Everything you wanted to know about ................... Cold showers
Top 10 benefits
1. Boosts Immunity
Preventative tonic for colds, flu, and infections. Has been shown to increase levels of two types of white blood cells: monocytes and lymphocytes. It is believed that the increased metabolic rate (as a result of the body’s attempt to warm up) activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.
2. Improved Blood Circulation
Alternating between hot and cold water while showering is an easy way to improve circulation.
Cold water constricts or tightens blood vessels and means that blood flows at a higher pressure.
Hot water has the opposite effect.
When your body is exposed to cold it redirects blood to your vital organs to keep them warm.
Good circulation prevents problems like hypertension, hardening of the arteries, and the appearance of varicose veins. Helps you to look and feel good
3. Regulates Temperature
Leads to thermogenesis (internal generation of body heat), which activates the body’s adaptive repair systems.
Great If you suffer from cold hands and feet, or sweat an abnormal amount
4. Promotes Weight Loss / Increases Metabolism
Cold water stimulates the production of brown fat
Brown fat cells burn glucose and produce heat. The more brown fat you have the more energy is burned which leads to weight loss. In other words your metabolism increases and your body becomes more efficient
5. Alleviates Depression
Research has shown that cold water stimulates the brains blue spot, the main source of noradrenaline for our bodies. Noradrenaline is a neurotransmitter and hormone that might be used to help alleviate depression.
6. Improves Lymphatic Movement
The lymphatic system works to manage body waste and fight disease. It relies on muscle contraction to work efficiently. Cold showers cause whole body contractions and therefore benefit the system
The initial shock to the body of a cold shower makes you inhale deeply. This is an auto response and the bodies initial attempt to keep warm. Deeper breathing increases O2 intake so you feel less tired and perform exercise more efficiently.
8. Healthy Hair and Skin
Hot water dries out skin and hair. Cold water can makes hair look shinier and skin look healthier by tightening cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged, therefore reducing blemishes like zits.
Cold water has a detox effect on the skin and makes it appear clean and fresh. With hair follicles it closes the cuticle making the hair stronger and prevents dirt accumulating within our scalp. Stronger hair slows down overall hair loss.
9. Increases Energy and Wellbeing
Leaves you invigorated and full of energy by increasing blood flow. Reputed to be a great stress reliever.
10. Increases Hormone Production
Increase hormone production and activity by giving the body’s glands a boost. Can help to regulate the endocrine system (including the adrenals and thyroid).
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