The best biohacking gifts in 2019
Table of contents:
- What is biohacking?
- Sleep is the most important
- CozyPhones Sleep Headphones
- REM Dreamer Lucid Mask
- Get more energy
- Philips Wake-Up Light
- Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
- For pumping brains
- Muse headband
- Lifelogging for beginners
- Yunmai Smart Scale
- QardioBase 2
- Bellabeat leaf
- Lumo lift
- Xiaomi Mi Band 2
- Advanced Lifelogging
- Mio alpha
- Garmin Fenix 5S
- Polar A360
- Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Contour Plus+
- Biohacking tests
- Keto-Mojo blood testing kit
- Refuse industrially processed food
- Biohacking diet
- Alcohol and salt
- Eating good food
- Industrially produced meat
- Sugar in any form
- Short term fasting
- Plant food
- Dietary ketosis
- Biohacking tips
Biohacking in 2019 can involve discussion focused on a radical diet and potent drugs, the safety of which has not yet been proven. We think that biohacking itself does not seem stupid and ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with meticulously examining changes in our body, thinking about what we eat, pumping the brain and using safe means to improve our sleep and personal effectiveness. That is why we have collected the best biohacking gifts (basically you can call them biohacking tools) in this text.
We believe that as products evolve, technologies will become ubiquitous, and tracking our core indicators will become a habit. In the meantime, scientists have not developed yet the active microchip, able to move inside our body and register all the metrics.
Some people believe that there is nothing radical in biohacking NFC implants and chips under your skin. The others perform gut-wrenching biohacking experiments. However, we think that such steps should be made by more advanced biohackers. If you want to see whether biohacking is something for you or prefer not to insert some alien devices in your body than you will find a lot of suitable and harmless devices in this material. In this article, we have compiled a list of the best gifts for biohackers for you with which you can start improving yourself today.
What is biohacking?
Although this phenomenon is not a novel at it might seem, the biohacking definition can be still vague and controversial. Some people regard biohacking as an activity to study biology and alter biological substances and creatures with technology. Another quite popular approach says that biohacking is an activity to enhance our own body, measure different parameters and increase our wellbeing with technologies directed at the biological activity of humans.
Sleep is the most important
CozyPhones Sleep Headphones
These headphones help to fall asleep due to a pleasant sound background. They consist of a soft strip of polyester fabric with the inconspicuous speakers inside. They connect to a smartphone or player via Bluetooth, like regular wireless headphones. But, unlike the latter, in SleepPhones, you can sleep on your side and turn around – the bandage will not fly off. There is nothing to distract you from sleep. Some people believe that there are hidden biohacking secrets that will let you live healthier and longer. We think that 80% of result comes from 20% of effort and thus healthy sleep is one of the key factors of your wellbeing and biohacking succes.
REM Dreamer Lucid Mask
This is a mask for lucid dreams, which allows you to see lucid dreams without training. The device is a usual knitted sleep mask with six LEDs on the inner side of it. They are activated by a custom timer, when a person begins a fast phase of sleep, and thereby “awakens” her inside the dream. Quite a simple device but we believe that it can help thousands of people to wake up in the mornings and this included in our top list of the best gifts for biohackers.
Get more energy
Philips Wake-Up Light
The Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 mimics the dawn. In addition, the device replaces the bedside lamp and is able to convincingly imitate the sunset in order to stimulate a smooth immersion into sleep. The device also plays five types of natural sounds (for some reason Philips included the piano), and an FM radio is built into it. Biohacking light is a very important part of increasing our wellbeing. It is not a surprise that for centuries people related life with the light and that light is vital for our health and activity.
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker prepares filtered coffee for those who do not wake up to the first cup of a damn good (and hot) drink. Through the mobile application, you can set the exact water temperature, set the time for pre-wetting of the beans, and even set the height of the coffee maker above sea level. In addition, the device can automatically turn on at a certain time. You can set it in the evening to make coffee in the morning. It might seem that usually, coffee is a too common product to be connected to biohacking but we assure you that it is not so. There are even special sorts of biohacking coffee that are low-toxic and were developed specially for biohackers by famous biohacker Asprey. He has developed a bulletproof coffee which became quite popular among IT entrepreneurs in the San Francisco area and around the United States. A lot of people practice coffee diet refusing to eat anything and only drink bulletproof coffee for days.
