Month: March 2022

Top 12 Benefits of Vitamin B12 - iCRYO

Top 10 Benefits of B12

What is B12?

 

Vitamin B12 assists in keeping your body’s blood and nerve cells healthy and helps make DNA. It helps the body use fats and carbohydrates for energy and make new proteins. B12 is known to help people sustain energy and focus throughout the day.

Top 12 Benefits of Vitamin B12 - iCRYO

Ten Benefits of Vitamin B12

 

1. Regulate Metabolism

Low levels of vitamin B12 can lead to a slower metabolism, fat retention and low energy and performance. Our body uses vitamin B12 to regulate our metabolism, studies have shown that deficiency in B12 can lead to fat accumulation and obesity. By boosting and maintaining proper levels, it allows our bodies to improve our metabolism and consume fats and carbohydrates to burn calories.

2. Improve Mood 

Numerous studies have shown that a vitamin B12 deficiency has an increased risk of developing depression. Lack of vitamin B12 can lead to irritability, changes in personality, depression, and memory loss.

3. Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

Low vitamin B12 can lead to patching of the skin, nail discoloration, hair loss, vitiligo, inflamed and cracked mouth corners (Pepper, Noppakun). By maintaining a healthy amount of B12 in our bodies, we can improve the health of our skin, hair, and nails.

4. Increase Red Blood Cell Formation

Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy blood. When the body does not have enough B12, it leads to decreased normal red blood cell production (anemia), which impairs oxygen delivery (Kubala).

5. Improve Bone Health

Multiple studies have shown that lower bone density (Osteoporosis) has been linked to lower B12 levels, major agencies including the Agricultural Research Services Agency, suggest that lower B12 levels increase the risk of suffering Osteoporosis and poor bone health. By improving B12 levels in our bodies we can take precautionary actions against a silent disease that is Osteoporosis.

6. Improve Vision

At the University of Sydney, research showed that deficiency of vitamin B-12 predicted an increased risk to age-related Macular Degeneration, additionally, B12 deficiency could also manifest itself as optic neuropathy and present as progressive decline in visual acuity leading to gradual development of bilateral centrocecal scotomas (Chavala).

7. Improve Brain Health

Cobalamin (vitamin B12) enables neurons to repair and heal themselves, preventing cell death. It further aids in the reparation of the myelin sheet, which facilitates signals transmission. Damage to the myelin sheet may directly lead to cognitive decline and its one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s(Baltrusch).

8. Improve Energy

As we get older, our bodies stop producing acids that help digestion, diminishing our capability to absorb vitamin B12 from our diets, also, some gastrointestinal issues can cause vitamin B12 deficiency. Deficiency in B12 can lead to a lack of energy(O’Leary). Vitamin B12 is used in the conversion of protein and fat into energy, which can boost the available energy in the body.

9. Improve Heart Health

Homocysteine can cause harm by increasing cloth formation in the blood vessels in the heart. Vitamin B12 regulates and lowers the levels of Homocysteine in our bodies, thus reducing heart disease. It is suggested to use folic acid as well to further diminish cardiac disease (Zablocki).

10. Prevent Birth Defects

In the study, published in Pediatrics, researchers compared vitamin B12 levels in blood samples taken from three groups of pregnant women. In all three groups, women with low vitamin B12 levels were more likely to have a child with a brain defect than those with higher levels. The findings suggest that having high vitamin B12 levels before becoming pregnant may reduce a child’s risk of birth defects.

10 Benefits of Infrared Sauna

What is Infrared Therapy?

Our saunas use infrared light to treat pain and inflammation. Infrared light is 100% safe and not near as energetic as ultraviolet light, which can damage skin. While in the sauna, the infrared light targets the specific area of pain. This aids in cell repair of the area affected. So, it doesn’t just suck the pain and inflammation out, but it stops the cause as well. 

In case you didn’t know already, sweating is an excellent way to dispose of toxin build-up. Infrared treatment being a natural treatment, aids our guests who are struggling with inflammation, recovering from an injury or sickness, experiencing muscle soreness, and SO much more.

How does Infrared Sauna Work?

