Cryotherapy for Weight Loss: Why it Works

Why is whole body cryotherapy so effective for weight loss? The answer is multi-tiered…

During whole body cryotherapy the client is exposed to temperatures in the range of -120 to -145 Celsius. This translates to approximately -200 to -235 Fahrenheit. The process is not painful as the cold air is extremely dry—in the absence of moisture, extreme cold is very tolerable. We characterize it as numbing, as opposed to painful. It’s a very superficial cold—not bone-chilling at all. It’s much more tolerable than a wet, 40 degree day in New Jersey!

The exposure to extreme cold triggers the fight or flight process in humans. Our brains receive the signal from our skin that the air is extremely cold. The essence of whole body cryotherapy is that we can derive all of the benefits of the fight or flight process without actually being in any kind of danger. Since whole body cryotherapy sessions are limited to 3 minutes, there is no risk to clients from the cold.

The three ways in which whole body cryotherapy causes weight loss are related to our responses to the cold temperatures.

The first response is the sheer caloric burn. When your skin is cooled significantly (in the case of whole body cryotherapy, the skin cools to a temperature of roughly 35 degrees Fahrenheit) it takes a lot of energy to reheat. As a result, a single three minute whole body cryotherapy session can burn between 500 to 800 calories. These calories are not burned only during the 3 minute session—the full reheating process can take up to an hour so you continue to burn lots and lots of calories even after the treatment is over.

The second response is metabolic. A component of the fight or flight process is to increase the metabolic rate in an effort to create more energy. Your brain is very smart and part of the fight or flight process is to create this energy boost so that you are able to fight effectively or flee quickly from the perceived danger (in this case cold). This metabolic increase is an excellent tool for weight loss. Aging, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle—these can all decrease our metabolisms. Whole body cryotherapy is an excellent antidote—clients find that they are burning more calories passively for 3 to 6 days after a whole body cryotherapy session. In the long run, metabolism can be permanently increased with consistent treatments.

The final side effect of whole body cryotherapy that aids in weight loss is the triggered release of endorphins and other biochemicals. This is also part of the fight or flight process initiated by whole body cryotherapy. One of the biochemicals released is called alpha-MSH or alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone. This hormone has a very unique and valuable function: it suppresses appetite!! Many of our clients have noticed a significant decrease in their appetite following cryotherapy treatment.

Whole body cryotherapy is an extremely powerful tool for weight loss. The high calorie burn, the metabolic increase and the appetite suppression work together synergistically to stimulate weight loss in users. We have seen dramatic weight loss results from just 10 sessions.

Please consider whole body cryotherapy if you are searching for a weight loss tool. CoeurCryo is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We are open 5 days a week and have extremely flexible hours. We are always happy to create a customized weight loss protocol for our individual clients.

Cryotherapy Reduces Appearance of Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose Veins…say bye bye!

If you suffer from varicose veins, you may believe the only way to eliminate them is through painful surgery. You’d be wrong. Varicose veins can be extremely painful and leave you embarrassed to wear any clothing that reveals your legs. While only you and your doctor can make the final decision, there are alternatives that are easier and far less painful than undergoing surgery. While some of these alternatives include diet and exercise, there is also a more efficient treatment for varicose veins.

What causes varicose veins?

Genetics do play a role in the development of varicose and spider veins. But it is not the sole cause….

  1. Age: As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. The valves in your veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward. Blood pools in your veins, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. The veins appear blue because they contain deoxygenated blood, which is in the process of being recirculated through the lungs.
  2. Pregnancy: Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, but decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis. This circulatory change is designed to support the growing fetus, but it can produce an unfortunate side effect — enlarged veins in your legs. Varicose veins may surface for the first time or may worsen during late pregnancy, when your uterus exerts greater pressure on the veins in your legs. Changes in your hormones during pregnancy also may play a role. Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy generally improve without medical treatment three to 12 months after delivery.
  3. Excessive Weight: Weight also contributes to the development of varicose and spider veins–additional weight puts pressure on veins and blood vessels trapping blood and leading to the appearance of these veins.
  4. Standing or sitting for long periods of time without moving your legs. Blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods.

