Got a thing for tattoos? Or just looking for a reason to hit the tattoo parlor this year? If yes is your answer to these questions, you’ll be glad to know that the move is totally worth it! Why? Well, it’s only because of science! According to research, getting multiple tattoos can strengthen your immune system and eventually increase your ability to fight off infections.
So what’s the point? Well, you’ll need to hit the tattoo parlor again and again for best results — it’s all about getting more than one tattoo.
Researchers from the University of Alabama pointed out that getting multiple tattoos is very similar to working out. That said, your first session may weaken your body and leave you exhausted — this is just a way of your body trying to figure out why you injected a foreign body deep into your skin. Also, you can relate it to the sore muscles you get after hitting the gym for the first time.
But the good thing is, your muscles start to strengthen after hitting the gym every now and then. What’s more, you won’t feel sore and exhausted like you did the first time. After examining how this works for muscles, the team tried to figure out if this could happen for tattooing and the good news is, their research turned out to be a big success. They discovered that getting multiple tattoos could boost your immunological response and help you ward off disease and infection.
How did they verify this claim?
Well, the team from the University of Alabama recruited volunteers and headed out to a local tattoo shop to validate the research. The new study examined the number of tattoos as well as the length of each session for every participant. They then used this data to analyze blood samples to measure the participants’ levels of immunoglobulin A — an antibody and cortisol.
For the most part, the team of researchers discovered that those who were getting their first tattoo saw a big drop in immunoglobulin A and this was as a result of rising cortisol levels. On the flip side, participants who had gotten multiple tattoos only saw a tiny decrease in immunoglobulin A levels, and according to the team, this change indicates that the body is strengthening its immunological response.
With all that has been said, you can agree with the validity of team’s findings, but you should be aware that the study was conducted with just 24 men and 5 men. So what’s the point? Well, that sample size is actually large enough to authenticate the study but way too small to allow for further research.
All in all, getting multiple tattoos could be a great way to boost your immune system, but we don’t recommend hitting the tattoo shop every now and then. However, if you’ve been looking for another solid reason to get one, you can use this study as a motivation!
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