Biohacking: Feeding The Musician's Mind

When it comes down to it, we are all some very well-oiled machines while in its optimum state, if we treat our body as well as we can. As we’ve reminded our readers before, although we aren’t doctors, we love being able to investigate theories and methods behind biohacking. Wondering what biohacking is? “the activity of exploiting genetic material experimentally without regard to accepted ethical standards, or for criminal purposes.”. We’re simply here to relay some condensed research to you, along with a few of our own very real experiences and experiments. 

For a musician, focus is crucial. Much like many other specialties in life, there are so many miniature details that remain under the listener’s tiny microscope, whether they know it or not. It doesn’t matter if you’re a songwriter, performer or engineer - your unrivaled focus is your very best weapon and it should be as tuned up as possible. 

The idea behind this movement is that you’re able to take your life into your own hands. You’re no longer just along for the ride, at the mercy of your body and brain. If we’re being honest though, you never were. We’ve more so been at the mercy of trusting the information around us and relying on other’s previously gained knowledge when it comes to health and fitness. 

TigerFitness reminds us that “Biohacking is a cutting-edge combination of biology and hacking. The use of the tools around us to bypass physiological issues, problems, and road blocks. The improvement of health and performance - both mental and physical - through the foods we eat, and with the aid of scientific advancements.” While we do not recommend any extremes, it can be fun, insightful and enlightening to test out what little additions to your diet and lifestyle can do for you.

We all know that an easy fix for focus is caffeine, yet the side effects that come along with it, can lead to a life of reliance on that early morning coffee kick. On those days when you don’t have time to stop for a cup of joe, you’ll really feel it. In addition to the always controversial caffeine, you’ll also find sugar. It is said that sugar can provide one with an alertness similar to caffeine, yet with that, still comes the crash.

How about avoiding the crash all together? Let’s consider a few more sources that may be a bit more natural, in theory. Ginseng, avocado and whole grains are said to give a boost to brain function. HealthySD lets us know that “Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is linked to less cognitive decline as you age.”

You know that there’s only one thing that we’re always reminding our readers of when it comes to health and diet for the music mind - it’s the importance of sleep. Sleep is the simplest and most surefire way to make the most of when your brain is awake. Your body and mind must rest. Without proper sleep, the rest of these little hacks won’t do much good. 

Those who study ADHD claim that “Protein helps balance your blood sugar and focus, and provides the necessary building blocks for brain health. Great sources of protein include fish, skinless turkey or chicken, beans, raw nuts, and high-protein vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. A protein source linked to a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: A diet with higher levels of them has been linked to lower dementia and stroke risks and slower mental decline; plus, they may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older. For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.”

Before attempting any of this in real life, we suggest consulting your doctor first. Due to the nuances of each individual’s complex system, variables can have extreme effects from person to person. This is not something to be taken lightly, as it's incredibly important to prepare and plan when it comes to your health. This doesn’t mean that you can’t partake in a bit of the biohacking experimentation trend, it just means that it’s better to be safe than sorry!