For centuries, cold showers have been considered as medical treatments and are favoured over the luxurious hot baths by our forefathers as well as researchers from around the world.
Cold showers are much healthier than hot baths and you don’t even have to start off with cold chilling water. Enjoy your hot shower first and then gradually turn the temperature down, or bath in cold water for the last three minutes of your shower and make sure the water is as cold as it can go. Though this might sound like a relief, it still is a strenuous task for most of us. That being said – let the benefits listed below help you through with the cold shower routine. Personal I do this every day as part of my person Systema practice.
Improve Emotional Resilience
Cold showers help train your nervous system to quickly bounce back from stress. If you are a person who is easily anxious and flustered, this is for you. Showering in cold water stimulates the nervous system by acting as a form of oxidative stress. The body adapts to this after a period of time and these cold showers will eventually help in you being a cool and calmer person.
Anyone who has tried bathing or baths daily in cold water already know that it is hard to breathe with the first several minutes of splashing cold water. But this is actually a positive deal for your body. This extreme breathing every morning will dramatically expand the level of oxygen your body takes in and also increase your pulse rate. This will result in the body enjoying a natural amount of energy throughout the day, every day. The icy cold water will make you more alert with the deep breathing exercise.
Countless studies have found that people who took cold showers every day saw an increase in the number of virus fighting white blood cells in comparison with people who took hot showers. The researchers believe that this is caused due to the increased metabolic rate. This results from the body trying to warm up, thus activating the immune system and releasing more white blood cells in response.
A research conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine stipulated that short showers in cold water helps in stimulating the ‘blue spot’ in the brain. The ‘blue spot’ is the brain’s primary origin of noradrenaline — a chemical that could help in reducing depression.