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Are Cold Showers Bad For You?



Short answer

Starting off with a warm temperature and then working toward a cooler one—has its benefits and can be healthy for the body and mind. In particular, cold showers have been known to change moods by acting like an anti-depressant.



Long answer

After a long day of work, what kind of shower do you take? Hot or cold? If you’re like most, you probably enjoy a nice, warm to hot shower. Turns out this may not be the most beneficial way to do it. Truth is, what may seem like a dreadfully cold shower really does come with some health benefits.

Studies everywhere are popping up showing statistical data supporting cold showers. It just so happens that a cold shower could be what the doctor orders. Many athletes already use cold showers as a way to reduce healing time after an injury. Did you have a strenuous workout, pull a muscle, or even break a bone? A cold shower can help in all situations. 

Still not convinced about the benefits of a nice, cold shower. How about when washing your face? Cold water actually helps the skin stay tight and keeps pores closed so oil won’t seep in. This, in turn, reduces the risk of acne. Furthermore, it reduces swelling and the much-dreaded bags underneath the eyes. The same benefits hold true for your hair too! A cold shower can help strengthen the hair by closing the cuticle.

Here comes what may be the only bad news: Some of you will want to jump straight into an ice cold shower, don’t do it. The key to these benefits is not a sudden temperature shock to the body - which can be harmful and pose a threat. In fact, this can cause a shock to the immune system and potential increase the risk of catching a cold. Also, if you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure or are simply overheated, note that going straight into a cold shower causes the blood vessels to constrict, thus becoming narrower and negatively affecting blood flow.

All in all, as long as you start warm and gradually lower the temperature, cold showers can help you reap various benefits.

Possible short-term side effects

  • jumping straight into a cold shower can shock the immune system - which can increase your risk of catching a cold

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  • promotes healthy skin and hair
  • natural anti-depressant
  • reduces healing time of muscles, joints, and fractures
  • improved immune system
  • improved circulation
  • increased alertness
  • helps with weight loss

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Written by Kathan Natrajan | 01-12-2016

Written by Kathan Natrajan
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