Water Power: Cold Water Immersion
Start off each day with a power swim in the pool. Cold water ( ideal water temperature 57-degrees Fahrenheit ) immersion activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and promote a sense of health and well-being. Cold water immersion on a routine basis helps promote long-lasting changes healthy blood circulation, and a healthy body.
Cold water immersion causes the body’s lymphatic system ( a network of vessels that run throughout the body ) help take away waste, bacteria and microbes from your cells, essentially cleansing your body. The pool’s cool water causes your lymph vessels to contract, forcing your lymphatic system to pump lymph fluids throughout your body, flushing the waste out of the area. Consequently the waste triggers the body’s immune system’s white blood cells to attack and destroy any unwanted waste.
Unlike your blood, which is constantly pumped through your body by the heart, your lymphatic system relies on muscle contraction to pump the lymph fluid through vessels. Those who don’t exercise regularly are susceptible to toxins building up in your body’s joints, resulting in infection and even disease.
Cold water immersion provide enhances your overall quality of life, by cleansing your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that enhance the overall quality of your life and well being.
Cardiovascular circulation is one of the most critical components of our overall health and well-being. Poor cardiovascular circulation leads to fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, muscle cramping, or even contributes to a heart attack and stroke. By improving circulation, our heart’s health improves, resulting in enhanced mental performance while boosting the immune system and metabolism.
Routine cardiovascular exercise and a healthy diet gives your body more strength and energy to live your life to the fullest. Cold water immersion triggers your blood to surround all your vital organs, forcing your heart to pump more efficiently while supplying every part of your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
Swimming in cold water forces our bodies to work harder to keep us warm, burning more calories and boosting our metabolisms. Cold water immersion has also been reported to promote healthy brown fat. Brown fat when activated by bringing down the body’s temperature helps eliminate white fat. White fat is the body fat that piles up around our waistlines and thighs that is not healthy.
The next time you work out, simply take a quick cold post-workout shower to help reduce any soreness and inflammation as a result of your physical activity. Add cold water immersion into your daily routine, you find that you aren’t reaching for the aspirin anymore. You’ve found an easy, natural way of cleansing and healing your body.
Cold water immersion is not a substitute for diet and exercise, but it is an excellent supplement. The health benefits in both the short- and long-run are well worth it. Activate your body’s natural healing powers and begin to start feeling healthier and happier.
The benefits of cold water immersion helps trigger a flood of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, which make you feel happy. Studies on cold water immersion report that after months of routine cold water swimming, subjects felt more energetic, active and more optimistic.
Start healing your body naturally. The power of water will help keep your body healthy and improve your overall well being. Make a long-lasting change for the better -- you’ll feel refreshed, happy and healthy.
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