By now you’ve probably heard that the best ways to improve your body are through diet and resistance training or high intensity interval training as opposed to long sessions of cardiovascular exercise forms such as distance running. The one drawback to intense weight lifting is recovery and the inflammation that can cause muscle soreness.
The good news is cryotherapy can really help fight the inflammatory effects of resistance exercise according to clinical trials conducted by the Federal University of Santa Maria, a Brazilian public university. The study, published earlier this year, shows the cryotherapy combined with the ingestion of antioxidants (specifically ones containing vitamins C and E) can help fight oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is what most people who start or restart a weight training program know in plain terms as a whole lot of soreness.
The study writes: “Beginners in resistance exercise programs are more vulnerable to the effects of oxidative stress as they exhibit lower antioxidant capacity, greater lipid peroxidation and present increased perception of pain after exercises that may lead to abandonment the exercises practice.”
So in non-scientific terms, this means: If you just started resistance training and feel a lot of pain, don’t give up on weight training. Instead take some antioxidants and get to KRYOLiFE for whole body cryotherapy sessions to get you over the hump.
KryoLife whole body cryotherapy was featured on episode 2 of season 9 of the The Real Housewives of New York City. Cast member Dorinda Medley came in for a treatment with her friend Ramona Singer. Dorinda loved her experience and raved about her time here.
Ashley Kelly is sprinter from the British Virgin Islands, who competed in the 2016 Olympic games. We had a chance to catch up with our client and hear why she considers whole body cryotherapy an essential component of her training.
KRYOLiFE: How did you discover cryotherapy?
Ashley Kelly: I did research on the Internet to find recovery options and read an article on cryotherapy, and the many benefits to the cardiovascular system, inflammation, and overall energy.
KL: What are its biggest benefits for you in training?
AK: The biggest benefit was the way my body felt after my treatment. I felt refreshed, relaxed and less sore. The mental aspect of training is very important so the treatments helped me be more mentally prepared to approach consecutive practices. During my practice my body felt recovered and I was able to have successful consecutive training sessions.
KL: How does it make you feel?
AK: The treatments and the entire environment makes me feel great! I come out the treatments feeling energized as if I can head straight to exercise or attack anything I had to do for the rest of the day. Almost like a shot of coffee. In addition, the atmosphere in KRYOLiFE is a great, short getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
KL: How often do you use the therapy?
AK: During my final three months of preparation for the Olympic Games I used the therapy three times a week. Then for the final two weeks, I used the therapy every day.
KL: What are your top tips for a healthy lifestyle?
AK: My top tips for a healthy lifestyle are: exercise regularly, eat organic foods, laugh a lot, and don't keep hate in your heart.
KL: Tell us about some highlights from the 2016 Olympics.
AK: My Olympic experience was great, I was the flag bearer for my country of the BVI. The atmosphere during the opening ceremony was electrifying. I met great people around the village and during competition and just watching so many elite athletes experience something they had worked for, for some their entire lives, was amazing. The emotions displayed were genuine.
When you enter our space, we want you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. So why serve your run-of-the-mill tea?
We exclusively serve Big T NYC tea, which are organic, loose, anti-oxidant filled teas that are simply delicious. Honestly, since we discovered Big T, other teas don't cut it.
Big T NYC founder Theresa Krier (pictured) told FashionStyleBeauty.com, “I was working in brand management backstage at Fashion Week managing a beauty brand, and I noticed the models weren’t drinking anything available: no soda or water. It got me thinking: it’s so hot and chaotic backstage, maybe something that was natural and didn’t cause bloating but was flavorful, natural, packed with antioxidants and no calories would do the trick. Since my favorite beverage is tea, I thought maybe they’d enjoy a good, flavorful blend. So, I came up with a formulation, and the next season I set up a mini tea bar backstage. The models were lined up for it. Even Bobbi Brown, who was backstage, said she loved it. So, that’s where it began, and it’s evolved from there.”
So when you come by, be sure to ask us for a cup of Big T NYC.
To find out more, visit www.bigtnyc.com.
One of our clients, Hana Mayeda, is a wonderful human being who also happens to be the face of top brands like H&M, Gap and Sephora. The accomplished model, and KRYOLiFE devotee, is a volunteer for English in Mind (EIM), an adult English school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
When we learned of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, we knew we needed to contact Hana and help. We decided to donate a portion of our profits to help Haiti and EIM. Hana graciously shared photos of her recent trip to Haiti.
English instruction is very much in demand in Port-au-Prince because it greatly increases the chances of helping residents find long-term meaningful employment. The school also serves as a shelter during natural disasters. The team at KRYOLiFE believes in giving back to causes that we have a connection to. We hope you can help support Hana's philanthropic passion.
To donate to English in Mind or volunteer, visit their website and learn more about their programs.
Skin, like all parts of our body, ages. As time passes the collagen and elastin keeping our skin firm begins to weaken and our skin loses it's support structure, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Loss of fat, gravity, and genetics also play a major role in the appearance of our aging skin. These are all factors that we cannot control - however, there are modifiable factors than contribute significantly to our skin's appearance, and it is never too late to make an effort to maintain our youthful appearance.
1. SUN EXPOSURE
The most avoidable cause of premature aging is sun exposure. UV rays damage elastic fibres that keep the skin firm, causing the development of wrinkles. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure by wearing broad spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen and a hat, stop sunbathing, and avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm.
Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, deposits toxic chemicals, and encourages squinting to keep smoke from the eyes, all which likely cause wrinkles to appear sooner and more pronounced. One more reason to quit.
Skin is constantly regenerating and repairing, and needs adequate nutrition to do so. Eat 5 to 7 serves of fruit and vegetables a day to ensure you provide it with vitamins C, E, A and B it needs. Fruit and veggies are also just good for you.
