Taking a cold shower can be invigorating but did you know that there are a plethora of health benefits associated with taking a quick dip under cold running water? That's if you can handle it!
In this article we are going to discuss the absolute top 3 proven health benefits of taking a cold shower and why more of us should start doing it every single day.
Reason 1 : Hair and Skin Benefits From The Sting
Hair and Skin benefit greatly from a cold dip in the shower, recently a dermatologist spoke to the The Huffington Post about different ways of washing your face and mentioned that cold water or lukewarm water actually will help stop healthy and natural oils from being stripped from your skin too quickly. We actually know that hot water dries out ones skin because it opens up the pores of the skin and when we shower with soaps the soaps will wash away oils within the pores and thus dry out skin a lot. Dry skin can lead to eczema and other sensitive skin conditions, so it's imperative to keep those natural oils in our skin as much as possible. Another great way of keeping natural oils in your skin and hair is install a shower filter as well, as the chemicals in tap water such as chlorine will strip natural oils from skin and hair.
Reason 2 : The Cold Wet Will Beat Stress
A study conducted at the Institute of Biochemistry Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany recorded the levels of certain chemicals in the body of 10 healthy subjects who swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter. These chemicals (uric acid and glutathione levels) in their bodies were measured before and after their ice cold swims. It was concluded that the ice cold dips resulted as a mechanism for 'body hardening', which is a natural method for increasing the body's tolerance to stress.
Reason 3 : Embrace The Cold & Lose Weight
There are two types of fat in our bodies, the usual white (actually yellow) fat and there is also a mysterious type of fat called brown fat. These type of fat is actually responsible for actually burning calories (which is the opposite to white fat - which is responsible for storing calories). When our body activates brown fat it begins to burn off calories, guess what? Brown fat is activated in cold temperatures. For example endocrinologist Dr Paul Lee from Sydney's Garvan Institute has been having cold showers for the past 6 years for his studies into brown fat. He has said, "I think there's no doubt that mild cold exposure (to cold) could activate brown fat," Dr Lee said. In his studies he exposes test subjects to cold temperatures from 18 degrees Celsius all the way to 12C until they shiver. Wow - that's pretty hard-core, but the science doesn't lie! If you can handle it - a cold shower will help you lose weight.
So there you have it - we have now given you the top three scientifically proven benefits of having a cold shower now and again. Why not try it and see how you go? A small bit of discomfort could lead to a lot of beneficial gains and like anything - after a few times one gets used to it and it doesn't seem as daunting as before. Give it a go and let us know how you get along!