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Biohacking Made Easy with Algae

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What You’ll Learn

  • The science behind biohacking and why you should try it.
  • Chlorella algae pulls out toxins to help detox your body naturally to prevent aging and disease.
  • Why spirulina and chlorella algae are great to eat directly after intermittent fasting.

Biohacking has become a trendy buzzword in the health community. If you aren’t familiar with the term biohacking, it’s “the process of optimizing your health, longevity, and performance by changing your chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation[1]. The goal of biohacking is improved health, well-being, longevity, sleep, energy, and performance [2]. Put simply, it is the desire to function at your optimal level. Want to learn more? Let’s do this!

A Deeper Dive into Biohacking

According to the biohacking guru Dave Asprey, “biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you, and inside you, so you have full control over your own biology.” You will often hear biohackers discuss the difference between their chronological age vs. their biological age. The idea behind this is that although you may be one age in years, your body can be functioning and performing at a very different age. Say, for example, someone is chronologically 45 years old, but they are a smoker, are overweight, are on a long list of medications, and are not following a healthy, active lifestyle. They may be 45 years old, but their body could be functioning and performing at the age of a 65-year-old.

The critical thing to remember about biohacking is that it is individual. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Biohacking can range anywhere from using sophisticated devices, to reconnecting with nature or changing your diet and morning routine to enhance your overall well-being.

But you don’t need to purchase expensive biohacking tests to Biohack your health! There are a lot of simple and less costly things you can do to feel younger, live longer, and enjoy more vitality! Noted below is a short list of tips to get you started on your biohacking today- including taking algae!

1. Identify Food Intolerances

While most adults are aware if they have severe a food allergy, food sensitivities usually go unnoticed because symptoms can be delayed up to 48 hours. This delay makes it difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing the harm. Symptoms from food intolerances/sensitivities include headaches, depression, brain fog, allergies, joint pain, irritable bowel, skin issues, stomach aches, inflammation, and lethargy [3]. Although food intolerances are usually less severe, they can negatively affect the quality of life [4].

Biohack Tip: If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a sensitivity to a specific food or additive. Speak to your health care professional about different testing and treatment options. But first, we suggest you try an elimination diet. This diet is an easy and cost-effective way to start biohacking your way to a healthier life! Another tip is to add algae to your daily regimen. Spirulina contains high amounts of phycocyanin, which helps fight free radicals and gives anti-inflammatory properties [5]. And chlorella algae provides digestive enzymes that help improve your gut microbiome and digestion [6].

Try biohacking to become the best version of yourself!

2. Intermittent Fasting

Science is now showing that contrary to what we learned as kids, skipping breakfast may be extremely beneficial to your health [7]. Evidence now indicates that condensing your eating to 6 hours and fasting for 18 hours can trigger a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy. This is called intermittent fasting and is a straightforward, protective measure against many metabolic and life-altering diseases [8].  

That’s why intermittent fasting is not just about losing weight- it has been shown to help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar, and insulin resistance, all risk factors for heart disease [9]. Fasting may also have significant benefits for brain health by increasing the growth of new neurons that protect the brain from damage. When we fast, the cells in the body initiate a cellular “waste removal” process called autophagy [10]. Autophagy involves the cells breaking down and metabolizing broken and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells over time. Increased autophagy may protect against several diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease [11].

Biohack Tip: The only problem with intermittent fasting is that many people find they are tired and hungry when they aren’t eating for long periods. That’s why we recommend taking spirulina algae tablets like ENERGYbits in the morning or whenever you are tired or hungry. Spirulina and Chlorella are both ketogenic, which means they don’t decrease your ketones or increase your glucose, so you stay in a “fasted state.” Spirulina also has a 95% absorption rate, and it’s packed with over 40 nutrients, essential fatty acids, protein, and is easy to take on the go. You won’t find anything better to put in your body any time of day, whether you are intermittent fasting or not!

Spirulina and Chlorella help to keep you in a fasted state.