Improve your circulation to prevent or improve varicose veins.

Exercise and weight loss contribute to improving circulation in your legs, which will alleviate varicose veins. Eating foods higher in fiber, omega-3 and co-enzyme Q-10 can also help. Whole body and local cryotherapyhave also been shown to improve blood circulation and vein elasticity in the legs. The reason is that cryotherapy causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels and veins–this pushes pooled blood out of veins and blood vessels. When the body warms up, vasodilation occurs and fresh blood flows through these veins and blood vessels–this sequence can actually evacuate the veins and blood vessels of trapped blood that is causing the look of varicose and spider veins.  Additionally, the vasoconstriction/vasodilation sequence actually “exercises” your veins creating more elasticity.

You may see a marked improvement in the appearance of varicose veins following cryotherapy. Cryotherapy stimulates circulation, which helps improve their overall appearance. The cold causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels and veins which can evacuate them of trapped blood. You may also see a marked improvement in spider veins. Spider veins are simply small dilated capillaries that are very responsive to the vasoconstriction caused by cryotherapy

Cryotherapy can activate weight loss and corresponding improvement in varicose veins:

Cryotherapy sessions burn between 500 and 800 calories and have been shown to boost the metabolic rate. Losing weight relieves some of the pressure on veins and can help pooled blood flow more freely through the legs. This may improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

Better yet—cryotherapy has been shown to reduce fat deposits and cellulite—so in addition to fewer visible veins, you may lose inches and experience smoother skin!

How to Use Cryotherapy & NormaTec Dynamic Compression to Enhance Athletic Performance, Improve Health, and Reduce Cellulite & Varicose Veins

External dynamic compression therapy has been used since the 1960s to enhance the body’s natural circulatory and lymphatic systems. More recently, a rehab physician and bioengineer recognized the value of external compression for health, fitness, and cosmetic objectives. Dr. Laura Jacobs developed NormaTec Dynamic Compression initially to treat chronic wounds, lymphedema, and other circulatory diseases. What she found is that, while NormaTec dynamic compression sleeves are excellent for improving these medical conditions, they are also excellent for improving athletic recovery and performance and for improving cosmetic appearance and health. Currently, NormaTec compression systems are used to:

  1. accelerate athletic muscle recovery;
  2. reduce swelling and inflammation (post-operatively too);
  3. prevent and minimize varicose and spider veins;
  4. reduce cellulite and tighten loose, sagging skin.

The Normatec dynamic compression system is like a massage—both traditional and lymphatic drainage. The NormaTec system utilizes sequential pulsing of compressed air that massages, mobilizes fluid, evacuates lactic acid, inflammation, fat, and other byproducts. The system uses three techniques to facilitate this process; pulsing, gradients, and distal release.

Sequential pulsing essentially mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms moving inflammation, fluid, fat, and metabolites out which is key in healing after an intense workout, surgery, disease, infrared sauna or cryotherapy. The sequential pulsing is divided into 6 zones to create a pressure gradient; the system uses a “hold pressure” technique that keeps fluids from being forced back in the wrong direction. The sequential pulse technology releases the hold pressure so the limb gains maximal rest time between compression cycles.

The ChillRx NormaTec system offers attachments for legs, hips, arms, and shoulders and has minimal associated risks; risks are equivalent to those associated with a standard massage. The intensity and duration of treatment are set based on the needs or desires of the client. Sessions generally run thirty to sixty minutes.

CoeurCryo recommends NormaTec utilization of post-cryotherapy or pre-infrared sauna to maximize the benefits of these treatments. NormaTec can be used prior to physical exertion to enhance performance—compression warms muscles and improves flexibility, helping to prevent injury. Utilizing NormaTec post-physical exertion helps improve recovery time allowing for more intense training and less pain.