For pumping brains
Muse neuro-hoop reads brain waves with seven separate sensors and transmits them to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Such a complex system ensures learning meditation through a proprietary application. The creators of the device claim that three minutes of workouts per day improves concentration, attention and emotional state. This device can be one of the easiest ways to biohacking your body and mind without implanting any devices under your skin.
Headspace mobile application is an interactive meditation learning system. This is a more old-fashioned approach than neuro gadget and includes audio and video lessons from the guru of awareness Andy Paddikomba. Ten different lessons are available for free, the next ones are available for a paid subscription. You can present a subscription to a close person as a gift. Mindfulness will help you in biohacking depression and other mental disorders.
Lifelogging for beginners
Yunmai Smart Scale
Yunmai Smart Scale is a compact “smart” scales measure 12 indicators at once, including the percentage of water, fat, and protein in the body, muscle and bone mass, BMI (body mass index) and the weight itself. Data is transferred to the smartphone via Bluetooth, the application keeps statistics of measurements and analyzes it. The user receives personalized text reports and recommendations on nutrition and exercise. Such smart scales can be a vital element for your biohacking diet as youwill be able to control your weight and monitor it constantly.
Being a larger model of the Picooc series, the S3 scales have identical functionality: they measure 12 metrics and provide access to analytics via a smartphone. However, in size, these scales better suit people with large feet. The second difference is the Wi-Fi module, which enables the scales to synchronize with the cloud without the participation of a smartphone.
The QardioArm “smart” tonometer simultaneously measures pulse, systolic and diastolic pressure, and then collects statistics from this data in the application of a connected smartphone or tablet. The device itself inflates a cuff on a hand, therefore it is easy for them to use without assistance. The Qardio application is able to catch arrhythmia in time, which is especially important for people suffering from diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Smart scales QardioBase 2 measure the weight, the percentage of fat, muscles, and bones in the body. Data is accumulated in the application, which contains detailed statistics of changes in the body. A rare feature is available – the mode of conducting pregnancy. Scales are part of the Qardio “ecosystem”, so it is convenient to use them in conjunction with other “smart” devices to monitor the health of the same brand.
A rare representative of the category of “smart” jewelry, pendant Bellabeat Leaf, serves as a fitness tracker for its owner. Its focus is specifically at women because it monitors the menstrual cycle, as well as sleep phases, overall activity, steps taken and calories. The battery lasts for six months of work, which is very much in the world of trackers.
Posture Corrector Lumo Lift is closely monitoring that its owner does not slouch. The device discreetly attaches to clothing and vibrates with each attempt to habitually bend over with a hook. The corrector calculates how long you managed to keep your back straight, and in addition fixes steps and minutes of activity. The device’s battery lasts for five days of work – a full working week with a flat back.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a simple fitness tracker that tracks the pulse, counts steps, monitors activity and sleep. Its OLED-display shows data or notifications and time. A relatively inexpensive device for many becomes a ticket to the magical world of lifelogging. However, it provides only a superficial look at the processes taking place in the body.
The Mio Alpha fitness bracelet features a high-precision optical heart rate sensor and captures the pulse throughout the day. The data obtained in a special formula are converted into points of a personalized activity index (PAI), which indicates how well you are doing with physical fitness and heart health. The metric adapts as the other indicators change, so it always remains relevant. The device also counts calories, hours of sleep, and steps.
Garmin Fenix 5S
Garmin Fenix 5S multisport watch has a built-in heart rate monitor, accelerometer, GPS antenna and GLONASS. It tracks many difficult physiological metrics – from pulse to maximum oxygen consumption, lactate threshold and cadence. The device will be great for outdoor enthusiasts and those involved in various sports.