Infrared is a very low-energy form of electromagnetic radiation, which allows it to penetrate through the skin’s deepest layers without harming it. This makes our saunas safe, non-invasive, non-radioactive, and painless, and necessary for all of our iCRYO locations.  When exposed, your body experiences radiant heat, which goes down to 1 ½ inches inside your skin. The wavelength of infrared impacts the chemical bonds between molecules our cells. Inside our sauna, this provides countless benefits.
 

Ten Benefits of Infrared Sauna


1. Detoxification

Toxins get deep into our fat cells and tissue. This can cause us to feel unwell or sluggish and could even lead up to disease. Which is why detoxification is so important! Using infrared light, our saunas are able to go deep into the body allowing it to release these toxins. Using our sauna regularly for detox will provide an intense, productive sweat where toxins reside at the cellular level. 
Infrared Sauna Therapy For Immune and Detox Support – DrJockers.com

 

2. Pain Relief

By reducing soreness and discomfort on nerve endings, our Infrared Saunas minimize pain and inflammation, allowing our bodies to heal naturally. Guests looking to throw away those pain pills, and jump to a more natural alternative, should know just where to go. Our Infrared Saunas will allow your body to relax muscles and release painful tension. The infrared heat targets pain and penetrates joints, muscles, and tissue, increasing circulation and speeding up the flow of oxygen.

 

3. Depression & Anxiety

In this day and age, our fast-paced modern lives can come with lots of stress. Recent research shows the psychological benefits of infrared therapy, which indicates that it can help with anxiety & depression, improve overall mental health and has intense relaxing effects for guests suffering from anxiety and other mental health struggles.  Scientists say that when the heat from the infrared sauna stimulates the skin and tissues and wakes up the cells that release serotonin in the brain, which is essentially a neurotransmitter that helps us to regulate our mood, and sleep. Serotonin also helps to boost emotions of happiness and well-being. Infrared Sauna for Anxiety and Depression – Certified Saunas.com

 

4. Weight Loss

Penetrating the body with heat benefits our guests in numerous ways, one of the most popular being weight loss. When the body’s core temperature rises, it starts to burn more calories so it can cool itself down. The process is called “thermogenesis” and it will help you continue to burn calories throughout the day. The use of our infrared saunas increases heart, and metabolic rate, encouraging your body to burn more calories, resulting in weight loss! 

Infrared Sauna Weight Loss & Clinical Studies | Jacuzzi Saunas

 

5. Skin Improvement

Just a few minutes after sweating, Infrared Therapy allows dirt and other impurities to flush out of our pores. The increase of blood circulation can help with certain chronic skin disorders. Some guest will also experience reduced fine lines & wrinkles, increased elasticity, smoothness, firmness, and improved skin tone!
 


6. Joint Pain & Stiffness

Infrared heat is able to temporarily ease joint pain and stiffness. Safe infrared rays also help increase flexibility by loosening up the connective tissues around your joints. This can help improve movement and reduce pain.  Increased thermal energy to the joints promotes a temporary increase in blood flow.  Increased thermal energy reduces stiffness and increases range of motion, allowing our guests to step out of the sauna loose and temporarily free of pain. 

Infrared Sauna for Arthritis: How This Healing Therapy Can Help Your Joints – Sauna Area

 

7. Immunity Boost

Unfortunately, getting sick is just another part of life. Infrared Saunas have the ability to directly benefit the immune system.  When a harmful substance enters your body, white blood cells detect it and control the immune system’s response. The use of infrared therapy increases production of these cells, and helps our bodies fight off illnesses effectively.

 

8. Headaches & Migraines

Thankfully, infrared therapy can help improve the symptoms associated with this condition. Experiencing a headache or migraine is extremely uncomfortable, but our infrared saunas can help! Medication may not always help, and that’s where an infrared sauna steps in. This treatment penetrates deep in the skin, heating our internal temperature, increasing circulation and oxygen flow to prevent tension. 

4 Tips for Using an Infrared Sauna If You Get Migraines – Engineering Radiance
 

9. Fybromyalgia

Currently, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but there are treatments that can help decrease the symptoms, Infrared Saunas being one of them! Infrared heat therapy has been shown to be an effective way to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness in guests with fibromyalgia.   The heat from the infrared rays helps to loosen up tight muscles and joints, which helps reduce pain.


10. Improved Sleep

Infrared Sauna Therapy can greatly improve your quality of sleep, which in turn leaves you with more energy throughout the day. While relaxing in an Infrared Sauna there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. There is also a reduction in stress hormones coupled with an increase in serotonin which induces a deep state of relaxation and promotes a better quality of sleep.

