The Start Of My Biohacking Journey (7 Simple Biohacks)
Human Window's Martin Caparrotta interviews Tim Gray (Photo: Human Window)
Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
Updated on August 12, 2019

I’ve always been interested in testing new ways to achieve optimal health, but I only recently came across the term ‘biohacking’.

Last week, I met up with and interviewed Tim Gray for the site. Tim is known as one of the UK’s leading biohackers and he’s also the founder of the Health Optimisation Summit.

The term ‘biohacking’ can sound pretty daunting but Tim defines it in a pretty simple way. “Essentially, all we’re doing in biohacking is mimicking a natural environment in an unnatural world,” he explains.

I feel like I’ve always known about certain downsides of modern city life when it comes to our health. For example, most of know that blue light after sunset is probably not great for our sleep, and that tap water contains chemicals that are not so good for our gut health.

However, I’ve never properly implemented solutions and documented the results on a consistent basis.

So, this marks the start of my biohacking journey. Here’s a list of the seven things I will be doing for the next 30 days as I aim to biohack my way towards optimal health.

1) Wear Blue Blocking Glasses After Sunset
2) Natural Daylight Optimisation
3) Hydration Optimisation
4) No More Tap Water or Plastic Bottles
5) Oral and Dental Optimisation
6) Eat Fermented Food Every Day
7) Nature and Grounding

So, how am I going about doing all of these things? Here is my biohacking plan in a bit more detail.

1) Wear Blue Blocking Glasses After Sunset

The Problem: Blue light tells our body that it’s daytime and that we should be awake. Therefore, the blue light we’re exposed to from mobile phones, televisions and computer screens at night is not good for our circadian rhythm (our body clock). Before the introduction of the electric lightbulb, the only blue light we would have been exposed to would have been from the sun during the day. This was the case for most of human history. Nowadays, we are frequently exposed to blue light after dark – and that can severely disrupt our body clock and a whole host of bodily processes as a result. It’s not just the blue light from our devices that we need to be wary of. Indoor lighting, car headlights and subway trains are all culprits too.

The Solution: Wear blue light blocking glasses after sunset. They filter out the most harmful frequencies of blue light and allow you to continue with your day-to-day life. Using ‘night mode’ on your electronic devices is a further bonus.

Blue Light Device
Blue Light after dark is not good for our sleep (Photo: Adobe Stock)

2) Natural Daylight Optimisation

The Problem: We don’t see enough natural sunlight at the important parts of the day (sunrise and sunset). The specific type of light in the sky during sunrise and sunset helps to tell our body what time it is, and keep our circadian rhythm on point. Getting natural sunlight is much more important than just topping up your Vitamin D levels, there are a whole host of benefits that come with it, from hormones to sleep. For more information on this and to keep up with the latest research, follow Matt Maruca.

The Solution: Commit to seeing as many sunsets and sunrises as possible for the next 30 days. Be outside in natural daylight as much as possible. Do not wear sunglasses while outside in natural light.

3) Hydration Optimisation

The Problem: Mineral-rich water is hard to come by these days. We are electrical beings and need the electrolytes from high quality water to function at an optimal level. Most filtered and bottled mineral water is low in mineral content, which means we need to drink more of it to stay properly hydrated.

The Solution: Re-mineralize your water using a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. Even better, use a hydration sachet such as Totum Sport or Quinton Hydration. They contain all 78 electrolytes.

Hydration
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4) No More Tap Water or Plastic Bottles

The Problem: Tap water often contains chemicals and hormones that are not good for our system. In particular, tap water often contains nasty chemicals that can kill our gut bacteria, which is not good. Plastic bottles often contain BPA, a chemical which mimics the female sex hormone Estrogen. This is obviously not good. Plastic bottles often also contain other chemicals that aren’t good for our health, and we all know they’re not good for the environment.

The Solution: Don’t drink tap water again. Use a high quality water filter at home. Use glass bottles when out and about. Use a non-plastic bottle for the gym and while you’re out and about.

5) Oral and Dental Optimisation

The Problem: Amalgam dental (metal) fillings are made of 50 per cent Mercury and an alloy usually consisting of silver, tin and copper. Mercury is highly toxic to humans. Although the amount of Mercury in each filling is small, I’d prefer not to have a known toxic substance in my mouth at all times. Check out the post I recently wrote about amalgam fillings on the site. Root Canals can harbour bacteria.

The Solution: Consider having your amalgam fillings and root canals removed. I recently had my three amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite fillings. Talk to a certified dental professional before making a decision about this, as these procedures need to be done safely.

Mercury Amalgam Filling
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6) Eat Some Fermented Food Every Day

The Problem: We live in a sterile world, and that means that we are eating far fewer fermented foods than we did for much of human history. Maintaining healthy gut bacteria is important for overall health. Fermented food can help to keep our gut bacteria topped up and healthy.

The Solution: Eat fermented foods such as Organic Sauerkraut or Greek Yogurt on a regular (preferably daily) basis. This is my Saurkraut of choice right now.

7) Nature and Grounding

The Problem: If, like me, you live in a city, then you are probably quite disconnected from nature. It’s important for our mental health to do what we can to disconnect from hectic city life from time to time and reconnect with nature. It’s also important to physically connect with the earth where possible. Known as ‘Grounding’ or ‘Earthing’, physically touching the earth can help to get some negative electrons, which could help to reduce inflammation in the body.

The Solution: Reconnect with nature and ground out where possible. For me, this means a weekly swim in the lake at Hampstead Heath. Swimming in the sea or a natural lake is also one of the best ways to practice grounding.

Wellbeing
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Final Thoughts – Wrapping Things Up

So there you have it, the seven biohacks I’ll be experimenting with over the next 30 days.

If you want to stay up to date with my biohacking journey, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@martincap) and subscribe to our YouTube channel here at Human Window.