Why You Should Be Taking Cold Showers (Even If You Hate Them)
Taking a cold shower may be the last thing on your mind as the weather gets worse, but you may want to keep the option open. There are a surprising number of health benefits that come with taking a cold shower that might just be the push you need to turn down the hot water and jack up the cold.
It Wakes You Up
When the cold water hits your body your breathing speeds up and pumps more oxygen into your brain while you’re showering. It’s a great method to help wake you up and get you ready to take on a Monday, or reinvigorate your body after a long week at work so you can head out for a night on the town!
Makes Your Hair Shinier
The cold water hitting your head closes your hair cuticles, allowing your hair to retain a lot more moisture than it would if you were showering with warm water. If you can’t bear the thought of putting your entire body under a cold faucet, you can always rinse your hair with cold water at the very end of your shower.
Helps Clear Your Skin
Warm water feels really great while you’re in the shower, but it actually strips your skin of moisturizing agents and can make skin conditions like acne or eczema even worse. Cold water doesn’t take the moisture from your skin, and it won’t irritate most common skin conditions.
It Burns Calories
When you’re cold, your body naturally wants to warm you up. The best way for your body to do that is to burn calories and speed up your metabolism. If you aren’t in the mood to go for a run, a cold shower is better than nothing, right?
Helps Your Muscles
It’s not surprising to see pro athletes soaking themselves in baths of ice after a really intense competition or game because the cold helps to alleviate the little tears in your muscles so that you have less pain the next day. A cold shower can do the same for you after you’re finished working out.
It Can Put You in A Better Mood
Cold water can help to rejuvenate your system, and there have been studies that show that taking a cold shower can actually help to improve brain function. Other studies have shown that cold showers can help to balance your serotonin levels, which is a key player in helping to balance your mood and mitigating the feelings of depression. Run that cold water and see how you feel!
Helps Prevent Sickness
Cold showers activate your immune system and increase blood circulation in your body, which is a great way to help fight off the common cold virus or the flu. It won’t cure the common cold, but it can help your body stay fighting fit, happy, and clean!