Are you stuck with losing weight as if it is going nowhere? If so, coldness is your new friend.
Coldness, can it actually help you burn fat and get healthier? – The answer is DEFINITELY, if only you know how to make the best use of it. Consistently exposing yourself to coldness is also known as “cold thermogenesis”, and it can be done in various easy ways. By implementing this cold therapy on a regular basis, it can help improve your bodily functions and mental health in many amazing ways, such as..
- Boosted fat burn (Keep on reading to learn how this surprising effect works!)
- Lower blood sugar
- Reinforced immune response
- Lower inflammation
- Quicker recovery
- An increase in a healthy level of testosterone
- Better sleep
- Improved mood
- Augmented self-esteem!
Even though it may sound like a very drastic shift in habit with dramatic impacts on your health, it could be as simple as turning down your air conditioner temperature, or taking morning shower!
HOW CAN IT HELP WITH YOUR HEALTH?
Exposing to cold temperature influences a lot of reactions inside your body. Two of the most significant ones are how it can increase “brown fat” and trigger “adiponectin”, affecting your fat burn, cardiac health, blood sugar level, wound healing, and more. There are also plenty of impacts the cold thermogenesis has on hormones and bodily functions.
BURNING UNSOUND FAT WITH BROWN FAT
Increasing your body fat can be extremely beneficial, if you raise the right one.
Cold therapy boosts your metabolism in a unique way, as it can help activate Brown adipose tissue (BAT) that will directly burn storage fat.
Our body comprises two different types of fat: white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT). The one people would like to get rid of is the white fat, of which we have plenty, whereas the brown fat plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body and, astonishingly, helps getting rid of unpleasant white fat.
Usually, your body utilizes glucose as an energy source first before moving on to glycogen. White fat will be the last to be used, and this is why losing fat requires continuous workout. However, instead of having to stay in a waiting line, the brown adipose tissue (BAT) works in a magical way by burning calories directly instead of storing them.
Here is what brown fat does to your body:
- Reduces the chance of obesity
- Balances your Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Helps prevent diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity
- Helps increasing your bone mass
And many more.
As an infant, you have BAT to help you maintain a healthy body temperature. As you grow up, the amount of brown fat naturally decreases with time. This could possibly be a reason why getting rid of fat is more difficult as you get older.
LESSENING THE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE
Adiponectin is a protein hormone that helps regulating glucose level in your body by influencing insulin sensitivity. Additionally, the hormone has anti-inflammatory property to the wall of blood vessels.
The hormone is huge when it comes to preventing you from heart disease. Being notably friendly to your heart, adiponectin guards cardiovascular tissues from potential dangers. It also enhances recovery from damages, especially cardiac injuries.
Studies found that obtaining low level of adiponectin can be linked to obesity, diabetes, and some metabolic conditions. On contrary, if the level of the hormone is heightened in your body, it helps prevent you from getting overweight so easily.
A HEALTHY LEVEL OF BLOOD SUGAR
The insulin level in your body can be increased this way. With more insulin, your blood sugar level regulation is improved.
After an intense training, dipping yourself into ice-cold water lets your body fix muscular damage quicker. The process of repairing is also important to building stronger muscles. The thermogenesis does not only help relieve swelling on the surface, but it can also induce anti-inflammatory responses in a deep level.
WHAT GOOD WOULD IT DO TO THE MIND?
The impact cold thermogenesis on your mental state, when doing it regularly, can be immense.
Imagine yourself getting soaked in ice-cold water for a period of time…can you feel the frigidness seeping through your bones? It might sound painful, but that is what makes a huge difference to your mind – you are working on your mental toughness.
Thankfully, each cold thermogenesis does not take long at all, so making it a routine is completely an attainable goal. When you can endure the uncomfortable coldness consistently, you are actually “achieving” something each day. Even though it may sound irrelevant at first, the sense of achievement through this process does not only result in instant satisfaction for accomplished self-care, but it also, subconsciously, does help you a lot with your self-esteem.
EASY DOSES OF THERAPEUTIC COLD EXPOSURE
The ways to obtain numerous health benefits from cold thermogenesis are simple and does not take long at all. The key is to make these activities a routine:
- Shower with cold water or dip yourself in an ice bath for 2-5 minutes. The ideal temperature is around 13°C.
- Hot-and-cold shower does work. Coldness causes blood vessels to shrink, also known as “vasoconstriction”. However, your body will intuitively not allow your vessels to shrink excessively in order to block cells death, so “vasodilation”, or widening of blood vessels, occurs to create balance. Its byproducts are the influx of restorative components like white blood cells, as well as effects on the injured area that promotes recovery.
To trigger such beneficial process, try staying in coldest temperature of water for 20 seconds, then swiftly shift to warm water for 20 seconds, and repeat for up to 5 minutes.
- After a heavy workout, try relieving your aches in an ice bath.
- Adding swimming in cold water to your workout plan.
- Simply turn your air con temperature to as low as 20°C and just stay in that room.
Now that you have learned about how simple the holistic thermogenesis can be, don’t you want to give it a shot?