Podcast Episode 134: Benefits of Cold Therapy + The Cold Challenge

Are you one of those people who hate taking cold showers and just hate being in the cold in general? Listen in as I share the benefits of cold therapy. They just might change your mind.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The benefits of cold therapy
  • How cold therapy impacts the two types of fat in our body
  • Some ways you can incorporate cold therapy


Key Takeaways:

  • The white adipose tissue is the body fat that you want to burn, while the brown adipose tissue is what helps you burn calories and burn the white adipose tissue.
  • Cold therapy stimulates the brown adipose tissue to burn excess fat and glucose for energy.
  • Cold therapy reduces inflammation, swelling, and sore muscles. It’s also linked to improved quality of sleep, more focus, and improved immune response.


Action Steps:

  • Take on the challenge to incorporate cold therapy in your day! Here are some ways you can do it:
  1. Use ice packs on the back/neck for 30-60 minutes while relaxing at night when insulin levels are higher and more sensitive.  
  2. Soak your feet in cold water at night or right away in AM when you first wake up. This will stimulate heat throughout the day.
  3. Suck on ice cubes throughout the day. You can add flavoured stevia to the ice cubes to help sweeten them without adding sugar. 
  4. Have a snow cone for dessert with flavoured stevia. See below for the recipe.
  5. Take a cold shower upon arising. As a note – 10 seconds isn’t going to cut it, but it’s a start. Work your way up to 3-5 minutes for the best results.
  6. Lower the temperature in your house by 5 degrees. We always sleep in a cold room, keeping our temperature at around 20 Degrees, or 68F. 
  • Try the “healthified” snowcone:


  • 4 cups ice
  • 2-3 strawberry tea bags or other fruity tea 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp fruit flavoured stevia (fruit punch or berry) 


Place tea bags in very hot water and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Sweeten with stevia drops to desired sweetness and let cool in the fridge. Once cooled, add to Vitamix (you will need a powerful blender for this) with ice and blend until crushed. Serve and enjoy!


Samantha said:

“Not only is cold therapy amazing for speeding up our metabolism; there are so many other benefits as well.”

“The reason I like to use cold therapy is, from an autoimmune perspective, to really help manage and support my symptoms.”


Thanks for listening!


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Links to things I talk about in the show:

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