All living organisms naturally degenerate with time, succumbing to the aging process as they approach the end of a lifespan. But have you ever wondered why some people show signs of aging early in life, while others continue to remain vital, lively and physically active well into their 70s and beyond?
Many factors come into play in determining longevity and quality of life. Lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management all affect how well we age. However, the most profound impact on aging is tied to hormone production, specifically estrogen, testosterone, IGF-1 and DHEAS. These hormones are anabolic in nature, meaning they support cellular growth. The decline in production of these hormones leads to reduced energy, loss of muscle mass, loose wrinkled skin and sexual dysfunction.
Stimulating Your Body’s Hormone Production
Despite the natural decline in anabolic hormones associated with aging, you can stimulate their production and reduce the rate of decline by challenging your body through hormesis. Hormesis is an adaptive response by your body to mild outside stressors that might be harmful in larger doses.
A good example of hormesis is resistance training. During exercise, you challenge your muscles to perform beyond their comfort zone, causing stress and micro-tears of the muscle fascia and cells. This stress results in a temporary decline in performance, and probably some pain and stiffness in the days following your exercise session. However, as your body recovers, it becomes stronger, responding to the stress placed on it by adapting. This is the mechanism by which your body adapts to all stressors.
In the same way, hormesis can be used to stimulate hormone production. In fact resistance training has that very effect. Other stressors that have a hormetic anti-aging effect include fasting, mental challenges like sudoku, and thermal stress. Thermal stress in particular has been shown to provide adequate stimulus to up-regulate cellular repair processes and increase production of testosterone, IGF-1 and DHEAS.
Crytherapy for Youth and Beauty
Subjecting you body to low doses of stress, as when exposed to a three minute cryotherapy session, generates an adaptive biological response that up-regulates your endocrine/hormonal system.
Whether you choose whole body cryotherapy or CryoFacial, the end effect is a more youthful appearance, increased energy and a more positive outlook on life. Plus, cryotherapy has been shown to improve sleep quality, another factor affecting aging. Combining cryotherapy with exercise, sleep and a healthy diet is a positive strategy for slowing down the aging process.
The skilled clinicians at Advanced Cryo NYC are ready to guide you through your whole body cryotherapy session, or administer your CryoFacial. Visit our spa-like clinic in historic SoHo for your cryo session, then browse our unique menu for other treatments and therapies designed to combat aging and promote health and beauty for a lifetime.