Who does not love taking a shower after a long day? The warmer, the better! However, having a cold shower has more benefits for your health than you can ever imagine. Read and find out its benefits!
Although it does not seem to be as comfortable as a hot shower, when it comes to health benefits, cold showers are a better option.
Some advice to start:
Of course, it will not be easy at the very beginning, but you can ease it into a habit if you start slowly.
- Start lowering the temperature at the end of your usual showers
- Then try to stay underneath the cold water for 2 or 3 minutes, breathing deeply.
- Do this 7 or 10 times, making the water slightly colder each time and you will see how you get used to.
Why taking a cold shower?
It is said that cold showers have several health benefits:
1) Promote fat loss:
A study has shown that cold water activates the brown adipose tissue which helps burn calories to generate heat.
2) Alleviate depression:
Endorphin is the chemical involved in the process of happiness. A study has shown that bathing in cold water can boost mood and has an antidepressant effect. This happens since cold showers send a great number of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain that increases endorphin levels. This effect leads to feelings of well-being and optimism.
3) Strengthen the immune system:
A study found that people who take cold showers are 29% less likely to be sick. Cold showers trigger an increase in your metabolic rate, which results in an increase in white blood cell production.
This happens due to the fact that when water is colder than our natural body temperature that causes the body to work harder so as to maintain its temperature. Moreover, people with poor circulation or high blood pressure may benefit from a cold shower