Ever come in from the cold outside and feel amazing upon entering the warmth of your dwelling? Is it just because you’re out of the cold? Is it entirely psychological, or is there also a physiological element in play?
Well, cold temperature induced stress produces a shock to the body. The result of this stress actually does the body good, causing a release of endorphins. Yep- endorphins- you know, the feel good hormone. Studies have also found that cold temperatures activate the immune system. Our ancestors evolved from animals who did not live in climate controlled temperature settings. We humans therefore have a built-in system that uses temperature changes as a catalyst for health regulation.
So take advantage of this mechanism and try a daily routine of cold water therapy. Take a cold shower, or take a dip in a chilli pool (below 60 Fahrenheit, of course). Don’t be afraid. You won’t get sick. In fact, it’s good for you.
Other health benefits include an increase in white blood cell count, increased testosterone and fertility, healthier skin and hair, increased energy, weight loss, and decreased depression.