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Want to Boost Your Mood? Get Cold.

You may be familiar with the benefits of sauna use, but did you know that cold exposure also has measurable health benefits? Some physical benefits include muscle recovery post-workout, reduced inflammation, and improved immune system. Cold exposure also benefits our mood and cognition. Cold exposure triggers the release of norepinephrine which is a neurotransmitter “involved in vigilance, focus, attention, and mood. Generally, lower norepinephrine activity is associated with inattention, decreased focus and cognitive ability, low energy, and poor mood.” According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, studies have shown that “After adults who had been diagnosed with depression underwent ten cryotherapy sessions, they showed marked reductions in their depressive symptoms and improved quality of life, mood, and disease acceptance.” This is important because this could be an accessible, non-pharmaceutical treatment option for people who suffer from depression. [1] 

Read more about cold therapy in our article “Loving Your Inner Polar Bear: The Health Benefits of Cold Temperature Exposure”  

[1] https://www.foundmyfitness.com/topics/cold-exposure-therapy

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The ideas expressed here are solely the opinions of the author and are not researched or verified by AGEIST LLC, or anyone associated with AGEIST LLC. This material should not be construed as medical advice or recommendation, it is for informational use only. We encourage all readers to discuss with your qualified practitioners the relevance of the application of any of these ideas to your life. The recommendations contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your physician or other qualified health provider. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical or psychiatric emergency.

Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.