by Tony Gjokaj October 17, 2021 2 min read
Recently, I have been experimenting with cold showers when I am feeling down, or need an extra kick.
It has been very helpful.
You can watch my video on this here:
For years, there hasn't been much research done on hydrotherapy... until more recently.
While hot and cold temperatures have been used for treatment, cold exposure has been shown to help with depression, providing a therapeutic effect.
In this post, we are going to explore cold exposure and its impacts on depression.
Let's dive in!
Research has shown that lowering temperature exposure to our brain actually has neuroprotective effects. Our brains typically produce inflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation. Too many of these cytokines can contribute to the development of depression.
And cold exposure can lead to the reduction of inflammation.
So essentially, exposing our skin to cold water can have a positive impact on our mental health.
Cold water exposure can provide a hormetic response, where small bouts of "pain" can bring about positive adaptations.
While swimming in cold water may suck at first, some of us may find that with prolonged period of time, it may provide us some pleasure.
In a research cold exposure study, researchers showed that blood dopamine concentrations increased 250% by submerging yourself in 57 degrees fahrenheit water for about an hour. In addition, norepinephrine concentrations increased by 530%.
Other studies have also shown elevations in dopamine, norepinephrine, and even serotonin concentrations. These regulate pleasure, mood, motivation, appetite, sleep, and alertness.
Essentially, cold exposure can elicit positive mental health responses.
While cold exposure isn't an immediate fix to depression, it can be a great tool to use in your arsenal as a way to jumpstart your day, or even as a preparation before your workout.
The following recommendations should help you with cold exposure:
For more on cold exposure, I would recommend listening to the Huberman Lab Podcast episode with Dr. Craig Heller here.
What's really nice about cold exposure is that we all have access to it at home. If you want to take it to another level, I suggest having a membership to a cryotherapy place.
I plan on getting one to a local cryotherapy place I have around here!
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Until next time, Reforged Warrior!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj November 29, 2021 4 min read
80% of Americans don't get enough exercise.
With a more sedentary lifestyle, we know a few things can occur:
With the New Year right around the corner, we want you to help you be more consistently active so you can minimize these negative effects.
In this post, we will cover seven hacks you can use to motivate yourself in the New Year.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj November 23, 2021 3 min read
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and many of us may be fearful that we might mess up our diet after one day of holiday eating.
Fear not, we've got you covered.
In this post, we are going to talk about 13 strategies I use to dominate Thanksgiving Day and still be on track with my fitness goals.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj November 16, 2021 4 min read
When Daylight Savings happens, it throws a lot of us off because of the time change.
We are forced to wake up later (or earlier) and get to work later (or earlier). This not only affects our work schedules, but our own biological clock (the circadian rhythm) as well.
This can lead to poor sleep quality, poor eating habits, and more.
So what can we do about this?
In this post, we cover how you can FIGHT BACK against the Daylight Savings and re-regulate your circadian rhythm.
Rise to a greater potential.
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