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Biohacking in Idaho 


Article by Tedi Serge

Photography by Kristen Fields

In Idaho, a quietly growing movement has been born; the world of biohacking. As many people have moved to Idaho and are looking for some of the wellness lifestyle that cities offer, Meridian now provides a state of the art biohacking center; Upgrade Labs. Owner and native Idahoan Hailey Smith is passionate about healing herself and her community through biohacking tools and technology. 

“My biggest takeaway from being a biohacker is by improving and optimizing my sleep, diet, exercise, recovery and brain fitness l feel better, look better and have the confidence to be the best version of myself.  By biohacking I have become more of a resilient human-being.”

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Idaho's biohacking community thrives in a unique blend of nature and innovation. Humans are designed to want to stay alive. Biohackers want to make sure their lives are long and their mind and body remain young. So their 100+ years on earth they can continue to be mobile and their cognitive health remain.

5 biohacks on a budget are: 

  • Add grass fed butter & mct oil to your coffee. This helps boost your metabolism, curbs your appetite and increases energy levels. 
  • Dry brushing for lymphatic drainage. This helps increase blood flow and cleanse your lymphatic system. 
  • Take charcoal when you consume food and drinks that you don’t want to absorb into your body (ie seed oils, refunded sugars, alcohol, etc) Charcoal is a binder and needs to be taken 2 hours away from any supplements or food that you want to nutritionally absorb. 
  • Fasting. Give your body a break by fasting. This helps with inflammation, increases cognitive performance, aids in weight loss and decreases the risk of metabolic disease. 
  • Get grounded. Have you heard of grounding? It’s when you walk barefoot on the earth to help reduce inflammation, pain, aids in better sleep and more. Although this can be hard in the winter months in Idaho. Hot Springs also offer grounding benefits.  Upgrade labs offers PEMF, Pulsed electromagnetic field which aides in grounding and increases energy production, immunity, detoxification, helps heal damaged tissues and bone, relieves injury-related pain, stimulates organs, activates the cell’s energy, and encourages natural repair and healing mechanisms. PEMF boosts cognitive and creative brain functions too. 

Idaho's biohacking scene is more than a subculture; it's a testament to the fusion of nature, technology and human potential. In the Gem State, biohackers are sculpting a future where the boundaries between biology and innovation blend. Creating a new way of living an upgraded life. 

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