My husband is one of those people who take a cold shower even when it is -19 F outside. Accidently, I read my favourite blogger’s article and started practising the same. It was altogether a good experience. It is another thing if I am ill but in good health I do not shy away from cold water. Let us see why it is so important.
A blast of cold water is a temporary natural stressor for our body. When our body is under stress it forgets sleep which makes us feel fresh. When we want to sleep our core body temperature drops down. Hence, taking a cold shower at night will slowly help your core temperature go down and you will have a relaxed sleep. A hot shower may relax your muscles but may increase your core temperature.
Quite opposite to long hot showers which strip the natural oil, cold shower helps pores to be shrivelled up and lock in moisture. The texture of hair is improved by the use cold water.
Cold shower increases blood flow. This enhances lymph flow too. Lymph is a fluid that carries germ-fighting white blood cells. This improves our immunity.
Our body consists of brown fat and white fat. White fat is stored due to over eating but brown fat is stored to produce warmth in our body. Once fat starts burning white fat is also used up. To keep yourself warm in winters try cold shower in winters. It helps.
According to 1994 study cold shower or a swim in cold sea water decreases uric acid levels and activates production of antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione helps other antioxidants to work, keeping oxidative stress at bay.
A study in 2008 found that depression can be controlled by cold water therapy. Cold water enables our brain to send small electric shocks which act as antidepressants.
Muscles get sore due to lactic acid deposited in some areas. A cold shower will help circulate the lactic acid relieving the muscles. If you are an athlete cold shower or bath is best for healing your muscles.
Start with mixing water (hot plus cold) slowly increasing amount of cold water. You will feel the difference.
Try it. This is my best step I have taken in my life. Just take care if you are ill or pregnant. Share your thoughts below.