Cold Water Immersion (CWI)
Cold Water Immersion (CWI) is a form of cold water therapy, which improves the natural recovery process of the human body. A well-known type of Cold Water Immersion, is taking ice baths or cold showers. Cold Water Immersion is a greatway to activate the body’s natural healing powers, and to make it able to relieve symptoms of various medical conditions. When practiced on a regular basis, the positive effects of exposure to cold last even longer. Over time, Cold Water Immersion improves your cardiovascular circulation, reduces muscle inflammation, and facilitates weight loss.
Benefits of Cold Water Immersion
Enhanced circulation of the blood
Cardiovascular circulation is one of the most important processes of the human body. Without a healthy and strong circulation, the blood flow of the entire body gets compromised. The compromised blood flow in turn leads to a stressed heart. Left untreated, a stressed heart can result in headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, muscle cramping, or eventually a heart attack. Cold Water Immersion boosts the cardiovascular circulation, which is beneficial for a healthy heart, a strong immune system, well-balanced mental health, and a high level of energy.
Reduced inflammation of muscle
After participating in a high-intensity workout, the muscles can feel sore for a couple of days. This is because of microscopic tears in the fibers of the trained muscles, and inflammation of the muscle tissue. This type of soreness, also known as ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS), can be very painful. Scientifically, it has been proven that Cold Water Immersion helps to reduce muscle inflammation. The temperature of the water lowers the damage of the affected tissue, and reduces further swelling.
Cold Water Immersion can be of great help when it comes to weight loss. When practiced on a regular basis, Cold Water Immersion is able to increase the metabolic rate by as much as 16%. As a result of immersing the body into cold water, the body has to work hard to maintain its normal internal temperature. During this process, the metabolic rate increases in order to produce heat for the body. When practiced consistently, this can result in a loss of weight.
Cold Water Immersion and the Wim Hof Method
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The three pillars
The Wim Hof Method is built on three important pillars. These pillars, which are breathing, controlled exposure to cold, and commitment, together allow us to deal with ‘cold hard nature’. 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 cold conditions can lead to some serious health improvements, such as stress reduction, more energetic, and better sleep.
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