So last week I shared about Dr Kruse and his Cold Thermogenesis protocol. Step one is putting your face into ice water daily to begin to get used to the cold. I have been doing it myself for a few days and have learned a few things. I’m also working my way through his blog posts as fast as I can (they are super dense) and have learned a bunch from that as well.
First I’ll review.
You need to dip your face in 50 degree water once a day. Keep it up as long as you can stand it and until your skin starts to turn pale pink/white then quit. It is best if you do this after a high protein meal and drink some ice water before you start. 16-32 oz.
The point of this is to change how your body works. Once you are adapted to the cold, getting your skin cold will do some amazing things for you. Dr Kruse talks a lot about weight loss because that is why most people come to him and is the most obvious result but there are others.
One of the big results is detox and I think I am already feeling it. It works to fix so many hormonal issues. Thyroid, sex hormones, adrenals, and leptin are all helped by this therapy. According to one of his podcasts it works incredibly well on Lyme disease (but will cause you to feel very ill for a few weeks, I think I’m feeling that already).
I am finding that I am needing to stress dose my hydrocortisone right now to deal with the detox. Not what I was expecting from this but now that I know it is caused by massive detox I am feeling better about it. If you have low adrenal function be aware of this possibility and prepared for it.
You are trying to teach your body to become acclimated to the cold so the more time you spend cold the faster this will work. If you dip your face and then quickly dry it off and sit in front of a heater that won’t work nearly so well as if you consciously choose to under dress a bit and let yourself get chilled and stay chilled. You don’t need to be miserable but just tolerant.
There is a big mental aspect to this so do help your body by rearranging your thinking and try to embrace being cold as a good thing and a route toward health.
If you have MTHFR mutations you have impaired detox pathways and you need plenty methyl donors to be assisting the accelerated detoxification that is encourages. Be aware of that and ready to increase your methyfolate and other activated b’s or quit for now if it pushes your detox too quickly. Pushing detox when your body doesn’t have the ability to neutralize and excrete the toxins is a bad idea. Get the MTHFR stuff on board first.
This pushes detox and probably isn’t a good idea if you are nursing an infant. Sorry. Use your own judgement about older nurslings.
Be prepared to be shocked the first time you do this. It is very startling to put your face into ice cold water. Also have a towel ready for your wet face when you are done. Be sure to do this with a mirror handy. You need to be able to check and see if your face is getting white because that will tell you that it is time to stop. I’m not sure how to tell if you have darker skin.
So who’s with me!? Let me know in the comments if you plan to try this and then report back here your experiences with this. I will be reporting my experiences along the way as well. I can’t wait to hear how it is going!