A HEALTHY DOSE
In this information age, there are endless theories about how to reach and maintain optimum health. I had been hearing about biohacking for a while, but had no idea what it was. Luckily, I know someone who could answer my questions. To learn more, I interviewed Lorelei Danilchick, whose roles include mom, wife, graphic designer and biohacking entrepreneur.
What is biohacking?
Biohacking, as I define it, is the art of manipulating (hacking) your biology using nature’s built-in mechanisms to stack the cards in your favor and become the best version of you. Maximizing your biological potential.
How did you get involved in biohacking?
I have been biohacking my whole life. I just did not use that term. Anyone that is intentionally working to live a full life is biohacking.
I was raised by a chiropractor dad and a mom who was always exploring how we could eat more healthy. I remember my dad used to barter his services with a local farmer so we would always get bushels of fresh corn and peas to shuck. Honestly, the meditative act of shucking peas is a biohack. I just did not know it at the time. I learned from my parents the importance of prevention. If you live a healthy lifestyle, you are more likely to avoid disease and pharmaceuticals.
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started biohacking?
Well, I have noticed my whole life that I am healthier than the average person. When I was 19 I spent a summer in West Africa, living with a village and working with masons to help build a prenatal clinic. This was like a mini-Peace Corp program. Every American on the trip got sick except me. By the end of the trip, people were taking bets as to whether or not I would get sick.
When I entered my 30s, I started to feel the first effects of aging. I live a very active life, so my body does get some wear and tear. I also learned about the lack of minerals in our modern soil and how our modern world creates so many toxic challenges for our bio-systems. You just can’t compare a human today with a human 100 years ago. Proper nutrition and supplementation have helped me gain energy and fight off illness.
I am critical by nature, so I don’t just buy whatever is on the shelf. I find brands that I trust and take products that I believe will help me live out my potential. This goes the same for my food shopping. My favorite food venue is the farmers market, then the co-op, then I go down a list of grocery stores. Each has its purpose in my life. My dream is to have a garden, but it does not fit in with our lifestyle right now. So I am a regular at the farmer’s market.
What can someone do if they want to start biohacking?
First of all, ask yourself what you want to achieve. Everyone has different lifestyles and different goals/desires. My biohacking now, with young kids, is different than what I was doing before I had kids, and I am sure my routine will be different when my kids are older. So, be realistic about what you can do and prioritize. Daily meditation might be really important for some people, whereas 3-4 runs a week is more important to another person.
My latest bio-hacking additions are Nrf2 and Nrf1 activation. I found herbal products that activate my body’s own ability to kill free radicals, thereby reducing my oxidative stress (slow the aging process) and improve mitochondria. That all sounded like crazy science jargon when I started to learn about this — now I have a business educating others about how they can optimize their body’s potential.
What daily habits help you to achieve optimum health?
I do believe everyone has to figure out what works for them. Every day I do a 7-minute workout, I take a probiotic, and omega 3, a Nrf2 activator, a Nrf1 activator, and I try to eat intuitively. I have a hard time following diet plans, so I just focus on whole foods and whole grains, avoiding sugar and processed foods as much as possible.
How could biohacking work for children?
Children are little humans. Their bodies need nutrition and their minds need positive influences to gain self-confidence, so that they can become contributing members of society. Everyone will benefit from biohacking.
For more information, you can find Lorelei on Facebook, where she is an administrator for a biohacking group that posts lots of interesting information from meditation, to nutrition to mindset to yoga to walking barefoot in the woods.
Lindsay Courcelle, CMT is a myofascial release therapist, part-time vegetable farmer, and natural health advocate. Email her at alchemyMFR@gmail.com.