A Guide to Biohacking the Flu

Like a rite of passage, influenza (aka the flu) seems to come for some people every ‘flu season,’ laying them up for a week or more with pain, misery, and a desperate need for mom’s chicken soup. The truth is, we’re so used to the flu ‘going around’ that it’s almost as if it’s not a big deal. That, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.

The fact is, the flu causes untold death and health woes for millions of people annually. Since 2010, for example, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 10 to 45 million people were laid up with the flu every year. Between 140 thousand and 800 thousand of those people will be hospitalized, and between 12 thousand and 61 thousand will, unfortunately, die from the illness. (In 2019, the last year data was available at the time of this writing, the CDC reported just over 34 thousand deaths from the flu.)

When you see those numbers, it’s easy to see why millions of people get vaccinated for the flu every year. The truth is, the flu vaccination is seen by many as saving countless lives. While that might be true, some simply don’t want to get vaccinated. And, truth be told, some people get vaccinated and still get the flu since it changes every year.

It’s for these reasons that we’ve put together a Guide to Biohacking the Flu. The info, advice, and tips herein will give your body a better chance of resisting the flu and, if you get it, help you heal from it faster. So if the thought of having the flu again, this flu season makes you cringe, grab some vitamin C and a warm mug of matcha tea and read on!

Beating the Flu Means Having a Strong Immune System

Here’s the thing; your body has several amazing mechanisms to keep you healthy, and the most potent is your immune system. Like a good cop that’s always out on patrol, your immune system is always alert to destroy anything nasty that enters your body, including germs, microbes, viruses, and more. 

What’s even more fascinating is that your immune system learns. If you get sick from the flu one year, the next, your chance of catching the same flu will be much lower because your body will have built up a defense against it and will set up warning markers if it happens to comes around again.

In short, keeping your immune system strong is an excellent idea. It will prevent you from getting the flu and help you heal faster with fewer complications if you do get it. 

How To Biohack Your Immune System To Beat The Flu

Biohacking your immune system starts with eating a healthy diet that’s high in veggies, fruits, and lean meats. Keeping sugar, salt, and fat intake to a minimum is extremely helpful also, as well as alcohol, smoking, and (some) recreational drugs. 

Specific Supplements to help Biohack Your Immunity

Biohacking your immune system also means taking supplements since, unfortunately, many of the foods we eat today are substantially lower in vitamins and minerals than they were decades ago. The most important supplements for improving your immune system include:

  • Vitamin C- A powerful antioxidant and killer of free radicals, Vitamin C is also powerful for fighting stress.
  • Selenium- A cofactor in the production of glutathione, selenium is an essential mineral.
  • Nitric Oxide- nitric oxide helps your cells and molecules communicate. It’s also been shown to be very effective in fighting bacterial and viral infections.
  • Ubiquinone- the electron transport chain gets a boost from this powerful compound.
  • Vitamin B3 (aka niacin)- This vitamin is used in biosynthesis and increases Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) production. NAD is a co-enzyme of niacin that is in every living cell of your body
  • Vitamin D- This vitamin is crucial to regulating and balancing your immune system.
  • Zinc- essential for your immune system, zinc helps with hormone production and is involved in over 300 different enzymes’ function.
  • Lactoferrin- a strong antiviral, lactoferrin destroys viral pathogens, many of which caused infections.
  • L-Glutamine- the supplement is used to protect your gut’s lining, which is extremely important if you want to have a strong immune system.
  • Probiotics- Probiotics, like L-Glutamine, keep your gut healthy, which is very important for your immunity.

