Biohacking seems to be all the rage lately, but what is it, what does it do and how can it benefit you? What are some of the latest and greatest technologies to help our bodies perform at optimum levels and recover from some of those older injuries that just don’t seem to be going away? Maybe the fountain of youth is closer than we think!
As our bodies mature, there are many therapies and treatments available to help us, but with so many options out there, it can be difficult to understand their differences and what benefits they offer.
Let’s take a look at four biohacking therapies, how they work, and how they can help you.
One of the options available at Connery in our spa for residents to use for those with chronic pain or acute symptoms from a recent injury, is the pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) mat which offers a non-drug solution for your pain.
Unhealthy cells typically have a lower electromagnetic charge. However, by directing small amounts of energy to a specific part of your body, PEMF therapy restores normal cell function and produces a wide range of benefits.
To make the most of this treatment, all you have to do is lay on the PMEF mat or place it on your affected area, and the mat does the rest of the work.
- pain relief
- improved circulation
- better mood
- increased immunity
- improved healing from injury or surgery
- reduced stress
- reduced fatigue
Red Light Therapy
Low-wavelength red light can help improve your skin’s appearance by targeting the mitochondria in your cells, which are the cell’s primary power source. Giving the mitochondria more energy allows the cells that make up your skin to work more efficiently.
For this treatment, you will either lay in a full-body LED light bed for a certain amount of time or receive targeted treatment by a practitioner using a device with panels of red lights.
Red Light Therapy Benefits
- reduces inflammation
- increases blood circulation
- reduces wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars
- improves rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema
Grab your towel and head to the sauna at Connery to soak up its anti-aging benefits. Sitting in this room heated to 158° – 212° helps to raise your skin temperature, inducing heavy sweating and higher heart rates.
The higher temperature also helps to widen your blood vessels, increasing circulation.
- eases pain
- improves cardiovascular health
- reduces stress
- may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Let’s take a closer look at anti-aging in the cells.
DNA methylation is a reaction in the body where a methyl group is added to DNA, proteins, or other molecules. When this small molecule is added, it can regulate the genes responsible for preventing different types of cancer, such as colon, breast, and lung.
DNA Methylation Key Facts:
- Promotes regular gene expression, preventing diseases that result from dysfunction.
- Can be improved by adding B vitamins, folate, and choline to your diet.
- May be used to determine early disease risk.
Try a Biohacking Therapy Today
Whatever your aging-related concern, there is likely a therapy available to help treat it. Whether you want to improve your skin or ease your pain, there are actionable steps you can take to increase your well-being and make this time in your life the best yet.
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