Scientists have found that bathing in cold water eases symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes (sudden hot flashes) and mood swings.
The results of a study published in the journal Post Reproductive Health indicate that ice baths improve mental state and restore muscles, writes The Guardian.
The study was conducted by scientists from University College London. 1114 women aged 16 to 80 took part in it, their average age was 49 years. 785 of them were going through menopause at that time.
Women claimed that swimming in cold water helped them cope with menopausal symptoms, namely:
- 50% said they helped reduce their anxiety;
- 35% said that cold water helped to cope with mood swings;
- 31% improved their mood;
- 30% felt relief when hot flashes appeared.
“We found that cold water reduces stress among people who swim in the open air. And ice baths speed up muscle recovery in athletes.” – said the senior author of the study, Professor Joyce Harper from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health.
Scientists say that women can use cold water as a means to relieve the physical symptoms of menopause and menstruation. It may also encourage them to exercise more.
Researchers have singled out 5 benefits of swimming for women:
- it can lift the mood and calm down;
- it’s a great way to find girlfriends;
- reduces menstrual pain;
- relieves hot flashes;
- improves general health.
Earlier we wrote why modern women have more frequent periods than women of previous generations.
Vira Shurmakevich, “UP. Life”
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