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Free Online Documentary – Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron is a 1977 docudrama about the world of bodybuilding focusing on the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions. Pumping Iron documents the “The Golden Age” of bodybuilding, a time when competitors still looked like Greek gods with perfect mass, size, symmetry, and definition. Shot during the 100 days leading up to the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions and during the competitions themselves, the film focuses largely on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his competitors, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu, but also includes plenty of appearances of Mike Katz, Ken Waller, Ed Corney, Serge Nubret, and other famous bodybuilders of the era.

This film propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger into the public spotlight and finally gained him a real notoriety outside of bodybuilding circles. Arnold had already won the Mr. Olympia title six times in a row and this film documents his training for his seventh victory before planning to retire and pursue his acting career.

The documentary was co-directed by Robert Fiore and George Butler.

Watch the entire Pumping Iron movie online for free!

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Mimi Kirk is PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian, and She’s Over 70!

Mimi Kirk was declared by PETA to be the Sexiest Vegetarian over 50. A very flattering award, but Mimi Kirk is not in her 50s, she is 74! She was born in 1938! She credits her plant-based raw food vegan diet as the secret to her health, longevity, and youthful appearance. She stopped eating meat at the age of 32 then went completely raw vegan at the age of 69.

For those considering switching to a similar diet, Mimi recommends starting gradually. Begin with a green drink every morning, either a smoothie or a fresh juice. From there slowly start eating more salad and vegetables and phasing out dairy. It might sound like a big change, but it’s what made Mimi Kirk the hottest grandma out there.

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Using the Golden Ratio to Sculpt the Perfect Body

Steve Reeves Hey men, many of you are spending lots of time in the gym working out like wild men lifting dangerously heavy weights trying to transform yourself into the biggest baddest muscular monster possible. That’s great, and many of you have succeeded in looking like that massive monster you were chasing. Congratulations.

But there’s also many of you that want a sexy (yet muscular) body that women find attractive. I have never met one single woman that wants a man who looks like the massive monsters that are today’s modern bodybuilder competitors. Women want a man with the body of a Greek god. And for many men, this is exactly what we want as well. This is good, because reaching enormous bodybuilder status is impossible without a sweeping array of steroids and growth-inducing drugs. Attaining a Greek god body is still no easy feat, but it is very possible for every man. No drugs necessary.

Now, when trying to improve or conquer a challenge, it is imperative that you set a clear, solid goal. Working out to look better and attract the ladies is not a clear tangible goal. How do you know when you’ve successfully reached such a vague goal? How will you know what areas to focus on and how will you measure your progress towards that goal? Failing to plan is planning to fail, and if you charge ahead with an unclear objective, you will certainly waste your time.

You need specifics in your goals. Finding a picture of a fit person you wish to emulate is a good start, but even this can still be too vague. Variables like height and body type can make it difficult to determine how to calculate your success in emulation. This is why I suggest using the Golden Ratio to help you calculate precise target numbers that are perfectly customized to your exact body.

The Golden Ratio and Adonis Effect

There’s a reason most all humans find the bodies in Greek sculptures appealing. It’s because they were DESIGNED to be ideal. The sculptors actually used mathematical formulas to carve out bodies that were precisely the size and dimensions we find attractive and impressive. That’s right, the artists didn’t use fickle opinions to determine the measurements, but rather precise ratios that are unchanging, scientifically reliable standards of beauty.

golden ratioExamples of the Golden Ratio can be found throughout nature and has been a secret weapon of the best artists in the world for thousands of years. I will not go into the history and science of Phi and Golden Ratio in this article, but in a nutshell it is suggested that things with a ratio of 1 to 1.618 tend to be the most pleasing to look at. Human brains are programmed to look for symmetry and balance in everything, so we can use this clearly defined mathematical constant to our advantage in body sculpting.

The Golden Ratio already naturally appears all around your body regardless of your fitness level or health. If the length of the hand is 1, the length of the forearm would be approximately 1.618. If the distance from the floor to your belly button is 1, then your overall height from the floor to the top of your head would be about 1.618. There are countless examples of these proportions of the face and body, far too many to include here.

golden ratio body proportionsSince the Golden Ratio is already present in our skeletal structure, it’s time to apply the formula to our weight and muscles. Studies have already revealed that women are most attracted to men whose shoulders measure exactly 1.6 times the size of their waists. Impressive shoulders is the most important place to start, but it is only the beginning of the puzzle. Let’s begin defining our workout goals by determining our exact target measurements based on the Golden Ratio principle.