15 AMAZING Benefits of Cryotherapy

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a treatment where we expose our guests to freezing cold temperatures for no more than 4 minutes. 

But how does it really work?

Once inside the cryochamber, our bodies go into fight or flight mode. This causes blood to be sent to the core. Blood is then re-oxygenated and targets areas in need of recovery. The chamber drops the outer layer of the skin 30-50 degrees, in order to receive these AMAZING benefits. Cryotherapy has become extremely popular because of how many of our guest enjoy when the conditions they’re suffering from are recovered! With that being said, Cryotherapy is used by athletes, the elderly, and pretty much anyone seeking recovery and overall, well-being improvements. Take a look at all the wonderful benefits. — Cryo at Wolf (cryoatwolfgtx.com) 

HISTORY

The father of Cryotherapy is man called Dr. Yamaguchi, of Japan. He first started using freezing treatments on his patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1978. Finally, Dr. Yamaguchi noticed a huge reduction in soreness and joint pain following the drastic temperature decrease of the outer layer of his patient’s skin. Dr. Yamaguchi’s patients experienced a release of endorphins as another result of the drastically decreased temperatures, leading to reduced pain, bringing us to our #1 Benefit: 

1. Pain Management

Cryotherapy is an AMAZING way to keep our guests feeling great. It is used for guests seeking ANY kind of pain relief on a daily basis. Soreness, Muscle Pain & Inflammation, are just a few examples of struggles that guests have been able to manage with Cryotherapy. 13 Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy + Side Effects – SelfHacked

2. Recovery & Performance

For our guests who seek a competitive edge, quick & easy recovery, AND top performance, iCRYO is the perfect place. Cryotherapy is used to help guests accomplish all of their goals and recovery needs. Our guests don’t have to be a professional athlete to notice the many benefits of Cryotherapy. So, when they are looking for a faster recovery, decreased tiredness, or increased flexibility, they know where to go!

3. General Health & Wellness

Some of best parts about Cryotherapy is it can literally benefit EVERYONE! Keeping our bodies healthy is important. Strong immune systems, consistent sleep cycles, and healthy skin are all needed in order to keep us going. With that being said, we use Cryotherapy successfully to improve our guest’s overall health. Stronger immune system, better sleep, increased mood, and energy are just a few ways Cryotherapy helps with keeping guest’s bodies happy and healthy!

4. Beauty & Aesthetics

Cryotherapy is used to effectively enhance metabolism, tighten the skin, provide a glowing complexion, and to jumpstart collagen production. Therefore, Cryotherapy is perfect for guests looking for a more youthful look, or solutions to any skin/hair/nails, or metabolism issues!

5. Depression & Anxiety

The freezing cold air used in Cryotherapy causes the brain to release a higher-than normal level of endorphins and other “feel-good” hormones. Because of the increased endorphins and adrenaline levels after a session, many guests report enhanced mood and increased energy, thanks to Cryotherapy. 

6. Anti-Inflammatory

Using this cold treatment consistently, Cryotherapy helps cool down inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and arthritis. Chronic pain, redness, swelling, or stiffness are caused by the body’s natural response to an injury. Because Cryotherapy enhances the body’s natural healing mechanisms, it is a highly recommended anti-inflammatory treatment! 

7. Anti-Aging

Once skin is covered by cooling temperatures, Cryotherapy “jumpstarts” the body’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes. This includes increased blood flow, giving our guests a youthful look, and activates collagen production, which is what gives us firm, healthy skin! 

8. Increased Metabolism

After sending your body into “fight or flight” mode, Cryotherapy “tricks” your body sensors into having the same response it would as if you were actually freezing. Therefore, your body works harder to heat and transfer blood, resulting in an increased metabolism and calorie loss. In conclusion, it’s been reported that 500-800 calories are burned during, and after your Cryo session! 

9. Better Sleep

Sleep is an important part of our overall general health and wellness. Most of us know that getting a good night’s rest is important, but not enough of us actually make those eight hours between the sheets a priority. Cryotherapy gives our bodies a melatonin release which allows guests to relax and rest fully throughout the night, leaving them prepared for the next day!

