Good Advice by Emily Laurence 1st September 2017
Silicon Valley is ground zero for birthing biohacking habits, AKA changing the environment around or inside of you so you have more control over your biology. No time to eat? That’s okay, you can live off Soylent. Want your coffee to give you energy and fill you up? Add some butter and MCT oil.
And it’s not just about food. Finding a way to sleep for five hours and still wake up refreshed, getting a killer workout in just 20 minutes, and perfecting a cocktail of supplements that might allow you to live an extra decade are all forms of biohacking. There’s only one problem: Most of the scientific testing for these tips are performed on men only, and face it, women’s brains and bodies just work differently.
“Women make the best biohackers because they are typically more in tune with their bodies.”
“Big picture, biohacking is the same for men as it is for women, but the individual tools are different because there are biological differences,” says Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof who is known by many as the original biohacker. Asprey has been preaching the practice for the last decade, but recently, women in the science, tech, and medical communities have started speaking up with their own tips, tailored for the XX chromosomal set.
For the record, Asprey isn’t offended in the least. “Women make the best biohackers because they are typically more in tune with their bodies,” he says. “Women go through changes every month and naturally find ways to deal with things like cravings, low energy, and pain.”
Here, eight women leading the female biohacking movement share their top tips, discovered through intensive scientific research and testing.