Using Golden Ratio Proportions to Determine Your Goal Measurements

Below is a simplified custom formula for determining the ideal proportions of your body. Since many of these measurements are related to each other, we want to find body parts that remain a constant size. For example, your wrists and knees remain fairly constant your entire adult life, so these will be used as our starting markers. Your waist measurement is another critical number for our formula, but the waist is also most prone to weight fluctuations. Fortunately, aside from fat gain, the waist doesn’t change size too much. Therefore, if you are not in peak physical condition just yet, you need to first determine the size of your waist in its most lean state that is realistic and comfortable to maintain.

Once you have the circumference of your lean waist measured, multiply it by 1.6 and the resulting number should be the goal circumference of your shoulders. These are the numbers that will create the most impressive V-shaped look for your body. Follow the formula below to determine the rest of your measurements.

Waist Size = your determined lean waist measurement
Shoulder Size = 1.6 x your lean waist measurement
Arm Size = 2.5 x wrist size
Neck Size = 2.5 x wrist size
Calve Size = 2.5 x wrist size or 1.9 x ankle size
Thigh Size = 1.75 x knee size

This will provide you with the ideal proportions for an impressive sexy body. Now you have actual measurements to use as your goal which means you can craft a workout program specifically tailored to your needs. You have now just taken the guess work out of setting a precise goal towards obtaining your sexy Greek god body!

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For additional information about attaining the perfectly sculpted body based on ideal proportions, check out the book The Adonis Index. Click here for more info.

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Free Online Documentary – Naturally Curing Disease Caused by the Modern American Diet

The highly processed modern American diet has generated an onslaught of degenerative diseases. Cancers plague the world like never before and modern medicine is virtually worthless in combating it. In truth, degenerative diseases and cancers need not exist. The can be completely prevented and even cured by following a health plant based diet. Follow along as a teenage boy discovers some startling truths about health and the medical establishment.

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Do You Realize How Important Ventilation and Sunlight is in Your Home?

All of our dwelling places should take great care to provide good ventilation and plenty of sunlight. Neglect of proper ventilation is responsible for much of the drowsiness and dullness that makes people’s work and study ineffective.

So far as possible, all buildings intended for human habitation should be placed on high, well-drained ground. This will ensure a dry site and prevent the danger of disease from dampness and miasma. This matter is often too lightly regarded. Continuous ill-health, serious diseases, and many deaths result from the dampness and malaria of low-lying, ill-drained situations.

In our homes it is especially important to secure thorough ventilation and plenty of sunlight. Let there be a current of air and an abundance of light in every room in the house. Sleeping rooms should be arranged so as to have a free circulation of air day and night. No room is fit to be occupied as a sleeping room unless it can be thrown open daily to the air and sunshine. Bedrooms need to be supplied with adequate heating, that they may be thoroughly warmed and dried in cold or wet weather.

Even a rarely used guest room should have equal care with the rooms that receive constant use. Like the other bedrooms, it should have air and sunshine, and should be provided with some means of heating, to dry out the dampness that always accumulates in a room not in constant use. Whoever sleeps in a sunless room, or occupies a bed that has not been thoroughly dried and aired, does so at the risk of health, and often of life.

Many of us grow houseplants and make sure they receive plenty of warmth and sun, for without warmth, air, and sunshine, plants would not live and flourish. If these conditions are necessary to the life of plants, how much more necessary are they for our own health and that of our families and guests!

Remove heavy curtains, open the windows and the blinds, allow no vines, however beautiful, to shade the windows, and permit no trees to stand so near the house as to shut out the sunshine. The sunlight may fade the drapery and the carpets, but it will bring a healthy glow to the cheeks of the children.

Those who take care of the elderly should remember that these frail older persons especially need warm, comfortable rooms. Vigor declines as years advance, leaving less vitality with which to resist unhealthful influences, hence the greater necessity for the aged to have plenty of sunlight, and fresh, pure air.

Scrupulous cleanliness is essential to both physical and mental health. Impurities are constantly thrown off from the body through the skin. Its millions of pores are quickly clogged unless kept clean by frequent bathing, and the impurities which should pass off through the skin become an additional burden to the other eliminating organs.

Most persons would receive benefit from a cool bath every day. Instead of increasing the liability to catch a cold, a bath, properly taken, fortifies against illness, because it improves the circulation; the blood is brought to the surface of the skin, and a more easy and regular blood flow is obtained. The mind and the body are alike invigorated. The muscles become more flexible, the intellect is made brighter. The bath is a soother of the nerves. Bathing helps the bowels, the stomach, and the liver, giving health and energy to each, and it promotes digestion.

