You’ve heard of hacking computers, hacking smartphones, hacking email. You’ve even heard of hacking elections. But what about hacking your body? At first it sounds like something out of Brave New World. But biohacking is really all about self-improvement. And while it can range from at-home DIY projects to high-tech lab experiments, there are a number of ways you can start to incorporate methods of biohacking into your daily routine.
WHAT IS BIOHACKING?
Let’s start with the fundamentals. Biohacking is essentially the practice of changing our chemistry and our physiology through science and self-experimentation. It’s a broad definition, but that’s also because the idea of “biohacking” is constantly evolving. It can be as simple as lifestyle and dietary changes that improve the functioning of your body. It can be as daily as wearable technology that helps you monitor and regulate physiological data. Or it can be as extreme as implant technology and genetic engineering. The possibilities are endless, but they are all rooted in the idea that we can change our bodies and our brains, and that we can ultimately become smarter, faster, better.
We talk a lot about cardiac health. After all, heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. And we will go to great measures to protect ourselves as best we can. We also talk a lot about skin health – slathering on sunscreen as part of our daily routine and supplementing our diets with collagen-boosting foods. Weight loss, inflammation, memory, GI health – these are all at the forefront of our minds. But how often do you think about bone health?
The thing with bone health is that it creeps up on you. Roughly up until the age of 30, men and women actually build more bone than they lose. So we are constantly strengthening our bones and working on bone density. But when we hit our mid-30’s, things change. And if you’ve passed that benchmark, you may have felt that shift.
At this point, women lose about 2% of bone density every year, and that continues for a few years following menopause. This leaves her with a high likelihood of experiencing osteoporosis.
Men, on the other hand, lose bone density at a much slower burn. But they continue to lose bone mass until the age of about 65. So even though they may have adequate bone mass for a longer period of time, the older they get, the more susceptible they are to developing osteoporosis.
So what do you do? Consider trying OsteoStrong – a non-pharmaceutical way of improving bone density, strength and balance.
According to OsteoStrong’s website: Research indicates that the stimulus required to activate the growth of healthy bone tissue is 4.2 multiples of body weight. However, this level of force would be exceptionally difficult to achieve on your own. That’s why OsteoStrong utilizes the Spectrum System, which is part of a new category of devices called the Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System (RDMS).
The Spectrum System consists of 4 separate devices. Under the supervision of a trained technician, each device allows you to easily and safely achieve forces in excess of 5 to 12 times your own body weight.
The company behind OsteoStrong maintains that this system is not meant to replace exercise, but to supplement it. In fact, their system is meant to increase bone and muscular strength in a way that you can’t achieve in a gym, but will show immediate results in the way you perform while working out. It is meant for everyone and every age. And, it only takes about 7 minutes per week. Customers have seen increases of 4 to 12% in bone density per year.