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Cryotherapy is a recovery method that some pro athletes and biohackers use nearly every day. The benefits touted by cold exposure enthusiasts include faster recovery time, an enhanced immune system, increased cell longevity, decreased levels of inflammatory molecules (like interleukin 6), and, of course, an increased tolerance for exercising outdoors in the winter, especially north of the 49th parallel.

Aside from slapping an ice pack on a sore ankle after a misstep during a morning trail run, the majority of the population has never dunked themselves into a 20-minute ice bath or a hot-cold contrast shower, or stepped into a sci-fi looking cryotherapy chamber. Are they missing out on something amazing? Are you? Let’s take a look.

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