Ice bathing: A Source of Well-being

By Johan Seistrup

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Ice bathing has become increasingly popular in recent years. It's a healthy and effective way to enhance both physical and mental well-being. Trend Alert! A new study published in the journal "PLOS One" in 2019 found that ice bathing has a positive effect on cognitive function and mood in healthy adults.

The study revealed that ice bathing can improve attention, memory, and mood. The effect was most prominent when the ice bathing was performed regularly and when the water was cold (15°C or 59°F) for at least 2 minutes.

The researchers behind the study concluded that ice bathing is a safe and effective way to enhance cognitive function and mood in healthy adults. They also suggested that ice bathing could be used to address conditions such as depression and anxiety.

How does ice bathing work?

When immersing oneself in cold water, the body triggers several physiological responses. These reactions include:

Increased heart rate: The body attempts to warm itself by boosting blood circulation. Increased respiration rate: The body aims to deliver more oxygen to the muscles. Increased release of stress hormones: The body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, aiding in preparing the body for fight or flight. These reactions can positively impact both physical and mental health.

Benefits of ice bathing offers a range of benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Some of the most common benefits include:

Improved cognitive function

Ice bathing can enhance attention, memory, and concentration. Enhanced mood: Ice bathing can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Boosted immune system: Ice bathing can strengthen the immune system and lower the risk of illnesses. Reduced inflammation: Ice bathing can decrease inflammation in the body, which can be beneficial for individuals with chronic conditions such as arthritis. Getting started with ice bathing If you're interested in trying ice bathing, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Start slowly

It's important to begin slowly and gradually increase the duration of your ice baths. Be cautious: If you have an underlying health condition, consult your doctor before starting ice bathing. Here's a guide on how to get started with ice bathing:

Find a bathing spot og ice tub

You can batch in the sea, a lake, a pool, or a ice tub. Fill the water with cold water: The water should be around 15°C or cooler, approximately 59°F. Start by bathing for 30 seconds: If it's challenging, you can start with 15 seconds and gradually increase the duration. Take a warm shower afterward: A warm shower will help warm you up again. With some practice, you'll quickly acclimate to bathing in cold water. Ice bathing is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental well-being.

However, it's essential to note that studies and research concerning ice bathing and winter bathing, in general, are still relatively limited, and further research in this area is needed.

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