What does a cold plunge tub do for you?
When you sit in cold water, your blood vessels constrict. It is thought that this constriction improves post-exercise swelling and inflammation which may cause pain and muscle destruction after activity. Soothes sore muscles.
- Increases Energy Levels
Exposing your body to cold temperatures for short periods causes changes in hormone secretion. For example, studies have shown that the secretion of norepinephrine increases during cold exposure; norepinephrine is one of the hormones responsible for regulating attention, focus and energy.
- Triggers Hormesis and Improves Resilience
As explained in my article about the benefits of infrared saunas, exposing yourself to extreme temperatures makes your body more resilient. That’s because the initial shock of heat or cold exposure allows your body to adapt and become stronger in a process called hormesis. In many ways, your body adapts to frigid temperatures similarly to how it adapts to intense workouts: it’s uncomfortable initially, but as your body adapts, it becomes stronger.
- Speeds Up Physical Recovery
When you jump into ice-cold water, your central nervous system causes the blood vessels in your extremities to constrict to force the warm blood to your vital organs. As a result, circulation in your arms and legs gets temporarily restricted. However, once you get out of the cold water, your blood vessels dilate, thus triggering increased blood flow to the muscle tissue in your extremities and skin.
- Improves Your Discipline
Making the conscious decision to submerge yourself in cold water requires discipline and mental strength — especially if the temperature outside the tub is in freezing territory.
- Boosts Your Mood
When I emerge from the cold water, I feel like I’ve won another battle against my mind. That feeling of having prevailed yet again sets the tone for the rest of my day and puts me in a better mood. In addition to that psychological boost, there’s also a biological aspect to cold plunging’s mood-altering benefits: the process triggers the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine.
- Helps You Better Manage Stress
As mentioned above, jumping into a tub filled with cold water stresses your body because it causes the activation of your sympathetic nervous system — the one that triggers the “fight or flight” response.
- Improves Your Sleep
Many people have trouble falling asleep (or going back to sleep if they wake up in the middle of the night) as a result of elevated cortisol levels caused by stress.
- Helps Burn Fat
Exposing your body to cold water activates your brown adipose tissue, also known as brown fat (BAT). This energy-consuming tissue can upregulate your metabolism, clear blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity, as outlined in this study.
- Boosts Your Immune System
Exposing your whole body to cold water increases the plasma concentration of glutathione. This antioxidant plays a key role in the proper function of t-cell lymphocytes. Additionally, glutathione activates your natural killer (NK) cells. As a result, cold plunging is one way to boost your immune system and better equip it to fight pathogens, including viruses and bacteria.
- Offers Neurocognitive Benefits
Observational studies on hibernating animals have shown that cold shock proteins, such as those triggered during a cold plunge, reinvigorate and replace synapses in the brain that were lost during extended periods of sleep (i.e., hibernation).
Cold Plunge Tub Features:
- Exterior Dimensions (LWH): 80” x 33 5/8” x 37”
- Tank Dimensions: (LWH) 48″ x 24″ x 30″
- Weight: 375 pounds
- Uses Standard 110 volt
- Hand-Made in The China
- Designed in Shenzhen Guangdong
- Lead Time: 12-16 weeks
- 5 Year Limited Warranty
Cold Plunge Tub Wood Types
- Our Canadian Cedar option is Cedar wood that is treated with an all natural tung oil and wax. This provides a natural wood look.
- Our Thermowood option is Doug Firwood that is torched, and scraped repeatedly to create a more waterproof and weatherproof surface that has an artistic look and exposed texture.
- Our pine option is Doug Fir wood that is torched, and scraped repeatedly to create a more waterproof and weatherproof surface that has an artistic look and exposed texture.