Be Safe From Coronavirus Outbreak With These Tips
As we all grow wonted to life in the age of novel coronavirus COVID-19, and scientists continue working on antivirals and vaccines, many experts are suggesting the public take a holistic approach to general health maintenance. And as biohackers know better than most, the positive immune response can be essential to staying healthy. 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.”
Hence, the study advises taking two 30 minute or less daily naps to help mitigate sleep deprivation’s effects on the immune system
Getting rid of sugar bio-hacks 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% good bacteria or probiotics.
You can check for gut dysbiosis through gut-microbiome tests from different companies, as well as take stock of what you’re eating on a daily basis. Fermented foods can help repopulate the good bacteria in your gut as well, leaving you with more energy and vitality.
It’s been known for centuries that fasting has been used as a health protocol. Paracelsus, a great healer in the Western tradition, wrote 500 years ago that, “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.” In 2014, Dr. Valter Longo of the University of Southern California discovered that fasting for three days could essentially reset the immune system. As summarized on Humann.com, holding off on eating for at least 16-18 hours after your last meal allows your body’s attention to become “focused on the current immune cells, recycling them and getting rid of the damaged cells. This means that during the fast, your body is running lean and mean with its white blood cells.”
This practice, of course, should only be done if you’re already healthy. But provided that’s the case, who wouldn’t want more time to complete projects at work and get healthier at the same time?
Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Stress
Stress causes 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. There are various forms of mindfulness practices, ranging from the slow-moving poses of yoga and tai chi to myriad breathing techniques. And a recent study in Translational Psychiatry adds that “there seems to be something intrinsic about meditation itself that can shift gene expression and even boost mood over time.”
Many airlines are now monitoring traveler’s health before and after flights. According to the CDC, those with no respiratory symptoms do not need to wear a medical mask. The CDC also recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of the virus and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever.
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