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This won’t come as much of a surprise, but we’re big fans of cold here at IMPACT Cryotherapy. As the leading manufacturer and seller of cryosaunas in the US, we take pride in helping others discover the natural healing power of colder temperatures. Just for fun, here are ten crazy facts about cold that you may not know.
1. The Stars Use Cold for Recovery
Cryotherapy is becoming increasingly popular among celebrities. Here are just a few that we know use this cold therapy: Joe Rogan, Derek Hough, Tony Robbins, Kevin Hart, Demi Moore, Tim Ferris, Daniel Craig, Mandy Moore, and Chelsea Handler.
2. Love Is In the Colder Air
Conception rates reach their peak in December. In fact, 9% of all U.S. conceptions happen during that colder month.
3. Cold Can Calm Your Mind
In 1994, German doctors discovered that short-term whole body cold exposure dramatically decreased uric acid in the body, resulting in an increased tolerance to stress and disease.
4. The Earth is Closest to the Sun During the Winter
Mind blown. It’s a common misconception that seasonal drops in temperature result from our planet’s proximity to the Sun. Instead, it has everything to do with the tilt of the Earth’s axis.
5. Not All Snowflakes Are Unique
While this is true on a molecular level, snowflakes only fall into one of 35 different shapes. As for how exactly they form their particular shapes? That’s still a bit of a beautiful mystery.
6. Our Founding Fathers Embraced the Cold
It has been well-documented that the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, used a cold foot bath every morning to maintain his health.
7. Scientists Recently Recorded the Coldest Temperature on Earth
As it turns out Earth’s southernmost continent can get even colder than we realized. The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was recently updated to minus 144°F in Antarctica.
8. Ice May Not Be the Best Way to Reduce Pain
We’ve all heard about R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as a method for treating injuries. While ice can be an effective way to immediately reduce pain and swelling, it comes with drawbacks including irritated skin, joint stiffness, and numbness.
9. “Cool as a Cucumber” Is a Real Thing
Though the phrase is often used to describe a calm attitude during difficult situations, it actually has scientific backing. The inside of cucumbers are in fact 10-20 degrees cooler than their surroundings.
10. Cryophobia is Alive and Well
Cryophobia is a condition where a person fears intense cold. Don’t worry, cryophobics, we won’t force you to enter the cryosauna.