Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon the experiments of Vim Hoff or heard your sporty mates talking up the benefits, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is when it comes to cold water immersion read on.
Coldwater immersion works by constricting the body’s blood vessels which aides in flushing toxins from the body and the cold temperature aids in the reduction of inflammation and swelling throughout the body.
After exiting the Ice Bath your body naturally begins to heat itself back up and the blood vessels that were constricted now expand to allow blood flow. This constriction and expansion of the blood vessels can have a lasting effect on blood pressure, overall circulation, and health throughout the body.
Oftentimes people report having a better night’s sleep after an ice bath. This is due to the sympathetic nervous system getting a workout in the ice and your overall central nervous system de-regulating itself.
The physical benefits are incredible but pushing the limits of the body helps train and strengthen the mind. Combine the entire process with breath-work and you’re off to a new you in no time.
Some case studies have found that cold water therapy (including cold water swimming) has helped to alleviate depression and anxiety. One of these studies found that just having twice a day cold showers decreased depressive symptoms in participants.
Some studies have found that cold therapy can increase your body’s immune system and ability to fight illness.
In 1 Dutch study it was found that cold water immersion builds up resistance to stress over time.
According to health influencers, exposure to cold water can boost your calorie-burning capacity. Some studies have shown that immersion in cold water under 15 degs Celsius for up to 5 minutes can speed up your metabolism.
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