Cold showers may not be the most enjoyable thing in the world but nonetheless, they do come with a wide variety of benefits. Here are 10 key benefits of taking cold showers.
Taking a cold shower, especially in the morning seems far from ideal, however, the cold water pouring down your body does give the body a necessary wake up call. You breathe deeper thus increasing your heart rate which also increases the release of blood throughout your entire body.
Regular cold showers have been proven to trigger an increase in your metabolic rate and increase the number of white blood cells in the body, which help fight diseases.
As Jessica Krant, a certified dermatologist told the Huffington Post, "cold showers reduce the risk of losing too many natural oils in our skin and hair." Conversely, hot showers can dry out your skin making you itchy and flakey.
There are two different types of fat tissue in the human body; brown fat and white fat. White fat is the "bad" no good fat. This is accumulated when we consume too many calories that we don't need and won't use for energy and thus don't burn off the calories. Brown fat is the "good fat. This type of fat generates heat to keep our bodies warm and is activated when we are exposed to extreme cold.
According to Medical Daily, a 2009 study found that exposure to extreme (cold) temperatures activated brown fat in 23 of the 24 participants by an average increase of 15-fold.
Cold showers, as well as ice-baths, have been shown to improve circulation and help remove lactic acid which can speed up recovery time and help with delayed muscle soreness.
Cold showers and cold baths have been shown to boost sperm count and increase fertility, while hot baths have actually been shown to have the opposite effect. One experiment, in particular, found that men who took a half-hour hot bath every other day for three weeks became infertile for six months.
Cold showers can lower uric acid and boost glutathione in the blood, which is an antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at peak capacity. This, in turn, can help reduce stress.
Cold showers produce an antidepressive effect which can boost mood and give you a jolt of energy. It does this by stimulating the locus coeruleus (blue spot) that releases noradrenaline, a chemical that plays an important role in alleviating depression.
Cold showers, in their own right, are a form of oxidative stress. Making it a practice to take cold showers on a regular basis can help you develop a nervous system that is both resilient and prepared for stress.
Cold showers can improve sleep but also wake you up, weird, right? According to a book called The Four Hour Body taking a cold shower right before bed gives you an elephant tranquilizer-like effect and will put you right out. There you have it, 10 key benefits that come with taking a cold shower. Are you brave enough to receive the benefits?
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