What is whole-body vibration (WBV)?
In the past decade, whole-body vibration has gained a lot of traction due to its weight loss effects.
It is classified as a passive exercise routine that requires the person to stand on a vibrating platform that uses a frequency of 15–70 hertz (Hz) and an amplitude of 1–10 millimeters (mm).
WBV has been the subject of many studies in the past few years with the goal of discovering the health benefits this technology can provide.
Initial research suggests that WBV can help improve tonicity, bone density, and coordination. Moreover, it has been shown to accelerate the fat-burning process by increasing the metabolic cost of exercise.
In other words, integrating WBV into your exercise routine can help you lose weight faster.
What’s even more interesting, however, is the evidence that supports the positive effects of WBV on many diabetes symptoms, especially neurologic symptoms such as frequent urination, excessive thirst, and muscle wasting.
The benefits of whole-body vibration
Whole-body vibration has been shown to enhance the way our cells use glucose, reduce inflammation, and alter the composition of the microbiome.
According to one study published in the Journal of Endocrinology, WBV can be as beneficial as regular exercise for people who want to lose weight.
Here are the major ways that WBV help people:
Improved cellular sensitivity to insulin
Insulin is secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar levels; it will then promote the entrance of glucose molecules inside the cell to be used in various metabolic pathways.
This process gets disrupted in diabetes.
You see, diabetic patients have developed resistance to the effects of insulin, and as a result, more glucose will be circulating in the blood since the only molecule that can get it inside -insulin- is not effective anymore.
Research revolving around the effects of whole-body vibration on this process showed an important improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as increasing lean muscle mass, which serves the same purpose.
Chronic inflammation is one of the hallmarks of diabetes and can be a risk factor for many debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and osteoporosis.
Research shows that prolonged use of whole-body vibration in your exercise routine can increase the number of macrophages (a type of immune cell) that prevent inflammation.
Whole-body vibration can also reduce the number of pro-inflammatory substances in the bloodstream by modifying the composition of normal flora and promoting the growth of the type of macrophages responsible for inflammation regulation.
Enhanced microbiome composition
The study of the composition of gut flora or microbiome is an emerging field with great potential.
Just like a fingerprint, each person has a unique microbiome composition that’s the product of their genes and the environment they live in.
The new research suggests that studying the microbiome of one person could tell us a great deal about their health status, including the predisposition for certain diseases.
In many studies done in the lab, whole-body vibration was found to change this microbiome composition by increasing certain types of bacteria and decreasing others. This modification was not confirmed to be a beneficial or a harmful effect until recently.
WBV increases a type of bacteria responsible for the production of short-chain fatty acids that can play a major role in the reduction of inflammation.
WBV is a fantastic tool to help people lose weight by promoting the activation of certain metabolic pathways.
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