The Polar A370 wrist unit is a fitness tracker but also belongs to the category of advanced sports devices. The A370 has an optical pulse sensor, a large full-color LCD touchscreen, and a Bluetooth module. The tracker helps to train in a suitable heart rate zone, tracks activity 24/7 and provides access to individual running programs.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatches look like good classic watches with a strict design. However, inside the water-resistant steel case, there is a heart rate monitor, altimeter, barometer, speedometer, GPS antenna and 4 GB of internal memory for downloading music. There are not so many built-in sports functions. But the device has a lot of applications (however, there are not many of them either, since the OS of the clock is Tizen and not Android). The battery lasts for three or four days of work.
Apple Watch Series 3
The latest model of “smart” watches Apple combines tracking of the most important biometric indicators with a characteristic “apple” design. Watches measure the pulse, count steps and calories, train meditations, remind to drink water and motivate sports feats. Their most significant advantage is autonomy from the smartphone and a large number of applications. Nevertheless, the battery lasts only 18 hours of inactive use, that is, every evening they just have to “park” on the charge.
This awesome and easy to use DNA test even does not require your blood. You need to buy the test, provide a sample of your saliva and send the sample to the laboratory. In 6-8u weeks you will get the results that will explain your origin and will help you to understand more about your ancestors and family connections. Although this is not a very common biohacking test, it is quite exciting, easy to use and interesting.
The Contour Plus+ blood test allows you to know blood glucose levels at home without any complications. The strips provide accurate results even at lower glucose concentrations. The device allows you to add more blood if the first sample was not enough. But at the same time, a sip-in sampling ensures that you provide the right amount of blood on the first try. Since there is no coding technology involved, the device eliminates errors due to miscoding.
Keto-Mojo blood testing kit
This blood testing kit allows you to know your sugar and ketone levels instantly. The device has an easy-to-read screen and can be used by elderly people and people with bad eyesight. The meter can store up to 1,000 tests that allows you to keep the substantial statistics. It is quite portable so you can even take it with you in travels.
Alternatively to using gadgets and tools a lot of people tend to use biohacking diet and a way to feel better and live longer. Same as a training program, any diet works more efficiently, being developed for a particular person. No nutritionist knows you better than you yourself, so remember everything you read about wholesome food, set a goal – and make your own nutritional program.
A special diet can help to feel better, get rid of not only excess weight, but also attacks of anger and low confidence. Read the following chapter and find out whether the biohacking diet is suitable for you.
Eating good food
An incorrectly set goal, for example, to lose weight – will not add health and well-being in the future. As soon as you achieve it, you will gradually begin to return to your usual sausages with beer and sandwiches with sweet tea and gain weight again. Fully eating good food is your main concern.
Refuse industrially processed food
You will find dyes, preservatives, stabilizers, flavor enhancers, and most importantly, sugar in any industrial product, even in a “useful” yogurt. Only by buying natural products – raw meat, curds with sour cream, vegetables and fruits in farmers’ markets – you will more or less be able to protect yourself against a huge amount of unnecessary and certainly not healthy chemistry.
Alcohol and salt
Alcohol, in addition to the obvious harm, negatively affects the quality of sleep. Salt increases blood pressure. In general, these products create about as much harm as pleasure. Try to exclude them from your food intake or at least significantly reduce the quantity of alcohol and salt that you use.
Industrially produced meat
When you take a tray with chicken from the supermarket shelf, keep in mind that it was stuffed with all kinds of chemicals to grow faster. In all its life this bird has not taken more than a few steps in a closed cage. Find a pleasant farm on the Internet, go there and check whether animals grow in normal conditions. Ordering fresh meat from familiar farmers is more convenient than running around the markets. In general, keep in mind that the cheaper the food, the less likely it is to be considered natural. Take an interest in, for example, what dairy sausages are made of.
Sugar in any form
All nutritionists agree on this point: none of the modern diets contain sweets, soda, fruit juices, cookies and other sweets. Rice and pasta are also harmful simple carbohydrates – most nutritionists (if not all) recommend replacing them with complex carbohydrates (for example, white rice with brown). But nevertheless, one can argue about pasta: properly cooked with vegetables and olive oil, it hardly hurts you much. The main thing is to immediately burn all the calories obtained in this way. Moreover, in the same Sardinia – the birthplace of centenarians – pasta is eaten regularly.
There are several types of biohacking fasting. You can eat once a day, three or four times a week. It is not necessary that this scheme will suit you. Try at least not to eat from six in the evening until ten in the morning.
