Fighting cold with cold

I see everywhere during winter commercials for cold medicine and the usual advice to dress up well and avoid the outdoors. One would wonder how we made it through over 2 and a half million winters. Simple, we were cold adapted. This is one of the missing links to great health. Cold is deeply linked to our genetics and we even have a reflex for it. It’s called mammalian diving reflex. We have inherit it from the small mammals that strived to survive in a cold environment after the event that eradicated the dinosaurs. We can use this reflex in our favor to stay healthy in winter time. I have tried it on myself and I didn’t get a cold this year. It is simple to put in practice and it takes very little time. Dipping in cold water the paranasal area (nose and forehead) for a ten to twenty seconds repeatedly until the skin is getting slightly red activates the reflex. This is preparing the body to adapt to a cold environment and but also for the lack of oxygen. There are a few important effects to mention. First the blood pressure will  drops down while most of the blood moves to protect the internal organs. Blood vessels constrict in hands and feet pushing the blood out and leaving behind structured or crystalline water also know as EZ...

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