How Cryotherapy Can Benefit Your Immune System
The importance of your immune system is usually most appreciated when you’re sick. With the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, it has become increasingly evident how preventative care is just as, if not more, important as medications.
When you actively work on strengthening the immune system with cryotherapy, you’re less likely to get sick. And when you do get sick, the symptoms are usually milder.
What you eat and how much exercise you get are important, of course. However, nutrients aren’t the only way to ramp up your immunity!
Research on our bodies has surged over the last two decades, giving us knowledge never before realized. Some of those studies have focused on cryotherapy, or cold therapy.
With cryotherapy, a person is strategically exposed to extremely cold temperatures. When it’s done right through a knowledgeable medical team, it causes changes in the body that result in improved brain activity.
As a side result of these primary reactions, your immune system gets a huge boost.
Kickstarting Your Immune System With Cryotherapy
Sure, you could pop vitamins and supplements all day and stress about everything that goes into your mouth. Or you could sign up for an evaluation with an iCRYO medical team to see which cryotherapy options are best for you.
Just a few of the benefits you’ll see from your cold therapy sessions include:
When your body is exposed to the cooled air in a cryotherapy session, your internal body temperature naturally lowers. Your body reacts to this change in its otherwise typical level of homeostasis by becoming alert to potential danger.
The new level of awareness causes your blood to circulate faster, pushing your body to regain and keep its 98-degree body temperature. This increased blood circulation wakes your brain, and you, up.
While it’s pumping fresh, nutrient-enriched blood to your organs, they all have to step up how they regulate the new stimulation. All of your systems, from the circulatory to the immune, begin working to their highest ability.
As all of this is happening, the blood being pumped through your body is circulating into your cells with rich nutrients and oxygen. A bonus side effect of this induced circulation is improved cellular growth and regeneration.
Increased Waste Removal
Your body builds up toxins every day. When you walk outside, eat and drink, and perform an activity, they’re there.
Through your waste system, many of them are removed through urine, respiration, and other processes. But those that are not, stay in your body and weaken it, a little at a time.
Cryotherapy eliminates these toxins while your body undergoes a specific process. Your skin’s outer layer temperature causes the capillaries and blood vessels to constrict; this process is known as vasoconstriction. After that, they dilate, or vasodilate. When this dilation occurs, your body releases built-up toxins.
Even better, at the same time, your brain produces endorphins, the feel-good hormone.
Steps Up Nurse Cell Production
Your white blood cells, also called the “nurse cells” because of their ability to fight against infections, are a huge part of your immune system. When there aren’t enough of these cells, viruses and other foreign invaders can get by and cause damage.
Usually, an increase in white blood cells means there’s an infection going on somewhere in your body. But with cryotherapy, these nurse aids are boosted before the infection starts.
The extra white blood cells mean that more organisms can be detected and fought. This decreases inflammation, heals damaged tissue and muscles, and quickens recovery time after an injury.
Reduces Stress Levels
Whether you know you’re stressed or not, your body knows. And when it feels attacked or under pressure, it reduces elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol on a regular level is great. It keeps your blood pressure regulated and helps your body in other ways. But too much of it has been linked to weight gain, heart disease, and weakened immune systems through chronic stress.
Through the release of endorphins, cryotherapy reduces cortisol levels, improving your stress and your mood at the same time. This boost lets your body focus on more important things, like revving up your immune system and fighting foreign invaders.
iCRYO helps you sleep well too since it gives a melatonin release. Sleep is great to reduce stress and improve your immunity.
An Ounce of Prevention…
Benjamin Franklin had it right centuries ago. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your immune system, your health is at stake, and prevention should be taken seriously.
With cryotherapy offering so many benefits for your overall health, there’s no better time than right now to book an appointment today.