Scientists have done some studies where they have taken a group of people from a hot country and put them in a cold country. Without changing their diet or doing any extra exercise, these people were later found to have greater muscle mass and less body fat.
Like with high intensity exercise, short intense bursts of cold exposure can stimulate your body to make favorable physiological adaptations–like more muscle mass and less body fat.
Cold water therapy has been around for centuries. It was long considered a “miracle cure”, with reports of it having cured some deadly diseases we still have trouble treating today–the likes of pulmonary tuberculosis and liver abscesses.
One story I always remember, is when one of the pioneers of cold water therapy, Vincenz Priessnitz, witnessed a deer heal itself of a bullet-wound in the leg. Priessnitz went to the same spot in the forest every day, and watched the deer bathe its leg in the same cold water source, and eventually the deer made a full recovery.
Any time I have any aching muscles or joints, I remember the story of that deer in the forest, and I turn that shower head directly on that body area and hit it with icy cold water until it goes numb.
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I'm writing this post today because I had a cold shower this morning and discovered something new.
Once a week I have a hot shower, just as a treat. Today was my hot shower day. But like James Bond does in the comics, I decided to turn the water to cold at the end of my shower.
I always avoided this before because I thought it would be tough–having your body adapt to heat, then to suddenly hit it with cold.
But actually, it was surprisingly easy.
Easier in fact, than hitting yourself with cold water from the outset. I've always dreaded jumping straight into a cold shower, I just can't get used to the cold shock response.
By switching from hot to cold, you get to benefit from the best of both worlds–you no longer have to give up those hot showers that feel so good, and you get to benefit from the health and energy boosting effects of a cold shower at the same time.
Give this a go and let me know how you get on.
Remember, our bodies are designed to be exposed to cold water regularly. We didn't have access to hot water at the turn of a tap throughout most of human history. Our ancestors had to plunge into a cold icy pool if they wanted to bathe.
Losing man boobs is about aligning yourself with nature–eating natural food, doing the type of exercise your body was designed to do, and making other natural and healthful lifestyle changes–like getting good sleep, reducing stress, and having regular cold water showers.
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