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 white fat directly. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21803297)
Here is what brown fat does to your body:
- Reducing the chance of obesity. (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0810780)
- Balancing your Body Mass Index (BMI). (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0810780)
- Help prevent diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21803297?dopt=Abstract)
- Help increase your bone mass. (http://www.discoverymedicine.com/Katherine-J-Motyl/2011/03/09/temperatures-rising-brown-fat-and-bone/)
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. (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0808949) 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. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1858678/)
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. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1858678/)
Studies found that obtaining low level of adiponectin can be linked to obesity, diabetes, and some metabolic conditions. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15655035) 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. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21803297)
Persistent exposure to coldness (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/14280976_Immune_system_of_cold_exposed_an_cold_adapted_humans) helps boosting white blood cells, which is vital to your body’s immunity, as well as T lymphocytes or “killer T-cell” that slays cancer cells
After an intense training, dipping yourself into ice-cold water lets your body fix muscular damage quicker. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20044018) The process of repairing is also important to building stronger muscles. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1357272510001925?via%3Dihub)
The thermogenesis does not only help relieve swelling on the surface, but it can also induce anti-inflammatory responses in a deep level. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27560796)
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 is simple and does not take long at all. The key is, try making 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 works. 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?