Cold water immersion should I be doing it and what are the benefits?

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Cold water immersion. Something that is definitely all the rage now. It involves immersing the body in cold water for a short period of time.

Recently more and more athletes and individuals have started cold water immersion.  Some in the form of a shower, some ice baths and some in the ocean, but what are the benefits?

Research suggests it can;

Reduce inflammation: Exposure to cold water can help reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with a wide range of health problems, including chronic pain and arthritis

Improve circulation: Cold water immersion can stimulate blood flow, which can help improve circulation and provide more oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues.

Boost immune function: Some studies have suggested that cold water immersion can improve immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells

Enhanced recovery: Cold water immersion has been shown to speed up recovery after exercise by reducing muscle soreness and fatigue

Increase alertness and energy: Exposure to cold water can also boost alertness and energy levels, as the body responds to the stress of the cold by releasing adrenaline and other stimulating hormones.

Length of immersion can depend on factors such as age, overall health, tolerance to cold.  If your keen on trying start with 1-2 minutes and gradually work up to 5-10 mins.

It’s important to note that cold water immersion can be dangerous if not done properly, and it’s not recommended for everyone. It’s always best to speak with a healthcare professional before trying it.

I myself, have started to get into cold water immersion. I have never really been into the cold so a trick I do is go for a run first when my body is warm before I jump into the ocean. I find it invigorating and something that really helps clear my mind.