There’s something about being in and near water that brings a sense of oneness with myself and nature.
Did you know up to 60% of the human adult body is water? According to H.H Mitchell, journal of biological chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.
We and water are one. It’s no surprise that today’s cold plunge left me feeling energised, expansive and in flow with both my inner tide and the tide I was swimming with. I’m so excited to be joining the @thehumanprogramme this month to deepen my teachings in health optimisation to keep bringing you content that enriches your inner experience.
Cold exposure has made it mainstream over the last few years as one of the most popular health optimisation tools, largely due to the influence of resilience legends like Wim Hof aka, the ice man. Every man and his dog are taking cold showers and morning cold plunges these days, and with good reason, the benefits of taking the plunge are numerous and well documented, affecting both physical and mental aspects of your body. Some of which include;
Boosts Human Growth Hormone
Boosts Immune system (up to 300%)
Increases testosterone in men (up to 490%)
Increases sperm count
Reduces swelling in joints
Burns brown fat (adipose) in body
Norepinephrine increases (up to 200-300%)
I must say, it took quite a bit of revving up the take the plunge. But once I was in, it felt incredible, partly because of the rush of having actually done it and followed through and secondly because of the surprising sensation of heat! I felt so warm, like I could have stayed in there for hours and as if I had enough energy to run a marathon. According to XPT, explorers, curators and providers of the world’s most exciting and effective training modalities, this isn’t just a coincidence……
Well, it turns out there are real mechanisms to cold adaptation—those of the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and muscular systems. In shocking these systems with a frigid ice bath or exposure to cold, we trigger a response that’s usually reserved for our most dire situations. The body’s response is the trifecta of optimization we need to survive:
- Increase metabolic rate to keep the core warm (protect what is important), and turn up the furnace internally with the release of free form fatty acids (FFAs) and glucose.
- Restrict blood vessels and capillaries in the extremities (leave what’s not important). In this way, the body teaches elasticity beyond just expanding in heat.
- When we increase metabolic rate, we’re also asking our body to vasodilate (decrease blood pressure). This allows the systems above to work incredibly well.
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So there you have it! This is definitely the first cold plunge of many for me, being out in nature just adds another level of awesomeness to it beyond the cold showers. However if you’re reading this and fancy a dip in the cold yourself, start small. Experiment with turning down the temperature in your shower to a tolerable cooler temperature and take some deep breaths for about two minutes. Gradually, you’ll get to a point where you can walk straight into a cold shower, jump straight into an ice cold sea and reap the benefits as a result.
On another note, we must respect the water we are so connected to and take care of our oceans. Whether that’s using less water, reducing pollutants, only buying responsibly sourced fish or not consuming fish at all. Or if it’s simply picking up a piece of rubbish that crosses your path.
Next time you’re in the water, take a few deep breaths in a moment of gratitude to acknowledge how truly interconnected you are with nature.
Keep breathing friends
Love Georgie x