CoeurCryo offers NormaTec as a stand-alone treatment or combined with cryotherapy and/or an infrared sauna. We recommend NormaTec post-cryotherapy and pre-infrared sauna because of its ability to enhance the benefits of these treatments.

Here’s how it works: Cryotherapy is extremely effective for mobilizing inflammation in the body. The physical action of cold causes vasoconstriction which physically pumps inflammation out of blood vessels, muscles and tissue. Cryotherapy also stimulates an anti-inflammatory biochemical response which reduces inflammation at the cellular level throughout the body. Both of these effects mobilize inflammation from cells throughout the body; NormaTec compression will facilitate the evacuation of this inflammation through the lymphatic and circulatory systems. It is an incredibly powerful combination and will significantly enhance the effects of cryotherapy treatment.

Similarly, CoeurCryo recommends NormaTec dynamic compression before and/or after infrared sauna treatment. The infrared sauna uses infrared light and heat to detoxify heavy metals, fat, and inflammation from tissues, muscles, organs, and cells. Compression post-infrared sauna will facilitate the evacuation of these unwanted substances from the body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.

Who should use NormaTec Dynamic Compression?

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling that may occur in arms or legs, usually after lymph node removal or damage during cancer treatment. It can lead to skin infections and interfere with activities of daily living but can be treated effectively with cryotherapy and NormaTec dynamic compression.

What are Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds?

Poor circulation in the legs, often due to diabetes, can cause non-healing wounds and cellulitis. Cryotherapy combined with NormaTec can effectively treat chronic wounds and reduce wound recurrence.

What is Venous Insufficiency

Venous Insufficiency, where blood flow through the veins is impaired, can lead to swelling, pain, varicose veins, and even ulcers. Cryotherapy, infrared sauna, and NormaTec help restore circulation and treat venous insufficiency.

What is Prevention of DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein deep in the body. Research has shown that DVT can be prevented with regular use of the NormaTec dynamic compression system.

Other Vascular Disorders

NormaTec dynamic compression therapy improves circulation and can help treat many other vascular disorders.

CoeurCryo can recommend a treatment program for medical conditions, cosmetic objectives, and athletic enhancement utilizing cryotherapy and NormaTec dynamic compression. Please call us with your questions!! 208-449-7671.

Want To Say Buh Bye To Cellulite?

TRY HEAT, FREEZE & SQUEEZE AT COEURCRYO!

Cellulite. It is a dirty word. Between 80 – 90 percent of women get it while the percentage of men with cellulite is less than 10%. The exact cause of cellulite is not known but medical experts believe it is a combination of 7 factors:

  1. Poor circulation/lymphatic drainage/toxin accumulation
  2. Inflammation
  3. Oxidative damage
  4. Collagen deterioration
  5. Fat accumulation
  6. Glycation
  7. Scar tissue formation

Thankfully CoeurCryo has a solution to address ALL 7 of these risk factors for cellulite—so YOU can feel great about your gorgeous body!

For cellulite reduction, CoeurCryo offers a three-step process called Heat, Freeze & Squeeze. Since we've been in business, we have MANY clients who have reduced fat & cellulite all over their bodies using this 3-step protocol.

Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze is a combination treatment that starts with heat therapy. We have a full-specturm infrared sauna which uses infrared heat to directly increase the temperature of your fat tissue, leading to a huge calorie burn, metabolic boost AND fat tissue destruction! CoeurCryo's infrared sauna is a 40-minute treatment and includes full body red light therapy which builds collagen in the skin….

The ice part of our Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze treatment is a 3-minute whole body cryotherapy treatment. Whole body cryotherapy involves exposing your (naked) body to temperatures between -149 to -321 F. Cryotherapy is colder than Mars!! Cryotherapy has many benefits including inflammation reduction, pain relief, and weight loss!! A single 3-minute whole body cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories, boost metabolism and increase mental and physical energy!

So how does Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze help get rid of YOUR cellulite??

Let’s tackle each risk factor one at a time….

