Cold shower anyone? Did you know that getting the temperature down to a freezing cold can provide healthy and surprising benefits to your body and skin as well?
Let’s find out the surprising benefits of a cold shower:
1. Stress Relief
Cold shower can help promote tolerance to stress and even diseases. Studies have shown a decrease in uric acid level during and after exposure to a cold stimulus. An increase in gluthathione, help keeps all other antioxidants to perform at their optimal level.
2. Healthy Hair and Skin
Cold water helps tighten your pores and cuticles, thus preventing them from getting clogged. A more attractive and shinier hair is another benefit of a cold shower. This is because cold water close your cuticle, preventing the accumulation of dirt in your scalp.
3. Increases Alertness
A cold shower may seem horrifying than soothing, but the deep breathing in response to your body’s shock will help keep you warm, resulting to an increase in overall oxygen intake. Your heart rate will also increase because of the rush of blood in your body. This will result to a natural dose of energy for the day.
4. Improves Circulation and Immunity
A cold shower can help speed up your metabolic rate, resulting to an increase in your immune system defense because of the virus fighting white blood cells released, thus reducing the times you get sick frequently.
Also it increases your overall blood circulation, helping you avoid hypertension and hardening of arteries.
5. Helps in Weight Loss
Your body contains two types of fat, white fat and brown fat. White fat is accumulated upon consumption of more calories, than your body needs to function. Brown fat on the other hand is the good fat, which generates heat to keep your bodies warm and is activated when exposed to extreme cold.
6. Boost Recovery After Exercise
Athletes are known to take ice baths after a rigid training, to reduce soreness. You can have the same benefit by taking a quick cold shower after your exercise routine.