When it comes to the cold and our breath, there is no substitute for direct practical experience. Nevertheless...
What does the science say?
Study found cold immersion following high-intensity workouts was more effective than massage in reducing muscle soreness.
(National Academy of Sciences, USA)
Participants practicing cold immersion and breathing techniques experienced a reduction in inflammation, fewer flu-like symptoms, and a faster normalization of fever and cortisol levels.
Improved Metabolism & Weight Loss - (Nat. Institute of Health)
Participants who exposed themselves to cooler climates for prolonged periods of time found increased levels of brown fat, yielding greater metabolic efficiency.
Decreased Belly Fat - (BMJ Military Health)
In a study of 49 soldiers, men saw a decrease in abdominal fat by 5.5% after systematic cold exposure for 8 weeks.
ICE On the Body
Ice on the MIND
Participants practicing cold exposure became less likely to breathe quick and rapid (sympathetically) to physical stress and began breathing slow and deep (parasympathetically).
Research found cold immersion yielded relief to depressive symptoms, with no side effects or dependance issues.
Systematic cold exposure significantly lowered anxiety in a group of 49 male and female participants.
In a study of infertile men, 100% experienced a doubling of their sperm count after 8 and 12 weeks of testicular cooling.
Athletes saw an increase in testosterone after a single session of
ICE On SEXUAL health
ICE ON SLEEP
Subjects who underwent cold water immersion saw decreases in their heart rate, making for more ideal sleeping conditions.
Deeper Sleep - (Front Sports Act Living)
Endurance runners who underwent cold immersion after simulated running exercises experienced less night-time arousals during rest.
"Breathing and relaxation techniques are a more powerful tool than sleeping pills."
Participants who practiced regular yoga and breathing practices experienced higher levels of melatonin, an increased marker for better sleep.
Half study used social media, while the other half practiced breathing for 15 minutes each evening. The breathing group had better sleep and experienced a variety of additional health benefits.
on the mind
Breathing to Treat Panic Disorder (Journal of Psychiatric Research)
Patients with diagnosed panic disorder were treated with breathing therapy and saw significant improvements in their panic and anxiety.
Belly Breathing to Reduce Anxiety (Perspectives in Psychiatric Care)
Participants practiced breathing exercises for 2 months and reported less anxiety, reduced heart rates, and healthier respiration rates.
Alleviate Severe Depression (Journal of Clinical Psychology)
A pilot study found promise in treating patients suffering from depression with breathing exercises when they did not respond to antidepressants.