It is important also that our clothing be kept clean. Our garments absorb the waste matter that passes off through our pores; if they are not frequently changed and washed, the impurities will be reabsorbed.

Every form of uncleanliness tends to disease. Death-producing germs abound in dark, neglected corners, in decaying refuse, in dampness and mold and must. No waste vegetables or heaps of fallen leaves should be allowed to remain near the house to decay and poison the air. Nothing unclean or decaying should be tolerated within the home. In towns or cities regarded perfectly healthful, many epidemics have been traced to decaying matter around the dwelling of some careless householder.

Perfect cleanliness, plenty of sunlight, careful attention to sanitation in every detail of the home life, are essential to freedom from disease and to the cheerfulness and vigor of the family.

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The Importance of Breathing Properly

In order to have good blood, you must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air, which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood. Proper breathing promotes a bright color in the blood and imparts a life-giving current to every part of the body. Good respiration soothes the nerves, stimulates the appetite, renders digestion more perfect, and induces sound, refreshing sleep.

The lungs should be allowed the greatest freedom possible. Their capacity is developed by free action, if the lungs are cramped and compressed their capacity diminishes. A sedentary lifestyle, or stooping at your work, is a common practice that leads to many ill effects. In such a position it is impossible to breathe deeply. Superficial breathing then becomes a habit, and the lungs lose their power to expand. A similar effect is produced by overly tight clothing. If sufficient room is not given to the lower part of the chest, then the abdominal muscles, which were designed to aid in breathing, are unable to be fully utilized and the lungs thus become restricted in their action.

Thus an insufficient supply of oxygen is received. The blood moves sluggishly and the poisonous waste matter which should be thrown off in the exhalations from the lungs is retained, and the blood becomes impure. Not only the lungs, but the stomach, liver, and brain are affected. The skin becomes sallow, digestion is retarded, the heart is depressed, the brain is clouded, thoughts are confused, gloom sets in, the whole system becomes depressed and inactive, and peculiarly susceptible to disease.

The human body expels 70 percent of its toxins from breathing. So the lungs are constantly throwing off impurities and they need to be constantly supplied with fresh air. Impure air does not afford the necessary supply of oxygen, and the blood passes to the brain and other organs without being vitalized. Hence the necessity of thorough ventilation. To live in close, ill-ventilated rooms, where the air is dead and vitiated, can weaken your entire system. Your body can become peculiarly sensitive to the influence of cold and even slight exposures may induce disease. It is close confinement indoors that makes many people pale and feeble. Breathing the same air over and over until it becomes laden with poisonous matter thrown off through the lungs and pores, brings all the impurities right back into the blood.

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Circulation of the Blood

In order to have good health, we must have good blood. There really is power in the blood, and it is the current of life. It repairs waste and nourishes the body. When supplied with the proper food elements and when cleansed and vitalized by contact with pure air, it carries life and vigor to every part of the system. The more perfect the circulation, the better this work will be accomplished.

With every beat of the heart the blood should make its way quickly and easily to all parts of the body. We should be cautious not to wear too tight clothing or bands, or to dress insufficiently, leaving the extremities not warm enough. Anything that hinders the circulation forces the blood back to the vital organs, producing congestion. Headache, cough, palpitation of the heart, or indigestion is often the result.

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See How a 70 Year Old Woman Stays Amazingly Youthful with Raw Vegan Diet

Annette Larkins is an amazingly youthful 70 year old women that glows with health and has a flawless complexion. She attributes her healthy good looks to the way she eats. She grows her own food fruits and vegetables in her backyard, even collecting rainwater to drink and water her plants.

During the 60s she became a vegetarian and later a raw vegan, despite her husband owning a meat store. At first she stopped eating meat, then she stopped eating cooked food. Her raw vegan diet now consists of raw fruits and vegetables (including juices), nuts, grains, and sprouts.

You can learn more about her at her website www.annettelarkins.com.

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How NASA Scientist Ray Cronise Lost 30 Pounds in 6 Weeks

Former NASA scientist Ray Cronise tried countless popular diets to lose weight, but all failed. So he put his NASA brain to work analyzing his desired weight loss goals and discovered the completely overlooked aspect of thermodynamics in fat loss.

