The safest, most effective therapies for optimal health!
by Ellen Landauer
Cold showers benefits result from a short burst of stress.
This promotes the release of endorphins, increase in dopamine and decreases other hormones like prolactin.
The effect is to increase your energy, optimism and ability to handle stress.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is best to forgo cold showers benefits if you have cardiovascular disease, heart arrhythmias or other issues that could pose a danger. Even if you are relatively healthy and have no such issues, it is still a good idea to gradually work your way into this practice.
Cold showers benefits include increasing health and number of mitochondria.
You may have heard of mitochondria, tiny organelles inside each cell which generate energy. Mitochondria are crucial to cell metabolism, which translates to how much energy we generate in our body. They secrete enzymes which convert nutrients to available energy. They also contain their own genetic material.The more mitochondria in each cell, and the healthier they are, the more energy you will have.
The mitochondria in your cells have their own DNA, and are able to reproduce. With a supportive protocol, including cold showers benefitsyou can provide the optimal conditions for them to make more, and healthier, copies of themselves.
The more healthy mitochondria, you have, the more energy you have. This supports muscle mass, tissue repair, digestive capacity, detox capacity, hormonal health - every body function is dependent on the health of those little mitochondria.
Like most other components of our bodies, as we are exposed to toxins and sustained stress of any kind, mitochondria grow old and become weak. They become less in number - especially as the years pass.
Damaging conditions which break down body function harm mitochondria in every cell. For most people, this devolves into a downward spiral. Less, and more poorly functioning mitochondria makes us tired and sick. Being tired and sick, we don't have the energy to rejuvenate and increase our mitochondria.
Mitochondrial biogenesis is needed to get rid of old mitochondria and make new ones. It is enhanced by exercise, intermittent fasting and brief exposure to extreme temperature.
Increasing Mitochondria Anti-Aging Strategy
Much research has shown that defective and deficient mitochondria is linked to nearly ALL degenerative disease.
The many forms of age-related decline are related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Young children typically have little to no damaged mitochondria, whereas elderly people typically have a large percentage of damaged, dysfunctional mitochondria. This is manifested in the high energy of a child versus the lack of energy in most old people.
A targeted supplement protocol is ALSO essential for regenerating mitochondria. Detoxification is EXTREMELY important in this regard - toxins of all kinds damage mitochondria.
When you detox and have a comprehensive self-care program, cold showers benefits are a great addition. While chronic stress (such as illness due to toxic burden) wears us down, gradually introducing short term stress such as exposure to brief temperature extremes can be very beneficial.
For example, brain increase in nerve growth factors is a response to short term stress.
Cold showers benefits will be vastly increased when you detoxify.
Detoxification of heavy metals such as mercury and lead, is VITAL to optimizing health and number of mitochondria.
Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium are so destructive to mitochondria that you are swimming upstream if you think cold showers will be a panacea. We are all burdened with toxic metals to one extent or another, as well as being exposed daily to those and other poisons. NOTHING in the body works optimally until we chelate and remove heavy metals!
To get the most from cold showers benefits requires a healthy lifestyle and supportive supplements, just like any other therapy or protocol does. I can't repeat this enough - there is no one thing that will slow aging or 'cure' us of anything!
Cold showers benefits boost mood, energy and emotional strength. This includes strengthening your will and resolve. If you're anything like me, every time you are preparing for a cold shower, you will have to overcome some resistance to subjecting yourself to discomfort. The more you do it, the more you will be capable of facing other challenges in life.
If you can make it through the first ten seconds of icy water cascading over your skin, you will likely find yourself becoming exhilarated from the rush of life-affirming energy coursing through your body. As your body gears up to meet the challenge, all manner of adaptive processes are taking place.
For example: Norepinephrine increases, which triggers vasoconstriction to conserve heat. (NOTE: Brief vasoconstriction is not a bad thing; chronic vasoconstriction from unrelenting stress of any kind IS bad.
Norepinephrine stimulates the body to make more mitochondria. More mitochondria increases healthy brown fat (more mitochondria = darker color). The more healthy mitochondria you have, the more energy you have.
Among cold showers benefits is an increase in glutathione - a major antioxidant. Glutathione is a sulfur-containing, water-soluble tri-peptide consisting of L-Cysteine, Glycine and L-Glutamic Acid. It helps protect us from damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxins.
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen Landauer is also a NEWLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE
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