Immersing yourself in icy cold water might not sound like much fun, but in fact cold water therapy has been shown to improve the body’s general functioning and performance. Here are five rejuvenating health benefits to expect if you decide to take the plunge.
Improves Blood Circulation
Good cardiovascular circulation is crucial to a healthy mind and body. When you immerse yourself in cold water, rich oxygenated blood rushes to your vital organs and is pumped all around your body. You can expect a boost in energy levels and mental performance, and a decrease in stress, fatigue, high blood pressure, and muscle cramping.
Strengthens the Lymphatic and Immune Systems
The lymphatic system is a network of blood vessels that evacuate waste and bacteria from your cells. Coldwater immersion stimulates the lymphatic system, allowing it to cleanse the body by flushing out toxins and unhealthy substances. This in turn improves your body’s ability to fight off illness.
Reduces Muscle Inflammation
By causing the blood vessels to contract, cold water immersion soothes muscle and joint pain, reduces inflammation and brings down swelling.
Instils a Sense of Wellbeing
While it might sound counter-intuitive, bathing in cold water has been shown to improve your mood and boost energy levels. The cold water releases a flood of endorphins that make you feel happy, relaxed, and energetic.
Resets Your Temperature Regulating System
If you are someone that feels cold all the time, this is likely due to a combination of poor circulation and body temperature regulation. In the modern world, many of us have lost the ability to naturally regulate our body’s temperature. Paradoxically, if you routinely bathe in cold water, better blood flow will increase body temperature and reset your temperature regulation system.