This is the question on everyone’s mind as we face a worldwide crisis. We don’t yet know how to fully prevent or manage the harm caused by COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus that is new to us all.
We see online claims that we can “boost” our immune system with just about everything from Vitamin C or Vitamin D to crucial oils and silver nanoparticles. But how do we know which of these recommendations, if any, really work?
That’s a tough question to answer, mainly because the immune system is not “one thing” that we can simply measure. It’s an intricate and delicate system with many different components. Helping one section might impair another, or boosting a certain section may have nothing to do with fighting viruses.
That makes knowing what to do challenging. Plus, how do we know if something that helps with another virus will help with this new coronavirus? As you can see, there is much we basically cannot know.
Finally, if you are older or have an underlying health situation (including diabetes and high blood pressure), you have an increased risk of severe symptoms, and potentially, loss of life from COVID-19. We recommend taking every precaution to avoid it. While the following suggestions are not ways to prevent you from contracting the virus, they are easy ways to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
As noted in a recent study from the Sleep Foundation, without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye. Chronic sleep loss even makes the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond.
Getting rid of sugar biohacks your immune system by removing a food source for the “bad” bacteria in your gut that can kill off your good bacteria. Autoimmune problems and digestive issues are telltale signs of gut imbalance. Ideally, your gut should be 85 percent good bacteria or probiotics.
Stress reasons an inflammatory response within the body that can greatly affect your fight-or-flight response by releasing too much of the stress hormone cortisol. It also leaves us more vulnerable to infections and disease, both in and out of the office. That’s why mindfully meditating has become a must for any biohacking entrepreneurs.Leave a reply