Cronise explains, “The current paradigm of losing weight is diet versus exercise, calories in, calories out. What I was able to do was figure out that another big part is the environment we’re in. Our body temperature remains constant and it takes a lot of energy to keep it that way, no different than heating your house.”

With this theory in mind, he effectively doubled his weight loss rate by exposing his body to cold, forcing his metabolism to start burning at full blast in order to heat his body. Taking cold walks, cold showers, and drinking cold water enabled him to lose 30 pounds of fat (fat, not weight) in six weeks!

You might think you’re burning lots of calories when you sweat profusely during rigorous exercise, but Ray believes it’s possible to burn way more calories when you’re cold. All in all, Ray lost 50 pounds of fat and has successfully kept it off.

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The Extraordinary Benefits of Cold Showers

Water therapy has been around for centuries, but we rarely hear much about it since Big Pharma firms have no interest in inexpensive water cures.

Throughout history, unless there was access to a hot spring, humans have largely been limited to bathing in cold water. Access to abundant hot water is a modern luxury, but as we’ll see, a luxury that is not without its price.

In ancient times cold water was the only choice available to most people when bathing. Interestingly though, even when the Ancient Greeks developed heating systems for their public baths, they continued bathing in cold water for the proven health benefits. The always tough Spartans felt hot water was for the weak and cowardly and only used cold water because they believed it tempered the body and made it vigorous for fighting.

I’m a black belt in Taekwondo and know that the importance of cold showers is even included in the Taekwondo Moral Code where it advocates, “By taking cold shower and baths or exercising on snow-covered ground in bare feet, students build tenacity and pride.” Simply hopping in a cold shower is perhaps the easiest and most overlooked way to build courage and will power that will make conquering life’s tasks easier.

Today, much of the knowledge of cold water benefits has gone by the wayside as we enjoy the delights of our modern luxuries. Our ancestors were exposed to a wide range of fluctuating ambient temperatures and swam and bathed in cold water. Modern man, however, often lives in a fairly consistent room temperature. Some scientists propose that this lack of thermal stress is one factor that contributes to depression.

So if ancient man didn’t clean himself with sustained periods of temperature controlled hot water, then maybe we shouldn’t either. Cold showers are a proven ancient technique that effectively promotes overall radiant health.

This article will explain why moderately cool or room temperature showers are much healthier than hot showers, and then we’ll get into the extraordinary benefits of cold showers. First, let’s begin with why hot showers are downright harmful.

The Health Risks of a Hot Shower

It may sound like a paranoid concern, but experts unanimously agree that hot showers vaporize dangerous amounts of chlorine, fluoride, and other toxic chemicals into the air. One professor of Water Chemistry says, “I tell my friends to take quick, cold showers. The longer and hotter the shower, the more chemicals build up in the air.”

The heat and the dispersion of water in a hot shower vaporize carcinogens into the air allowing the evaporated chemicals to be inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. Hot showers also open up the pores of the skin allowing even more toxic chemicals to enter our body (absorbed) through our skin than would occur even from drinking the water!

Cool water keeps the pores of your skin more or less closed during the shower so you don’t absorb as much of the chemicals in the water or the scary chemicals in today’s soaps and shampoos.

Exposure to the toxic chemicals contained in our water supplies is greatly reduced in a cool shower as less steam is made and therefore less chlorine inhaled into the lungs or absorbed through the skin. Cold showers not only offer their own benefits, but help shield you from the deleterious effects of hot showers.

Better Looking Skin

When you shower with warm water, it opens up your pores. Then you wash and this cleans up your pores. This can be good, but it’s critical to close your pores again with cold water. This will prevent the pores from being easily clogged by dirt and oil, which causes skin imperfections such as acne for example.

Hot showers dry out the skin by stripping it of its natural oils. When the pores open up from the heat, the skin’s oils are completely vulnerable to being eroded away by the water. Dry skin can be itchy, become chapped or cracked, and exasperate conditions like eczema. When the normally plump cells of moist skin become dry and shriveled, fine lines and wrinkles also appear. A cold shower keeps the pores tightly closed, keeping the oils locked in.

When the natural oils from your skin are washed away your body will often compensate by either producing more oil or not enough. The oil made by your body will always be better than any topical moisturizer you can buy. The oil made by your body is not dirty unless your diet and environment is.

Cool water appropriately flushes toxins from the skin and results in improved tone of both the skin and muscles. Many people have found that when various circumstances arise and only cold water is available to bathe in, after a month of cold water use they routinely report a change from their typically dry, flaky skin to extremely soft, radiant, smooth, naturally moist (but not oily), healthy skin.

