July 11, 2021
Ice baths are scary…but worth it.
Many of us cringe at the idea of jumping into an ice bath. Let’s explore some of the benefits, and also a time when NOT to take a cold bath.
Continuous cold exposure induces an anti-inflammatory response in mesenteric adipose tissue associated with catecholamine production (Vargovic et al., 2016).
Cold exposure induced a leukocytosis and granulocytosis, an increase in natural killer cell count and activity (Brenner et al., 1985).
Supports fat loss.
Ice baths cause activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT),a type of fat that burns regular white fat for heat generation (Ravussin et al., 2014).
A cold bath can cause the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, which can give you quite a buzz!
Even thought ice baths are very beneficial for you, there is a time you should not be taking one.
Avoid taking an ice bath immediately after a workout…
Using cold water immersion after workouts will impair muscle and strength gains, as well as vascular adaptations. It is best to use one the following day.
Cold exposure via ice baths or cold showers appear to be a free strategy for enhancing the human condition. Just don’t use it immediately post workout if you’re seeking gains!