What if I told you that there was a 90 second hack you can do each morning which could
Boost Your Testosterone Levels
Optimize Hormone Levels
Bulletproof Your Immune System
Increase Your Ability To Burn Fat
Aid In Battling Depression
With all of the above claims, you might say it’s worth a shot, eh? Allow me to blow your mind by showing you why you’ve been showering wrong for all these years.
What the heck am I talking about? Hot and cold hydrotherapy is the name of the game, and it is probably the greatest daily hormone hack that you can add to your morning ritual.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. It is the use of water for restoring, maintaining, and regulating health. Treatments include steam baths, saunas and hot and cold compresses, among others. Water is used both internally and externally in many different forms, such as steam, liquid or ice. Many people use hydrotherapy in many different ways, and it can be carried out both by a professional and at home.
Make Cold Showers And Polar Plunging A Priority
First I want to discuss the benefits of cold exposure. When you are exposed to cold water, remarkable processes start happening in the human body. First of all, it is a natural stimulant to the sympathetic nervous system, so people who are trying to get off of coffee and sugar can get a tremendous energetic surge from a cold shower, or a cold bath, or a dip in the cold water. What happens is that it shocks the autonomic nervous system to immediately regulate blood flow to the surface of the body which happens whenever you are sympathetically activated, except you are not doing it by a drug you are doing it by natural means.
There’s something else! As the body gets colder and colder it reaches a point where you get what’s called hunters reflex; have you ever been so cold in water that you started to go numb? Right when the body starts to go numb like that it triggers a hunters reflex and shunts the blood out from the surface of the body into the glands and organs.
Do you see what just happened? We’ve had a complete reversal of the direction of flow in the arterial vascular system; when you first get in the cold water it shocks you, your autonomic nervous system turns on and sends blood to the surface like crazy, so it opens all the vessels going outward, then when you start to get numb, the body says “I gotta survive this thing, I better keep the central nervous system and organs warm, I don’t care if my arms and toes freeze off I need to keep my brain and guts alive!”, so it now turns around and redirects the blood inward, so what this does is it gives you a vascular massage, it opens the pours, and closes the pours, it opens the vessels, and closes the vessels.
Just like muscles need exercise to grow, smooth muscles (organs, glands, arteries, veins) all have walls that have participation. Veins aren’t so active like arteries are but when you are in cold water you are activating the arterial muscular system, activating the vascular system, you are pumping the lymphatic system, you are stimulating the autonomic nervous system which naturally excite the adrenal glands and gives the adrenal glands healthy exercise as opposed to stressful exposure to chemicals.
Several studies (shown later in this article) prove that the shiver, shiver, is totally worth it.
HOT AND COLD HYDROTHERAPY
A hot shower or bath is what many doctors recommend for people who have trouble falling asleep — to help them fall asleep. The reason: Emerging from a hot shower into cooler air brings a sudden decrease in body temperature1, leading to a tranquil state of mind. This is helpful when you’re looking to fall asleep but not what you need before you start your day.
The secret lies in the contrast. Here’s how to do it:
Once you’ve finished your normal showering ritual, crank the nozzle as cold as it goes, and stand under the water for about 30 seconds. You will feel shortness of breath and feel like your heart is coming out of your chest, but hang in there!
After 30 seconds, turn the water up as hot as you can stand for another 30 seconds. This opens up the capillaries, increases blood flow and provides an all-around sense of stimulation.
Finally, cap it off with one more cycle of icy cold. You should always end on cold.
Hot and cold hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. In Finland, the country is home to 2 million saunas! (for a population of 5 million)
SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF HOT AND COLD HYRDOTHERAPY:
Stress is the silent killer. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body, and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health even if you’re doing everything else “right.”
Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It is increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker.
Mounting research shows that people exposed to traumatic and/or long-term stressors, such as combat veterans, New Orleans residents who went through Hurricane Katrina, and Greeks struggling through financial turmoil, have higher rates of cardiac problems than the general population. According to NBC News:2
“Disasters and prolonged stress can raise ‘fight or flight’ hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely, doctors say. They also provoke anger and helplessness and spur heart-harming behaviors like eating or drinking too much.
‘We’re starting to connect emotions with cardiovascular risk markers and the new research adds evidence of a link,’ said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association spokeswoman.”