I had a cold, my wife had it too; my older daughter had bronchitis and a nasty fever, and my younger daughter had an ear infection. It was a rough few days with COVID tests for everybody.
I caved and took warm showers for three or four days, but I’m back on the cold shower train today.
Why cold showers? Cold therapy, such as one gets by taking a cold shower, has been shown to:
- Decrease inflammation and soreness
- Aid the immune system
- Increase the metabolic rate
- Help convert “white fat” to “brown fat,” a type of fat that is leaner and lowers levels of certain amino acids in the bloodstream that studies have linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes
Plus–and I really don’t know any other way to say this–I just feel cleaner after a cold shower!
In future posts, I’ll go into the “whys” of:
- Drinking a quart of iced water early in the morning
- Walking 30 minutes to an hour a day
- Eating one meal a day (OMAD, 23:1)
- Making a conscious effort to stand as much as possible, rather than sitting
I’m down 12 pounds thus far!