Cold Water Immersion Therapy (Cold Plunge)
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Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve muscle recovery, a wellness enthusiast looking to boost your immune system, or a professional looking to level up your productivity, you can benefit from Cold Water Immersion (CWI) or cold plunge therapy.
CWI is a form of cold water therapy that involves a person immersing their body in cold water to reap a series of health benefits. Benefits include an improved physical condition, optimized blood circulation, a mental health boost, and quicker fat burn — all from the comfort of our controlled temperature cold plunge.
What Is Cold Water Immersion?
CWI is a process involving the immersion of the body into cold water (≤15˚C/59˚F).
There are many benefits one can get from cold water immersion therapy, especially if we regularly immerse our bodies in cold temperatures for short periods of time. In the last decade, studies have been coming out with more and more benefits of CWI.
Consequently, CWI is gaining more popularity and advocates from athletes and people with physical ailments to entrepreneurs and professionals alike.
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How Does Cold Immersion Work?
The main idea is that by willingly exposing our bodies to the stress of cold water, we can regulate our nervous system and learn how to better manage stress.
The human body’s response to the cold is similar to how we respond to other stressors in life. This includes reactions such as an elevated heart rate, feelings of panic, body contractions, and shallow breathing. Intentionally subjecting ourselves to distress helps us cope with stress better, and that’s precisely what makes cold immersion so impactful.
Holos MD practices The Wim Hof’s Method which is built on three important pillars. These pillars, which are breathing, controlled exposure to cold, and commitment, allow us to deal with the cold. Over time, our bodies have become accustomed to modern-day comforts and are therefore no longer used to cold conditions. Getting your body ready to cope with the cold can lead to some real health improvements.
“IF WE ALWAYS CHOOSE COMFORT, WE NEVER LEARN THE DEEPEST CAPABILITIES OF OUR MIND AND BODY.”
– WIM “THE ICEMAN” HOFF
Benefits Of Cold-Water Immersion
Cold water immersion helps activate your body’s natural healing ability, which relieves the symptoms of various medical conditions, like inflammation and muscle soreness, providing fast recovery. While the thought of deliberately exposing your entire body to freezing-cold temperatures might sound counterintuitive, CWI has several scientifically-validated health benefits.
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves lymphatic movement
- Increases energy levels
- Triggers hormesis and improves resilience
- Speeds up physical recovery
- Boosts your mood
- Helps burn fat
- Offers neurocognitive benefits