An Ounce of Prevention…
Benjamin Franklin had it right centuries ago. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your immune system, your health is at stake, and prevention should be taken seriously.
It is more important now than ever to make sure your immune system is properly functioning. In addition to washing your hands, eating lots of fruits and veggies, and getting plenty of sleep, there are some particularly beneficial things you can do to boost your immune system and we have them here at Float State.
First, we will get into floating for immune support.
As anyone who’s floated before knows, one of the primary effects of float therapy is a decrease in stress and anxiety. This sense of relaxation, in turn, helps to bolster one’s immune system.
In a detailed presentation at the 2018 Float Conference, Ph.D. candidate and researcher M.C. Flux broke down the biochemical reactions that occur when we enter the fight-or-flight stage and how that triggers an immune response. Using that information, he went on to describe the interconnected relationship between the immune system, stress, and relaxation, before summarizing his initial research into the effect of regular floatation-REST on this system.
In short, the body’s stress-response system is designed to self-regulate. But when stressors are constantly present, the fight-or-flight reaction stays on. The resulting overexposure to stress hormones can lead to a decrease in immune function and, therefore, an increased risk of myriad health issues, both mental and physiological.
Float therapy breaks the cycle.
Unfortunately, not everyone can change their life situation to reduce their exposure to stress. What everyone can do, however, is change their approach to managing stress.
It’s been well established that making floatation therapy a regular part of your wellness routine can help to ease stress and anxiety. Additionally, M.C. Flux has found in his research that the more anxious you are, the more your immune system can benefit from floating.