When we think of cold weather, we also assume that cold weather causes colds. When temperatures hit 50 degrees, your blood vessels narrow and reduce blood flow near the body’s surface. However, shivering caused by the cold weather or oscillatory muscular activity happens when your core body temperature drops about one degree below its normal temperature around 98.6 degrees. When left too long in this condition, our body becomes more vulnerable to colds.
Cold Temperatures Improve Immunity
We all know that the cold extremes can help improve our immune system thus increasing immune response and support during the cold and flu seasons. We are meant to brave the cold weather – however, sometimes we are not dressed appropriately or sometimes – it really is too cold to stay outside longer than a few minutes!
You Don’t Get Cold with Cryotherapy
The difference between cold weather and cryotherapy is that cryotherapy reduces the temperature in a controlled environment that lasts 2-3 minutes. And, you won’t shiver or get too cold. We use nitrogen gas which is at sub-zero temperatures, so it is like taking a dip in something you’ve never experienced before. In fact, most people who are new to cryotherapy state they did not get cold and feel stronger afterward.
Whole Body Cryotherapy and Your Immune System
Whole Body Cryotherapy makes your immune system stronger by working with your body, not against it. During vasoconstriction while in the cryo chamber, your blood is being pumped faster to all major arteries. During vasoconstriction, toxins are flushed from muscle and skin surface tissue. Red blood cells are enriched with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes, while toxins are flushed from peripheral tissues. Vasoconstriction causes more blood to be pumped into internal organs.
Upon exiting the chamber, the body vasodilates and the enriched blood is released back into the skin and muscle tissues. Nutrient-rich blood loaded with white blood cells function optimally and enhance other processes in your immune system. White blood cells include neutrophils, phagocytes – and this increased count of antibody protection creates a stronger immune system.
Now, the stronger your immune system is, the more likely you are to stay healthy and more resistant to colds – even as others around you are coughing and sneezing. That means less over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions in your body – which further enhance your strength and immunity.
Sounds cool, huh?
Keep away from colds all year round with Cryotherapy and stay health-conscious!
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