Cryotherapy has become extremely popular within the health optimisation space and rightly so, because whole-body cryotherapy is a simple treatment that has a vast range of benefits. This article will detail the science behind cryotherapy and how to enhance the benefits with the NAD+ supplement Nuchido TIME+.
The concept of cryotherapy is simple, expose your cells to extreme cold to trigger the body’s own repair and rejuvenation pathways, leaving you feeling energized and invigorated. This is called ‘hormesis’ when you expose your body to temporary stress to activate pathways which protect, rejuvenate and repair your cells. It is the scientific principle behind ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
Cryotherapy activates heat shock proteins
During whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to extreme cold around -130 degrees Celsius, this triggers several cellular reactions:
- Vasoconstriction - the blood vessels narrow to prevent heat escaping via the skin, in an attempt to maintain your core body temperature.
- Release of norepinephrine – this is a signaling molecule which reduces pain levels, activates antioxidant pathways, activates thermogenesis (production of heat) and increases your heart rate.
- Activation of heat shock proteins – these critical proteins activate pathways within cells that increase energy production, improve metabolism, enhance immune function, increase blood flow to all major organs and tissues (increased blood flow supplies oxygen and other critical nutrients to cells), stimulate collagen production which is critical for skin and joints, and reduce levels of inflammation.
The benefits of cryotherapy
Cryotherapy has a vast range of benefits across the whole body these include:
- Improved mood
- Decreased inflammation
- Reduced pain
- Improved recovery
- Enhanced immune function
- Improved skin
Enhance cryotherapy benefits with NAD+
NAD+ can support treatments such as cryotherapy because NAD+ is essential to power the cellular repair pathways activated by cryotherapy.
Unfortunately, NAD+ levels are known to decline with age, by around 50% every 20 years. Nuchido TIME+ is an NAD+ boosting supplement clinically proven to boost NAD+ levels, activate healthy aging pathways and reduce inflammation.
Therefore, increasing your NAD+ levels with Nuchido TIME+ can enhance the benefits of cryotherapy to support your cellular health.