Everyone has a different way of waking up: double espresso shots, a brief workout, and so on. However, if you’re looking for a speedy way to start your day, cold plunging might be the way to go. When looking for a new technique to improve their everyday energy, many people resort to cold plunging!
Plunging into cold water activates the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, a vital molecule in the body that helps regulate attention, focus, and energy, according to Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s paper “Cold Shocking the Body: Exploring Cryotherapy, Cold Water Immersion, and Cold Stress.” A regular cold plunge will help boost your norepinephrine levels while also boosting your vitality. A fast icy dip every day can push the limits of your mind, just as an intense workout pushes the boundaries of your body! Believe us when we say that taking that initial leap into an ice-cold tub is challenging, but the payoff is incredible.
Each time you return to the pool, it will become easier and easier to jump in until you can’t wait for that chilly rush of energy. Cold plunging as a habit can improve your mental and physical toughness. The advantages of taking a cold plunge go beyond the emotional and biological components of your body. Coldwater therapy has been used in sports medicine for years to aid active muscle recovery. Cold plunging has been linked to blood vessel constriction, which means that when we enter cold water, our blood vessels shorten, bringing blood flow closer to our essential organs. Our blood vessels re-open after we exit the cold plunge tub, which increases circulation and helps to flush away elements of our immune system! Whether used after a workout or not, the physical benefits of cruel treatment are well worth your time.
IMPORTANCE OF COLD PLUNGE
INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS
You get a burst of Norepinephrine from the chilly water. The stress hormone and neurotransmitter norepinephrine is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It aids in the control of mood, anxiety, and other processes. It aids in the mobilization of the brain for action and can boost energy and alertness. It can also be used to treat mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
The immune system’s response to cold water has been extensively researched. By forcing the body to adjust to changing surroundings, cold water helps enhance white blood cell count. Your body gets better at activating its defenses over time. This is especially important with COVID-19 and all of the other illnesses that can occur.
COMBATS INFLAMMATION AND ARTHRITIS WITH ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Joint discomfort and inflammation can be reduced with cold therapy. Cold plunges have been clinically demonstrated to help alleviate the symptoms of muscle overuse, such as soreness, discomfort, and tightness. We constrict a lot of blood vessels when we plunge into cold water, which helps to minimize swelling and inflammation produced by the body delivering too much blood to the affected area. Even better, the cold can function as a pain relief by numbing the nerve ends. After a strenuous workout, several pro-athletes advocate soaking in cold water.
BOOST IN METABOLISM
The rate at which your body transforms food into energy is referred to as metabolism. The more energy you have, and the easier it is to lose weight, the faster and more efficient your metabolism is. Furthermore, cold-plunging can help with weight loss by increasing the combustion of “white fat” (bad fat). This occurs because cold exposure causes your body’s metabolism to speed up and obtain the energy required for heat production. It also begins to convert brown fat (commonly known as “good fat”) into heat energy. The rest of the body, which is using energy that is unrelated to heat production, begins to burn off the “bad fat,” resulting in rapid weight loss.
Immersion in cold water increases blood flow. Blood rushes to surround your important organs when you submerge your body in cold water. Your heart is therefore forced to pump more efficiently, pushing blood through all of your veins and giving oxygen and nutrients to every region of your body. This puts the body into a “shock” condition, in which all blood rushes to the critical organs, replacing them with oxygen and nutrients while also enhancing the efficiency of our blood flow for the remainder of the day.