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Why Cold Plunge?

It dawned on me last fall that my inability to handle cold wasn’t just a preference, it was actually a weakness. After over two decades of heated yoga and being in the heated room a lot my vascular system was weakening. This is why people move to Florida and warmer climates when they get older. They can’t handle the cold and this is a problem.

The vascular or circulatory system is made up of the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body. The arteries and veins carry blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and taking away tissue waste matter. It stretches 66,000 miles, more than two and a half times the circumference of the Earth. Exercise improves this yet circulation tends to decrease with age. Elastic tissue within the walls of the arteries and arterioles is lost. Together, these changes make the vessels stiffer and less resilient.

Some known benefits of cold plunging:

  • Releases endorphins elevating mood

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Decreases inflammation, the mother of disease

  • Increases metabolism burning 500-900 additional calories

  • Improves your circulation and vascular system

  • Promotes lymphatic drainage

  • Tones the vagus nerve which helps foster parasympathetic nervous system which promotes healing

Cold therapy constricts your blood vessels numbing nerves around your joints and muscles causing a release of hormones and endorphins. This acts as an analgesic relieving inflammation which is the foundation of all disease. Once you come out of the cold the the blood vessels dilate and open up helping to return the elasticity which we lose as we age. The feeling is like no other. It is incredibly energizing and mood elevating!

Cold therapy is a very powerful panacea. There is so much out there to learn about this ancient and powerful therapy. I encourage you to dive in and don’t get hung up on what I got hung up on. “I don’t like being cold!” No one likes being cold yet you can learn how to appreciate the cold with some coaching. We are here to help!

--- Johnny