We know it can be hard to get used to cold showers when you are used to steaming showers. We don’t recommend this for the winter or if you have existing heart problems, but studies show that turning that dial to the left can really alter your psychological strength, mental health, help the environment and just make you feel all around great!
Some of you are most likely cringing at this very moment thinking about that bracing sensation you have in shock as the cold water hits your warm skin. We suggest that you gradually start making your showers colder each time you take one to ease you into the transition. We admit, it will not be easy at first, and it will take a lot of getting used to, but once you do it will make you feel so much better. You will realize it is totally worth it!
Here are some of the reasons why:
It improves your blood circulation.
Taking a cold shower makes your blood pump faster and increases the rate in which it flows through the body, pumping more blood from the outer organs to the inner ones. This means good news for the brain, since increased blood flow to it can make it function at its best. You will notice how alert you will feel. We say this is the perfect way to wake up before a big test!
Improves athletic performance.
Cold water immersion helps with recovery after a workout, making it easier to be able to get back to training without any soreness or injuries! Some sports medicine journals even suggest alternating between hot and cold showers to warm the muscles and then recover them.
It can be an antidepressant.
Besides helping concentration, !cold showers offer another improvement to mental health. It can temporarily heal depression. Here’s how it works: That adrenaline rush you are feeling? Those are electrical impulses being sent from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain. Exposure to the cold water releases noradrenaline, the chemical responsible for reducing depression. Studies show that people that lack physiological stressors in their lives, stressors that can be simulated with the cold water, are more at risk for developing depression.
It is good for your skin and hair.
Showering with hot water tends to dry out the skin and relaxes the bond of the cuticles in your hair. A cold shower will keep both looking firm and shiny. Your skin will have tightened pores and you might even have a glow!
It can help the environment.
Cold showers can help decrease your carbon footprint and even save you some money because they require less heat and electricity. As we have seen with California dropping bricks in their toilets during the drought, doing anything to help you use less water can really make a difference. Hot showers naturally make you stay in there longer, while cold showers will most likely reduce your time in there
Well, there you have it! Try it and tell us what you think. Just don’t forget to wrap yourself in a nice comfy blanket afterwards!