Immunity and Heat Shock Proteins

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One protein that plays an essential role in improving immunity and natural healing power is called heat shock protein (HSP). Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are particular proteins produced by the body when stimulated by heat. The body has an innate ability to produce HSP. They say that HSP production is stimulated when the temperature is 2 to 5 degrees higher than the body temperature. 

Hyperthermia began as a treatment for cancer, taking advantage of the fact that cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than normal cells. Still, it has gradually become clear that hyperthermia enhances the body’s immunity. One of the reasons is that HSP can repair damaged cells and increase by heat. 

Most cells are made up of proteins, which are extremely fragile and are continually being damaged by stress, active oxygen, ultraviolet rays, and heat. HSP then repairs the damaged proteins and restores them to their original form. 

HSP is present in almost all cells, and when HSP increases, the function of white blood cells, which are immune cells, is also activated. HSP also delays the generation of lactic acid, which is a fatiguing substance. 

How can we increase the amount of HSP in our daily lives? The most effective way is to take a bath and raise your body temperature. The ancient Japanese custom of bathing to warm up the body and cure illnesses and ailments can be based on the nature of HSP, which increases in a hot environment. 

The production of HSP decreases with aging. It is said that the decrease in HSP is one of the reasons why as we age, it becomes harder to get rid of fatigue and heal from injuries. Therefore, it is very important to keep the body warm and increase HSP daily. Let’s take advantage of the thermal stimulation of bathing to improve our immunity. 

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