10. Post-Surgery

After surgery, there’s a recovery period where we have to deal with bruising, swelling and the worst of all, pain. This healing process isn’t easy. Cryotherapy has proven to be an exceptional recovery solution that speeds up and manages post-op stress, pain relief from an operation, reduce inflammation, boosting the immune system, and more!

11. Post-Workout

The freezing therapy has been a recovery tool for quite some time in the fields of sports medicine. As Cryotherapy becomes more popular, runners, gym-rats, and sports celebrities, are also adopting it for speedy recovery from exertion, soreness, and other exercise-related symptoms. 

12. Alzheimer's Disease

According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th largest cause of death in the United States. As the disease progresses, behavioral changes get worse, and brain cells die. While there still is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are treatments that can slow down the symptoms for a limited period of time. Cryotherapy being one of them! 

A paper published in Medical Hypothesis states: “Nowadays, there is a general consensus that vascular alterations, oxidative stress and inflammatory response contribute to the development of AD. Following these mechanisms and tracing the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects of Cryostimulation, we postulate that whole-body Cryotherapy might be utilized as a means of preventing AD.” 

13. Migraines

It is no secret as to why Cryotherapy is helping guests who suffer from chronic migraines.  The use of freezing temperatures cools the head and neck shrinking the blood vessels, and finally, reducing inflammation and sensitivity to light. 

14. Bursitis "Tennis Elbow"

“Bursae” are fluid sacs that act as a pillow between bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Once Bursae are inflamed, the result is extreme pain in areas such as elbows, ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, and thighs in a condition called Bursitis. Usually, guests treat this condition at home with ice packs, rest, and painkillers. Medical treatments may require steroids and antibiotics. But thanks to Cryotherapy, guests can be relieved from this pain and inflammation instantly! 

15. Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers among men in USA. Clinical studies are proving that Cryotherapy can benefit men with early-stage prostate cancer. But how does Cryotherapy work to treat prostate cancer? It works by freezing tissue within the prostate gland until the cancer cells eventually die. Prostate cancer – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic 

Although a lot of cancer specialists are convinced how effective this treatment may be, it still comes with a few contraindications. 

Men who are still sexually active, have had previous surgery for rectal cancer or have large tumors that cannot be targeted without damaging surrounding tissue and organs, are not advised to try Cryotherapy.  Doctor’s approval may be neeeded.

Top 12 Benefits of PBM Red Light Therapy​

Overview

 

PBM stands for Photobiomodulation; formerly, it was also known as Low-Level Light Laser Therapy (LLLT). PBM is the use of light to therapeutically treat the body, and benefits can include tissue repair, the reduction of inflammation, and increased energy production.

While some may be skeptical of light’s healing properties, we must remember that light is highly connected to the various human organ systems. For example, the sole fact that you are able to read this post is because light is causing photosensitive cells in your eyes to send electrical signals throughout your brain. We also use the sun to produce Vitamin D when we absorb its radiation into our skin. 

But how does it really work?

 

The reason why we need to breath oxygen and eat food is because they allow the “power houses” within our bodies’ cells (small organelles called mitochondria) to generate ATP, the molecule that ultimately gives our bodies energy. During this process of converting oxygen and food into ATP, a specific enzyme called Cytochrome C Oxidase (CCO) is in charge of binding oxygen into this process; however, free radicals and other molecules (such as ROS, or Reactive Oxygen Species) can sometimes compete with Oxygen and take its spot, which “clogs” ATP generation in the mitochondria. This issue is referred to as Oxidative Stress, and it is one of the causes of cell death, early aging, and many other health problems including cancer. PBM, using light waves, excites CCO and drives away ROS, allowing more oxygen to come back into the ATP-making process. 

This edge cutting technology has been studied and scientifically proven to affect our bodies through a range of benefits. As mentioned by Pinar et al, PBM can be used for stimulation of healing, reduction of inflammation, reduction of cell death, and skin rejuvenation.

Benefits of PBM

 
1. Decrease Inflammation
PBM has been proven to diminish the expression of inflammatory proteins and improve blood circulation in the body. According to a study carried out by Michael Hamblin, one of the most reproducible effects of PBM is an overall reduction in Inflammation, which is particularly important for disorders of the joints, traumatic injuries, lung disorders, and the brain. PBM can also reduce Inflammation in the spinal cord, as well as in abdominal fat and wounds. 
 
