Cryotherapy or 3 minutes at -220 Degrees Fahrenheit

I had started to hear things about cryotherapy, but it wasn’t until I saw that adorable picture of Joe Rogan in his “manties” exiting the cryotherapy chamber that I decided to research it a bit and try it out for myself. Depending on your source, cryotherapy is either the best thing ever, or a bit of benign quackery as Dr. Andrew Weil has written.

But first, a description: the name cryotherapy is a bit of a misleading since cryotherapy is a general term for local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. The type of cryotherapy I’m discussing is what’s referred to as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), where you’re encased in what looks a hybrid standing tanning bed/freezer for 2-3 minutes oozing liquid nitrogen at -165 to -220 degrees fahrenheit.

Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber

Professional athletes are credited with starting the trend and it’s easy to see why. Benefits include: decreased recovery time, muscle and joint pain relief, arthritis relief, helps with migraines, decreased inflammation, endorphin boost and….a burning of 300-800 calories per session, which just seems like good time management.

The shock is real.     Note: You definitely don't want to ingest liquid nitrogen and they tell you not to breathe in the vapor. 

The shock is real.

Note: You definitely don't want to ingest liquid nitrogen and they tell you not to breathe in the vapor. 

They advise wearing as little as possible besides gloves, socks/foot coverings. In this photo, I’m wearing gloves, a bikini and Uggs.

They advise wearing as little as possible besides gloves, socks/foot coverings. In this photo, I’m wearing gloves, a bikini and Uggs.

Once the machine is appropriately frosty, you step inside and the cold that engulfs you is REALLY cold, like, not found in nature cold. Let me tell you, that first 3 minutes is long. The first time I did it, I found myself getting a little panicky, almost a scared feeling since it was so intense. It’s a bit of a pain tolerance test in a way, but absolutely worth it for the tremendous endorphin rush that ensues. I felt light, happy and highly aware of my body for a few days after. They may not have many studies on cryotherapy, but I'm a believer. 

 

Ingredients of Interest: Dandelion

Aside from being used since ancient times as a detoxification and weight loss aid, Dandelions are unusually high in vitamins and trace minerals like:

  • Folate, Phosphorus, Zinc, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Copper & Manganese
  • Vitamins A, C, E, K & B6

Our friend the Dandelion also contains 4x more beta carotene than broccoli, more protein than spinach and ample dietary fiber. Dandelion is rich in two phospholipids, lecithin & choline, which is important because:

  • They convert to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter key to healthy mood, learning, memory. Acetylcholine modulates excitability, arousal and reward centers in the brain
  • Your body relies on acetylcholine for muscle stimulation
  • Lecithin lowers cholesterol, protects the cardiovascular system and emulsifies fat, which works synergistically with the plant's  high fiber count, making it an effective digestive aid

While these compounds individually are not unique to the Dandelion, the combination of these nutrients, along with fiber, proteins, minerals and their high levels of vitamins is and likely accounts for the myriad medical traditions that use Dandelion as a transformative healing ingredient. This quick list is only meant to serve as a snapshot of the Dandelion's health benefits, please do research this botanical gem yourself or join our e-communiqué list to hear more about it and other ingredients of interest.