‘Quality over quantity’ — going beyond the notion that living longer is living better

Every advance in modern technology gives us an increasing awareness of the factors that impact our body’s ability to function optimally. And with those insights often comes a myriad of cures, pills and tinctures claiming to help us live longer. But living longer doesn’t always mean living better.

At AirPod, we are passionate about offering innovative and restorative experiences, backed by scientific evidence, that are proven to deliver general health and wellbeing benefits. So, how can we go beyond the notion that living longer means living better, and use modern technology to biohack our way to longevity?

Biohacking is not new, but our technology certainly is

According to leader in the field Marc Cohen, MD, biohacking is the attempt to control biology and defy disease, decay and death, to the point of almost superhuman capabilities. Put another way, it is a term used to describe the practice of using science and technology to optimise human performance and health.

While ‘biohacking’ might sound space-age, the idea is not a new one. In fact, our ancestors were what Cohen calls “masterful biohackers” with their low-tech hacks designed to increase health and wellbeing, such as fasting, isolation, chanting, yoga, martial arts, body temperature manipulations, and traditional medicines.

However, what our ancestors did not have access to, but that our generation does — is super-human technologies that may hold the key to us living both for a long time and a good time.

AI, CRISPR, xenobiotics, nanobotics, probiotics, morphoceuticals, 3D-tissue-printing, cloud-computing, and blockchain technologies — early studies into each of these are already showing some promising results for human health. Even Carla Kriwet, Chief Executive Officer of Connected Care and Health Informatics, wrote recently for the World Economic Forum that:

“By learning from every patient, every diagnosis and every procedure, AI creates experiences that adapt to the professional and the patient. This not only improves health outcomes, but also reduces clinician shortages and burnout, while enabling the system to be financially sustainable.”

While in their infancy, these technologies can increasingly allow us to supercharge molecules, modify genes, manage microbes, regenerate body parts, manipulate our sensory inputs, and seamlessly monitor and track health metrics — all with the goal of improving outcomes and wellbeing.

It is worth mentioning that there are certainly ethical, moral and legal considerations to these technologies, and that the biohacking industry is sometimes referred to as the new ‘wild, wild west,’ however, there is a compelling case to be made that the future of health and wellness can be made more accessible, reliable, tailored, and consistent than ever before.

Early signs show us that biohacking can enable us to:

  • Identify and address health issues earlier or delay the onset of chronic diseases by helping to regularly monitor various markers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.
  • Create healthier lifestyle habits by monitoring our sleep, exercise and nutrition and prompting us to make individualised changes to optimise health and performance.
  • Optimise cellular function through biohacking practices such as fasting, cold exposure, light therapy, and Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) to promote cellular repair and have us feeling our best, more often.

For example, drawing on mHBOT technology, just a short time in an AirPod can increase oxygen in your cells in a pressurised environment, and supports the body to increase energy production, improve mind clarity, deepen sleep quality, and improve the health and wellbeing baseline. 

We live in an exciting time, with modern technologies and biohacking increasingly able to slow down the ageing process and extend lifespans, all while improving the quality of life, not just the quantity.

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