Sep 30, 2021
Why I Recommend Cold Showers
To be honest, I didn't believe the hype around cold showers until I tried them for myself. Now, I find it easier to concentrate and I'm more motivated. Taking a cold shower provides more health benefits than you may think!
1. Better Circulation
The second cold water touches your skin, it shifts blood circulation into overdrive. This is what people talk about when they say a cold shower gets your "blood pumping.” The better your circulation, the more oxygen and nutrients for your heart, brain, and other organs. It also helps flush toxins from the body.
2. Alertness and Mental Focus
Do you feel sluggish when you get out of bed or struggle to get anything done for the first hour at work? The answer isn’t a bigger cup of coffee. Take a cold shower instead. The cold water wakes you up instantly and keeps you alert all morning!
3. Post-Workout Recovery
Many people notice that a quick cold shower after exercising reduces muscle soreness. You probably want to get rid of that sweaty feeling anyway, so you may as well kill two birds with one stone. Plus, your body cools off faster, so it’s actually three birds with one stone.
4. Pain and Inflammation Relief
Have you ever noticed that doctors recommend putting heat and ice on injuries? This is because both hot and cold temperatures soothe your body, but in different ways.
Heat helps your muscles relax. This is great when you have a tight neck, tension headache or stiff joints. On the other hand, ice packs reduce inflammation and calm pain. Taking a cold shower has a similar effect on sore muscles, back pain and swollen joints.
5. Glowing Skin and Hair
Plenty of people swear by cold showers to keep skin and hair shiny. Wellness experts say that cool water closes your pores, lowering redness. Your follicles may get more nutrients this way. Also, cold water doesn’t dry out your skin or hair like hot water does.
6. Metabolic Boost and Fat Burning
A cold shower jumpstarts your metabolism in the morning. If you combine that with some delicious protein for breakfast, you can start burning calories as soon as you get up. Even better, when your body feels cold, it often turns to fat as a heat source. Both of these effects can make reaching your weight-loss goals much easier.
7. Stronger Immune System
Contrary to what you may think, taking a cold shower when you’re sick makes your immune system stronger. The shock of cold water activates white blood cells, your immune defenders. I’m not saying an ice-cold shower will cure you, but it will help you fight off infections.
8. Happier Mood
Last but definitely not least are the emotional benefits of cold water. When you take a cold shower, it gives you a feeling of wellbeing. This is because the cold triggers your brain to release endorphins, natural feel-good hormones that reduce stress levels. Taking cold showers may be good for people who have depression.
The Cold Shower Challenge
I'm not saying every shower has be cold. There's nothing wrong with taking a hot shower when you want to relax, such as after a long day at work. If you want to feel alert, reduce inflammation or chase the blues away, however, give cold showers a chance. You may ... um, warm up to them.