The Secret Powers of Cold Showers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

woman-taking-cold-showerHave you ever taken an ice cold shower? Over the years I have always found when I am feeling tired and a bit low, starting off the day with firstly hot shower and then switching it to cold water always gives me a lift and certainly wakes me up! The shock alone gives me energy and I always find my hair really shiny and silky afterwards. I naturally felt that it was good for me I didn’t know why but I just kept doing it because it felt good and gave me relief. I love the energy burst I get when my heart starts pumping, and the rush of blood through my body helps shake off the tiredness.  The more research I did I discovered, I was right and it actually makes sense.

Cold Showers Will Change Your Life

Fight off depression:

It is believed that short cold showers may stimulate our brains and from my experience it works for me. The brain releases noradrenaline which is a chemical that fights stress and depression.

Healthier skin and hair:

Cold water closes your pores, therefore it can make your skin and hair look and feel healthier. I always find that hot water dries my skin out and causes itching.

Strengthen your immune system:

Research shows that cold showers strengthen the immune. The body’s natural reaction is to warm itself up and therefore activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells which fights off virus.

Improve your circulation:

Rotating between hot and cold showers will improve your circulation. Cold water causes your blood to move to your organs to keep them warm. Warm water has the opposite effect and causes the blood to move towards the surface of the skin.

Men’s Health:

Cold showers increase levels of testosterone, energy and increases libido. Cold showers will also aid fertility in men. Sperm counts decrease when the temperature of a man’s testes increases hence why their testes hang outside the body in a cooler environment.

Revitalise and Energise:

Gives me an energy boost and sets me up for the day. I am more alert and ready to take on the world.

Medical:

Some athletes have cold baths to help with any injuries or aches and pains.

Ensure you ease yourself into it. I don’t want to turn you off the idea right away, believe me the first cold shower will shock your system. Start off with a warm shower and gradually reduce it down to cold. Cover every part of your body in the water and rinse your hair and face. Next time, try showering for longer you will thank me for my advice.

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