Having a cold shower in the morning and feeling cold water pour over our body doesn’t seem very appealing at all. However, having the shock of the cold water helps our bodies to keep warm, because it increases our overall oxygen intake. It increases your heart rate which releases a rush of blood through our body. This gives us a natural dose of energy for the day.
Hair and Skin
One of the most natural ways to maintain good hair and skin appearance is with a cold shower. Hot water tends to dry out our skin, so cold water is used to tighten your cuticles and pores, which helps prevent them from getting blocked. Cold water can also seal skin and scalp pores, this prevents any dirt from entering them.
Cold showers can also stimulate weight loss in an unexpected way, there are two types of fat in the human body, white fat and brown fat. White fat accumulates when we consume more calories than our body needs to function and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat then stores at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs. Brown fat is the ‘good fat,’ this fat generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold. This means that cold showers can promote brown fat activity.
Cold water helps to improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which then helps combat some problems of the skin and heart. As the cold water touches the body, it’s ability to get blood circulating leads to the arteries being more efficient when pumping blood. Dr. Joseph Mercola, a natural health expert, believes that taking cold showers boost our overall heart health. Cold showers can also lower blood pressure, improve our immune system and clear blocked arteries.
Muscles and Recovery
All athletes have been seen taking ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness, but a quick cold shower after exercising can be just as effective, especially in relieving muscle soreness. A 2009 study, found that 24-minute cold water baths were effective in relieving sore muscles one to four days after exercises with a water temperature of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
Stress and Depression
Along with increasing your adaptation to stressful situations, cold showers will also lower levels of uric acid, and boost levels of Glutathione in your blood, this makes you generally less stressful.
Another one of the most noted benefits of taking cold showers is that they offer relief for symptoms of depression. Cold showers stimulate “the blue spot,” which is the brains primary source of noradrenaline which is a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression. Also, while cold showers wake you up in the morning, cold therapy is one of the best ways to get an incredible nights sleep.