- Blood Freeze: Ice Bucket Bath
Freeze inflammation in its tracks using the ice-bath body hack. Ice baths may hurt at first, but they ease the ache over time. This natural remedy for pain is much safer than over the counter drugs. Best of all it’s a body hack. The cold bath fools your body. When you step from the cold, the circulatory system thinks there is an urgent emergency and floods the cold body part with a warm healing rush of blood. The extra blood flow speeds the healing process. This is the only form of homeopathy your doctor will approve. But it is homeopathy. The cryotherapy mimics injury, thereby kick-starting the healing process.
Guidelines for Cold Water Recovery
- Protect the Skin.
Do not put ice directly on your skin; use a plastic bag or towel to buffer the chill.
- No longer than 20 Minutes.
- Red means STOP.
- At least 10 minutes for muscle aches. It takes the cold about 10 minutes to reach your deeper muscles; so it’s a good idea to apply cold for at least 10 minutes.
- Wait 2 hours before you REPEAT THE ICE.
- Protect the Skin.
- Rolling Pin
I’ve posted about this trick before. But no one read the post. This secret works so dang well that I decided to re-post it here. The rolling pin breaks up scar tissue, increases circulation, and leaves your muscles refreshed. It will reveal tightness in spots you thought were fine. Firmly it roll over your lower leg. I start rolling from Achilles up to my calf. Then I move to my ankle over my shin up to my knee. I find a lot of hidden tension in my tibialis anterior. Don’t MASSAGE OVER VARICOSE VEINS.
- Chia Seeds & Other Anti-Inflammatory Foods
These foods aren’t as potent as the over counter drugs, but there not as harmful either. The following edibles contain natural anti-inflammatory agents.
- Chia Seeds
- Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)
- Cayenne Powder (1 teaspoon)
- Ginger, ground (1 teaspoon)
- Spinach, cooked (1 cup)
- Carrots, chopped and raw (1 cup)
Pain can be your friend. It tells you when you’ve done too much. Without this crucial alarm signal, the body cannot communicate effectively.
Do you have any tips for speedy recovery?
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