Updated: Jul 12
In a previous article I described the different aspects of mind-management, such as becoming more aware and increasing your level of present awareness (LPA) and finding the right balance between doing and being, and overall upgrading your level of thinking.
Think about the brain as the hardware, and the mind as the “operating system” or software, which runs on this hardware, performs its work and produces results (e.g., in the form of thoughts) and creates your experience of your personality or ego.
Compare this with your car: If your engine is not in good shape, is faulty, or does not have the proper or sufficient fuel, you will experience a suboptimal driving experience. Therefore it is a good idea to make an effort to ensure it's properly fueled, and you schedule periodic maintenance check-ups to maintain it well.
Your brain should be more important than your car, right?
Isn’t it, therefore, reasonable to prioritize the effort to take good care of your brain and body?
Unfortunately, most of us don’t do that, although many of us modern individuals have sufficient knowledge on how to do it (e.g., proper sleep, nutrition, exercise.)
A simplified formula to a better functioning mind is quite simple:
Better body = better brain = better mind!
In the past years, through continuous and countless new discoveries in medicine and science, we have now the situation that lots of applicable knowledge is out there on how we could leverage that access to knowledge to optimize our body and well-being. Many (good) books are available, and communities around these topics are forming and growing.
Over the past years, many individuals took advantage of this knowledge explosion. They investigated practical steps and methods that can be applied to increase their energy levels and overall well-being. You may have heard the more geeky terminology “biohacking” to describe this effort.
What is Biohacking?
Biohacking is the optimization of performance, health and well-being by utilizing science, technology and a deep understanding of human physiology and nutrition -Biohacker’s Handbook
It is therefore highly supportive and complementary to your mind-management practises.
Biohacking can be broadly categorized into these primary focus areas or aspects of optimizations:
Nutrition (incl. Micronutrients)
Intermittent Fasting (IF)