At the expense of vegetables, you can greatly increase the amount of food eaten: if you like to eat a lot, prepare a huge vegetable stew. In addition to potatoes, vegetables can be eaten with almost no restrictions – with good olive oil vegetables are not so plane to taste. This item will require the most effort: you will have to accustom yourself to vegetables. Useful cereals – for example, buckwheat and brown rice, as well as lentils, quinoa, and nuts – all this must certainly be on your menu.
Keto diet means to eat high-fat foods with a minimum of carbohydrates. This is the most controversial item in the biohackers diet. In fact, it contradicts the desire to almost completely switch to plant food, because the ketodiet consists mainly of meat dishes.
When composing your own nutritional program, keep in mind that the biohackers sometimes drink a glass of wine, eat bread and pasta. So do not set yourself impossible tasks – at first it is quite possible to do without fanaticism.
To make a personalized diet, you need to regularly monitor the state of your body: according to the level of vitamins, markers of metabolic health, chronic inflammation and other indicators. Along with harmful, there are also good products containing real geroprotectors – substances that slow down aging: mature cheeses, mushrooms, grapefruit, greens, berries, lentils, buckwheat, nuts and leafy vegetables. By the way, boiled and steamed vegetables do not reduce mortality in epidemiological studies – only fresh ones.
- There are six areas of biohacking work on yourself: sleep, nutrition, physical activity, neuropsychiatric health, medical tests and taking food supplements and medicine. It is important to work in all six areas. You will not get a healthy sleep without a good psychological state. Normal physical activity is impossible without healthy sleep, and so on.
- Every morning (just every) you need to wake up at the same time. It would be nice to go to bed at the same time too, but this is hardly possible. The bedroom should be dark, cool (18-19 ° C) and with a sufficient level of humidity. If necessary, you can use an eye mask. It is important to observe what makes sleep worse and avoid it. For example, sleep may become restless due to alcohol or an evening gym visit.
Remember about nutrition
- It is important to remember that cancer is one of the main threats to humankind right now. Cancer cells feed on sugar, so it must be excluded from the diet, even in the form of fruit juices and honey. In addition, cyclical starvation is useful for preventing cancer.
- Although it makes no sense to become a complete vegetarian, it is worth refusing cheap ready-to-cook products of animal origin and meat from supermarkets. You should also stop salting food. Eat more foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as avocados, nuts, and fresh red fish.
- Physical activity is important but running, walking, and the like is almost meaningless. Doing the exercises is necessary not for long, but very intensively, at the limit of possibilities. Most of the load should fall on the legs, so the largest parts of the body are activated, which gives more effect to improve metabolism. Do not forget to warm up.
- Stand whenever you can stand, not sit.
- Meditation works, although the mystical side has nothing to do with it. Stop lying, even out of politeness, even in small things. Strive to minimize stress.
What cannot be seen
- Pass all the tests that are available to you. Blood tests, allergy tests, genetic tests. Allergens provoke inflammatory processes in the body and strengthen existing ones. Blood tests will help you to understand if your blood sugar level is in order. You will know whether the thyroid gland works well, what are your iron levels, inflammatory markers, and other important things. Check your kidneys and liver, check the hormonal balance.
- Almost everyone lacks vitamin D. The optimum level can be achieved naturally by only working as a lifeguard on an Israeli beach. The rest should be taken as an additive. And the level of iron for men should be reduced to female indicators, it will help to prolong life.
- Smoking is really bad. In general, any smoke is harmful. Avoid inhaling it. It is also harmful to eat and drink from plastic containers. Smoke and plastic are one of the main sources of permanent poisoning.
There are many devices on the market that can help you to measure different bio-parameters of your body and lifestyle. People who call themselves biohackers try to use these metrics to enhance their health and quality of life. Biohacking is something that is available for anyone with the help of easy to get gadgets. These gadgets that we have included in our list will help to monitor your health, look for possible improvements and allocate problems. The sooner a person discovers any issues the easier it will be possible to solve them. So consider these gadgets as valuable gifts for your close friends or relatives. You will make sure that their health is under control and show your care to them.