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Take a Cold Shower & Improve Your Health this Summer

written by Guest Blogger July 6, 2011

The dog days of summer are here! It’s been scorching up here in Toronto, Canada, and for the long weekend I thankfully made it to several lakes to keep cool. Now that it’s back to work, this guest post by Pamelia Brown is very timely as it’s a great suggestion for keeping cool this time of year.

It’s the summer and what better way to beat the heat this season than by replacing your scolding hot showers with a cold one? But lowering your water temperature can do far more than just cut utility costs and cool you down—there are an enormous amount of other benefits that can help you improve your overall health.

 

Helps With Blood Circulation

If your blood does not properly circulate throughout your veins and arteries, your tissues and organs will not be able to absorb the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients. As an end result, you can get high blood pressure, ugly varicose veins in your legs, puffy bags under the eyes and heart disease—one of the leading causes for death among Americans. While there several different ways to improve circulation throughout your body such as via exercising, experts say that hydrotherapy (switching from warm water to cold water midway through your shower) can actually do the trick as well. This is because warm water makes the blood come to the surface, while cold water makes the blood shift to your tissue and organs. Cold water can also help with inflammation.

Flushes out Toxins

Cold water can also help you fight against contracting certain illnesses and viruses in more ways than one. The first is the fact that cold water encourages your muscles to contract—this alone (with the added addition of improved circulation) helps flush out unwanted toxins that make you sick. But according to some experts, cold showers can also help your body build virus-fighting white blood cells. This is because cold water forces your body to go into “shock”—this in turn causes your immune system to work in over drive as it attempts to warm back up.

Fights Mental Disorders

Some experts also say that not only can cold showers help boost your body’s defenses and help with circulation, but it can also help prevent depression. This is because according to research, cold water helps stimulate natural endorphins (chemical that make you happy) and helps activate a part of the brain that produces norepinephrine (sometimes referred to as noradrenaline) – an ingredient found in most anti-depression medication.

Gives Skin and Hair a Healthy Glow/Shine

Cold water can even help you improve acne prone skin and make your hair glossy. The reason is simple—cold water closes your pores and seals hair cuticles so that dirt and dull-causing agents cannot seep into your skin or hair. Do note that you should in fact use warm water to open your pores to first remove dirt and oil, but then splash cold water on your face and hair to seal your pores and cuticles back up.

Boosts Energy

As you may have guessed, cold showers can also help you shake off any lethargy and is the perfect solution if you are ever dragging your feet in the morning. This is because the same cold shock that helps your body wash away toxins also sets your nervous central system to ignite and make your heart race—this feeling will perk you up in a moment’s notice and unlike when drinking a cup of coffee, the feeling is not short lived.

About the Author

This guest contribution was submitted by Pamelia Brown, who specializes in writing about associates degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: pamelia.brown @ gmail.com.

Did you know cold showers had so many health benefits? The only question I have is how cold is cold? Doesn’t shocking your body too much cause damage and why some health nuts suggest to drink water at room temperature?

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7 comments

Patty July 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I think I’ll take a cold shower right now! Thanks

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Head Health Nutter July 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Nice, Patty! You’re most welcome. 🙂

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Mark January 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I have been taking cold showers for about a month now, and i feel great. My skin is definetly looking better and more hydrated. But the thing is, i feel like i have mucous in my nose at all times, like at the beggining stages of a cold. Not too bothersome, but im just wondering if that’s bad.

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Head Health Nutter January 20, 2012 at 2:31 am

HI Mark, thanks for leaving a comment and for sharing your current issue. Perhaps a neti pot might improve your congestion?

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Mike Sanchez January 31, 2012 at 2:59 am

Well im going to try cold showers for about a month and see what it does to my acne how long should i take cold showers.

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Julie March 3, 2012 at 6:25 am

I have been doing it for four years now after previously suffering through getting some sort of virus nearly every month. I have had zero colds or flus since then although I sometimes get a tickle of a sore throat but that’s usually gone within a couple of hours.

I also found that my blood circulation improved radically and I no longer need to dress in warm clothes for winter. I can literally wear sandals and short sleeves down to 10-12 degrees celcius now. My entire life before this was all about painfully icy and blue and white fingers and toes.

Mostly I just finish cold after a warm shower and take cold showers after gym, but I’m increasingly wanting colder water. Summer (in Australia) is not optimal since the water is luke warm at times and after four years I want it icy! Roll on winter!

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