2. Rejuvenate Skin
The ability of Infrared Light to penetrate the Skin and re-energize the cells enables the production of collagen. According to Pinar et al., PBM has beneficial effects on wrinkles, acne scars, hypertrophic scars, and the Healing of burns. PBM can reduce UV damage both as a treatment and prophylactic measure. In pigmentary disorders such as vitiligo, PBM can increase pigmentation by stimulating melanocyte proliferation and reduce depigmentation by inhibiting autoimmunity. Inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and acne can also be managed.
 
3. Reverse Oxidative Stress
Oxidative Stress occurs naturally in our bodies as a part of everyday cell processes, mainly due to the presence of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). ROS are necessary for many chemical reactions in our body, including apoptosis (cell death). Typically, ROS are balanced inside our cells by antioxidants such as Glutathione. If ROS and antioxidants become unbalanced, harm can come to our bodies. PBM “can up-regulate antioxidant defenses and reduce oxidative stress” (Hamblin).
 
4. Energy Production
As mentioned before, PBM Red Light Therapy increases the body’s available energy by enabling the mitochondria to produce more ATP. By increasing the ability of our bodies to have more energy, our bodies can direct that power to tasks that are essential for its optimal performance, be it cell repair, cell production, or cell metabolism.
 
5. Improve Healing
Red Light Therapy has shown its ability to heal our bodies and shorten repair time. PBM heals broken bones and muscle tears to burn wounds. According to Gupta et al., PBM “can penetrate deeper in the injured tissue and could allow non-pharmacological treatment for chronic wound healing.”
 
6. Pain Management
A study of 88 randomized controlled trials indicated that [PBM] can significantly reduce pain and improve health in chronic joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and mechanical spine disorders (Bjordal et al.).
 
7. Improves Sleep
PBM Red Light Therapy is proven to impact sleeping behaviors. The effects include resetting the circadian rhythm in the body, “improving memory, diminishing Oxidative Stress in the hippocampus,” and improving α and β brain waves (Farzad et al.).
 
8. Aids in Hair Growth
“One of the most commercially successful applications of PBM is the stimulation of hair regrowth in balding individuals. The photobiomodulation activity can cause more hair follicles to move from the telogen phase into the anagen phase. The newly formed hair is thicker and more pigmented” (Chung et al.).
 
9. Heals Traumatic Brain Injury
Research has shown that “PBM as a treatment for traumatic brain injury and other brain disorders, including stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, and even psychiatric disorders, has increased markedly. It is thought that the actions of NIR light shone on the head and penetrating the brain are multi-factorial, but one clear effect is the anti-inflammatory action of transcranial PBM” (Hamblin).
 
10. Help Treat Mood Disorders
 
People who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders have benefited from the effects of PBM. Further, individuals with incurable diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s have shown more significant improvement in mental capacities (Berman).
 
 
11. Macular Degeneration Treatment
Studies suggest that Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), while uncurable, can be mitigated by using targeted PBM therapy; the usage of PBM can lead to “improvement in Visual Acuity and Contrast sensitivity immediately following the treatment, which remains statistically significant at one year” (Graham et al.).
 
12. Improve Sport Performance
Because PBM can give cells more energy to heal, it, therefore, can provide an optimal atmosphere for the cells of athletes to repair and replicate. In 2015, Pinto et alfound that most clinical trials showed “significant improvement for the main measures related to performance,” including endurance and speed. Further findings indicate that “phototherapy improves muscular performance and accelerates recovery when applied before exercise.”

 

Risks and side effects

There are no known side effects of using PBM Red Light Therapy because it uses low-energy wavelengths that do not have enough energy to remove electrons from atoms (non-ionizing radiation). However, caution should be used when exposed to high-capacity lasers. Potential hazards in these lasers include burning, soft tissue damage, and blindness. Our sessions limit exposure to 15 minutes to protect our guests.

Interested?

Since its discovery in 1967 by Endre Mester, PBM Red Light Therapy has come a long way, producing repetitive results in the lab and out in the field. While there is still more to learn about the benefits of PBM, one thing is for sure: it can improve our health and help our bodies heal. If you have not tried a session, I highly encourage you to visit one of our centers and experience this unique technology that can change your life!