It has been difficult to avoid the increasing cold bathing trend in recent years. What really happens when we jump into icy water?
When the body is suddenly exposed to cold, our fight or flight mode is triggered. It is the body's response to stress when we are in danger, or when we jump into icy cold water. When this happens, the body's own hormone norepinephrine is released, which, among other things, contributes to increased ability to concentrate. Regular cold baths have also been shown to have a positive effect on our stress management, as the body over time learns to regulate the stress hormones..
A Finnish study has examined almost a thousand cold baths and the positive health effects seem to be many:
- Mentally well, less stress symptoms
- Strengthened self-confidence
- Increased blood circulation
- Improved sleep
- Reduced pain
- Improved ability to concentrate
Do you want to be inspired by others and immerse yourselffurther in cold baths and its effects, we can recommend Helena Kubicek Boye's fine book Wild Swimming. Kubicek Boyes is a licensed psychologist and also aen
passionate wild swimmer who has not had a cold since she started cold bathing. Buy a bookHERE.
Keep in mind that people with heart disease or high blood pressure should consult a doctor before taking a cold bath.