Mothers – could they be the original biohackers?
That’s a great question! What is a biohacker?
A biohacker is someone whose aim is to use science to optimise their brain and body potential.
Diet, sleep, activity and emotional health are just some of the ways Biohackers use to optimise their health.
Consider for a minute, what a mother does for her children.
1) Sneaky nutrients
It’s dinner time and there is mashed pumpkin with the potato in the shepherds pie topping.
And for dessert, there’s grated zucchini hidden in that chocolate cake.
Talk about nutrient dense food for every bite! Particularly for the fussy eater! Every bite counts!
Here are some easy hacks to sneak those veggies in: https://www.healthymummy.com/23-hacks-to-smuggle-veggies-i…/
And when children have those treats filled with sugar, artificial colours, preservatives and flavours, mothers often know when their kids are ‘off’. That these nasties have a negative effect on brain and body development.
2) Sleep controls the gremlins
Mums understand the importance of sleep for healthy growing children – because the consequences of poor sleep often means the gremlins come out.
More quality sleep means happier children, with happier mums.
According to a study done in 2008 in Canada, children need sleep for brain development, learning, growth and heart health – that’s some serious biohacking right there! (http://www.sncdsb.on.ca/bl…/sleep-brain-development-children)
3) Active, engaged children are happy children
Mums get it – children need to play. Movement, activity and fun – it helps their brains to develop and form strong and healthy neural highways.
As children play, they develop fine and gross motor skills through interacting with their world.
According to the raising children.net.au website:
In the first five years of life, your child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in his life. Your child’s early experiences – his relationships and the things he sees, hears, touches, smells and tastes – stimulate his brain, creating millions of connections. This is when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down.
A hug releases oxytocin – a chemical that gives the warm fuzzy rush when you give someone a hug. Children need oxytocin for healthy brain development.
Emerging evidence shows that, during early brain development, oxytocin helps to organize neural circuits in the brain and that these organizational effects may help the brain develop the capacity to execute sex-specific and context-appropriate social behaviors later in life.
These are just some of the ways mothers using the principles of Biohacking to help their children become smarter, healthier and happier.
To all the mother Biohackers, using your biohacking super powers – well done! You’ve been biohacking before it was a word or a thing!
Happy Mother’s Day & thank you for working hard to help raise a healthy and happy generation of biohackers.
Note: Dads are also incredible biohackers – so thanks to them too!