Welcome to the 4th article in our series of articles, the Prevention Protocols, all about the simple and easy (and mostly free ) things you can do RIGHT NOW to boost your immune system and increase your overall health and wellbeing.
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Cold Water Therapy AKA Cold Thermogenesis
First of all, what is it?
Cold therapy involves exposing or immersing yourself in the cold, be that a cold shower, cold lake, freezing ocean or nowadays, a cold chamber filled with gas. (Cryotherapy)
This practise is known as a hormetic stressor, like exercise, fasting and hot saunas.
The idea being that you briefly and temporarily put the body under extreme stress which triggers a whole host of cellular and hormonal responses, which not only help the body “survive” the stressor, but also causes the body to “come back “ or recover stronger and more capable than it was before.
For example, almost everyone knows that when you work out, the “stress” you put on your muscles by lifting heavy weights causes tiny micro tears in the muscles, which then have to repair themselves, in doing so, they come back bigger and stronger and more prepared for future events.
The Same Goes For Cold Water Therapy.
Benefits of Cold Water Therapy
It must be stressed, for one to benefit from cold therapy, short exposure times must be observed – from 30 seconds to 5 minutes max, depending on your own constitution, temperature of the water and your overall health. If you are sick, wait until you are well before practicing cold therapy or any of the other hormetic stressors sampled above.
On to the fun stuff!
Just some of the benefits of a regular cold water therapy protocol –
1. Improves Circulation
Poor circulation is no good for anyone.
If your various body parts and organs struggle to receive adequate blood flow, nutrient and oxygen delivery and waste product removal, may be compromised. This could have an effect on immunity.
By exposing yourself to cold water, regularly for short periods you give a massive jump start to your heart because all the blood first rushes from your extremities to surround and protect your organs and then, once the “threat of cold” has retreated, the blood then rushes back to your limbs to “save”/ warm up those cells again. This whole process gives your heart a good workout as well as flooding areas of the body with nutrient rich blood, which might have suffered poor circulation otherwise.
2. May Contribute To Weight Loss
Some evidence suggests that taking regular cold showers begins to adapt the body to burning stored body fat in an attempt to keep the body temperature up and thus contributing to weight loss.
Cold therapy, combined with a nutritious diet and regular exercise, could see excess body fat melting off!
3. Lymphatic Cleansing
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that run throughout the body, clearing away waste, bacteria, and microbes from your cells.
If you don’t exercise your lymphatic system it can become slow or inefficient, the fluid stagnates, and toxins build up, manifesting in colds, joint pain, infection and even disease. HD Porno
Now, the Lymphatic system does not have its own pump, so it needs to be stimulated by movement.
One way cold therapy does this is by forcing your lymph vessels to contract and squeeze the contents along the path, eventually eliminating the waste product completely.
This also triggers the body’s own immune system to release white blood cells to attack and destroy any pathogens detected in the lymph system.
4. Cold Water As An Antidepressant
Which is interesting too, as being depressed has been linked with an impaired immunity.
That crazy exhilarating feeling you get after you brave a 3 minute cold shower is the result of a frenzied rush of electrical impulses darting from your peripheral nerve endings in your skin to the brain, which can have an anti depressant effect.
Coupled with the release of endorphins and other feel good hormones after the fact. taking cold showers has a strong chance of improving mood.
Happier moods are associated with improved immune function!
5.Boosting the immune system
Cold showers have been shown to increase white blood cells in the blood. (The cells charged with fighting off invaders!)
The investigators at Britain’s Thrombosis Research Institute suggested that as the body tries to warm itself during and after a cold shower, metabolic rate speeds up and activates the immune system, which leads to the release of more white blood cells.
6. Speeds up recovery after a workout
Everyone has at some point seen athletes plunge themselves into vats of ice water after a sports game.
Seems crazy, but the effects are spectacular!
Similar to what happens to the lymphatic system, all the blood vessels contract under the cold onslaught as the blood rushes to the internal organs, so that all the waste products created in the muscles during physical activity are squeezed out and processed, reducing inflammation significantly and helping the body recover quicker!
Those are just some of the benefits of cold therapy and the best news is, every cold shower comes with all those benefits!
How To Take A Cold Shower
Take off your clothes, turn on the cold tap, get in.
My favorite way of taking my cold therapy is to enjoy a normal hot shower, washing, relaxing, that kind of thing, then to brush my teeth in the shower as I turn the hot tap completely off and just accept what’s happening.
I ALWAYS brush my teeth for at least 3 minutes so that ensures I take cold showers for at least 3 minutes. Everyday, twice a day. When I wake up and right before I go to bed.
Boost your health and immunity just by taking cold showers!
Stay safe everyone!
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