4. WASH AND MOISTURIZE
Use a gentle cleanser to remove pollution, makeup, and perspiration that can irritate the skin. Additionally, applying moisturizer once daily traps moisture and gives skin a youthful appearance.
Alcohol dehydrates and exposes the skin to toxic metabolites, further contributing to the premature aging process. To minimize this, limit intake to 1 standard drink for women and 2 standard drinks for men daily.
While the country goes crazy over our female and toupee wearing presidential hopefuls, Kryolife has been working equally hard to expand our locations and services across New York City. We're excited to announce that our brand new unit has been delivered to the 11th floor of our uptown location, with a June 1st open date. Furthermore, work is well underway for our Greenwich and 22nd Street locations, with a projected July 1st open for both. Never before have you had to travel so little to get your ice cold, immune system boosting, performance invigorating fix. And on the walk, grab a copy of this month's Elle magazine and take a look at the amusingly accurate coverage of one journalist's Kryolife experience that we can all relate too.
THE MAGIC OF MASSAGE
The benefits of massage are numerous. Improved circulation,reduced muscle tension, lymphatic stimulation, stress hormone reduction, improved skin tone, increased joint mobility, improved mental alertness, and reduced anxiety and depression are all proven effects. The therapeutic applications of this ancient techniques continue to broaden, and is now used to treat anxiety, arthritis, back or neck pain, soft tissue injuries, chronic pain, constipation, depression, headache, high blood pressure, insomnia, and post-operative and post-injury rehabilitation. And perhaps best of all, it can be used in conjunction with whole body cryotherapy! By reducing muscle spasticity and local inflammation, undergoing WBC prior to massage will facilitate a deeper and more effective treatment. Which is precisely why we will be offering massages by the top massage therapists at our upcoming 22nd St location! So if you currently suffer from any of the above, get excited... or, relaxed.
When living in the city not particularly known for work-life balance, maintaining all aspects of our life in a perfect ratio can seem impossible. Balance holds different meaning for different people - family, finance, career, health, spirituality - but with the over choice and competitiveness that comes with 21st century living, a 'life on the back foot' is something most of us have shared at one point or another.
Most could also agree that the peace, satisfaction, and deeply healthy state of being that can emerge when all aspects of our lives exist harmoniously, however fleeting, is a fundamental and deeply desirable part of the human condition.
This 'balance' has been the focus of much psychological research in recent years and while quantifying such a subjective and unique concept is difficult, some very smart people have tried.
Psychology Today has suggested twelve aspects of balance for us to consider - spirit, purpose, love, environment, intimacy, body, mind, social, service, nature, family, and you. Learn more and reflect on how to achieve balance in your life here.
Technically this is a recipe for trail mix, but it's so healthy and so delicious you'll be eating it all the time. So let's call it Life Mix. You'll be running to the bathroom during work to scoff a handful. Your partner will yell at you when you set 3am alarms to wake up for a fix. Your friends will stage a Life Mix intervention. But it's so good for you, it doesn't matter. Recipe credit to nom nom paleo.
/ 16 oz. dry roasted, unsalted sunflower seed kernels
/ 16 oz. raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
/ 8 oz. dry roasted, unsalted almond slivers
/ 6 oz. dried pineapple, cut up
/ 5 oz. dried flake coconut (toasted if possible)
Directions: Mix. Alternatively, enjoy with almond or coconut milk. Easy, right.
Recent studies reveal that Americans now consume on average 32 teaspoons of sugar daily - about 26 teaspoons more than the World Health Organization would prefer. The overabundance of sugar in the foods all around us, particularly in its most harmful form (fructose), makes this less surprising but no less concerning.
Sugar in high quantities is bad for your health because the body is unable to process it (through the liver and kidneys) and store it (as energy) effectively. By interrupting the bodies hormonal signaling for appetite, fat storage and habit formation, persistently high blood sugar levels cause systemic inflammation, metabolic disturbance, and weight gain.
Symptomatically this will lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, depression, and multiple organ disease. Bagels are looking less innocent as the future of our health literally depends on taking this knowledge seriously, our main consideration becomes how to realistically reduce our intake despite it being.
Here are some tips from Kryolife's resident MD, Dr Hassan Ahmad.
KNOW THEY ENEMY
You can't avoid sugar if you don't know where it is. Don't worry, I'm about tell you - most drinks that aren't water,breakfast cereal, baked goods, frozen treats, condiments and sauces. This infographic from Mercola has more detail. Avoid these foods like that strange neighbor with too many cats.
LIMIT REFINED CARBOHYDRATES
Bagels, cereals, waffles, bread - as these also break down into sugar and affect your insulin sensitivity over time.
SWAP SWEETENED BEVERAGES FOR WATER
If there's one thing you coulddo tomorrow for the greatest return on your health, it's this. Snapple is overrated anyway, be honest.
Omega-3 fats, meditation, regular whole body cryotherapy, and sleeping more will help keep levels systemic inflammation and the sequelae of high fructose intake in check.
New Yorkers have always known they're the luckiest in the world when it comes to things to do - it's a lucky few that have the option of whole body cryotherapy to rejuvenate and refresh, for a start. New research though has shown that designing more activity friendly cities like ours could actually save millions of lives.
A study recently published in the Lancet mapped residential features in cities in 11 countries around the world, the US included, and compared them to the physical activity done by it's inhabitants. The four neighbourhood features most strongly associated with an increase in physical activity were residential density, number of intersections, number of public transport stops, and number of parks within walking distance.
With the authors estimating that inactivity results in 5 million deaths per year, the implications of this study are that urban planning of more activity friendly cities could save millions of lives in the US and abroad. And that now you have a retort when Aunty Mildred from Idaho gives you grief about Manhattan shortening your lifespan.