Activation of Brown Fat through Cold Exposure: Dr. Peter Attia

Activation of Brown Fat through Cold Exposure: Dr. Peter Attia

In the United States in contemporary media that focuses on health, wellness, biohacking, longevity, and well being, the topics of cold exposure via cryotherapy, cold showers, ice baths, and walks in cold weather with minimal clothing are predominantly touted as the best forms of cold exposure therapy.

However, one of the most influential American health care professionals and a popular podcaster Dr. Peter Attia – among the highest echelon of podcasters from Joe Rogan and Tim Ferriss to Rich Roll and Jocko Willink – finally gave a shout-out to open water swimming in cool or cold water temperatures as another form of cold exposure to the mass of American listeners.

In his article entitled Is cold exposure beneficial for metabolic health?“, two-time Catalina Channel swimmer Dr. Attia takes a look at activation of brown fat through cold exposure therapy (see here). He experienced sustained cool water swimming in Catalina (in 2005 and 2009) and, most recently, in Norway with his buddy Ross Edgley.

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The Drive is hosted by Dr. Peter Attia, a Stanford/Johns Hopkins/NIH-trained physician focusing on the applied science of longevity, the extension of human life and well-being

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