Therapy with cold plunges and metabolism
The rate at which your body converts food into energy is defined as your metabolism. The quicker and more efficient your metabolism, the more energy you'll have and the easier it will be to lose weight. Cold plunging can help you lose weight by increasing the burning of white fat (also known as "bad fat").
This occurs because cold exposure forces your body to rev up your metabolism and obtain the energy it requires for heat generation (in one study, participants' metabolism increased 350% when exposed to 14oC/57F water). It also begins to convert brown fat (also known as "good fat") into heat energy. The rest of the body, which is using energy unrelated to heat production, begins to burn up the "bad fat," which can result in accelerated weight loss.
Cold plunges have been shown to push BAT deposits into calorie burning heat generation 25-40% higher than basal metabolic rate.
Cold plunging has been shown to reduce TNF-a and IL-2-pro-inflammatory cytokines, making it a potential tool for treating hypothyroidism symptoms. By lowering these cytokines, thyroid dysfunction is reduced, and normal T3 and T4 secretion can resume. Furthermore, cold water immersion lowers cortisol levels, which can have a negative impact on hormonal secretions and lead to hypothyroidism.
Losing weight can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and even painful endeavor, but cold exposure or cold water therapy holds incredible promise for addressing some of the most significant root causes.
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