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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.

Jamawar Scarves

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As the temperature drops, a scarf, shawl, or wrap is the perfect addition to any winter outfit. They are simple and chic accessories that can be worn for many occasions; when you’re feeling the chill in the office, for an outdoor excursion at the weekend, over your dress at a wedding, or on a night out when you don’t want to squeeze a bulky jumper into your small evening bag. We at BIBICO love a good scarf, and this season we have introduced new collection of scarves called Jamawars.

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A Jamawar is a delicate form of scarf, usually designed with floral motifs, requiring very intricate weaving. They tend to be colourful, with up to fifty colours worked into just one! The base of Jamawar is a fine wool which has a number of benefits, particularly for the winter, like it’s thermodynamic qualities. To find out more, read our recent post on the benefits of wool here. Sometimes, a little cotton would also be added to the base, and the elaborate patterns may be woven in silk or pashmina.

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The Jamawar originated in the Kashmir Valley in India around 100 years ago, where highly skilled artisans continue to craft them by hand. One Jamawar would be worked on for months to years, with no more than an inch being added per day to a 48-inch width of material. This made them rare and highly valued pieces, popular amongst royalty. Today, this careful and calculated weaving continues, allowing these beautifully detailed, individual items to become symbols of timeless and treasured fashion. However, increasing demand has comprised the industry, and some have resorted to using cheap materials and machine-manufacturing. Few companies are dedicated to ensuring that the traditional and pure form of this art remains, and BIBICO is proud to be one of them.

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So if you’re wondering what winter accessories to add to your wardrobe, or shopping for a great gift for someone special, consider a Jamawar.

Click here to shop our collection of 100% wool Jamawars.