There is someone alive today who will live to be 1,000 years old.The Independent
Do I believe that?
Not necessarily. But it illustrates science’s exponential growth.
Biohackers sit on the front lines. We investigate, experiment, and integrate select bleeding-edge technology into proven ancestral practices.
Enthusiasts design rigorous, individual n=1 biohacking experiments to vet futuristic compounds, therapies, devices, and practices years or even decades ahead of the standard.
You can be on the forefront too.
Without further ado, let’s investigate some of my favorite trends shaping the future of biohacking and health optimization.
Biohacking Future Trend #1: Peptides
Want to slow aging? Recover like wolverine? Build muscle like the hulk?
Consider tiny chains of amino acids called peptides.
These little amino pack quite the punch. Researchers are busy investigating them for anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and muscle-building purposes.
You may have unknowingly used them.
Collagen supplements are the most widely used peptide.
Other peptides are taking the biohacking world by storm:
- Melanotan II to protect against UV skin damage.
- Thymosin Alpha 1 (TA1) for immune and intestinal healing.
- Semax as a cognitive enhancer.
- Dihexa to improve learning and memory.
- Thymosin β-4 (Tβ4 or TB-500) for repairing and regenerating injured tissues.
- BPC-157 to heal the gut.
Right now they’re the wild west of performance enhancement. They’re hardly regulated. Similar to other dietary supplements, quality matters. Manufacturers often cut corners. To make matters worse, many peptides only work via injection. It’s one thing to swallow supplements contaminated with heavy metals and toxicants. Injecting them is a whole different league.
Biohacking Future Trend #2: Rapid Skill Development Available to the Masses
Mastering a skill takes years. Malcolm Gladwell found that the world’s foremost experts put in well above 10,000 hours of quality practice to get where they are.
What do you want to master?
Assuming you live to the ripe age of 100 and work the standard 2,000 yearly hours, truly mastering each skill costs five percent of your life.
Little kids pick up new skills in a fraction of the time. Not mastery, but they learn far faster.
Learning and mastery shortcuts can shave hundreds or even thousands of hours. Hours potentially spent elsewhere.
Meta-learning, or applying science to the learning process, promises greater memory, better knowledge integration, and faster expertise.
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (C.E.S) is a growing hack that stimulates the brain by sending a tiny electrical current across it. Applied properly, the minuscule current is safe and effective, with DARPA showing a 40 percent increase in learning speed.
C.E.S is one of many modalities seeking to improve the learning process by putting you into a brain state similar to a little kid (in terms of learning). Military, professional sports teams, musicians, researchers, biohackers, and other high-performers have taken a keen interest in this booming technology.
Biohacking Future Trend #3: Greater Results From Less Exercise
Days of spending hours pumping iron and running around the city are coming to an end.
If that’s your schtick, by all means continue.
You can stay healthy and transform your body with far less.
The industry is moving towards more frequent, short bursts of effort. Replicating what our ancestors most likely experienced. More people than ever are embracing the simplicity and effectiveness of small micro-movements throughout the day.
Biohacking Future Trend #4: Strength & Muscle Quicker
Training methods like blood flow restriction (BFR) are making long workouts all but obsolete. Want to build muscle and strength in 12 minutes per week? It’s possible.
Have some disposable income?
Biohacking Future Trend #5: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Hacked
HIIT has sprouted up across the world.
These days you can find classes in every city. It’s an excellent “anytime” workout. You can hit every muscle group in four minutes flat.
Some research shows HIIT to burn fat twice as effectively as low-intensity exercise.
This form of training gets results, safely. Remember, exercise is a stressor. More isn’t always better. That’s why trainers are seeing greater success with HIIT variations that emphasize rest (*gasp*) between sets. It’s alluring:Add rest between sets to "Burn 40% More Fat Than HIIT in 60% Less Time" Click To Tweet
Biohacking Future Trend #6: Yoga & Alternative Movement in Most Fitness Programs
Science is catching up to what many have known for centuries.