3. Cold Therapy

Coldwater immersion activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and promote a sense of health and well-being [12]. When it is practiced regularly, cold water immersion can even provide long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive systems that enhance the overall quality of your life [12].

Cold therapy also aids in restoring your blood-brain barrier (BBB) by increasing blood flow and nitric oxide to your brain, which helps improve the integrity and suppress the degeneration of your brain [12]. Cold therapy also helps to increase cell longevity, helps to induce rapid fast loss (increases metabolism by 16% [13]), lower your appetite, and strengthens the appetite-regulating Vagus nerve connection between your gut and brain [12]. Cold showers can also help reduce brain fog, improve overall energy levels, and trigger a flood of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, which helps you feel happier [12].

Biohack Tip: Ease into your cold showers or stick your head under the cold water to get you used to it! Start with 30 seconds a day and work up to 60 seconds cold and 20 second hot ratio. Focusing on your breathing will help you resist the cold. As a reward, treat yourself with some chlorella algae tablets like RECOVERYbits to give your body a cleansing shower on the INSIDE! Chlorella pulls out toxins like those released from the cold, and its high chlorophyll is deliciously cleansing for your cells and mitochondria. Speaking of which, chlorella tablets taste delicious eaten with macadamia nuts!  Yum!

4. Light Therapy

We live in a world where we are surrounded by bright LED lights, computers, televisions, smartphones, tablets, all of which expose us to varying amounts of blue light. Blue light isn’t necessarily bad; in fact, it is good to be exposed to during the day. However, it’s incredibly confusing to our bodies when we are exposed to it at night. Many studies suggest that blue light stresses your brain, and it tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime. This inhibits the production of melatonin and reduces both the quantity and quality of your sleep [14]. We all know how important sleep is! There are also some excellent red light therapy companies like Joovv, who have become known for their high-quality light therapies.

Biohack Tip: Turn out the lights in your home one to two hours before bedtime, switch to red lightbulbs in your bedroom, use blackout blinds or a sleep mask, switch your electronic devices and smartphones to night mode and red mode (google “red light trick for phone”). You can also order blue-blocking glasses for the night, and incorporate algae to your diet.  And if you wanted to include a nutritional Biohack, algae is your answer! Algae has high amounts of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, like zeaxanthin and lutein, which protect your eyes by absorbing photon light that can damage your eyes and interrupt neurotransmitters [15]. Wow eh?

5. Algae Tablets

Most people understand that proper nutrition will help you boost, protect, and recover your health, but shopping, prepping, cleaning, and cooking all that great food can be complicated and time-consuming. Eating fewer processed foods and incorporating plant-based whole foods is a good start, but if you’re looking for optimal health, performance, and longevity, you need more.

Biohack Tip: That’s why algae is the easiest Biohack solution! Hands down taking algae tablets like ENERGYbits are your number one Biohack. No carrying, cleaning, cooking, or clean up. Nada. Just swallow and go. Easy Peasy. In the second it takes you to swallow a handful of algae tablets, you give your body the nutrition it not only craves but needs to perform optimally, satisfy hunger, and boost your mitochondria, brain, and gut into a higher level of homeostasis and performance.

Quite honestly, whether you are interested in biohacking or not, algae is quite possibly your last chance to be adequately nourished. Our world is toxic, our children are nutrient-deprived, our bodies are fueled with sugar, and our rates of disease are skyrocketing [16]. Algae can help prevent all of this. It is the most nutrient-dense, high protein, plant-based, sustainable, safe, organic food in the world [16]. Algae quickly and safely satisfies hunger, supplies all your daily nutritional needs, improves energy, focus, athletic performance, removes toxins, provides natural detox, helps prevent chronic disease, and boosts longevity and wellness [17]… need we say more?

IN SUMMARY: Biohacking is all about what works best for you. So, don’t worry if you feel some of these biohacking tips are not for you.  But whether you are interested in biohacking or not, the one tip we urge you try is algae. Taking a handful every day is fast, easy, keto, vegan, safe, affordable, scientifically proven, endorsed by doctors, and it has worked for over fifty years.  Now it’s your turn!

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