Category: Health & Biohacking
Welcome to the Health & Biohacking category! We all agree how important health is. And at the same time, we all often neglect our health until we crash or become very ill. Only then do we start to really value health. But when it comes to health, prevention is a way better life strategy than cure. Luckily it doesn’t take a lot to take good care of your health.
There are three fundamentals of taking care of your health – (1) regular exercise, (2) healthy diet and (3) moderate lifestyle. It doesn’t take much effort to exercise a few times per week, and you feel excellent after it. Remember, you are always only one workout away from the god mode.
And a healthy diet in combination with regular exercise brings you high energy levels, good digestion, glowing skin and loss of excessive fat. You can finally be proud of yourself when you look in the mirror.
We all assume that it takes a great sacrifice to take good care of your health, but that isn’t true. All you have to do are small daily investments that accumulate into a healthy body, mind and soul in the long term. I was obese, absolutely hated exercise and sports, Wiener Schnitzel with French fries was my favorite food, and I puffed like a shunting engine when I had to walk up 20 stairs.
My health was in a terrible condition, even though I hated to admit that. So a few years ago, I decided to take better care of my health. Today, broccoli is my favorite food, my favorite sport is hiking, and I went from obese to a normal BMI. I read many books about health, tested many different diets and sports and under this category, I share everything I learn.
Besides that, we live in amazing times with all the technology giving you the feedback on what’s happening to your body when you make lifestyle changes. It’s called biohacking or biofeedback. Biofeedback is a big part of quantifying self and better understanding how certain actions affect your health as an individual.
Your body is unique, and the first step towards better health is understanding yourself and your body. Solid health metrics that measure your improvements can be a great source of motivation and understanding what works best for your body so you can progress in the fastest way.
That’s what Health & Biohacking category is all about – a healthy lifestyle based on measuring different data that can help you make smart decisions about which sports to take, which food to eat based on what pattern, how to sleep well and, in the end, how to maximize your energy levels.
Barry Allen might be the fastest human alive, but I can definitely eat faster than he ever will. There’s one thing that could put me in the Guinness book of world records (I can eat 3 bananas in the blink of an eye), yet eating slowly is some of the best health advice ever when it comes to diet and nutrition. How unfair can life be? I must put tremendous effort into eating slowly; and to be completely honest with you, I manage to do it approximately half of the time. To stay optimistic, that means I’m halfway there. Based on my own observations and some research, let’s look at the main reasons why you should eat slowly; or at least torture yourself to do so.
Sugars is a horrible addiction. It’s a drug. There's no fiber, protein or healthy fats, no vitamins or minerals in it. Just empty calories that spike your blood sugar and accelerate your appetite; and the effects on your health are devastating. Cavities, diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart diseases, non-alcoholic liver diseases, bad skin, low energy levels (adrenaline fatigue), brain fog, anxiety, addiction, the list goes on and on. There is extremely big long-term health risk for very small short-term pleasure when it comes to sugar. Sugar is a poison and if you want to be healthy you have to learn how to limit its intake.
Absolutely the best way to start losing your fat is a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet. But there’s a catch. When you start exercising, your appetite goes up. While that doesn’t mean you should stop exercising, it absolutely means that the diet is an extremely important variable in becoming slimmer. Actually, there is a saying in the fitness community that you can never out-train a bad diet. Loosing fat is done 80% in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.
If you’re a complete newbie to the healthy lifestyle like I was a few years ago, not to mention that I was super fat as a kid, there are two pieces of advice that helped me the most to start taking care of my body better. The first one is go for a type of exercise you dislike the least. That helped me go from hating exercise, to being okay with it, to loving it a few years later. By using the search mode principle, I found some exercise I was okay with it, and then continued from there. The second advice is: add a few healthy foods to your diet, to slowly start transitioning to a new healthier lifestyle. Luckily there are a few types of foods that are super healthy, tasty, don’t need lots of preparation and are inexpensive.
A cold shower is a very uncomfortable thing. It’s totally unlike a nice hot shower that relaxes you and reminds you of how comfortable and nice life is. But in a matter of seconds, a cold shower evicts any wussiness from you. It makes you alert, your stress levels drop and you can feel it in your gut that there is a real warrior somewhere deep in you. There are many other benefits of cold showers like higher energy levels, stronger immune system, faster muscle recovery, soft and smooth skin and many others.