Getting A Tattoo Might Make You Healthier
While getting a tattoo in a shady place with poor hygiene is a huge gamble, getting a tattoo in a professional salon might actually be good for your health, new research shows.
A study from American Journal of Human Biology found that tattoos boost the immune system (more so with each new one), which helps the body fight colds and common infections. The researchers studied saliva samples from 29 subjects before and after inking sessions and looked at an antibody immunoglobulin A levels as well as a stress hormone cortisol.
They also recorded the number of tattoos of each subject, total tattoo sessions, and years since getting their first ink and found that while getting the very first tattoo might reduce immunoglobulin A levels and cause stress, which may lead to lowered immune system, the consecutive sessions show that immune system is more resilient to the stress and the immunoglobulin A levels are not getting as low.
After the stress response, your body returns to an equilibrium. However, if you continue to stress your body over and over again, instead of returning to the same set point, it adjusts its internal set points and moves higher,
explains Dr. Lynn. He also compares how muscles adapt to stress of work out by getting stronger and aching less.
Although for some people the effects of infections and allergies they got from tattoos may last for years, this one shows that even if you regret some of your ink it wasn’t completely for nothing.
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