STATES CHRONICLE – The world seems to be split into people who love tattoos and those who see tattoos as the work of the devil. Of course, there are some of us who don’t have tattoos but also have nothing against them. And now there’s one more reason for that as a new research showed that getting inked might actually better your immune system.
Many people think that getting a tattoo could represent a health risk because of poor hygiene and unreliable tools. However, nowadays there are more and more specialized places which are very clean and in which the chances of you getting hepatitis or developing skin cancer are next to none.
Researchers have compared getting your first tattoo with going to the gym for the first time. After your first time at the gym, your muscles will feel sore, and your body’s defenses will lower because of the induced stress. The same goes for your first tattoo.
However, much like continuing to go to the gym makes your muscles stronger and your body healthier, the experience of getting inked several times will increase your immunity, making your body more resistant to infections.
The scientists compared pre-tattoo session with post-tattoo session samples and after analyzing them saw the people became more resistant to infections. However, the researchers never took samples from a person with any tattoos for comparison, so we cannot say for sure that being inked makes you healthier than not being inked.
On the other hand, the study is also supported by historical evidence which shows that people with tattoos were considered to be stronger and superior to the ones with no tattoos. What actually makes you improve your immune system is the repeated stress your body is subjected to through tattoo sessions. This stress might trick your immune system into becoming stronger and, therefore, making you less likely to develop common infections.
All in all, just as going to gym makes your body stronger and more resistant, even though after the first time you feel like you will never be able to move again, getting inked does the same thing by improving your immune system.
Unfortunately, until researchers don’t manage to prove that people with more tattoos are actually healthier than people with no tattoos, I’m still not getting inked.
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