Let’s be real here, we have all taken a cold shower at least once in our lives. Weather you just wanted to cool of your body after being exposed to the crazy summer hots or you just didn’t have another option after being the last to take a shower and there is just not enough hot water for you after everyone else is done or whatever the case, you know what I’m talking about.
The cold shower might not be the most pleasant option, but it sure has its benefits, and this article will tell you exactly which ones.
Improves your Immunity and circulation
Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which can then help combat some problems of the skin and heart. As cold water hits the body, its ability to get blood circulating leads the arteries to more efficiently pump blood, therefore boosting our overall heart health, according to Dr. Joseph Hall, a natural health expert. It can also lower blood pressure, clear blocked arteries, and improve our immune system.
When we bathe with cold water we can experience that after leaving the shower we feel rejuvenated, fresh and with a greater energy than we felt before showering. Suddenly, we felt as if the fatigue had gone down the drain.
It makes your skin and hair fresher and shinier
Unlike cold water, hot water washes or removes the grease naturally found on the surface of our skin. In this way, the hot shower tends to dry our skin, which is evidenced in the lack of brightness and even scaly appearance. Bathe with cold water keeps your skin fresh and with its natural shine.
Speeds up muscle recovery
We have all seen athletes taking ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness, but a quick cold shower after breaking a sweat at the gym can be just as effective, especially in relieving delayed-onset muscle soreness. A 2009 study analyzing 17 trials involved over 360 people who either rested or immersed themselves in cold water after resistance training, cycling, or running. It found that 24-minute cold water baths were effective in relieving sore muscles one to four days after exercises with a water temperature of 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit, or 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. However, some studies involved colder temperatures.
It is known that high temperatures affect the amount of sperm, as well as its quality in men. Avoiding exposure to hot baths or showers can prevent the decrease in sperm production.
The people who have heart conditions should consult a physician before taking cold showers or make a regime of this kind. The increase in the circulation of internal organs could cause some alterations or affect the circulatory system if the person is experiencing problems or it’s sick. This precaution should also be taken into account by people with fever and pregnant women.
Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote hardening, increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease. A 1994 study found a drastic decrease in uric acid levels during and following exposure to a cold stimulus. There was also an increase in gluthathione, an antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at their optimal levels. The participants, who were 10 healthy people who swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter, adapted to repeated oxidative stress.
Finally, cold showers help to produce a feeling of well-being, combating depression or feelings related to depressive states. This is because cold water helps in the production of noradrenaline in the brain, a stimulating substance.
So now you know. How about letting the cold water run down your back?