Biohacking and me

Serge Faguet is an entrepreneur that has written three long controversial articles on Hackernoon and revamped the term ‘biohacking’ for me.

The articles were designed to get attention, so please look past misused memes and click-baity headings.

Serge was also a CEO of a company I used to work for. While still a CEO, he did several seminars where he described his reasoning and methods behind (then called) life-optimization. I am one of the people that that was sold on the less hardcore part.

What does it mean for me in practical terms?

  1. A quarterly blood panel of around 50 blood markers
  2. Implementation of strategies to change the markers that are not in the green (e.g. try supplements, change training routines, etc)
  3. Eat less sugar. Switching from a lifetime consumption of the family-recipe homemade jam was hard at first, but now I actually enjoy how food tastes without any added sweetness
  4. Intermittent fasting protocol where I eat during 6-8 hours of a day, leaving the rest to fasting
  5. Sleeping at the same times daily: going to bed before 22:00 and waking up at 06:30.
  6. Daily meditation
  7. Free weights exercise. I used to do HIIT, but paused as my main goal is gaining muscle at the moment

What I haven’t done yet but plan to

  • Ketogenic diet for reported cognitive enhancements
  • Prolonged fasting as a cancer prevention
  • SSRIs and legal drugs
  • More sleep experiments (total darkness, coolness, and optimal CO2) with help from devices like oura ring

The results

Updated after two years

  • I’m more physically active and enjoy a better focus on the days that I’ve slept well, exercised and ate healthy. According to my self-testing.
  • I benefit from my life being more structured, i.e. when I don’t have to decide when to get out of bed, or what to eat today.
  • Blood panel has yet to lead to any actionable insights. Well, at least now I have a snapshot of how things were when I was 30 for reference in the future.
  • If nothing else, I view it all as a healthy hobby that is also a handy conversation piece.

After two years I’ve learned to be less rigid about these habits and indulge in a late night with friends now and then, knowing that the fatigue price I will be paying the next day is worth it.