• Karen Murray Heffron

Biohacking for Health


Are you a night person or a morning person? Do you have to eat breakfast in the morning or does it make you feel sick? Do you feel anxious when you ingest caffeine or could you drink a Cappuccino at 2:00 AM and go right to sleep? We all have different genetics and the environment impacts us differently. One size does not fit all when trying to be healthy. Science tries to put us in box by grouping everyone together, but one can find dozens of research articles on either side of a food controversy. What impacts me may not impact you. That’s why it’s important to experiment for yourself.

Dave Asprey, the creator of Bulletproof coffee, suffered from Autoimmune issues and brain fog. When he went to Tibet, he tried Yak butter tea and immediately felt his brain fog lift. He became known for “biohacking” which is someone who wants to gain complete control of their own biology. Working in the hospital, so many doctors are telling the patients what to do, when truly they know themselves the best. When it comes to food, the key is mindful eating. If you hear that eggs are bad for you, experiment for 3 days, eat slowly, and pay attention to how your body feels or what it does: do you feel bloated, nauseous, or anxious? Intermittent fasting is a great idea for some – if you try it, do you feel like your blood sugar is about to tank, or do you feel amazing? I had fun purchasing a glucometer, testing my blood sugar with every meal for a while to see how high the number would go. At first, I ate anything I wanted, just for the sake of science! But the feedback I received really made me think twice about my food decisions. You can experiment with many categories:

*Try an elimination diet and slowly bring foods back in to see your reaction

*Try meditation and see if you feel calmer or have more clarity about your life

*Try eating more of your caloric intake when the sun is highest in the sky and see how your metabolism fares.

*Try going “Keto” for a week and see if you can go longer periods without eating.

*Try short bursts of exercise daily for a week and see if it impacts your sleep.

*How would you truly feel if you gave up caffeine for a week – would it expose your true self? None of these changes have to be permanent. You are always in control!

Biohacking can be fun and great insight into how your unique body performs best. Cheers (but no alcohol for me in the morning) to you and your good health!

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Karen Heffron 

Mind Body Nutrition Coach

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