OVAL ICE BATHS
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Why cold therapy?
An ice bath changes the way fluids such as blood and lymph flow through your body. The cold constricts your blood vessels and opens them again when your body warms up after the ice bath. This process helps to remove waste products and lactic acid from the body while also delivering oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. A kind of ice-cold detox!
A two-minute ice bath ensures that you produce less inflammatory proteins in your body for 6 days. In addition, thanks to Wim Hof, it has been scientifically proven that after an intensive workout, an ice bath is effective for muscle recovery. That is why many top athletes also venture into the ice-cold water after a training session.
Your body contains two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. White fat is unhealthy and if you are overweight you have too much of it. Brown fat is actually healthy, because it converts energy from sugars and fats into heat. Brown fat also ensures the combustion of excess white law.
So you want to activate these brown fat cells as much as possible. And how do you do that? You guessed it: through cold! A cold shower, ice bath or lower heating ensure that your brown fat cells become active and you burn more excess fat.
Heart Foundation writes that this brown fat is also good for your heart and circulation. For example, active brown fat lowers bad cholesterol and raises healthy cholesterol. This allows you to counteract arteriosclerosis, a cause of many cardiovascular diseases
Cope better with stress
According to coaches, taking an ice bath regularly also makes you more resistant to stress. This would be because adjusting your body to the cold has the effect of stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. This is the part of your nervous system that influences the organs in such a way that the body can enter a state of recovery and rest.
Besides being good for your physical health, taking an ice bath is also a gift for the mind. The moment your body hits the cold water, you can't think about anything else and you're completely in the now. A kind of meditation!