When it comes to taking a shower, most people rather take hot than a cold showers. In my own experience, a hot shower after a busy day sure feels nice, doesn’t it? And it’s also super relaxing. If you had to choose between a cold or a hot shower, what do you think you would choose? I think you’ll more easily go for the latter. Right? However, regardless of the fact that a hot shower makes you feel relaxed, a cold shower has many more benefits.
In the beginning it doesn’t seems like it, because you’re not accustomed to it, so it can be a little (totally) uncomfortable, but after a week, it gets completely natural, relaxing and you will start to feel all the benefits of it shortly thereafter.
Here Are 6 Benefits Of Cold Showers:
It Wakes You Up
A cold shower in the morning is enough for you to wake up. You body’s response to the temperature shock is to adapt and balance it, so when your environment is hot, like in the Summer, your body sweats to balance the temperature; the same happens when the environment is cold – your body has to warm up so it can balance the temperature.
Taking a cold shower allows your body to increase its temperature, which means that it needs to increase your metabolism by increasing the levels of oxygen in your body. In that moment, when you are taking your shower, you heart rate will increase and this gives you a natural dose of energy for your busy day.
Improves Immunity And Circulation
Exposing your body to cold temperatures makes arteries pump blood, during the shower, more efficiently to all your organs, which can then help combat some skin and heart problems. By increasing your blood pumping action, your body will warm up (your metabolism increases) and it will slow down the blood pressure.
Think of it like a person, when a person is cold, they shrink, but when they’re hot, they do exactly the opposite. The same goes with arteries; when your shower is cold, they will tend to contract and increase blood pressure, but because your body is trying to find a balance, it starts to warm up. In this process, your blood vessels dilate so the blood can reach all of your body, which means that the blood pressure slows down.
Stimulates Weight Loss
There are two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. White fat is the regular fat we all know as the excess energy stored; and the brown fat is a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it, acting more like muscle than fat. Brown fat – found in the neck and upper back area – generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold. So, when you take a cold shower and your body needs to warm up, this is the fat responsible for that heating.
As I said, brown fat acts more like muscle than fat, which means that it will start to burn calories and help you eliminate those fat deposits you have stored.T
Speeds Up Muscle Recovery
Throughout a good workout and physical effort, your body releases lactic acid – which is what makes you feel sore the day after. Too much lactic acid built-up can cause your muscles to function poorly and will often lead to fatigue and, of course, we want to avoid that.
Cold temperatures makes your arteries contract, which helps drain the lactic acid out of your tired muscles. When you get out of the shower, your muscle tissues will get warm again, causing a return of oxygenated blood to help your muscles recover.
Relieves Depression And Stress
Exposing your body to cold water for short periods of time can help promote hardening – increased tolerance to stress and/or disease. Cold stimulus dramatically decreases the uric acid levels (normally associated with gout, high blood pressure, kidney disease and obesity) in your body which can decrease the risk of heart disease, fatty liver, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and more.
Hardening also increases the gluthathione levels, an antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at their optimal levels and relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, which send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain.
Gives You A Perfect Hair And Skin
Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water because it tightens your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can “close” the pores in the skin and scalp, preventing dirt from getting in.
In my experience, cold showers can make the hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier.
If all these benefits were not enough for you to make a choice between a hot and a cold shower, this video will!