The moniker committee is at it again – calling a regular cold shower a “James Bond Shower” or “Scottish Shower” and making it that much more enticing. Don’t get me wrong. This is definitely a good thing!
Research shows how taking a cold shower habitually can boost your immunity and make you healthy and strong. It is fascinating how something as simple as switching from hot to cold can have such an amazing effect on your wellbeing. From toning up your skin to building up your inner strength, there are some far-reaching benefits.
So, now that you know, enjoy that moment when your warm shower suddenly turns cold as someone walks in and flushes the toilet while you are mid-shower! But don’t stop at that. Take brisk cold showers and make taking them a routine.
Summertime is especially right for giving this new habit a go. Who doesn’t love the feel of cold water on their skin when the temperature skyrockets to the high 40s?
In this week’s blog post I discuss some benefits of taking a cold shower that will blow your mind and make you take the plunge into the “bath of bliss”. That’s what I call a cold shower anyway!
1. Makes you resilient
Cold showers are great! They can work on your nervous system to make it more resilient in the face of stress, anxiety, depression and even panic. So, technically everything unmanageable we experience in our lives today.
Cold showers create an oxidative stress on your body. Repeated exposure to this stress makes your body adapt to it, build up a tolerance for it and stay cool. You will soon develop Zen-like focus and stay strong no matter what the situation.
2. Helps you lose weight
Of the two types of fats we have in our body – white fat and brown fat – the brown fat is actually good. It helps keep your body warm and protected. Whereas white fat is bad.
Cold showers promote fat loss by acting on the dreaded white fat. At the same time, they enhance the amount of brown fat we have in our body by 15 times, helping in weight loss. People who enjoy cold showers have been known to lose anywhere between 4 to 5 kgs in a year.
3. Keeps you alert
While the cold shower relaxes you, it also forces you to breathe hard and deep. This together with a stimulating jolt of cold water on the body can clear grogginess instantly and enhance alertness.
The deep breaths help you focus and centre in. They also provide you with a natural dose of energy as you cruise through your day. This makes taking cold showers one of the best ways to wake up and stay awake.
4. Improves your circulation
As water from the cold shower falls on your body, it triggers circulation by sending blood to your organs in a ploy to keep them warm. This enhances organ health.
This stimulation of the circulatory system and overall improved circulation is good for your cardiovascular health and wellbeing.
5. Speeds up recovery
Cold showers foster the amount of disease-fighting white blood cells (WBCs) we have in our body. This results in an increase in the metabolic rate and activation of the immune system.
They also help flush out lactic acid build-up after intense workout or exercise. This is why athletes often indulge in an ice bath after their training.
Apart from taking full-fledged cold showers, I also encourage you to splash your face with cold water frequently, wash your feet as you prepare to sleep and rinse away the residue when you clean up your makeup. All these are good practices that will enhance your skin, and keep you feeling refreshed.
Fermenting, or alternating between hot and cold water can help your lymphatic system. The hot and cold action produces a contraction and relaxation effect on the lymph vessels, massaging them gently. And an activated lymphatic system will boost your immunity further and keep you fighting fit for a long time!
Now, are you ready to take a cold shower?