Qigong, Tai Chi, and yoga all realign and benefit the body, mind, and spirit.
These forms of intentional movement put us into positions outside of our normal standing, sitting, walking, and laying down. They relieve the stress of modern life.
Each practice recognizes the importance of the breath. They also teach us to get comfortable with discomfort, something widely applicable to life.
Biohacking Future Trend #7: Precision & Individualized Nutrition
Out with restrictive cookie-cutter diet plans. In with hyper-customization.
No one diet works for everyone. We are moving towards personalization across the board. Diet, environment, light exposure, meal timing, circadian typing, and exercise will follow suit.
Your ideal life may look nothing like those around you.
Roger Williams wrote about this phenomenon in his 1998 book Biochemical Individuality. Organ size, function, enzyme counts, blood composition, metabolism, hormones, and even reaction to compounds like alcohol, nicotine, and food preservatives.
We’re talking HUGE differences. His experiments showed a 50 fold (that’s 50 times) difference between individuals on the low and high end for a host of biomarkers. What does science do with these extreme outliers?
Averages them away. Crude summations hide the vast differences between humans.
Decades later, his concept of personalization is catching on.
Soon every part of your existence will be tailored to your genes, epigenetics, preferences, habits, specialties, microbiome, microviome, and more.
Biohacking Future Trend #8: Microviome Gets the Spotlight
No, that’s not a typo.
Think your gut microbiome is complex?
It pales in comparison to the microviome.
Similar to the microbiome, the microviome is a treasure trove of complex information.
Dr Zach Bush and Dr David Wolfe claim that there are orders of magnitude more viruses in your microviome than microbiome.
Search the internet and you’ll discover an appalling lack of information about the microviome.
Some scientists believe that disturbance to the population of the microviome may explain the sudden emergence of disease symptoms. Such as why a virus can lay dormant for years and then “decide” to become active.
We’re focusing mainly on the microbiome, but the microviome will be a new frontier.
Biohacking Future Trend #9: Food Becomes More Than Calories
We give the soil no love.
Organic or conventional nutrition doesn’t matter much if the soil is dead.
Humans actively till it and kill it, relying on chemical fertilizers to save the day.
It doesn’t work that way, and with each harvest our food becomes less nutritious.
“Food is medicine”, but only if it contains the necessary alkaloids. Current industrial farming processes ignore the alkaloid content of food.
No wonder sickness and disease continuously grow at alarming rates.
A great reason to start a home garden (I’m doing the same). Or, for urbanites, freshly sprouted produce. Both more than compensates for lackluster supermarket options.
Biohacking Future Trend #10: Reversion to Nature
What a boring low-tech future.
Going back to nature?
No matter how hard humans try to fight our biological past, we thrive most in natural environments. Chemicals, insulation, and indoor sedentary lifestyles don’t work over the long-term.
Our bodies and minds recalibrate with light and exposure to nature. Each exposure to natural stressors like the hot temperatures of saunas, or freezing cold showers build our nervous systems to more easily handle future threats. Natural practices turn us into more capable and resilient humans.
We can fight it with comfortable modern technologies, but we become frail and susceptible to disease. Practices like morning light exposure, clean environments, drinking clean water, eating clean food, grounding, and spending time in nature send precious information to our biology.
Exceeding Basic Health Becomes a Priority
Humans may have mastered overcoming acute injury, but chronic disease continues to rise.
Solely avoiding disease and injury isn’t enough though.
When you don’t feel great, your existence becomes dreary. Bland days blend together. You miss opportunities left and right.
We’re all seeking to improve the way we feel and perform. With enough time, the scientific community will embrace countless “fringe” futuristic biohacking health trend that works. That’s the way science works.
Remember, not all that long ago, you’d be ridiculed for suggesting that the world is round.
The future of biohacking holds great promise. Explore some of these hot topics for yourself to see what works. Just because it does (or doesn’t) for someone else, doesn’t mean it won’t for you.