Top 5 tips to Biohack your way to good digestion.

Biohacking is one of our favourite topics here are The Maas Clinic.

“Simply put, biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so you have more control over your own biology.”

Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof, and a pioneer of biohacking*

Here are our 5 top tips you can use to Biohack your way to good digestion.

1.

Improve your sleep.

Sleep is a vital part of your wellbeing. You have on average 7 – 8 hours per night to rest and repair your body and mind, it’s helpful to learn how to use those hours to their best effect.

There are many ways you can improve your sleep, including:

lowering the temperature of your bedroom

taking a Magnesium supplement – as it supports the movement that that food along your gut as it gets digested

taking a Melatonin supplement – as it boosts immunity and reduces inflammation

improve the oxygen levels and quality of air in your room by using a Somac unit.

limiting stimulants, including caffeine, sugar and alcohol

2.

Try Meditation or Mindfulness.

Your brain is an organ, and like all of your other organs it needs time to rest. Every day we are bombarded with information, which can make it hard to switch off.

Taking the time to be mindful has huge benefits. It has been proven to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and lower blood pressure. Which in turn has a positive impact on your body’s ability to function.

You can try using a meditation app, or practicing another activity which is meditative for you, like walking, painting or gardening.

We love Headspace and Calm.

3.

Take an allergy panel and use the results to adjust your diet.

Many people are allergic to foods they are not aware of. Often we think of an allergic reaction as being immediate, and some allergies are, but others take longer to kick in and to leave your system.

If you want to improve your gut health, try taking an IgE and IgG allergy panel, and using the results to adjust your diet for 60 – 90 days. After that time, take another test, and see which food groups remain showing as ‘allergic’ for you. At this point you know that it’s best to avoid them for your long-term health.

You can order an allergy panel through your naturopath or Functional Medicine practitioner.

Results take 7 – 10 days to arrive, on average.

4.

Add Monolaurin into your routine.

Monolaurin is a byproduct of coconut fat. You can consume it by ingesting coconut oil, or by taking a supplement form of it.

Monolaurin is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It promotes good gut health since it combats some of your gut’s biggest enemies, namely bad bacteria and unwelcome fungi. It dissolves the lipid envelopes of these viruses, getting them to deflate, in doing so they can’t stick to human cells.

Look for organic cold-pressed coconut oil, or Monolaurin supplements. You can purchase these from Amazon, your local vitamin store, or Amrita. As a bonus, you can try cooking with coconut oil, you’ll still get the benefits of Monolaurin and it’s delicious!

5.

Look into probiotics.

Probiotics can help to re-populate your gut with healthy bacteria. These can be particularly impactful if you have taken a course of antibiotics.

We suggest consulting a health care provider if you are planning on introducing a probiotic into your routine.

Biohacking may sound intimidating, but the smallest of shifts, like taking a probiotic, can make a huge difference to your health and vitality.

We recommend Garden of Life Primal Defense.

If you are curious to find out more about your guts and digestion and how The Maas Clinic can help you to address any symptoms or issues you may be having, why not take a look at our guide to your guts and digestion, here.