Need a swift kick of motivation in the morning? Look no further than your shower! Taking cold showers may not seem like an ideal start to your day, but here are some surprising health benefits that make it worth a try:
Shiver your way to more energy & immunity.
One of the most obvious perks of taking a cold shower is that it can wake you up and give you more energy throughout the day. It’s also known to increase alertness and concentration as well as relieve muscle tension. Not only that, regular exposure to cold showers has been shown to boost immunity by increasing white blood cell count. The shock of the cold water stimulates your body's natural defense against viruses and bacteria.
"Cold showers can help stimulate and strengthen the immune system. Studies have shown that cold water therapy can increase levels of white blood cells, which fight infection in the body. Cold showers also promote better blood circulation and reduce fatigue by stimulating nerve endings and increasing alertness. They can even help to balance hormone levels, reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and increasing testosterone." - Dr. William Pawluk, MD, faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Get your heart pumping.
Cold showers are also great for improving circulation which results in improved heart health. The cold water causes your arteries to constrict and then expand after the shower, working out your cardiovascular system.
Wash away anxiety & boost your mood.
But that’s not all—cold showers can also help with depression, anxiety and stress reduction. In fact, research has shown that regular exposure to cold water increases testosterone levels in men, providing a mental boost and helping lower stress hormones like cortisol.
What are you waiting for? Embrace the chill and reap the rewards of taking a cold shower today!