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5 Health Benefits of Wild Swimming

                                                 

The idea of throwing yourself into cold water and paddling about may seem quite ludicrous but in fact it turns out that the pain of wild swimming maybe worth the gain.

Here are 5 reasons why wild swimming can benefit your health as well as being a great way to cool down and get in touch with nature.

1. Improves your Circulation

When your body heats up your blood is brought to the surface and being cold sends it to your organs. Both extremes get your blood pumping. That’s why the whole sit in the sauna, roll in the snow, sit in the sauna thing makes people glow.

This increase in blood being pumped around your body helps flush your circulation, it will exfoliate your skin and flush impurities from it, thus helping your complexion (firm-bodied women of all ages around pool sides say it stops cellulite). Evidence also demonstrates that your body adapts to the cold with repeated exposure and this may improve your circulation.

2. Lose weight

Swimming is great exercise no matter where you do it but you will get some extra benefits doing it in the North Sea that you just won’t get from a warm wade in the Med.

Swimming in cold water will make your body work twice as hard to keep you warm and burn more calories in the process.

3. Benefits to your immune system

While diving into freezing water feels like you are closer to having a heart attack than having fun it turns out that this feeling of shock can actually boost your immune system.

Research has shown that when people regularly swim in cold water their white blood cell count increases significantly and the immune system is invigorated.

4. Get a Natural high

Winter swimmers talk a lot about the ‘high’ they get from cold water. The cause? Endorphins.

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and, in the case of a cold dip, it uses them to take the sting away from your skin. So, to get high on your own supply, all you need to do is jump in a river.

5. Improves your sex life

Last but definitely not least, research has found that when people have been subjected to cold water on a frequent basis there is an increased production of testosterone and oestrogen in men and women respectively.

Health Benefits Of Indoor Plants

health benefits of indoor plants

Indoor plants don’t just make great decoration, they also have many benefits to your health. The majority of people spend most of their time inside either at work or at home. Indoor plants can help to reduce the amount of indoor polluted air, contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that occur in an enclosed environment. VOCs can cause headaches, nausea and sore or itchy eyes, impacting your health, mood and productivity. Plants absorb the pollutants and emit oxygen, refreshing the air we breathe. The NASA Clean Air study (1989) found that plants remove up to 87% of VOCs every 24 hours .

Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway found that the presence of indoor plants decreased the incidence of dry skin, colds and sore throats. Indoor plants have also been found to improve concentration and productivity levels (Nieuwenhuis et al., 2014; Raanaas et al., 2011) and to reduce stress (Dijkstraa et al., 2008).

So which plants should you choose for a healthy, happy environment?

For the bedroom

best plants for your bedroom

Try Orchids and Succulents as they take in CO2 and release oxygen a night time, refreshing the air as you sleep. Jasmine is also recommended for the bedroom as it has been shown to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.

For the kitchen

bamboo plant for the kitchen

The Bamboo Palm is part of the NASA’s list of the best plants that serve as air air-purifiers, particularly good at cleansing the air of benzene which can be released during use of gas, so perfect for the kitchen.

For the bathroom

snake plant for the bathroom

A Peace Lily plant adds an elegant touch to your bathroom and helps to remove any mould from the air, reducing the likelihood of damp forming. Mother-in-law’s tongue (or snake plant) is another great addition to the bathroom, one of the best for filtering formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. (Image courtesy of Modernica)

For the laundry room

good indoor plants for the laundry

The Gerbera daisy is great for removing trichloroethylene, which may come home with your dry cleaning, and benzene, that comes with inks. But it does need a lot of light- 6 hours a day is recommended.

 For anywhere

benefits of plants in your home

Chinese evergreen is known as one of the easiest houseplants, thriving in low light and humid air, it helps to filter out a variety of pollutants and toxins from the air.
 

Why We Love Organic Cotton

organic cotton clothing

Organic cotton. You probably know of it as a 'better' cotton, a more environmentally friendly cotton. But what does the 'organic' part actually mean?

Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Only 2.5% of the world's farmland is used to grow cotton, yet 10% of all chemical pesticides and 22% of insecticides are sprayed on conventional cotton (OrganicCotton.Org). Heavy pesticides disrupt ecosystems, damaging the soil and contaminating water supplies. These chemicals can be toxic. The World Trade Organisation estimated 20,000 people die every year due to the use of agricultural pesticides in developing countries (WHO). Conventional cotton production also uses huge amounts of water. The drying of the Aral Sea is in part due to diversions of huge amounts of water for cotton farming (Columbia University)!

organic cotton fabric

Organic cotton farming uses natural pesticides instead of synthetic chemicals, that help to keep pests away without causing major environmental impacts (Speezees). These include chili, neem, garlic and soap (FairTrade.Org). Organic cotton farmers also usually grow other crops in between small plots of cotton, like tomatoes and aubergines. The extra foliage helps to create a  natural barrier against pests and provides another source of income. It also helps to reduce the impact of water pollution by up to 98%! Organic cotton farming is also largely rain-fed, saving even more water.

organic cotton production

So if organic cotton farmers use natural pesticides, why do we often pay more? When it comes to fast fashion, someone or something else is usually paying the price. The farmers are often being underpaid and are exposed to harmful chemicals. The environment is also being degraded. So when you buy organic cotton, you are getting a higher quality, mindfully made product. You are supporting more environmentally friendly, safe and sustainability farming processes (Cottonedon.org). We believe it's worth paying more to fight the exploitation of our planet and our people!

organic cotton in India

We at Bibico have therefore continued our 100% organic cotton collection into our Spring line. We've consciously crafted classic items, great for everyday, to help you to style yourself sustainably. This jersey collection is produced by a small, family-run business in southern India that we have worked with for a number of years.

If your interested in finding out more about organic cotton we recommend you watch the True Cost Movie. See the trailer here or watch the the whole movie on netflix.

We hope you love the organic cotton collection just as much as we do! Follow this link to shop: Shop organic cotton clothing

organic cotton clothing by bibico