Raising Your Core Temperature Helps Fight Viruses

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A recent Chinese investigation suggests COVID-19 is highly sensitive to high temperatures and spreads faster in colder climates; its most rapid spread is occurring at a temperature of 8.72 degrees Celsius (47.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fever is a core mechanism by which your body fights viral infection. You can simulate a fever by raising your core temperature in a sauna, steam bath, or by engaging in physical exercise to induce sweating.

Remember, proper exercise is one of the 5 facets of health that chiropractic has talked about for 125 years.

Coronavirus appears to be destroyed by high temperatures, which can easily be reached in a sauna.

The researchers recommend countries with colder climates “adopt the strictest control measures” to limit the spread of the disease. Hassan Zakaret, assistant director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research at the American University of Beirut, commented on the preliminary findings to South China Morning Post:

“As temperatures are warming up, the stability of the virus could decrease…if the weather helps us reduce transmissibility and environmental stability of the virus, then maybe we can bread the chain of transmission.”

James DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D., a cardivascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, recently highlighted a core mechanism by which your body fights viral infections, namely fever.

A fever is your body’s way of raising your core temperature, and most pathogens don’t fare well in high heat. DiNicolantonio argues high heat exposure activates heat shock proteins which may prevent viral nucleoproteins from being exported suppressing viral replication. Thus, sauna therapy may have potential against RNA viruses, particularly prior or early on in infection.

Other ways in which you can acutely and temporarily raise your core body temperature include sunbathing, taking a steam bath, exercise to induce sweating, or simply bundling up with warm clothes.

So, get outside and enjoy the sun in your backyard, take a walk around the block, exercise inside your home. Just sweat it out!

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