For years there have been reports coming out about the benefits of using cold water therapy to aid in overall health. More and more studies are showing that going from a hot soak into a cold pool is aiding in a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous benefits to using a contrast pool. Here are the top 4 reasons to try taking a dip today.
A More Youthful Look
Dermatologists say to never use hot water when cleaning your face but they also recommend not having long soaks in hot water as it not only drys out your skin but can cause damage to the delicate layers of the skin. Doctors recommend using warm water to wash off your face which will open up the pores removing any impurities and then to use cold water to tighten up the pores and firm up the skin followed by drying delicately with a towel. Cold water is proven to constrict the blood vessels and pores, tightening up the skin.
College and professional athletes have been taking ice baths for years. In earlier years, athletes would literally sit in a metal tub of water and ice, but as technology has advanced and companies started to sell the cold plunge pools, athletic offices took note and started buying iinto the idea of an environment where the temperature of the water could be controlled. Cold water therapy in athletes have proven to help reduce overworked muscles, joints and increase recovery time.
Endorphins is nature's happy pill. Jumping into a pool of cold water can feel a bit excruciating at first but it's the after effects that will have your mind and body doing a happy dance. Cold water stimulates your parasympathetic system, which triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin and brings you to your happy place.
Get Your Blood Pumping
Contrasting from hot water to cold water is great on giving your body a blood pumping boost. Over time, cold water exposure improves circulation. Since exposure to cold causes your blood flow to be redirected to your vital organs, your body is forced to circulate your blood more efficiently.