Experimentation with Cold Water
Cold thermogenesis (CT) is also known for controlled cold water exposure. To produce beneficial, adaptive responses, cold thermogenesis involves intentionally exposing the body for a short time to cold water. Thermogenesis refers to the process by which heat is produced in order to keep our bodies warm when we are exposed to cold. This process is accelerated by cold thermogenesis. Cold environments make your body work harder to maintain its core temperature, which is usually between 97F to 99F. This causes your body to burn more calories to generate heat. This stimulates fat metabolism, mitochondrial function, and neurotransmitter release in the brain.
WHAT IS COLD THERMOGENESIS?
Cold thermogenesis is when your body is exposed to cold. This causes your body to heat up and stimulates mitochondria to activate brown fat to help you burn unwanted white fat. The Greek word thermogenesis, which literally means "heat", and the Greek word "genesis", which refers to the "beginning of something", is the origin of the term thermogenesis. Cold thermogenesis literally refers to "cold that generates warmth." If you cool your body, it must raise its temperature in order to keep it warm. Your body's fat plays an important role in the production heat. Simply put, your body fat is the fuel you burn when you are exposed to controlled cold.
PHYSIOLOGICAL REPONSE TO COLD
Mammals are cold-adapted. Over the course of our evolution, we have been exposed to many different ice ages. Cold exposure causes physiological reactions, such as the burning of white fat throughout your body to produce heat. This is necessary to maintain thermal equilibrium. Cold thermogenesis can also reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. It stimulates mitochondria, provides antidepressant effects, and even helps to decrease depression. Thanks to inventors like Tesla and Edison, we have only recently become comfortable enough to be domesticated. NASA, the US Olympic Sports Medicine, the US military and top universities all over the world have studied the body's ability adapt to cold. Through mitochondrial stimulation, we have an effective way to regulate our body's temperature. The body's brown adipose tissue, or BAT, is strategically located and rich in mitochondria. BAT burns large amounts of calories and fat when exposed to controlled cold. The benefits of cold thermogenesis include increased muscle recovery, improved immunity and better brain health.
HOW DOES COLD THERMOGENESIS AFFECT ME LOSING FAT?
Perhaps you remember from biology class that mitochondria are what powers the cells. Mitochondria produce most of the chemical energy required to power the cell’s biochemical reactions. When we are cold, they heat up to increase our nanomotor output to up to 9,000 RPMs. Cold exposure is the main activator of brown oil. Brown fat is healthy and not linked to the metabolic diseases associated with excess white fat. White fat, which is found around the organs, abdomen and ankles, is what most people want to lose. It is difficult for the body to maintain homeostasis. Just 100g of BAT can help you burn 3,400 calories per day when it is fully activated by cold exposure.
BENEFITS FROM CONTROLLED COOL IMMERSION
Cold adaptation sessions involve full body immersion to activate forgotten ancestral physiology. For maximum results, we start at a temperature that you are comfortable with and work our way up. This is superior to cold sculpting which uses frozen metal at 11C to pinch your skin, or cryotherapy which uses -250F gas. Full immersion activates the body to burn fat all over, not just one area like with cool sculpting. Liquid conducts cold 23.5x better than gas, so 1 minute at 50F is better than 4 minutes of -250F. Although cold sessions can be difficult at first, they quickly become addictive due to the way you feel afterwards. The first 20-30 second are the most difficult until your body adjusts to the cold. Most people can relax and enjoy the feeling of calm and energy that the cold brings once the shock is over. Cold thermogenesis can increase energy, reduce body fat, increase mental and physical resilience and lower inflammation throughout the body. It also helps develop discipline and positive health habits. It improves mood, calmness, alertness, and mood. Cold thermogenesis can improve your sleep quality and help you live a healthy, happy life.
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