So you want to take an ice bath? If you’re thinking about it here is some info that should totally convince you!
We recommend taking the Wim Hof Fundamental course but it is not a mandatory prerequisite. A few cold showers should do. If you have heart issues or are pregnant please consult with your doctor before attending this class.
There are many ancient traditions that include cold exposure as a practice to elevate their health and well being. In addition to that there are other incredible reasons to commit to this practice:
Cold therapy (ice baths) are known to reduce inflammation and help promote healing to muscles and joints.
Cold therapy also helps to train the cardiovascular system, boost metabolism (lose weight), increase white blood cell count (boost immune system) and more.
Hormetic Stress, an acute stressor like an ice bath in small doses will actually make your body stronger.
It Can even alleviate depression in a fairly short amount of time. It does this by activating the sympathetic nervous system, sending blood to the brain and core, and reducing systemic inflammation, which is strongly linked to depression. It also floods the body with endorphins making you feel amazing!
Still not convinced?
How about better mental acuity and alertness to conquer your day?
Still need more info? How about this 22 page report from Doctor Rhonda Patrick?
This 20-page report explains how cold shock is a type of hormesis, which is a description of a type of stress that, in the right doses, is enough to shock the body and kick off adaptive processes and response mechanisms that are hardwired into our genes, and, once on, are able to create a resilience that actually exceeds what was needed to counter the initial stimuli.
Rhonda discusses how cold exposure increases norepinephrine up to 5-fold in the brain and what the temperature and duration needed to do this are, how norepinephrine has an effect on mood, vigilance, focus, and attention, how cold exposure increases cold shock proteins including one in the brain that repairs damaged synapses and in muscle prevents atrophy, how cold-induced norepinephrine lowers inflammation and pain by decreasing the levels of 3 inflammatory mediators, how chronic cold shock may increase immune cell numbers and particularly a type of immune cell that kills cancer cells, how cold exposure increases metabolic rate, the number of mitochondria, and the burning of fat, what the effects of different cold exposure temperatures and timing are on athletic performance, recovery time, and muscle mass, and the differences between various types of cold shock modalities, including cold water immersion and whole body cryotherapy.