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Benefits of Cold Exposure for Optimal Health and Wellness

benefits of cold exposure for optimal health and wellness

Cold exposure is something I have tried and tinkered with off and on for a few years. My first exposure to it was in a blog post by Timothy Ferriss and later on in his book “Four Hour Body”. The first time I tried it, It wasn’t a good experience overall. I had jumped into the deep end of it, and tried a cold bath right off the bat. Since then I’ve been able to adjust my body to it to get the most out of cold exposure, especially the health benefits. Many others have written about this as well, such as Dave Asprey of Bulletproof fame (books and products), Timothy Ferriss and recently I’ve been reading some Jack Kruse as well. Wim Hof is probably the most famous practitioner not only of cold exposure but of a breathing/meditation method he has developed as well.

There are methods of acclimating or working up to using ice baths, it’s generally best to start with quick cold showers, ice packs on your chest, back (with at least clothing or towel separating skin from the ice pack).  Then working up to longer cold showers (up to 10 minutes), walking outside in colder weather and working up to ice baths. When you get to the ice bath stage, it’s best to do 5-10 minutes, with just the lower half of your body submerged.  Over time, after at least a few times you can take an ice bath up to 30 minutes total and submerge your whole body. I generally add ice to cold water and let the ice melt at least 80-90 percent as well.

Cold and hot therapy has been used, especially in sports recovery and medicine for after training and treating injuries such as sprains, bruises, and joint problems as well. Typically the participant is exposed to ice water, and then, later on, take a hot bath, or go in a sauna. cold water, ice water makes your body and blood cool down, it can help with inflammation and pain as well. Exposure to ice water causes muscles and skin to cool down and restrict blood flow, as your body warms up normally or via hot water blood flow increases. There are products on the market such chilipad to help cool down your sleeping area, flexifreeze which designs ice packs and an icevest and even a cryohelmet which can be used for sleep, migraines and sports recovery.

Cold exposure can activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is also called the rest and digest system part of the nervous system. This can help with anxiety and mental health problems, help reset circadian rhythms. Cold showers and ice baths can be used to boost metabolism as well, especially when your upper chest, shoulders, and neck are exposed to cold water. In the shoulder, upper chest and neck there are areas of Brown Adipose (fat) tissue, which actually help your body burn and use fat as fuel.

Cold showers and ice baths have even been shown to help stabilize blood glucose levels, help with insulin resistance as well as leptin resistance. This is especially useful in people that are 20 lbs or more overweight and dealing with obesity since that demographic tends to have insulin resistance as well a leptin resistance.

It can also help enhance and improve detoxification pathways, increase bone health, decrease pain, improve sleep quality, speed recovery and heal injuries, and help strengthen the nervous system.

It’s best to build up slowly over time, start out with walking outside in the colder weather and using ice packs when resting/meditating, then move up to colder showers and ice baths. The max time for an ice bath is generally considered to be 30-45 minutes. If you have health conditions such as diabetes or other health problems, it would be wise to take it especially slow.

A problem I’ve found personally with full body exposure is that most bathtubs are designed for average-sized people and for people that are over 6 feet (like myself) and quite a bit overweight, a larger tub is needed. This can be remedied a number of ways, I know people that immerse themselves in cold water naturally such as rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds. Another way is to buy a stock or feed tank which can cost a few hundred dollars. If you’re on a low budget though a decent sized swimming pool should work.

Overall though, cold exposure in a variety of forms can help one achieve optimal health and wellness in a number of ways. It has been used for thousands of years in some places and can help with a number of health issues and problems.

benefits of cold exposure for optimal health and wellness

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Inspired by/Sourced from:

Wim Hof https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Timothy Ferriss (books and blog) https://fourhourworkweek.com/

12 Proven Health Benefits of Cold Exposure and Cold Showers









A Simplified Approach to Heavy Metal Detoxification



Heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium (and others) can be acquired a number of different ways in the body (and brain) and cause damage. Even in small amounts Heavy metals aren’t good, they can cause a variety of symptoms and even some viruses like Epstein Barr have been shown to live off and feed off of Dioxins and Heavy Metals.

Heavy Metal exposure has been linked to mood problems, disorders, Autism, fatigue and many others.

There are a number of different ways to chelate (pull out) metals, but generally speaking the Andy Cutler Protocol designed by Dr. Cutler is the best way. The Andy Cutler protocol is low and slow, so you won’t risk chelating too much or causing worsening of symptoms, like contributing to more fatigue.

First it would be wise to determine the amount and what heavy metals you have circulating in your body. It’s best to get a hair follicle test and a 24 hour fractionated urine porphyrin test. Don’t do a DMPS or EDTA challenge test as it will cause a flood of heavy metals to be pulled all at once, and EDTA hasn’t been shown to be a good chelator.

IV chelation is generally considered not a good option as it pulls a lot at once. Oral chelation with supplements, is not only cheaper, but can be done much more safely.

Don’t use cilantro or cholerella as those have been shown to be ineffective chelators.

I would recommend purchasing Andy Cutler’s books for more information and more specifics. It’s also a good idea to not start until it’s been at least 3 months or more since your amalgams have been removed or even a shot.

The three supplemental chelators used are Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and 2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid
(DMPS). ALA is the only one that can remove heavy metal from the brain, the other two remove it from the bones, blood and tissues.

Oral Chelation is generally done in rounds, where one or two of the supplements are taken at intervals throughout the day (and night) for three days. Then you can generally take the next four days off.

It’s best to start off with dmsa, which is taken every four hours during one of the “rounds”. After about 3 months, ALA can be taken with dmsa, dmps or by itself. This needs to be taken every 3 hours, but can be taken every 4 hours at nighttime. ALA pulls heavy metals from the brain. All of these supplements need to be started at a low dosage, like 12.5 mg, and can be taken up to 200-300 mg (I’m at 200 mg).

DMPS can be taken at every 6 to 8 hours for the three day rounds. You can extend rounds to a longer period of time like 4-5 days but it’s best to take a break, three days on and 4 days off at least for me is optimal.

It’s also good to have some Vitamin C, up to 3,000 mg a day, Zinc, Vitamin E, a multivitamin and support for kidney and liver while doing a round as well.

I’ve tried to keep this post simple and to the point and keep it simplified as much as possible. This will help in the detoxification of the heavy metals in your body.



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