#biohacking

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.”[1] 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
  • qs_ledger
  • HPI
  • TheArchive
  • vimwiki

#lifelogging

#exobrain

  • markdown text files (why textfiles?)

#extendedmind

\cite{clark1998}

#dataliberation

#tools

#meatsack

#programming

#python