How you start your day defines your day! You have the power to support yourself through what you do. Good, healthy daily routines are essential.
Here’s one of my favorite daily habits to enhance blood circulation, which facilitates healing naturally. It’s super easy and will cost you no extra time, so there’s no excuse not to do it.
The Benefits of Enhancing Blood Circulation
- Boosts general well being and healing
- Alleviates inflammation and pain
- Repairs damaged tissues, i.e. joint injuries
- Boosts metabolism and energy
- Increases detoxification
- Allows for better nutrient absorption
- Enhances proper immune function
There are many medical and health interventions designed to improve your body’s circulation. Hydrotherapy, the use of alternating hot and cold water, is one of the oldest ways.
Ancient cultures in India, Egypt, and China all used hydrotherapy.
More recently, it has been used successfully by thousands of naturopathic physicians for over a century. And it was a standard medical treatment for many illnesses in hospitals and clinics until it grew out of favor in exchange for the rise of pharmaceutical medicines. But like many things from history can do if they’re worthy, it’s coming back into fashion!
Health Conditions that may Benefit from Hydrotherapy
- Colds/ Flus
- Heart disease
- Headaches/ Migraines
- Sinus infections
- Autoimmune conditions (i.e. arthritis, chronic fatigue, immunodeficiency syndrome (CFIDS), multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia)
Physiological Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Enhances the oxygenation and circulation of blood and lymph(which means oxygen gets where it needs to be)
- Promotes better digestion of food and circulation of nutrients to all the body cells
- Increases the elimination of toxins
- Assists in the restoration of nervous equilibrium (keeps you calmer!)
- Strengthens general immune defenses in the body, as proven by science…
Daily brief cold stress can increase both numbers and activity of peripheral cytotoxic T-lymphocytes and Natural Killer (NK) cells. These are key critically protective cells of your immune system. (ref 1)
Patients of all ages can benefit from hydrotherapy.
How To-Do Hydrotherapy
During the treatment, you alternate between hot and cold water applications to the body. The temperature changes of the hot and cold water greatly increases the blood flow to the skin and the internal organs of the chest and abdomen. When done regularly, you have a long-lasting, cumulative healing effect.
There are many ways to apply hydrotherapy. An easy, quick technique is through Cold Water Showers!
A cold water shower is as easy as it sounds. Just end your regular warm shower with a cool water spray, as cold as you can tolerate, for 1 to 3 minutes.
- You do not have to use extremes of temperature for this to be helpful. Use temperatures that you can tolerate.
- You may also want to start by just applying cold to certain parts of the body (arms and legs).
Alternatively, you can pump up the intensity, strength and healing effect of this treatment by alternating hot and cold water in the shower each day.
- Perform three cycles of three minutes hot and 30 seconds cold.
- End the third cycle on cold just before you get out of the shower.
Dousing yourself in cold water may not sound appetizing at first, but you may be surprised to find the cold water experience overall invigorating, energizing and great feeling afterwards. This is all commonly reported. So try it and see for yourself! :)
1. Scientific research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049052/
2. General health benefits: https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-shower-benefits
3. Heart health: https://blog.nuhs.edu/the-future-of-integrative-health/long-term-health-benefits-of-using-hydrotherapy
4. Athletic recovery: https://ndnr.com/naturopathic-news/hydrotherapy-research-cold-water-therapy-and-increased-recovery-time/