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5 Surprising Ways Cold Water Helps Fibromyalgia

5 Surprising Ways Cold Water Helps Fibromyalgia

Cold and fibromyalgia don’t often go together.  Personally I run from cold whenever I can.  But I came across an article published by Team Tony on Tony Robbin’s blog and it was about how he starts his day off with a cold water plunge.  He lists 5 reasons why this is a good thing even though it may run contrary to your instincts.

IMPROVES LYMPHATIC CIRCULATION

lymphCold water immersion causes your lymph vessels to contract, forcing your lymphatic system to pump lymph fluids throughout your body, flushing the waste out of the area. This then triggers the immune system’s white blood cells to attack and destroy any unwanted substance in the fluid. In a way, it’s sort of a domino effect — the cold water effects the lymphatic system, which in turn effects the immune system, which ultimately keeps you feeling happy and healthy.

Individuals with fibromyalgia have a difficult time unclogging their lymphatic system.  Additionally, the lymphatic system is key to removing toxic buildup from your cells, including the lactic acid from your muscle tissue.  Individuals with fibromyalgia usually have a lot of this acid built up in their muscle tissue causing further pain.  If this routine helps to unclog the lymphatic system, then it’s a quick in and out of a cold shower and you can have less pain.

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