Another benefit is that cold water makes your blood vessels constrict which reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes (where skin is at its thinnest). This provides you with a young, healthy glow.

Healthier Hair

The exact same damage that occurs to your skin in a hot shower also happens to your hair. Hot water dries out your hair stripping it of it’s natural healthy oils

Cold water will keep your hair looking healthier and shinier. As a matter of fact, cool air makes your hair shinier too (that’s why there is a cool air button on your hair dryer). Cold water does keeps your hair cuticles closed which makes the hair stronger and prevents dirt from easily accumulating within your scalp. Basically, the same principle with how it closes the pores of your skin as mentioned above. Stronger hair, of course, prevents hair from being easily pulled out when you are combing, and it helps in slowing down overall hair loss.

Cold showers are one of the great antiaging secrets for keeping your skin tight, elastic, vibrant, and radiant looking. All of this makes cold water therapy one of the top factors of longevity.

Cool Showers are Good, But a Healthy Cold Shock is Where the Real Magic Happens

A cool shower is clearly better than a hot shower, but flipping the dial all the way to the cold and getting blasted with an icy shock for the final 2 minutes of your shower is where the benefits come out. It will get your heart pumping and the blood flowing, shaking off any lethargy, and will leave you feeling invigorated and energized with an energy that can last several hours. Studies show that cold water therapy may have promise for those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Immunity

The underlying premise of cold water therapy is that briefly and somewhat regularly exposing the body to certain kinds of natural stresses such as cold water can enhance health. Promoters of cold water therapy say that it can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow. You’ll find athletes today taking ice baths to speed their recovery from injuries and intense workouts.

Acute cold exposure has immunostimulating effects, and preheating with physical exercise or a warm shower can enhance this response. Increases in levels of circulating norepinephrine may account for this. Those who take ice baths show an enhanced long-term antioxidative adaptation as measured by several blood markers. Other research highlighting cold water’s effect on immunity shows an increase in both the number and activity of peripheral cytotoxic T lymphocytes in those regularly exposed to cold therapies. Full body cold water immersion and cryotherapy (cold air chamber) also resulted in a sustained increase in norepinephrine, which substantiates the long-term pain relief touted by cold therapy promoters. There’s even evidence it can help chronic heart failure, and some (non-lymphoid) types of cancers.

It’s all about upregulating our systems, taxing them in a healthy, natural way. 10 minutes seems to be the rough amount of time before a cold shower actually begins to become stressful on your body, so there’s no need to stay in a cold shower for more than a few minutes.

Improves Circulation

Cold showers increase blood circulation which helps flush out toxins everywhere in the body and is especially beneficial for the muscles and surface of the skin.

Upon waking from a full nights sleep the majority of your blood has flowed into the deeper parts of your body such as the internal organs to help them regenerate. To be active, alert and productive during the day you need a good portion of this blood to flow back into the peripheral extremities of your body. Tea or coffee in the mornings provides this for some people but it has negative consequences after long term use of the caffeine (most notably adrenal fatigue from the constant damaging stimulation).

When hot water hits your skin your body has the feeling of still being wrapped in the warm blanket it had around it when it was in bed just moments ago. The blood stays in the deeper parts of your body giving you a tired and lethargic feeling. When cold water hits your skin, capillaries near the surface dilate, which pulls blood out from the deeper parts of your body into the extremities to warm them up. After a certain amount of exposure to the cold shower they will contract and the blood flows back into the deeper parts of your body after having been cleansed.

Alternating between hot and cold water while you shower is an easy way to improve your circulation. (This is called a contrast bath and also has many benefits.) Cold water causes your blood to move to your organs to keep them warm. Warm water reverses the effect by causing the blood to move towards the surface of the skin. Cold shower proponents argue that stimulating the circulatory system in this way keeps them healthier and younger looking than their hot water-loving counterparts.

Depression

Cold showers have also been scientifically proven as an effective treatment for depression. Tests have showed that cold hydrotherapy can relieve depressive symptoms, significantly relieve pain, and result in improved quality of sleep. Best of all it does not have side effects or cause dependence. It’s truly a marvelous natural non-addictive anti-depressant!

One reason depression has been rising so drastically in wealthier countries is because our modern lifestyles keep us indoors under fairly consistently temperate conditions. Modern man rarely faces significant changes in body temperature during their day to day activities. Lacking certain physiological stressors such as brief changes in body temperature results in a lack of “thermal exercise” which may cause inadequate functioning of the brain.

Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline. It also increases synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Here’s why the increase in these chemicals is so exciting.

Beta-endorphin is the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel better immediately after an injury. It works by binding to and activating opioid receptors, dulling pain, and increasing feelings of relaxation and well-being. It even slows the growth of cancer cells, and is believed to play a role in correcting behavioral patterns such as stress, alcoholism, obesity, diabetes, and psychiatric illness.

Noradrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter useful for treating attention deficit disorder, depression, and abnormally low blood pressure. Some antidepressants function partly by increasing noradrenaline levels while most ADD medications often work solely by increasing noradrenaline levels.

Furthermore, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect making cold showers a great mood booster that will balance the autonomic nervous system helping you feel relaxed and peaceful, yet still alert and physically invigorated when you get out of the shower. And contrary to drugs that affect brain chemicals, cold showers do not have side effects or addictive potential.

Fat Loss

Exposure to cold could also increase your overall metabolic rate as your body may need to burn calories in order to produce warmth. It’s also possible that the sudden exposure to cold can raise your blood glucose very quickly, thereby having an appetite suppressing effect.

Cold water adaptation also builds up brown fat cells (as opposed to white fat) which have a large concentration of mitochondria that can generate heat without physical contraction or muscular movements. Brown fat cells protect us from aging, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Ray Cronis, a NASA scientist, was able to lose almost 30 pounds of fat (fat, not weight) in 6 weeks, by taking cold walks, cold swims, and by drinking cold water. Why? Because the body needs fuel to keep warm. This cold thermal loading may be a significant missing link in accelerating fat loss.

Stay Warmer

Although it seems counter intuitive, in the winter, cold showers are the best thing to keep you warm for the rest of the day. Cold showers provide a gentle form of stress that leads to thermogenesis (internal generation of body heat).

About a minute after flipping the water dial to full cold and being shocked awake, you’ll find the cold water starts to become more tolerable, and after 2 or 3 minutes you’ll feel your body getting warm by its own efforts. This is thermogenesis and it turns on the body’s adaptive repair systems to strengthen immunity, enhance pain and stress tolerance, ward off depression, overcome chronic fatigue syndrome, and stimulate anti-tumor responses.

Regular use of cold shower reduces heat losses and decreases core body temperature. Russian health nuts are obsessed with obtaining a lower body temperature due to a wide-spread belief that just one degree reduction in core body temperature extends expected life span of humans by some decades.

So endure the cold water until it starts to feel warm and be sure to exit the shower and enter a warm room where you can quickly towel off.

Testosterone

The same preoptic area of the anterior hypothalamus that regulates thermogenesis also contains most GnRH (Gonadotropin-releasing hormone)-releasing neurons, making it a primary site of GnRH production. GnRH is responsible for the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) from the anterior pituitary gland which is hugely significant in stimulating testosterone production.

Increasing testosterone levels with 10 minute cold showers upon waking and before bed will not only boost a man’s libido, but also his overall strength and energy level.

Real benefit is in the habit

A cold shower has plenty of immediate benefits and provides a definite wake-up jolt, but the greatest benefits in long term health are only seen after several weeks of cold showering. Studies confirm that habituation itself is what is most beneficial.

The initial intense discomfort of cold water shock rapidly decreases in both intensity and duration with habituation and water (50F) appears to be more effective than just cool water (59F) in promoting adaptation. Typically, acclimatization to cold develops over the course of about 10 days, and in humans the primary change is an insulative, hypothermic type of response. But with more sustained exposure to cold air or water, humans can apparently develop the humoral type of acclimatization described in small mammals, with an increased output of noradrenaline and thyroxine. Adaptation to cold leads to increased output of the beneficial “short term stress” hormones adrenaline and thyroxine, leading to mobilization of fatty acids, and substantial fat loss over a 1-2 week period.

Situations to Avoid Cold Showers

Like anything, there is a proper time and place for cold showers, and also a time to avoid them. If showering immediately after a vigorous workout you may want to start hot and finish cold to avoid muscle cramping. Icy showers should probably not be done at all by menstruating or pregnant women as their body is already under a lot of stress at this time.

For most people though, making a daily habit of cold showering has many amazing proven benefits and will undoubtedly boost your entire immune system. It can be so effective that some people even report not having any colds since starting cold showers.

This perhaps leads into a greater question…since the gentle natural stress of a cold bath is so beneficial, could more aggressive exposure to the cold provide benefits that go beyond that of daily cold showers?