Now this is something I started doing almost a month ago and I’m utterly amazed how it affects the body and the mind. I’m talking about the dreaded cold showers of course. The first time I heard about the benefits of cold showers was when a friend of mine sent me a video of Wim Hof talking about his experience with it.
I was really sceptical at first, but when I started researching more and more and saw other people’s experience with cold showers I thought I should give it a try. Almost a month later I haven’t even thought about going back to hot showers and I’m going to share with you why that is.
Here are 8 benefits of taking cold showers that will improve numerous aspects of your life:
This is probably be the last thing you would think a cold shower will help you with, but it is in fact true. By taking cold showers regularly your adaptation to stressful situations will increase drastically. Whats more cold showers have been proven to decrease the levels of uric acid and boost evels of Glutathione in your blood – making you less stressed in general.
If there’s an ideal time to take a cold shower, that would be right after you wake up. Not only is it going to wake you up immediately, but it will increase your overall alertness for the rest of the day. If you’ve already tried taking a cold shower you probably know how hard it is to breathe for the first 2-3 minutes. Well, that is actually a good thing because by breathing heavily your heart rate will increase, resulting in a rush of blood through the whole body which will help you get energized for the day.
Help muscle recovery
We’ve all seen that movie about an athlete that jumps in a bath full of ice at the end of his training and in fact it is common for athletes to do that. Thankfully you don’t need to go that far just to feel the benefits of the cold shower. 2 to 5 minutes would be more than enough to not have sore muscles the next day.
Improve the immune system
If you tend to get sick easier and more often you’re definitely going to like this point. By exposing your body to cold water regularly it starts producing more disease fighting white cells than by showering with hot water. While exposed to cold water our body’s metabolic rate increases drastically which produces more and more white cells.
Improve skin and hair condition
Another great thing is that instead of buying tons of hair and skin products that will eventually not have a great effect on your body you can now use this cheaper way to improve them. While hot showers tend to dry out your skin, cold showers help tighten your cuticles and pores, which prevents them from getting clogged.
Cold showers also help you keep most of the natural oils of your hair and skin. This will make your hair look shiny and and healthy.
Help weight loss
Now, the weight that you’re going to lose by taking cold showers won’t be as significant as the weight you’re going to lose by dieting and exercising, however it’s still better than nothing. There are two types of fat we have in our bodies, white fat, which is the fat everybody is trying to get rid of and brown fat.
White fat is the fat stored in our waist and hips and is produced when we consume more calories than our body can take. Brown fat on the other hand is produced when our body is exposed to extreme cold and helps us keep our body warm. And now for the actual reason you’re reading this point ” How much weight can you actually lose ? “. Well, according to a study in Scandinavia, exposing our body to extremely cold temperatures can increase the production of brown fat 15 fold, which can result in losing up to 9 pounds a year.
The last thing worth mentioning here to accelerate the weight loss is how you warm yourself up after you go out of the bath. Try letting your body heat itself up instead of using a towel or a robe. Just let the brown fat do its work.
If you’re feeling down on a regular basis then you should give cold showers a go. When you’re taking a cold shower the brain starts producing a high amount of noradrenaline, which is a chemical that plays a big role in alleviating depression.
The shock you feel when the cold water hits your head send a huge amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect. There is a high density of cold receptors in the skin, much more than there are for registering warmth.
Plus who has the time to be depressed when you’re trying not to freeze to death.
Increase will power
The simple act of waking up early in the morning and leaving the comfort of your warm bed and going into the not that comfortable and extremely cold shower takes a lot of effort. Some people don’t even want to get out of bed to begin their day let alone take a cold shower.
Taking a cold shower right in the morning is the last thing on your mind so by forcing yourself every morning to wake up and go through that chilling sensation will build massive mental strength.
After a while when taking cold showers becomes a habit you will realize that you face less and less resistance when taking up new things that are out of your comfort zone.