Affectionately known as the 'Queen of Health Optimisation', Natasha Rudatsenko is a Biochemist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Naturopath and Longevity Advocate - and a true champion of the wellness revolution in the Middle East.

As the Founder of Health Nag, the GCC’s premium wellness community, Natasha is a well-known figure in the industry and is on a mission to make the world a healthier and happier place with her passion and drive spanning the last two decades. 

The brand is the region’s voice that does not sugar-coat. Unapologetically honest and straightforward, the wellness movement prides itself on being a community company first and foremost. Offering a range of supplements including Bioactive Collagen Gel, Liposomal Vitamin C, Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea, Pro Enzymes, Glutathione and Whey Protein as well as Detox Packages designed to nourish the body, Health Nag’s products provide customers with an unparalleled sense of wellness, energy and mental assertiveness. 

Natasha’s feature on biohacking

Biohacking… This word has been really trending lately.

Biohacking to me, is basically being your own doctor. It means understanding how your body functions, how it operates, its biochemistry, structure and then hacking OR optimising its processes to achieve your ideal health.  It’s the shortcut to transforming your health, beauty, fitness and mind using an evidence and science-based, pro-active approach, that radically improves your brain, body, and energy levels in the shortest period of time. It is nothing to do with sci-fi, just pure biochemistry and neurofunction optimisation.

If you’ve ever looked at ways to improve your performance in the gym, then you’ve engaged in biohacking. If you have been taking anti-aging supplements, that’s biohacking too. If you have done a face peel before to stimulate collagen, again this is biohacking. It is all about understanding the anatomy and your neurochemistry and then manipulating it to your advantage.

Myth 1: Biohacking Offers a One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Optimal Health and Performance

To start with, the biggest biohacking myth that needs debunking is the belief that biohacking offers a one-size-fits-all solution to optimal health and performance. It is a common misconception. There is no universal approach or set of techniques that will work equally well for everyone. It is a highly personalized journey that requires experimentation, self-awareness, and a deep understanding of one’s own body and needs.

Each individual is unique, with different genetics, lifestyles, environments, and goals. Therefore, what works well for one person may not work for another. Biohacking is not about following a rigid set of rules or copying someone else’s regimen but rather about a process of self-discovery and continuous optimization. A perfect example would be, ice baths. Just as great they can be for some, they can be health-disruptive to others.

Successful biohacking involves customising techniques and interventions to suit individual preferences and requirements. This may involve tracking biomarkers, experimenting with different diets, exercise routines, sleep patterns, supplements, or stress management techniques, and observing how these interventions affect one’s health and performance.

Biohacking is not a quick fix but a long-term commitment to overall well-being. It requires patience, consistency, and a willingness to adapt as needed based on feedback from the body.

Myth 2: Biohacking is Only for the Elite or Superhuman

One common myth surrounding biohacking is that it is reserved for superhumans, elite athletes, or individuals with only specific genetic advantages. This misconception often stems from the portrayal of extreme biohacking practices in the media or social media platforms, which can create the false impression that biohacking is only accessible to a select group of people. It is for everyone. That is why I like calling it just simply – health optimisation.

The reality is that biohacking is for everyone interested in optimizing their health and performance, regardless of their starting point. Biohacking encompasses a wide range of practices that can benefit individuals from all walks of life, including those seeking better sleep, improved mental clarity, increased energy levels, enhanced focus, weight management, stress reduction, and overall well-being.

It is not about achieving superhuman abilities but rather about empowering individuals to take control of their health and make meaningful changes to support their goals and aspirations. It is an inclusive approach that encourages people to explore different techniques and strategies to enhance their health and quality of life.

Myth 3: Biohacking Involves Only High-Tech and Expensive Gadgets

Another common myth is that biohacking requires expensive gadgets, cutting-edge technology, or access to the latest equipment to be effective. This misconception can create a barrier for individuals who believe that biohacking is financially out of reach or requires significant investment in specialized tools or devices. Biohacking can be your easily accessible daily routine. Simple techniques such as proper hydration, regular exercise, nutritious eating, adequate sleep, mindfulness meditation, and stress management are fundamental biohacks that do not require expensive equipment or resources. Biohacking is not just about technology but also about lifestyle changes, mindset shifts, and self-experimentation. Many effective biohacks involve basic lifestyle modifications that can be implemented without breaking the bank, making biohacking accessible to a wider audience.

Myth 4: Biohacking Can Cure All Diseases and Prolong Life Indefinitely

There is a widespread misconception that biohacking holds the key to curing all diseases, reversing aging, and extending the human lifespan indefinitely. This myth often arises from exaggerated claims or unrealistic expectations about the transformative power of biohacking practices. While biohacking can certainly support overall health and well-being, it is essential to recognize that biohacking is not a panacea for all illnesses or a fountain of youth. It should be seen as a complement to a healthy lifestyle and functioanl medicine, not a substitute for medical treatment or professional guidance.

Myth 5: Biohacking Always Involves Extreme or Risky Methods

Biohacking is sometimes associated with extreme or risky methods that prioritize results over safety and long-term sustainability. This myth can create misconceptions about the nature of biohacking, leading some individuals to believe that biohacking involves pushing boundaries or taking unnecessary risks with their health.

In reality, biohacking emphasizes safe, evidence-based, and sustainable practices that prioritise holistic well-being and long-term health. While some biohacking techniques may be cutting-edge or unconventional, the majority of biohacks focus on optimizing lifestyle factors, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and mental well-being in a safe and responsible manner.

It encourages individuals to experiment with different approaches, track their progress, and listen to their bodies to ensure that interventions are beneficial and aligned with their health goals.

Myth 6: Biohacking is a Quick Fix for Health Issues

Another prevalent myth about biohacking is that it offers a quick fix or instant solution to complex health issues or challenges. This misconception can create unrealistic expectations about the speed and ease with which biohacking practices can deliver results, leading to frustration and disappointment if individuals do not see immediate changes. Biohacking is a journey of continuous self-improvement that requires patience, dedication, and consistency to see sustainable results. While some biohacks may provide rapid benefits or noticeable improvements like sauna or meditation, the true power of biohacking lies in the cumulative effects of long-term lifestyle changes and ongoing optimization. By setting realistic expectations, embracing gradual progress, and staying committed to long-term goals, you can harness the transformative potential of biohacking to enhance your quality of life.