Intense cold exposure holds many short and long term benefits. The release of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) in the brain and body, these neurochemicals make us feel highly alert through our natural resistance to cold. Prolonging the exposure elevates the release, creating a level of focus and long lasting energy - leaving significant and positive imprints on our mental and physical health
Norepinephrine is released through the adrenal gland, and is responsible for the regulation of attention span, cognitive function and our response to stress. Prompted by deliberate cold exposure, it allows the brain activation of dopamine - the powerful molecule capable of enhancing focus, boosting energy and elevating mood. With regular cold exposure, you will build greater resilience, better preparing you for the everyday stresses of life.
Metabolic rate also increases during cold exposure, as the body has to burn calories in order to increase body temperature. Consistently exposing the body to deliberate cold temperatures will allow the body to adapt over time, with long term positive effects for the metabolism. Scientific research has suggested a total immersion time of 11 minutes per week over numerous sessions provides the greatest short and term health benefits.
Deliberate cold exposure activates the release of dopamine which enhances focus, boosts energy and elevates mood.