Cold therapy

  1. That's the best excuse I've seen for avoiding cold showers. Wish I had had that info when I was at school and the sadistic PE teacher used to make us have cold showers after PE 😂

  2. I've been eating a low n-6, high saturated fat ketogenic diet for a while now and I notice I'm even less bothered by "cold" than the previous winter. Cold is in quotation marks because it's still 14 -15° in my living room (~57 F), but I'm very comfortable sitting on my butt all day reading and playing video games (it's a dog's life), obviously while wearing a warm comfy sweater. Last winter I needed 17-18° for a similar level of comfort. I'm going to save so much on my heating bill xD

  3. I've been turning my showers to cold at the end for a few minutes for about 6 months. I love it. I feel super relaxed afterwards and it's helped my cold exposure walking around outside. Regarding weight loss - unable to tell anything. However, I weirdly look forward to it every time I shower, even though I'm someone that's always hated the cold and even the thought of a cold shower.

  4. I most often end my showers cold for 20-60 seconds. Probably towards the lower range but it just feels like 60 seconds sometimes. 😂 Not sure if there's any browning of the fat in practice, but it is well-known to increase the feeling of well-being and the immune system. Which probably are the two most important thing for 99% of the population.

  5. Been doing a weekly cryotherapy session for years. -220F for 3 minutes. I love it, and feel fantastic after each session. Great for joint pain.

  6. Cold showers give me headaches and neck aches. Especially first thing in the morning. I can do it during the summer or after a good workout, but not other times.

  7. They'll constrict the arteries and maybe lower the blood flow to the neck / brain. (This is useful if you have a hangover as alcohol dilates the arteries!) The good workout will dilate the arteries which is why you can handle this after a workout.

  8. There's an idea that a few minutes cold exposure gives you lasting warmth for e.g. the rest of the day, while heat treatment only keeps you warm while the heat source is there. I've seen this from multiple sources, e.g. random paleo-type blogs on the net, an account from a homeless person in a book (plunge hands into ice water for a few minutes in morning to stay warm for rest of day while outside in cold weather), and advice from a physio for injury treatment (the warmth goes away, cold gives you lasting warmth idea).

  9. That's very interesting! Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely looking at the cold as something to embrace (not fear) and as a possible tool to be used when needed.

  10. Cold therapy provides systemic anti-inflammatory relief, increases positive immune response, and parasympathetic nervous system stimulation. Cold therapy is being applied to provide non-pharmaceutical support for patients with depression and mood disorders, reduction of daily stress and general well-being, chronic disease support including rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia among others, and disease intervention.

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