Ice Bath Therapy's Promising Role in Cancer Treatment

cancer cold therapy ice baths Aug 11, 2023

Chris from R1SE here, I've been taking the plunge consistently for a good few months and I love it.  It invigorates me, has sorted out some niggling injuries and I've lost weight.  However, what if it could be ever more powerful than this!  What if it could assist in cancer treatment.  Having recently had some close friends be diagnosed with cancer I certainly wanted to do more research and find out. 

Once I'd found some interesting information I thought (with the assistance of ChatGPT) I'd write it up to help others find this information more easily.


Cancer treatment has long been a challenge, with conventional approaches like drugs, surgery, and radiation often leaving room for improvement. But could a simple, age-old remedy hold the key to better outcomes? Recent research suggests that cold exposure therapy, the practice of immersing oneself in ice-cold water, could be a game-changer in the fight against cancer. This groundbreaking study not only explores the connection between cold exposure and cancer inhibition but also highlights the potential benefits of activating brown fat – a topic we're diving into, brought to you by Chris Downham of R1SE Yoga.

Cold Exposure: Unveiling the Study's Findings:

Scientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet embarked on a study that unveiled an unexpected link between cold exposure and cancer inhibition. The study's revelation was stunning: exposing the body to chilly temperatures triggers the activation of brown adipose tissue, often referred to as brown fat. This unique fat variety is responsible for generating heat to keep us warm during cold conditions, but its role extends beyond thermoregulation. Brown fat, it turns out, competes with tumors for glucose, the primary fuel that cancer cells rely on for growth.

Icy Waters and Slower Tumor Growth:

Intrigued by these initial findings, researchers conducted experiments on mice afflicted with various cancers, including colorectal, breast, and pancreatic cancers. What they discovered was remarkable: mice acclimatized to 4-degree Celsius temperatures displayed significantly slower tumor growth rates and lived almost twice as long compared to their counterparts housed in warmer conditions at 30 degrees Celsius. These outcomes demonstrated the potential power of cold exposure as a novel cancer treatment strategy.

The Science Behind the Phenomenon:

Delving deeper, the researchers probed the mechanics of tumour inhibition through cold exposure. They found that cold temperatures triggered a surge in glucose uptake within brown fat, while tumour cells showed minimal glucose activity. The absence of brown fat, or a key protein called UCP1 responsible for its metabolism, reversed the positive effects of cold exposure and allowed tumour growth to rebound. Additionally, providing tumour-bearing mice with high-sugar drinks counteracted the cold's impact, implying that restricting glucose supply might play a pivotal role in suppressing tumours.

Brown Fat Activation: A Potential Boon for Diabetes:

Beyond its association with cancer therapy, brown fat activation holds promise in addressing other health concerns. Research suggests that brown fat activation could help manage diabetes by regulating glucose levels. In fact, the same study showed that activating brown fat in healthy adults exposed to slightly chilly room temperatures increased its presence and lowered tumour glucose uptake. This dual benefit underscores the potential for cold exposure to offer a multi-pronged solution to health challenges.

Your Journey with R1SE Yoga's Ice Bath Therapy:

As a passionate health researcher and life hacker and founder of R1SE Yoga in Sheffield, UK, a leading hub for health and wellness, I'm thrilled to share this exciting research with you. At R1SE Yoga, we're taking the lead in embracing ice bath therapy with our state-of-the-art ice bath centre featuring four cutting-edge baths. Twice a month, we offer the Ice Bath 101 course at just £20, giving you the opportunity to embark on this life-changing therapy and experience its potential benefits firsthand.


The connection between cold exposure, brown fat activation, and cancer inhibition has opened up new horizons in cancer research and therapy. As we continue to uncover the power of cold exposure and its potential benefits for cancer treatment and beyond, R1SE Yoga invites you to dive into the world of ice bath therapy. By exploring this natural remedy, you could be tapping into a holistic approach that not only combats cancer but also contributes to a healthier, more vibrant life.

Dive into the cold – your journey with R1SE Yoga awaits.

Watch this video below by Scott Carney - he's awesome and the science seems sound.

Please remember that I am not a medical professional. This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. If you're considering cold exposure therapy or have any health concerns, it's important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any changes to your health routine.

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