What is the immune system?
“Your immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs. Together they help the body fight infections and other diseases. When germs such as bacteria or viruses invade your body, they attack and multiply. This is called an infection. The infection causes the disease that makes you sick. Your immune system protects you from the disease by fighting off the germs.”
Factors that affect immune function?
The immune system is essential to living a healthy life; but our immune system is also affected by how we live our lives. Here are some of the key factors within our control that can affect our immunity:
- Life stress.
Can WBC boost the immune system?
Accumulating evidence from scientific studies shows that whole body Cryotherapy exposure can be utilised to improve your immune function.
Oxidative stress – WBC exposures increase your anti oxidant status.
A study was conducted with 30 male participants with an average age of 27.1 years; the participants were exposed to 3 minutes daily WBC for 20 days. Blood was taken for analysis throughout the experiment before treatment and then after sessions 1, 10 and 20. The conclusion was that the WBC exposures to cryogenic temperatures resulted in changes in peroxidant and antioxidant status; with an antioxidant status increase of 43.2%.
Leukocyte (white blood cell) count – WBC exposures increase your Leukocyte count.
A sample size of 45 participants with an average age of 23.5 years were exposed to 3 minutes WBC treatment 5 times a week for 6 weeks. Blood was taken for analysis throughout the experiment before treatment and then after sessions 1, 10, 20 and 30. The obtained results indicate that frequent WBC treatment resulted to changes in leukocytes count; including lymphocytes, monocytes and neutrophils. After 20 sessions leukocytes increased by 11.5%.
These are just two examples of amazing research conducted into how whole body can boost your immune system. Other research has shown:
- An increase mental wellness.
- Better quality of sleep.
- Decrease of inflammation.
- Increased recovery from intense physical exercise.
Information taken from “Is WBC useful for immune system? Potential benefits and limited effects.” – Dr. Christophe Hausswirth PHD