Cold showers have been a curiosity of mine since years ago when I watched a television interview with the world’s oldest living man. When asked for his tips, the man replied that he took cold showers every single day for as long as he could remember. Until that moment, a cold shower sounded like a form of torture to me, but ever since I wondered if there really was something to it.
Now and again I’ve tried to make taking cold showers a daily occurrence. It certainly makes sense in the summertime, but is not easy to make a habit when it’s freezing outside. However, taking cold showers can have a tremendous upside to one’s health, and wallet. Benefits that that may just be worth taking them all year round.
8 Benefits of Taking Cold Showers
You can save energy.
Taking colder showers means that you don’t need to keep your water heater set as high, which can lead to increased energy savings.
But you can increase your own energy levels.
One study done on competitive swimmers found that taking cold showers for a few months made them more energetic, active, and brisk than before.
Your fat will change colors.
Nope, this isn’t some kind of bizarre party trick. Studies show that both shivering and moderate exercise are equally capable of converting energy-storing “white fat” into energy-burning “brown fat.” Basically, by taking cold showers, you’ll turn white fat into brown fat. Adults with more brown fat are typically slimmer than those without because of its energy-burning nature.
Though cold temperatures do stimulate brown fat, this does not mean that you can skip the gym and take a cold shower instead. Take the cold shower afterwards and you may end up increasing the impact of your workout.
You can reduce inflammation and muscle fatigue.
You know how when you get an injury, someone always slaps an ice pack on it? Well, the thinking is pretty much the same for a cold shower. We know that professional athletes commonly take ice baths after practices, games and competitions to reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles. The cold water basically makes the blood flow more efficiently, which not only limits swelling but also helps to eliminate toxins from the body that can cause inflammation.
It makes even more sense when you consider that people who suffer from rheumatism and fibromyalgia can have significantly relieved pain from winter swimming. Though showering in cold water is so much more efficient!
You may get sick less often.
Cold showers can improve blood flow, increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. They can also reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which takes a toll on the body. Cold showers have also shown to reduce the presence of free radicals, which can result in fewer illnesses.
Studies of people with pulmonary disorders also show that cold water stimulation can reduce the frequency of infections, increase white blood cell counts, and improved quality of life.
Your skin may clear up.
Cortisol is the major stress hormone in our bodies, and increases in cortisol can cause acne. However, cortisol tends to decrease with cold water use. Additionally, exposure to cold water increases vascular blood flow, reduces free radicals, and raises antioxidants levels, all of which can result in a better complexion.
Your mood may improve.
A cold shower may not seem like the epitome of a good time, but it can actually have mood-lifting effect. The exposure to cold can activate the sympathetic nervous system, increasing endorphin and noradrenaline levels. It may also send electrical impulses through the emotional pathways in the brain, which can generate an anti-depressive effect.
You’ll help the planet.
Chances are that when you are taking a cold shower, you are going to get clean and get out of there faster than if the water were set at a more comfortable temperature. For every minute you cut out of your shower, you can save about 2.5 gallons of water.
How cold is your shower?
Disclosure: For more energy-saving tips and tricks, go to http://www.constellation.com/energy-101/energy-savings-tips/home-energy-savings-tips.html. Thank you to Constellation Energy for sponsoring this post.
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