What's Biohacking anyways?


We are back with a new digital health topic where we are covering Biohacking, the concept and how it is evolving towards a new era of embedded technologies meant to make human super human! Biohacking as a concept is also known as do-it-yourself biology “like a hacker way”, to maintain or improve your body. Do-it-yourself biology is gaining a social significance where a individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. 
As biohacking is expanding, users uses embedded technologies within human body to better monitor and control body to gain human health and productivity.  
While it sounds like a science fiction, lot of biohacks are getting developed to take the health management to next level. Right from stress management, better memory and focus, or controlling specific vitals, everything is possible with biohacks. 
Popular examples of biohacks will be electronic tattoos, magnetic implants, chips or some traditional bio hacking techniques used since ancient times involve meditation and intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting like 1 meal per day or regular fasting in a week can help in maintaining sugar levels or to keep a track of your body weight.  
As per an interesting latest media report, researches are developing microchip at DARPA in partnership with Northwestern University, that can help control sleep cycle and treat sleeplessness. While this will be tested on soldiers, if done right, it will open up possibilities of new dimensions while treating sleep related disorders and overall health. (Reference link as published in Freethink.com)

Types of Biohacking

There are many types of Biohacking that are getting popular. For example -

·      Nutrigenomics: Nutrigenomics focuses on how the food we eat and the nutrients in it, interacts with the genes in our body.

·      DIY biology: DIY biology (or DIY bio) is a biohacking type lead by people with deep knowhow, required education and relevant experience in scientific fields. The team simply shares tips to non-experts that conducts experiments outside controlled environments like labs or medical offices

·      Grinder: Grinder is a biohacking subculture that sees every part of the human body as hackable. For ex. these types of biohackers may convert themselves into cyborgs by embedding magnets, chips, or computers under their skin. Imagine a person with an embedded chip can do following –

o  Walk in inside an office without requiring a swap

o  May just pickup a product, scan and pay a bill, walks away through the touchless point of sale counter with a swap of the wrist

Rise of Micro dosing and Nootropic

Another popular trend that seems to involve micro dosing of psychedelics drugs that is believed by biohackers to be used for cognitive performance and creativity boost, to mental health treatments is slowly getting popularity. Scientists refer to these benefits collectively as nootropic effects.

OTC Nootropic another one, doesn’t mean psychedelics, or prescriptions, for example CBD and the trend says market is growing. As per a report from grandviewresearch.com

The global cannabidiol market size was valued at USD 2.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.2% from 2021 to 2028. Due to its healing properties, the demand for cannabidiol (CBD) for health and wellness purposes is high, which is the major factor driving the market growth.

Bacopa monnieri, also called Brahmi, a traditional Ayurvedic ancient medicine is believed to help treat multiple mental disorders like Alzheimer's disease, memory improvements, dealing with anxiety and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some more allergic conditions, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and as a general tonic to fight stress. 

The virtual conference ICPR2020 last year enlisted some important findings into the latest psychedelic research trends.

A quick Reddit search when combined with Google trends data highlights trends including omega-3alpha GPCashwagandha, and l-theanine.

Some predictions in this segment–

Biohacking Market is projected to reach USD 63 Billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 19% from 2021 to 2028. Biohacking refers to the use of function-enhancing drugs or the use of external or internal implants to improve cognitive function, memory, and creativity in individuals.

-         Source: marketresearchfuture.com

The Opportunity ahead - From our standpoint, we believe while biohacking will go through more scientific backing through controlled trials, usage of them in wellness, mental health treatment, meditation, lab testing, or in consumer digital health is up for grab! Biohacking will definitely take self-monitoring, tracking and preventive health strategies to next level! 

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Health Viva Team