What really happens after using an Ice Bath every day for 30 days
Cold water therapy can have many different benefits on the body including reducing muscle soreness, improving recovery time, decreasing inflammation and improving circulation.
Rob Carlin, Managing Director at Superior Wellness took part in a 30-day study in June 2023 to assess the benefits of using a Chill Tub in his daily routine.
Working in partnership with TransformNow Superior Wellness set out to assess what happens to your body after using the ice bath every day for 30 days prior to Rob’s daily workout. Dr Imran Khan, founder of TransformNow, launched in 2013, has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector on both a practical and academic level supported this study. Based nationwide, they are proud to have won UK Fitness Awards in 2019 for Science and Innovation.
Before starting this 30-day study, Rob travelled to their Birmingham office to see Dr Imran Khan at Transform Now to undergo different assessments to measure the following body levels including the following:
· Inflammation Levels: C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
· Testosterone Levels: Total Testosterone Test and Free Testosterone Test
· Additional Markers: Cortisol Levels, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine, Liver Function Tests and Lipid Profile
· Subjective Markers: Energy Levels, Sleep Quality and Mood
· Bodyfat Percentage
· Expiration Lung Volume Test
Superior Wellness documented Rob’s Chill Tub 30-day study journey on social media with regular updates and videos on his progress including any changes he was starting to see. During this time, he noticed that his energy levels and recovery improved, he felt happier and he was sleeping better too.
Rob also had the same series of tests with TransformNow at the end of the 30 day study so we could compare the results. The tests were taken exactly a month afterwards and at the same time of day.
Dr Imran Khan has confirmed the following: “All markers are slightly better by a few percentage points. The study has indicated that the inflammation has decreased from 9.06 to 7.06 mg/L, a 22% decrease.
“Rob’s cortisol levels have also reduced by 24.9% from 533 to 400 nmol/L whilst his testosterone levels have also increased by 16% from 12.20 to 14.20 nmol/L. And from the immunology tests, Rob’s Rheumatoid Factor has decreased from <10 to 9.00 and the Interleukin 6 has decreased from 4.6 to 3.2.
“Rob is at an advantage as he is already incredibly lean and trains every day. Therefore, the results have indicated only a slight change. If we had done the same study with someone with a different body composition who did not exercise regularly the results could have been very different.
“The study was also only for the duration of one month. If the study had been for eight weeks instead of four weeks, the results may have indicated a greater impact.
“Overall I can say that using the Chill Tub every day has indicated that it can result in minor improvements on the body. Due to the short length of the study we can’t conclusively say that it proves it but certainly it is a very good indication.”
Other key indicators that changed include Rob’s weight that reduced from 77.5kg to 75.8kg, his BMI reduced from 23.4 to 22.9 and his body fat percentage reduced from 12.8% to 11.9%. Rob’s genetic age was also 2.5 years younger than he actually is which is another indicator that using an ice bath every day is a good thing.
Rob told us what the experience was like using the Chill Tub every day: “I actually enjoyed the experience. The first few days were hard but once I got used to it I was actually looking forward to using the Chill Tub. I did notice a considerable difference in my energy levels and it certainly help with my recovery from training.
“I suffer from poor circulation and took a photo at the start of the study and at the end and my circulation had definitely improved.
“I also felt it improved my mental health too. I felt much happier and positive and on average I actually slept better too.
“I would like to thank Imran and the team at TransformNow who provided me with the tests to carry out this study.
“I am also continuing with the ice bath journey and I am now a regular user of Chill Tubs.”
Regular use of a Chill Tub can provide numerous benefits both physically and mentally including improving circulation, decreasing inflammation and improving recovery time.
It’s important to note that Chill Tubs are not suitable for everyone and can be uncomfortable or even dangerous for some individuals. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new recovery routine.