Specific Foods That Can Help Biohack Your Immunity

Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep your immunity strong during flu season. Below, however, are some foods that are immunity masters and can keep it humming along smoothly. They include:

  • Dark berries like blueberries and elderberries
  • Probiotic foods like fermented sauerkraut
  • Foods rich in sulfur like ham, black beans, split peas, beef liver, shrimp, mussels, and kidney beans.
  • Garlic and onions
  • Oregano
  • Chaga mushrooms, which amazingly have the highest amount of antioxidants of any food.
  • Reishi mushrooms. These amazing mushrooms raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels and help modulate your immune system.
  • Ginseng, which has powerful anti-microbial properties and also helps regulate your immune system cells.
  • Curcumin (from turmeric). Powerful antibacterials, antivirals and antifungals, curcumin, and turmeric should be in everyone’s diet!
  • Ginger (fresh, not pickled)
  • Astragalus

Strategies You Can Use to Biohack Your Immune System and Keep it Strong all Flu Season Long

Besides eating high-quality food and supplementing your diet, there are several other strategies that you can use to improve your immune system and keep the flu from kicking your butt every year.

Taking a Sauna Once or Twice a Month

Saunas, while extremely relaxing and enjoyable, are also a powerful way to flush toxins from your body and reduce/remove infections. They do it by improving the lymphatic drainage and your body and improving your blood circulation, both of which strengthen your immune system significantly.

Taking Ice Baths

While they may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, ice baths are extremely beneficial for your immunity. In fact, experts believe that cold water immersion provides major positive changes to your body’s immune system, lymphatic system, and circulatory system, which can significantly enhance your health and wellness as well as your quality-of-life.

Intermittent Fasting

If you’re a “foodie,” this strategy might not be your favorite either. Intermittent fasting involves going without food for most of your day (up to 16 hours) and then only eating during a specific ‘window’ of time. For example, eating between 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM, a window of 8 hours, and not eating the other 16 hours. Scientists have shown that this type of fasting increases the regulation of glutathione and also autophagy (destruction of damaged or ‘sick’ cells), which will protect your body against a wide variety of sicknesses.

Taking a Regular Sun Bath

With all the talk over the last few decades about how the sun is so damaging, you might be surprised to learn that it’s essential for your immune system. Experts recommend getting at least 15 to 30 minutes of sun exposure every day. It’s great for reducing stress and producing vitamin D. By the way, to balance your circadian rhythm, you should get sunlight in the morning. The reason why is that your immune system has its own circadian clock. If it’s disturbed, your immune system will suffer. Sunlight helps prevent that.

Grounding (aka Earthing)

Most people are removed from the earth by concrete, asphalt, and shoes, which reduces free electron passage back-and-forth between the earth and their body. That’s not good because earthing is one of the best ways to significantly decrease inflammation throughout your body and keep your immunity extremely strong. Experts recommend between 15 and 30 minutes a day of barefoot exposure to the earth on grass, sand, dirt, or any other natural surface.

Getting Excellent Sleep

If you have insomnia or don’t sleep well, your immunity will suffer greatly. Sleep is a critical time that your body needs to heal and recover. Not only that but when you sleep regularly and get a good night’s sleep, your body produces melatonin, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in existence.

Regular Exercise Of Any Kind

Not only will exercise benefit the way you look and feel, but it also strengthens your body’s defense mechanisms and your immunity. When you exercise, you increase your blood flow, reduce inflammation in your body, and reduce your stress, allowing your immune system to get stronger. Exercise has also been shown to help your body fight off a wide variety of infections and health conditions.

Using Technology To Biohack Your Immune System

We’re almost out of time today, but we wanted to leave you with a few of the best tech products that can help you biohack your immunity, including:

  • Blue light therapy
  • Red light therapy
  • Air purifiers and ionizers
  • Indoor plants
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Sunlight to inactivate microbes
  • A properly ventilated home

You’re All Set For Flu Season!

The strategies we have just given you, when put into effect, will significantly reduce your chance of getting the flu this season. They will also increase your general wellness and improve your health, as well as keeping your immune system healthy and strong.

We hope our guide to biohacking the flu has been helpful and answered all of your questions. If you have more or would like to leave a comment, please do so in the space below. And hey, if you have any interesting anecdotes or stories about your own trials and tribulations with flu biohacking, please share them with us! Thanks!

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