A doctor and beauty contestant in Brazil claims that taking regular ice baths has boosted her ‘sexual appetite’ and is ‘one of the best practices for health.’
Dr Camilla Lewin, 31, a physician and fitness professional, said that while ice baths are often used for muscle recovery, they could have a host of other benefits, including increased energy, improved blood flow and stronger libido.
Dr Lewin, who also competed in Miss World Fitness 2022, said that it improved her ‘sexual appetite’ and believes ‘it is one of the best practices for health.’
She also said that it’s an accessible technique that boosts energy as well.
While her claims may seem bizarre, research suggests that this technique could actually lead to more sexual arousal.
Dr Camilla Lewin, a doctor and beauty contestant in Brazil, said that ice baths can increase libido and improve blood flow to major organs
She originally started taking ice baths to treat muscle pain. However, she noticed that it was boosting her sex drive.
‘I am in favor of stimulating our libido, of finding ways to give ourselves pleasure,’ she told NudePR.com.
‘When I found this completely natural and hormone-free format, it was a great discovery for me.’
‘Now I separate several bags of ice for my bathtub.’
Cold exposure stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) in men and women, which regulates testosterone production in men and ovulation in women.
Research suggests that a woman’s sex drive increases as her LH levels peak.
In addition, cold exposure can improve blood circulation, including in the genitals, which increases sexual stimulation.
Ice baths involve completely submerging yourself in a body of cold water. The practice is thought to reduce inflammation and heal injured tissues, particularly after intense exercise.
According to a review in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, water exerts pressure on the body, which promotes blood flow to major organs like the heart, brain, and lungs.
Dr Lewin said that a dip in the ice bath can also alleviate swelling and redness, as well as alleviate skin sagging.
However, experts recommend limiting your time in an ice bath to just 10 to 15 minutes to avoid hypothermia, or a dangerous drop in body temperature that can cause frostbite if left untreated.