With the term ‘#biohacking’ I refer to the endavour of a better understanding and taking control of my #meatsack and my #mind. To achieve this, it takes a wholly different mindset and some practices I listed further below. An integral part of my understanding of biohacking is a n=1 researcher’s view, taking tests and analyzing the results.
#quantified_self / #qs
quantified self refers both to the cultural phenomenon of self-tracking with technology and to a community of users and makers of self-tracking tools who share an interest in “self-knowledge through numbers.” Quantified Self practices overlap with the practice of lifelogging and other trends that incorporate technology and data acquisition into daily life, often with the goal of improving physical, mental, and/or emotional performance. (WP)
My very personal and indepth journey with #quantifiedself began 2015 when I suffered a severe flare up of Crohn’s disease. Managing pain, various bloodwork and health naturally includes having a second (and third) look on numbers.
The value is best explained with the following example: about one and a half week before I nearly died with sepsis, my heartrate rocketed and my HRV sank. I tracked my heartrate just because I was into running and explored my bodily reactions on different training regimes. Since this experience, monitoring my heart as kind of a early warning system is routine. Meanwhile my Oura Ring does the monitoring unobtrusively in the background.
Tools and Software I use for qs
- Apple Watch
- Oura Ring
- markdown text files (why textfiles?)