Are there health benefits to taking a cold shower?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers your health and COVID-19 vaccine questions.
2:41 | 05/11/21

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Dr. Jen Ashton here with medical questions you have been asking us online. First question, Dr. Jen, is it safe for a person who has kidney disease to get the covid-19 vaccine? Excellent question. There is no negative interaction between someone with chronic kidney disease and the vaccines. In fact, someone with chronic kidney disease is at higher risk for severe complications of covid-19. So they are going to be in touch with their nephrologist, their internist, their primary care physician, about all the specifics but absolutely they should be vaccinated in general. Question two here, since the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not an mrna vaccine, is it a live virus? Let's go back to some vaccine terminology 101. First of all, mrna vaccine, that technology does not go anywhere near your DNA. It does not go into the nucleus of the cells if you remember high school biology. It doesn't change your genetic code. It is just a USB port for telling our body how to make antibodies against sars-cov-2. The j&j vaccine is a different type of technology. The old school adenoviral tech technology. It's not a live virus. Sneaks a little sars-cov-2. Into the body. No live virus at play here. Good to show. Very absolute there. Question, the new trend is taking very cold showers. Are there actual health benefits? It is so funny T.J. Sent in this question. Is this a trend? It's a trend really? T.J. Not in my house. Not in my house either. But plunge pools. Cold therapy is very popular. It can make people feel great through but there's no peer reviewed scientific or medical data that says it does anything amazing for you. If you can tolerate, which I am way too wimppy to tolerate it. Go ahead with common sense. Don't do it too long. If it hurts don't do it. Sure. We're talking about going to a special place. Not just going home and taking a cold shower. Even ice cold showers, plunge pools. Polar plunge on new year's, two years in a row. How long were you in the water? About ten seconds there. You go. Just to say I did. Let's all do that next new year's. I got a cold pool. Need to cut the ice literally with a chainsaw. Wow. All right we have to go. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her

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