We’re giving you the science behind why ice baths are so good for combatting stress levels and improving your mental well-being.
FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE.
Ice baths cause stress on the body and mind. Immersing your body in freezing cold water and staying there is tough, so getting through a few minutes requires resilience.
Learning to cope with this stress is a useful tool in every day life. When faced with challenges, you become equipped with the tools you need to overcome a situation.
Now this is where the science really comes in.
Your body will respond to the shock of being in an ice bath by releasing a series of hormones. These include adrenaline, norepinephrine and serotonin. All of these attribute to regulating your mood and enhancing brain function, which can be effective in treating disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar.
When energy levels are high, we tend to feel a lot happier, more proactive and optimistic.
The release of noradrenaline is essentially an adrenaline rush, creating an energising shock.
Mental health is so important.
Taking care of yourself should be your top priority. If it’s not, that needs to change. Find a simple healthy habit that works for you to make you feel good and just keep doing it.
Whether that’s exercise, reading, meditation, breathwork, cold showers, ice baths. Try it all and see what feels good.
We truly believe that ice baths should be a staple in any healthy lifestyle. Whether you’ve done them before and absolutely love them, or you’re still not sure, now is your sign to integrate them in to your life.