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    lightningrod2 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Cold Water Dousing

    Cold Water Dousing

    You can Google for it:
    www.google.com

    and type:
    "Cold Water Dousing"

    (just like that in quotation marks)

    Here is one site: (with pictures included)
    http://www.alliancemartialarts.com/coldbob.htm

    But my way is better imo
    I start by taking a hot shower (like a sauna)

    Well it's very healthy.

    Why?

    The cold water makes you entire body contract (even you internal organs; like your kidneys, liver, etc.)

    When your internal organs contract (they release hormones into the body)
    (the same type of hormones that are released by streneous physical exercise)

    This will give you an energy boost.

    It is like an exercise for your internal organs.

    I usually take a hot shower (like a sauna) and than I gradually make the water colder and colder (after I finish showering with the hot water) until the water is 100% cold and I stay under the 100% cold water for about 5 minutes.

    Just make sure you drink plenty of water before the hot shower (cause it will make you sweat like a sauna)

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    Many of the great civilizations in History were into hot saunas (and than they rinse off with cold water)

    The Roman, Japanese, Turks, Russians, etc. etc.

    The Vikings used to get into hot (natural) saunas than they would rinse off by rolling in the snow.

    The Japanese and the Russians to this day use hot saunas and than they rinse off in a pool of cold water.

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    If you are out of shape and/or smoke just be careful, don't make the shower
    water 100% cold than and don't do it everyday.
    If you feel tired one day, than don't do it.

    In the famous Polar Bear Club, some of their members get heart attacks right there on the spot.
    Just listen to your body and be careful.

    If you are in tip-top shape, this will give you the energy and stamina of an animal.

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    KB_Maker is offline Junior Member
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    Default Cold Water Dousing

    Cold water dousing is also a treatment for heavy metal poisioning - not Metallica but lead, tin, cobalt etc...

    Coldwater immersion forces the outer layers of the cirulatory system to contract which forces increased blood flow to the vitals. This increased blood flow assists in picking up toxins and moving them on throuh the system.

    Plenty of water intake also assists in the flushing!

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    mattsoltis is offline Senior Member
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    Default Any docs out there....

    I've been hearing of this dousing for years. Is there medical proof of the claims made or just anecdotal evidence?

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    lightningrod2 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Cold Water Dousing

    Wow, I did not know that.

    Good stuff.

    Thanks for the info.

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    I want to add this last Note for any reader(s) who is out of shape
    (and trying to get in better shape)

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    Isn't that cold water stuff hard on your heart?

    Yes it can be.

    That is why I said to gradually make the water colder and colder (after taking a hot shower) (and make sure to drink water before the hot shower)

    Also, it doesn't have to be 100% cold.

    I do not recommend outside Cold Water Dousing for people who are out of shape and/or heavy smokers.

    After you finish taking a hot shower (to rinse) just make the water colder and stay under a few minutes and than make it colder etc. etc.

    You don't have to go to 100% cold water.

    If you are out of shape and/or a heavy smoker do not do it everyday.

    And if one day you just wake up feeling very tired, than don't do it.

    You must listen to your body.

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    Default Matt, do you know about the flash fever aspect of dousing?

    Supposedly dousing elevates body temperature, which kills many foreign life forms.

    I have no medical training, but I, at least, find this to be a more persuasive account for the effects of dousing than organ tightening and energy boosts.

    Cold water also stimulates the CNS, which probably has something to do with it, too; I only get sick when I am overreaching or overtraining, and tossing a couple buckets of cold water on my head has put on the mend once or twice before.

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    mattsoltis is offline Senior Member
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    Default Tried it, 98.7 degrees...

    I tried ice water dousing (3 buckets) last summer, twice, both times with a thermometer in my mouth immediately after. Saw no increase in body temp, though my skin felt like it was radiating.

    That's the problem with anectodal evidence, can be misleading.

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