For many of us, a winter cold seems like an inevitable side effect of seasonal weather changes. We don’t wonder whether we will get sick, we simply wonder when a cold or flu will strike. But you do not need to resign yourself to being sick this winter. Fight back against seasonal illnesses by making some simple healthy changes.
A lot of things can predispose you to seasonal infections and viruses:
- Too little sleep
- Excessive daily stress
- Poor hygiene
- Lack of physical activity
- Inadequate nutritional support
- Breathing stale air
- Dry heat
- Lack of sunshine
Making a concerted effort to stay healthy and active can help you avoid colds.
Exposure to Cold Boosts Immunity
One thing that bolsters your immune system to help fight off seasonal illness is regular exposure to extreme cold. Though it may seem counterintuitive, controlled exposure to cold air can rev up your immune response, helping to fight off invasive pathogens that cause colds and flu.
However, you don’t need to roll in a snowbank or stand outdoors in your skivvies to reap the benefits of cold exposure. Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) offers a way to expose your entire body to extreme cold in a controlled environment.
WBC for Immune Support
A session of WBC lasts for only three minutes, but its benefits last for hours. During that time, your entire body is enclosed in a cryochamber (clothing optional) as nitrogen gas is pumped into the chamber, dropping your superficial skin temperature to below freezing.
In response to the extreme cold, the blood vessels that feed the soft tissues of your skin and muscles constrict, shunting blood away from your body’s surface to keep it and your internal organs warm. Excess fluid from inflammation and superficial toxins are also shunted away from soft tissue and swept into the circulatory system, where they are delivered to the lymph and kidneys for elimination.
Meanwhile, red blood cells infiltrate your liver, heart and other vital organs, picking up nutrients and oxygen. As your session ends and your body begins to warm, blood vessels dilate to allow enriched blood back into skin and muscle cells, bringing with it oxygen and nutrients that promote the generation of new healthy cells.
Periodic exposure to cold via WBC awakens your immune system by convincing the body it is in danger. Once the danger has passed, your metabolism and immune mechanisms remain in a heightened state, warding off invasive pathogens that threaten to make you ill.
Other benefits of WBC include:
- reduced inflammation
- glowing healthy skin
- elevated metabolism
- reduced muscle and joint pain
- increased energy
- deeper, more productive sleep
To sum it up, WBC can help you look and feel healthier, and help you ward off seasonal illness.
WBC in NYC
With so many people in the Big Apple, it is hard to avoid exposure to infectious pathogens. Boosting your immune system through cryotherapy can help you avoid seasonal illness while gaining many other health benefits of WBC. If you are ready to get proactive against seasonal illness, visit Advanced Cryo NYC in trendy SoHo and experience your first WBC session. While visiting, ask about our other treatments and therapies, like our micronutrient IV cocktails that also provide immune support.