It takes some getting used to, but it is very good for your health
Did you know that it is very good for you to regularly take an ice-cold shower? Saying goodbye to your warm shower may not sound appealing, but it’s worth it. Lowering the water temperature a few degrees has these six advantages.
1. It is good for your immune system
Most people believe the opposite, but research shows that a cold temperature actually increases your resistance. By exposure to low temperatures, your immune system is boosted and you are less likely to suffer from diseases and inflammation. Good news: you will gain this positive effect by taking a cold shower for only 30 seconds at a time.
2. It gives you energy
A fresh shower releases adrenaline into your body. This can come in handy, especially in the morning: it wakes you up in an instant and you’ll leave the shower revitalized and full of energy. Do you usually feel tired at the end of a working day? An ice-cold shower in the evening can be invigorating, and will clear your head.
3. It can make you happier
If you manage to get through an ice-cold shower, you will find yourself feeling fantastic afterwards. Because of this small victory, your body will release more happy hormones. Will you soon be singing under a cold shower?
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4. It is good for your circulation
Another positive body reaction: cold water stimulates your circulation and is therefore good for the heart and circulatory system.
5. It makes your skin glow
It is also very beneficial for your skin to take a cold shower. High temperatures often cause dry skin, while your skin will feel softer after an ice cold shower. For an energetic and radiant skin, it is therefore not a bad idea to stand under the cold shower, albeit with chattering teeth.
6. You are cold less often
Okay, you’ll need to bite the bullet during your ice cold shower, but exposing your body to cold more often makes it easier to stay warm during the winter months. Your body is, as it were, trained to warm itself up naturally, so that you are less likely to suffer from cold at low temperatures.