Sumary of An icy swim may cut ‘bad’ body fat, but further health benefits unclear:
- From this review, it is clear that there is increasing scientific support that voluntary exposure to cold water may have some beneficial health effects, states lead author James Mercer, from UiT.
- Without further conclusive studies, the topic will continue to be a subject of debate. Weight loss, better mental health, and increased libido are among numerous health and well-being claims made by followers of constant cold-water immersion or arising from anecdotal cases.
- Immersion in cold water has a major impact on the body and triggers a jolt response such as elevated heart rate.
- Excluded from the review were studies where participants wore wet suits, accidental cold-water immersion, and water temperatures greater than 20 degrees centigrade.