biohacking helps you overcome depression

The digital revolution has transformed the world and today, technology has become an established norm in our daily lives. Now, biohacking looks to be the newest revolutionary concept that is gaining huge popularity.

This article will provide you with the basic facts you should know about this latest trend.

What is biohacking?

Biohacking is a self-improvement method that goes beyond regular lifestyle changes.
Its goal is to improve physical and mental wellbeing by changing the internal body functions and the external environment together. You could call it a natural method of “human optimization”.

Biohacking is commonly called “do-it-yourself biology” since it can be done by the average person. Even the more experienced and adventurous biohackers are usually not scientists.

How is biohacking different from other self-improvement approaches?

One of its distinguishing factors is that biohacking often makes use of technology to collect data and measure results. This includes sleep and heart rate trackers, brainwave and mood monitors and various apps to stimulate body processes. However, this is not mandatory.

How does biohacking work?

Biohacking is a systems-based approach. The body is a system into which inputs like food, exercise and sleep are entered to achieve outputs such as weight loss, better mental performance or better sleep. This what the term biohacking refers to.

You interrupt the body’s current functions by changing the inputs that cause them. You do the same with your surrounding environment to achieve ab output that is more efficient and beneficial.

3 tips for biohacking depression

How can Biohacking Help you With Depression?

Depression is the curse of modern-day life. For many people, the constant pressure to get ahead, pay the bills, and be super-achievers at everything we do becomes too much to handle. We fall victim to depression, anxiety and other mental disorders when life becomes too overwhelming.

If you are depressed or feeling the onset of depression, biohacking your mental health can be the simplest way to overcome the issue.

Try these powerful hacks to tweak your body and mind for optimal mental well-being and improve your mood.

1. Enjoy Sunshine

Sunlight not only provides is with warmth and light but is also one of the most powerful – and natural antidepressants in the world. Science tells us that seasonal depression is linked to the amount of sunlight exposure a person gets.

Sunlight regulates the hormones melatonin and serotonin which help regulate and balance our circadian rhythm and mood. The sun is also a source of vitamin C, which the overall health of the immune system.

This hack is as simple as soaking your body in the sunlight whenever you get the opportunity!

If you live in a hot climate, expose yourself to the “orange” rays of the sun to avoid sunstroke or sunburn. This means spending time in the sun from early morning to noon and late afternoon to sunset.

If you live in a cold or rainy climate, take advantage of the sun whenever you can. Although this option is second best, you can use a sunlamp or consider color light therapy.

2. Eat anti-depressant foods

Some foods have amazing mood-boosting and calming properties that can very quickly alleviate depression symptoms. Eat the following foods every day to feel happy, upbeat and optimistic.

Dark Chocolate
Some people avoid chocolate because of its high sugar and caloric content but a square or to can work wonders on alleviating depression and giving you an instant mood boost.

A recent study has found that dark chocolate increases the amount of serotonin, the mood-boosting hormone, in the brain. Have one or two squares when you feel down to promote calm and well-being.

Avocados
This delicious fruit is packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B, K, C, E-12 and monosaturated fats. These nutrients promote overall brain health and can quickly neutralize depression symptoms.

Walnuts
Walnuts are packed with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for overall brain health and balance. A deficiency in either of the important nutrients can increase anxiety and depression symptoms.

Green tea
This age-old brew is packed with numerous health benefits, especially its powerful antioxidants. Green tea also contains the natural antidepressant and stress reliever teanine.

This is why you will feel calm and relaxed soon after drinking a cup of green tea. Try to drink green tea twice daily and remember, it can also be taken cold as a refreshing beverage on hot days.

3. Improve your mood with essential oils

Since ancient times, people have used essential oils for therapeutic purposes without really knowing how they worked.

Today, we know that the aroma of an essential oil stimulates the olfactory receptors which then send signals to the limbic system. The limbic system is the area in our brains responsible for emotions. This is why certain smells can trigger memories of happy or unhappy experiences we’ve had in the past.

Likewise, certain essential oils can cause your limbic system to produce feelings of optimism, happiness and well-being. Moreover, they are totally safe and natural except in the rare case that you may allergic to a certain oil.

The following essential oils are excellent for improving mood and alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety:

Lavender
This essential oil has been proven to alleviate depression and anxiety and almost everybody loves its heavenly scent. It can be used in a warm bath, in a diffuser or even sprayed on bedlinen to help you sleep like a baby!

Clary Sage
You may know that sage is a popular herb used on various cuisines bit did you know that its essential oil is a powerful antidepressant? A recent study suggests that this essential oil may be a more potent antidepressant than lavender.

Bergamot
This oil is extracted from a type of bitter orange grown in Italy. This oil is known to balance the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation and rest. And since depression is often caused by stress, this might be the perfect hack for you.

Conclusion

Understandably, you may be feeling a little skeptical. These three hacks seem too simple to be effective depression-busters. There’s only one way to find out – try them and see for yourself.

Experiment with these hacks together and track your mental state and mood. The great thing about biohacking is that you can customize each hack by experimenting to find out what works best for you.

Foe example, you can experiment with different essential oils and foods to see how your moods reacts best. You can  also choose to do more outdoor exercise, such as cycling or hiking on sunny days to get a double benefit, and so on.

Best of all, these are all-natural, totally safe methods for alleviating depression. Medication should always be, whenever possible, a last resort.

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