Biohacking: Definition, Safety, and Top 11 Hacks for Beginners
Biohacking and safety
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It can be described as citizen or do-it-yourself biology. For many, this consists of making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to make small improvements in your health and well-being.
It does have some merits, but experimenting on yourself without taking all the proper precautions can lead to unexpected side effects.
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Biohacking and safety
Is a broad term referring to the study of biological processes to inform technological advancement.
Biotechnology can range from using bacterial strains for brewing beer to editing genes using CRISPR. Advances or learnings in biotechnology often affect experiments in biohacking, and vice versa, but you don’t need biotechnology to biohack
Biohacking with nootropics
Nootropics are substances in natural, supplement, or food and beverage form used to increase cognitive function. This can include your mood, productivity, or attention span.
A common nootropic is caffeine. Other widely used nootropics include piracetam (medication used for improving cognitive function).
In supplement form, nootropics aren’t regulated by the FDA. In food or drinks, nootropics are usually safe unless consumed at high levels.
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