Thoughts of the week
Lately the topic of cold exposure has really caught our attention. After looking into this area more we have been fascinated by what we have found!
You many enjoy being cold but, according to various scientific studies, it actually has a long list of health benefits such as:
- Improved will power
- Increased bone health
- Reduction of pain
- Enhancement of detox pathways
- Stronger immune system
- Improved sleep quality
- Regulation of blood sugar
- Healing injury / speeding up recovery
- Stronger nervous system
- Longer life
- Fat loss
- Inflammation protection
Many of these benefits are thought due to improved control of the bodies systems and processes. Suggested ways to test this out are:
- Wearing less layers when the weather is less pleasant
- Not wearing a coat for part of the day
- Sleeping with the window open
- Not putting the heating on at home when you wake up
- Not putting the heating on when getting in the car
- Having a cold shower every morning
- Having an ice bath at the end of the day or after fitness training
(N.B. These are purely suggestions, not recommendations. Ensure you consult your doctor or seek medical approval before trying any of the above)
People who have tried this suggest increasing cold exposure gradually. We have started doing this more ourselves and are experiencing noticeable befits to our daily well being, energy, mood and bodily functions.
We would also highly recommend checking ou the research and practice of Wim “The Iceman” Hof who attributes his incredible ability to withstand extreme cold to breathing techniques based on Tibetan Tummo meditation without the religious components.
So if you want to try something new and not afraid to get a bit chilly start playing around with the power of cold…
Recipe of the week
Harissa cod & vegetable cous cous
- For this recipe we used breaded cod but you can also use cod fillets.
- Spread small amount of butter on to corn cob & sprinkle with paprika. Wrap in a foil parcel & place in oven on a medium-high temperature for 30mins.
- Place fillets in oven, at same temperature, on a foil lined baking tray for 15 mins. Remove then top with a small amount of harissa paste, squeeze of fresh lemon & black pepper. Cook for a further 5 mins.
- Prepare cous cous as directed on the packet, substituting vegetable broth for water.
- Lightly pan fry loosely chopped red onions in olive oil& a sprinkle of herbs. When onions begin to brown add the broccoli. When the broccoli is softer & charred add fresh garden peas, cooking for a further 5 mins.
- Remove corn, combine the mixed vegetables with the cous cous, plate up fish & season all with a dash of salt, pepper & squeeze of fresh lemon.
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