Dr. Berg: The 7 Benefits of a Cold Shower

I’ve been taking cold showers for about a year, and sometimes baths, after discovering Wim Hof. Our tap water temperature in Anchorage, Alaska is ideal:

  • Winter: 41º Fahrenheit (5º Celsius)
  • Summer: 46º Fahrenheit (8º Celsius)

Dr. Berg recommends 20 minutes, but that’s probably for water that’s not as cold. Wim Hof says at least 3 minutes.

The 7 Benefits of a Cold Shower

Oct 28, 2019

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Today we’re going to talk about the benefits of taking a cold shower.

Why take cold showers?

It all has to do with something called cryotherapy or cold therapy. This concept is based on hormesis. With hormesis, what you’re doing is adding a moderate amount of stress to create a beneficial effect.

By taking a 20 minute cold shower, you can increase norepinephrine by 200-300%. When you increase this nerve transmitter, you can:

• Drop inflammation

• Increase your antioxidant network (including glutathione)

• Increase your mitochondria

• Increase your T-cells

How to take cold showers to get these cold shower benefits:

Start out with maybe 30 seconds or a minute, and gradually increase the time you’re in the cold shower over time.

7 cold shower benefits:

1. Decrease muscle pain

2. Decrease joint pain

3. Speed up recovery

4. Decrease inflammation

5. Increase cognitive function

6. Increase mood

7. Increase metabolism

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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