PHS talks; the benefits of a cold shower.

It's not a nice thought is it, forcing yourself to take a cold shower? But there are many apparent benefits if you can fit it in to your daily routine.

Now we're not scientists, so we're not going to state how these claimed benefits will effect each person, and we recommend consulting your doctor if required.

1. It relieves depression

Cold showers have been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, which send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain. It produces an antidepressive effect and boosts moods.

2. It eases stress

Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote hardening, increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease.

3. Speeds up muscle soreness and recovery

We have all seen athletes taking ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness, but a quick cold shower after breaking a sweat at the gym can be just as effective, especially in relieving delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

4. It stimulates weight loss

Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body contains two types of fat tissue, white fat and brown fat. White fat is accumulated when we consume more calories than our body needs to function, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat piles up at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs, and is the one we all struggle to eliminate. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Thus, cold showers can promote brown fat activity.

5. It improves immunity and circulation

Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which can then help combat some problems of the skin and heart. It can also lower blood pressure, clear blocked arteries and improve our immune systems.

6. It refines hair and skin

When it comes to hair and skin one of the most natural ways to maintain your appearance is with cold showers. Hot water has a tendency to dry out our skin, so it is best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged.

7. Increases alertness

Taking a cold shower in the morning, and feeling cold water pour down over our body seems more horrifying than soothing. However, the deep breathing in response to our body’s shock helps us keep warm, as it’s increases our overall oxygen intake. Thus, our heart rate will also increase, releasing a rush of blood through our entire body. This gives us a natural dose of energy for the day.

So there you have it, 7 reasons why taking a cold shower isn't as bad as it sounds. And with the weather now nice and sunny we're more than happy to take the plunge.

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