All of this extra-time at home has many of us considering new DIY projects, but have you considered DIY biology? American Chiropractic Association Rehabilitation Council President, Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, partnered with PHYTO-ZOL for the start of our webinar series. Dr. Tucker led our webinar participants through his top 5 biohacking tips that you can do right now while staying safer at home.
What is Biohacking?
Dr. Tucker describes biohacking as, “making good choices for life and living.” In order to live a long and fruitful life, we need to have a clear idea of our goals for our bodies and minds and imagine how we want to live life as we age. While biohacking can include a variety of actions with this goal in mind, Dr. Tucker says that a biohack is an activity that enhances our physical abilities, specific skill, overall health and well-being, or longevity.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker’s Top 5 Biohacking Tips:
#1 Focus on the Quality of Relationships
While many of us are social distancing during this time, it’s more important than ever to maintain our personal relationships. It’s more than just maintaining these friendships and closeness, it is striving to achieve positive and healthy relationships as a key to good health.
#2 Get on a Walking Program
No matter your age or fitness condition, the most important biohacking exercise is walking. From walking with the dog, to more intensive runs and sprints, get moving.
#3 Fasting and Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is the act of cycling between periods of eating and fasting. These windows of time can range depending on your goals. Overall, intermittent fasting is proven to contribute to cellular healing, detoxing, antioxidant defense, and weight loss.
#4 Consider Biomarkers
There are several biomarkers which can be tested and analyzed by your clinician to aid in biohacking efforts. Dr. Tucker identifies some of these as:
- Telomere length test
- Hemoglobin A1C (<5)
- High sensitivity C-reactive protein (<5)
- Plasma Homocysteine (<6)
- Lymphocyte Response Assay
- First morning urine test for pH
- Vitamin D
- Omega 3 index
- DNA tests
#5 Try Cold Therapy
Cold therapy, or cryotherapy, is a treatment where the body is exposed to sub-zero temperatures in order to stimulate benefits such as beauty, anti-aging, weight loss, muscle recovery, and overall health and wellness. While not everyone can participate in these types of treatments, anyone can see these benefits through cold showers. By starting your showers with the coldest temperature as possible, you’ll experience some of the benefits of cryotherapy.
Unlocking the benefits of these practices can potentially help you feel better and live a healthier lifestyle long term. While experience with these techniques may range from person to person, these tips are a great starting point for anyone looking to experience the benefits of biohacking.
In partnership with PHYTO-ZOL, Dr. Jeffery Tucker is offering his free ebook for those interested in bringing a topical cbd serum to their practice. Download the free ebook here.
Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB
Dr. Tucker’s interest in putting together the arts and science of Pilates, yoga, stretching, medicine balls, stability balls, rubber tubing, balance training, chi gong, weight training, cardio training, endurance training, diet, chiropractic, performance enhancement, muscle and massage therapy, has been evolving for more than 20 years. He completed Chiropractic training at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and has a postgraduate Diplomate degree in Rehabilitation and is certified in chiropractic spinal trauma.