From the childhood, we were convinced that people are much more likely to catch a cold, when staying in the cold (like walking in winter for a long time or sipping cold water).
In fact, cool temperatures don't increase your chances to meet infection.
It was even found that short-term exposure to cold can bring some benefits to your health.
Cold thermogenesis, also called cold immersion, involves having a shower (or just immersing your face) with water, colder than 70F. This can really boost your resistance, increase performance and energy for the whole day.
Nowadays cold immersion has gained popularity, especially among athletes, who need to improve their endurance and capacity.
It's not so easy to put yourself into such an uncomfortable conditions, like cold water flow. But your body will thank you for this procedure.
Let's see, what are the benefits of cold thermogenesis:
#1. Enhances metabolic rate – experts tell that our bodies contain two types of fat. White fat is a “bad” type of fat, associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease etc. At the same time, brown fat is a “good” type, which is burnt by the body, when it is exposed to low temperatures, in order to warm up. Recent research shows that exposure to moderate cold can activate brown fat and improve metabolism. Your body will use digested food to fill brown fat stored, instead of accumulating on the waist.
#2. Helps treat injury – we all know that placing an ice pack on the damaged area (like torn muscle or sprained ligament) can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Cold shower can improve blood circulation, making your skin look better and giving benefits for those, who suffer from hypertension and diabetes.
#3. Fights off depression – having a cold shower can act like mild electroshock therapy in people with depression. Cool water sends electrical signals to your brain, boosting release of endorphins (so-called happiness hormones) and increasing energy levels.
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#4. Increases immunity – several studies found that cold immersing can raise your resistance to numerous illnesses, from flu to cancer.
If you've decided to start with cold thermogenesis, do it gradually. Lower water temperature slowly, when having a shower, until the water will become cool enough to feel uncomfortable. Then, stay in this water during two to three minutes. Perform this actions regularly, decreasing water temperature and staying under the cold flow a bit longer.
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