If you live with depression and have always wanted to try one of those polar bear swims – here’s your reason! A new study finds that cold water swimming may effectively treat depression.
When figuratively slapped in the face with freezing cold temperature – our automatic response is to take a big breath. Imagine how your body response when it’s not air slapping you but frigid water.
Dr. Mercola explains that extreme cold temperatures benefit our health because they impact the mitochondria. These are the powerhouses in each of our cells. Extreme temperatures help catalyze the cell reproduction called mitochondrial bio-genesis. What does not kill us makes us stronger. It’s especially spirit-boosting when you have comrades for the chilly swim. It releases stress hormones, boosting sense of community, and increases heart rate. Sounds like living intensely to me.
Fun fact is that this process of mitochondrial bio-genesis is also triggered by exercise (swimming), fasting, and a compound known as resverotrol. Of interest, intermittent fasting is shown to help prolong life expectancy. Exercise isn’t on the naughty list, either. Add some extreme variability to the climate and enjoy life to the fullest.
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