behavior changes. Both of these disruptive women in healthcare are finding ways to help women even the playing field at work and in life.
These women are seriously inspirational! We love seeing how they’re using natural solutions to try to improve our health and wellness.
If you’re just starting to learn about biohacking, there are some easy ways to try out some biohacks for yourself:
Women are the perfect leaders for innovating in the field of biohacking. “Women make the best biohackers because they are typically more in tune with their bodies,” Dave Asprey told Well and Good. “Women go through changes every month and naturally find ways to deal with things like cravings, low energy, and pain.”
What biohacks do you use in your life? Tag us on Instagram and tell us how you’re hacking your body to be more productive, energetic, and stronger.