Chill Springs Cold Plunge
Chill Springs Cold Tubs are made from stainless steel with a teak top and a black aluminum surround. The Chill Springs look stylish and are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Temperature settings go as low as 38 degrees and cold tubs hold up to 80 gallons of water. Included are, a built-in patent pending ozonator for clear water plus an insulated cover to help reduce running costs. An anti-freeze function helps prevent the formation of ice or frost on the heat exchanger coils or other components of the system. A hose pump connection is also available for easy draining.
COLD WATER THERAPY
Exposure to cold temperatures can increase the body’s energy expenditure as it works to maintain a stable internal temperature. This process, known as thermogenesis, may lead to the burning of calories. While the calorie burn from cold exposure is not extremely high, it can contribute to overall energy expenditure.
Cold exposure may trigger the release of stress hormones like adrenaline, which, in controlled amounts, can have beneficial effects. Chronis stress is associated with weight gain, and by promoting stress resilience, cold exposure might indirectly support weight management.
Chronic inflammation is associated with obesity. Cold exposure may help reduce inflammation in the body promoting overall health and potentially aiding in weight management.
Cold plunging is often used by athletes as a recovery strategy. Improved recovery can indirectly support weight loss by allowing individuals to engage in more intense and frequent physical activity.
cold exposure can significantly increase the production of norepinephrine in the body, with a consistent increase of 200-300% that does not diminish over time. The colder the temperature, the more pronounced the body’s response to the increase in norepinephrine production. In fact, a 20-30 second immersion in near freezing water can elicit the same level of increase as a 6 hour walk in 60° weather.
Cold exposure can stimulate the production of a protein called PGC-1 alpha, which can increase metabolism at a cellular level. PGC-1 alpha is being targeted by pharmaceutical companies in the development of treatments for obesity, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. In muscle tissue, the increased energy released from the production of PGC-1 alpha can improve aerobic capacity and endurance, as well as increase resistance to fatigue.
There is widespread anecdotal evidence that suggests that cold water immersion can boost the immune system. Many people report feeling healthier and less prone to illness after regularly using a cold tub. While the immune system is complex and difficult to study, it is believed that the cold can help to adapt and harden the body to disease and infection. Despite the lack of robust scientific studies on this topic, many people believe in the immune-boosting benefits of cold water immersion.
Increase Killer T Cells
Cold water immersion, particularly in the winter, can challenge the immune system and the way hormones communicate with the body. Studies have shown that regular winter swimmers experience adaptive reactions, including an increase in the production of the antioxidant glutathione. Just a few cold water sessions over a 6 week period can increase the number of lymphocytes, a type of immune cell. Some research has even found that males exposed to 39°F for 30 minutes had an increased number of “killer T cells,” which are cells that help to eliminate viruses. These findings suggest that cold water immersions may have immune-boosting effects on the body.