Health Benefits Of Taking Cold Showers

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Health Benefits Of Taking Cold Showers

Showering under hot water is a complete luxury and not at all necessary for good health. You probably see cold showers as awful things that you’ve never put yourself through of your own free will; rather, they’re forced on you by the situation you can’t control. If in case a person makes your shower go from hot to cold, they are doing a solid favour for your health.  Below mentioned are the surprising benefits of taking cold showers.

Health Benefits Of Taking Cold Showers

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Improves Immune System

There are numerous studies that prove that cold exposure improves your immunity. Cold water immersion has been shown to increase metabolic rates due to shivering and activating the immune system. Those that participated in 6 weeks of immersions showed an increase in the plasma concentrations as well as T helper cells and lymphocytes. People who take regular cold showers have been shown to have less chance of getting things like:

  • Cancer

  • Colds

  • Flu’s

Stimulates Weight Loss

Cold showers can help weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body contains two types of fat tissue, WHITE FAT AND BROWN FAT. White fat is accumulated when we consume more calories than our body needs to function, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat piles up at our waist, arms, neck, and thighs, and is the one we all struggle to eliminate. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold. Thus, cold showers can promote brown fat activity. Isn’t it amazing to take cold showers and burn extra fat?

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Improves Circulation

Since cold exposure causes your blood flow to be redirected to your vital organs, it forces your body to circulate your blood more efficiently & effectively.

Regulates Temperature

Regular cold showers help limit heat loss, decrease core body temperature and regulate overall body temperature.

Relieves Depression

Cold showers have been shown to help relieve depression symptoms. Due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect and can easily boost up the mood making it a pick me up.

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Keeps Skin & Hair Healthy

Cold water helps “close” pores. This keeps your skin looking smooth and healthy naturally without drying your skin as hot water showers can sometimes do. The cold water will help keep your hair look shiny and can “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in keeping your skin , rather than making it itchy, and dried out.

Increases Energy

Besides the fact, that there’s nothing quite like ice cold water to wake you up, cold showers can also increase energy. The nerve endings on your skin will stand up due to the ice world you just entered, your heart will speed up and you will breathe more rapidly as your body starts to adjust with the change. That’s a response that the best cup of tea in the world can’t match.

Aids Better Sleep

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Remember the sleeping babies from earlier? Well, they’re not the only ones sleeping better at night that is because of the cold. Insomniacs are recommended to take cold showers to help aid sleep. It might be because the feeling you get after the initial shock of the shower, which helps your body to calm down & relax after the exhilarating feeling of being extra alive under the water. Like tea?

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Tolerance to stress

In general, exposure to the cold gives your body a higher tolerance to stress. Over time, this leads to the strengthening of your body and immune system (as we discussed about it earlier).

Cold showers have also been used to

Reduce

  • chronic pain

  • body aches

Improve

  • hair health and

  • kidney function,

regulate the nervous system,

deepen your breathing,

help fight fatigue, and

improve sleep quality.

Whew!

Will you be trying cold showers now?

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