Using Deliberate Cold Exposure for Health and Performance | Huberman Lab Podcast #66

I describe mechanisms by which deliberate cold exposure can enhance mental health, physical health, and performance. I detail specific protocols to safely engage in deliberate cold exposure, including minimal exposure times, time-of-day effects, determining optimal temperatures, recovery, mindset, and movement during cold exposure. I discuss how cold exposure can be used to safely stress the body to improve attention, mood, and cognitive focus and boost metabolism and reduce inflammation. Also, I explain how cold exposure on specific regions of the body (called glabrous skin surfaces) can be leveraged to enhance endurance and weight training and increase work output.

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00:00:00 Deliberate Cold Exposure, Health Warning
00:04:23 Tool: Moderate Exercise & Cognitive Work
00:10:47 The Brain-Body Contract
00:11:32 AG1 (Athletic Greens), ROKA, Helix Sleep
00:15:37 Circadian Rhythm & Body Temperature
00:18:41 Tool: Quickly Decrease Core Body Temperature, Glabrous Skin
00:25:26 Mental Effects of Cold Exposure
00:29:02 Physical Effects of Cold Exposure
00:30:11 How Cold Should the Temperature Be?
00:34:53 Cold Showers vs. Cold Water Immersion
00:38:27 Protocols for Cold Exposure
00:50:57 Optimal Mindset(s) During Cold Exposure
00:55:26 Tool: Using Movement During Cold Exposure
00:57:51 Optimal Frequency of Cold Exposure
01:00:22 Cold Exposure for Dopamine, Mood & Focus
01:12:55 Cold Exposure & Metabolism, Brown Fat
01:25:55 Tool: Caffeine, Dopamine & Cold Exposure
01:29:14 Tools: Increasing Metabolism w/Cold – The Søberg Principle, Shivering
01:34:15 Norepinephrine & Fat Cells
01:36:22 Cold, Physical Performance, Inflammation
01:47:36 Hyperthermia & Glabrous Skin Cooling
01:53:27 Tool: Palmar Cooling & Endurance
02:03:18 Cold Exposure to Groin, Increasing Testosterone
02:07:50 Tool: Optimal Timing for Daily Cold Exposure
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