  1. Poor circulation/lymphatic drainage/toxin accumulation. Fire & ice improves circulation, and lymphatic drainage and detoxifies toxins in the following ways. Our infrared sauna & slim pod improve blood & lymph circulation by dilating blood & lymph vessels. After infrared therapy, cryotherapy works in the opposite way by vasoconstricting blood & lymph vessels. This contrast therapy creates a pumping action within the blood & lymph circulatory systems to not only improve circulation but to also detoxify waste products and toxins. This vasodilation/vasoconstriction sequence improves Infrared heat and is independently a well-known toxin-detoxifier as infrared heat penetrates fat cells and releases fat-soluble toxins to be detoxified through the blood & lymphatic systems.
  2. Inflammation: Infrared heat improves circulation which promotes the healing of injuries, relieves inflammation, and protects against oxidative stress. Whole body cryotherapy is extremely anti-inflammatory: cold exposure triggers strong biomechanical and biochemical responses in the body leading to a huge reduction in local and system-wide inflammation! The combination of infrared therapy with cryotherapy can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body, including wherever cellulite is found—leading to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite!
  3. Oxidative damage: whole body cryotherapy specifically triggers a 200 – 300% increase in norepinephrine in the brain and in the body. Norepinephrine is clinically proven to reverse oxidative damage by working as a free-radical scavenger. Since oxidative damage is a cause of cellulite, whole body cryotherapy has significant potential to reduce cellulite through its stimulation of norepinephrine.
  4. Collagen deterioration: Numerous studies have shown that infrared heat can increase collagen & elastin in the skin, leading to visible improvement in skin texture and thickness! Additionally, cold temperature exposure as found in whole body cryotherapy reduces the collagen-degrading enzyme collagenase. So while infrared heat stimulates fibroblasts & collagen production in the skin, cryotherapy can halt the degradation of collagen, leading to an improvement in cellulite!
  5. Fat accumulation: Infrared saunas can burn up to 500 calories and increase metabolism. Whole body cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories and boost metabolism. The combination of heat & cold can burn tons of calories AND boost metabolism leading to significant fat & weight loss with consistent usage.
  6. Glycation is caused by the presence of excess glucose in skin fibers. This excess glucose triggers an internal reaction in which sugar molecules adhere to collagen and elastin proteins, leading to their deterioration. Both infrared heat and cryotherapy stimulate new collagen production thus potentially reversing glycation and reducing cellulite!
  7. Scar tissue formation—there are many clinical studies showing that inflammation is the trigger for scar tissue formation. Reducing inflammation can not only reduce the formation of scar tissue, it can actually help degrade existing scar tissue! Since infrared heat therapy and cryotherapy are highly anti-inflammatory, they are also highly effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite by also reducing scar tissue!

Wonder why cellulite gets worse with age? For women, as we age our estrogen levels drop which has a negative effect on blood vessels—leading to poor circulation. As mentioned above, poor circulation and toxin build-up are believed to be a cause of cellulite. Older women can counteract this hormonal shift by including Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze in their daily or weekly self-care. You don’t have to live with Cellulite! CoeurCryo Can Help!

Want to give it a try for yourself? We offer a new client sampler that includes one 1st time treatment for each of our core 3 treatments for just $75: whole body cryotherapy, infrared sauna, and normatec compression.

You don't have to live with cellulite! At CoeurCryo we make it easy and affordable for our clients to access the treatments they want and need! Our treatments really do work: all you have to do is give us a try!

Inflammation Ages Your Skin: Fight Back With Cryotherapy

Not all inflammation is bad. Acute inflammation—the kind that occurs immediately following an injury or infection– is necessary to initiate healing. We’re all familiar with this acute version: swelling, redness and pain immediately develop from an injury or infection as blood, leukocytes and other immune defensive biochemicals race to the scene. Acute inflammation should last a few days to a few weeks as the injury or infection is healed or cleared out by the immune system.

