The cold shower therapy has recently become more popular within the past few years, thanks to inspirational people from the Internet including Joel Runyon of Impossible HQ. The feat of shockingly icy water running behind one’s back, whether someone flushed the toilet at your living space or simply a prank is seen as nothing more as a dreadful punishment. Cold showers are deemed a feat for the brave, powerful and insane. However, taking cold showers have astronomical benefits for your overall health, especially if you are starting a new business, an aspiring fitness enthusiast, or someone who simply needs a push. Try to take at least five minutes cold showers a day and you will thank yourself! Here are seven benefits in taking cold showers.
- Increases immunity and circulation-
Despite chilly fall and winter seasons, taking cold baths can actually increase your overall immune system by releasing more virus-attacking white blood cells. “Those who take cold showers typically exhibit higher white blood cell counts as well as higher concentrations of plasma, T helper cells, and lymphocytes” In addition, cold showers also increases overall blood circulation, which helps aid in avoiding hypertension and the hardening of arteries. Cold water exposure causes blood flow to be redirected to vital organs which forces the circulation of more efficient blood flow.
- Energy Boost-
Who says a cup of coffee and caffeine are the only energy boosters in the mornings? Cold showers will leave you energized and invigorated as your heart gets pumping and a rush of blood flows through the body, shaking off the lethargic energy of the night before. An example of cold water rejuvenation occurred in traditional Japan as: “ancient samurai warriors used to pour buckets of cold river water on their heads every morning in a Shinto practice called Misogi. This was a purification ritual on a spiritual level. They believe that it cleansed their spirit and helped start a fresh new day.”
- Aids in Weight Loss-
There are two types of fats in our bodies; white fat and brown fat. White fat is the fat we struggle to get rid of. Brown fat is heavily involved in burning energy and when exposed to the cold, it stimulates brown fat production. Brown fat cells burns the glucose in order to produce as much heat energy as possible and having a higher amount of brown fat leads to more energy being burned per second which leads to more weight loss. “As a result of the increased brown fat levels, and the increased blood pressure and body temperature, chemical reactions in the body will happen faster than they would have without regular cold showers.” It is also reported that on average that a human body can shed up to nine pounds a year due to cold showers alone. (Source: http://www.guidinginstincts.com/2012/04/10-health-benefits-of-cold-showers.html)
- Relieves Depression and gives you attractive nails, hair and skin-
Cold showers stimulate the noradrenaline secretion in the brain, which is associated with lowering blood pressure and depression. On another note, it is well known that hot showers dry out both hair and skin. Switching to cold water can give you shiner hair and healthier skin by tightening pores, preventing them from getting clogged and reduces both acne and blemishes. Lastly, “cold water also contributes to detoxification which results in the squeezing of toxins and waste products out of the skin. This detoxification has a good effect on the skin which appears more clean and young. .. Stronger hair, of course, prevents hair from easily falling out and it helps in slowing down overall hair loss.