Inflammation becomes far more sinister when it enters into the chronic realm. Chronic inflammation isn’t necessarily visible—but it can last days, months, or even years and it can lead to premature aging of the body and skin.

Chronic inflammation occurs due to longer-term injury or infection: chronic exposure to toxins (like alcohol and cigarettes), allergens, stress, irritants, autoimmune dysfunction, physical or emotional trauma and inflammatory foods (like sugar!). Exposure to these stimulants triggers the release of free radicals and arachidonic acid, initiating the “inflammatory cascade”—leukocytes and blood are mobilized, just like the acute inflammatory process. The real players though are called MMPs: matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs accompany inflammation for all of the right reasons: they enzymatically destroy injured tissue making way for the growth of healthy, new tissue. MMPs are required to remodel tissue during wound healing. The problem is that in the case of chronic inflammation, there isn’t injured tissue, only healthy tissue. So the MMPs destroy that instead….

MMPs break down the core components of healthy skin: collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s)and other connective tissue. If chronic inflammation exists in the skin or elsewhere in the body, MMPs will cause skin to thin, wrinkle, lose elasticity and discolor. It isn’t pretty! MMPs are also responsible for the scarring and pitting that is caused by chronic acne inflammation.

There are over 30 different types of the MMPs…but the main culprits will sound familiar: collagenase (breaks down collagen), elastinase (breaks down elastin) and hyaluronidase (breaks down hyaluronic acid). The breakdown of these key connective tissues leads to aging everywhere—in the skin, joints, organs etc. The bottom line is MMPs are bad for your skin and body unless you’re fighting an acute infection or injury.

In order to maintain beautiful, healthy skin as you age it’s necessary to reduce chronic inflammation in your body—and avoid the release of MMPs! You can do this in a number of ways:

  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet that is low in sugar and high in fruits & vegetables;
  2. Limit exposure to toxins and other irritants;
  3. Exercise to de-stress, lose weight and build muscle;
  4. Use products that decrease MMPs…examples are retinol, vitamin C, resveratrol and ginger;
  5. Use whole body and local cryotherapy to lighten your inflammatory load in your body and on your skin!

To prevent and potentially reverse the signs of aging in your skin, we recommend whole body cryotherapy at least 2 times a week; add a CryoFacial one to two times a week to directly reduce inflammation in the skin. Here’s what you will notice after starting cryotherapy:

  1. Acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis diminish or even disappear!
  2. Dry, rough, flaking skin is relieved. Skin is smoother, softer.
  3. Skin is tighter, spongier, more elastic.
  4. Cellulite is reduced from increased collagen and reduced fat.
  5. Wrinkles diminish as collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid increase.
  6. Brown spots and other pigmentation diminish.

You will love the many benefits cryotherapy has on your skin. Cryotherapy will also increase both mental and physical energy, help reduce weight, increase metabolism and improve cognitive function and sleep!!! By reducing inflammation throughout the body, at the cellular level, cryotherapy can transform you mentally & physically. Give CoeurCryo a call to learn more at 208-449-7671 or visit our website for more blogs at www.coeurcryo.com.

Why You Should Be Drinking Bone Broth

What makes bone broth so beneficial? 

Here's the deal: Bone broth is catching on because people know that it tastes fantastic and keeps them healthy. But bone broth isn't just warming and nutritious; it actually turns back the clock. A healthy aging expert, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, M.S, M.D made bone broth a core of her program for years—and it works. Why is bone broth one of her most powerful clinical tools? First, it's packed with healthy-aging nutrients. Here are just some of them:

What's more, bone broth is rich and soul-satisfying. It fills you up and warms you down to your toes, so you're never tempted to overeat or snack on junk that ages your face and body.

In clinical experience, bone broth reverses signs of aging better than any powder, pill, or serum. And unlike expensive creams and prescription medications, bone broth costs next to nothing. Finally, think about this: How many amazing anti-aging treatments can you make in your own kitchen from stuff you'd usually throw away? (It's the ultimate recycling project!)

So give it a try, and see what happens. Dr. Kellyann drinks at least one cup of bone broth every day, and that's the same healthy aging prescription she gives her patients, too. If you need help managing healthy weight, try adding in one or two bone broth "micro-fasts" each week. Within days, you'll start to feel a difference—and within weeks, you'll start to look it too.

How Cryotherapy Aids in Fat Loss

Eliminating fat through the application of cold is possible, as long as we have advanced technology in cryotherapy methods. Fat or adipose tissue is made up of adipocytes (cells that accumulate fat in their cytoplasm). There are three types of adipocytes:

For the body to function normally, our body must maintain a stable temperature between approximately 96.8° and 98.6° degrees Fahrenheit. When the ambient temperature decreases, the body responds by burning fat from brown adipocytes to generate heat.

This thermogenesis mechanism is the basis for the use of cryotherapy to burn fat. The temperatures reached in the cryotherapy cabin force the metabolism to work to maintain heat, based on the burning of body fat.

The Cryosense cryotherapy cabins collaborate in passive fat burning, promoting the elimination of fat in a natural and effortless way. The processes in Cryosense cabins affect all areas of the body, and therefore the results are homogeneous.

Burn Calories & Fat in 3 Minutes with Whole Body Cryotherapy

We all have our own reasons for working out. For many of us, it’s a stress reliever. For others it’s stressful to even think about going to the gym and being around a bunch of sweaty people in tight clothes. Regardless of your reason, almost all of us have a similar goal. We want less body fat and want to look better both with our clothes on and off. A solid training plan, good nutrition and enough sleep are three things that drive these body changes. Those are very important aspects of your health but what if I told you that there was an x-factor to accelerate fat loss? What if you could burn the same number of calories as running 4-6 miles in just 3 minutes? I know, it sounds too good to be true but it’s not. It’s Whole Body Cryotherapy. Whole Body Cryotherapy is essentially a cold exposure session for the body that lasts 3 minutes. You stand in a tube and liquid nitrogen gas is released at temperatures as low as -278 degrees Fahrenheit. I know, it doesn’t sound like fun but it’s ten times easier to tolerate than a cold shower or an ice bath. Not only that but you get some astounding body results from it! Because of the extreme cold exposure and rapid change in skin temperature, your body has an interesting response. The body produces heat internally to warm itself back up. This process is called cold thermogenesis.

Before we get into how to use whole body cryotherapy to help with fat loss, let’s talk about fat itself. Fat, also known as adipose tissue can be either white or brown. White fat is the fat you think about that you’d love to get rid of. The stuff that accumulates around your waist, thighs, and arms. Brown fat on the other hand is something completely different. Brown fat is more dense, it’s full of energy/heat producing cells and it helps regulate our metabolism.

So, white fat bad, brown fat good! How do you get more brown fat? One of the ways that has been shown to increase brown fat is cold exposure like Whole Body Cryotherapy. This has been shown to help convert white fat into brown fat. It’s also been shown to increase your metabolism by as much as 350%

When we look at the pure caloric output that you get from a bout of Whole Body Cryotherapy, it’s easy to see why weight loss occurs. One bout of Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to burn between 500 and 800 calories. That’s a lot of calories that get burned for standing in a tube for 3 minutes!

That many calories is equivalent to running for 40-60 minutes at a 10 minute mile pace.

Your body requires 3500 extra burned calories to lose a pound of body fat. That means that just adding in Whole Body Cryotherapy twice a week would help you burn an extra 1-2 pounds of body fat a month! Throw a good nutrition and exercise plan in with it and you’ve got a recipe for some serious body changes in a very positive way.

​At Coeur Cryo, our goal is to create a plan for our clients on how to come back from an injury and get back in shape. For many of them, they just want to look better, feel more confident and comfortable in their own clothes. With an on-the-go lifestyle time is very valuable. They are just like you and I, and I can’t think of a better return on your 3-minute investment than what you’ll get from Whole Body Cryotherapy.