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Benefits of Taking Cold Showers

Updated on September 7, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Cold showers are unpleasant for some people, but they take them for the benefits.
Cold showers are unpleasant for some people, but they take them for the benefits.

A lot of people prefer taking showers over taking baths. Not many people like taking cold showers even though there are numerous health benefits.

There are some who are accustomed to taking cold showers so it doesn't bother them as it would someone trying it for the first time. Actress Katherine Hepburn took cold showers all her life and she recommends others to get in the habit of doing so because of the benefits cold showers provide.

In some cultures, individuals take cold showers and baths all the time to stay well. Here in America, someone joked that he would rather take the chance of getting sick rather than having to endure one minute in a cold shower.

Helps Prevent Colds

It seems ironic that cold showers prevent colds. However, those who take cold showers rarely get colds or have the flu. That's because cold showers strengthen their immune system.

When the body tries to warm itself up, the metabolic rate increases and the immune system is activated which ends up releasing white blood cells.

Cold showers prevent colds and the flu.
Cold showers prevent colds and the flu.

Improves Blood Circulation

When the body is cold, it is a natural tendency for the blood to circulate rapidly to the vital organs in order to keep warm up the body. A cold shower helps improve blood circulation which makes a person look and feel much better.

Increases Hormone Production

Cold showers can be of tremendous help for the reproductive system. They are very beneficial for those who are trying to conceive.

Hormones production are increased and the glands are given a boast.

Regulates Body Temperature

Cold showers will put your body in balance if you have cold hands and feet most of the time, or if you sweat more than usual. The showers will regulate the body temperature that will prevent you from experiencing the two extremes.

Improves the Lymph System

When a shower is cold, it improves the lymph system by causing the whole body to contract. This helps because fluid is squeezed up through the body.

Those who favor cold showers attest to this benefit. They advise you to try to also for a noticeable improvement in your lymph system.

Opens Up Lungs

This might not be a surprise to anyone, but cold showers help with breathing that opens up the lungs. Your breath becomes similar to the way you breathe after exercising.

After a cold shower in the morning, you won't feel tired or sluggish during the day.

To reap the benefit, use only the faucet on the right.
To reap the benefit, use only the faucet on the right.

Provides a Sense of Well Being

You may not feel so good while taking a cold shower, but you have a sense of well being afterward. You will feel energized.

Your heart pumps and blood rushes throughout your body. If the cold shower is at night, it will help you sleep better because you will be calm without any stress.

A cold shower eliminates stress.

Relieve stress and depression by taking a cold shower.
Relieve stress and depression by taking a cold shower.

For Weight Loss

If this won't motivate you to take cold showers, I don't know what will. Because there is an increase in your metabolism, you could lose weight. Try it a few times and see what happens.

People who favor cold showers say this is one of their favorite benefits.

For Depression

Just like cold showers calms you and eliminates stress, they also help eliminate depression. Studies at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia concluded that cold water has a stimulating effect on the brain to help alleviate depression.

The next time you are not feeling up to par, take a cold shower and reap the wonderful benefit of getting rid of depression.

For Healthy Skin and Shiny Hair

While hot water can dry out the skin and hair, cold water will do the opposite. Cold water will make your skin glow. Pores are tightened which prevent them from being clogged. Toxins and waste products are eliminated through the skin.

Cold water will give you a healthy scalp and your hair is left shiny.

Before You Begin Taking Cold Showers

If you decide to take a cold shower, it is wise to do so gradually. It will be too much stress on your body if you make a drastic change.

Start out by taking a warm shower as usual. During the last 30 seconds to one minute, turn on the cold water. You will begin to feel the difference after being in the cold shower for that short period of time.

The next day, increase your time in the shower for greater benefits.

Would you take a cold shower for any of the above benefits?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      SMSalman, Good for you. I am not brave enough to take cold showers. Just thinking about them make me shiver!

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      SMSalman 

      3 years ago from Pakistan

      i do already but i was not aware the benifits

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      WOW! You really did it! Congratulations, Leland, for being so brave. Yes, easing into it is the best way to do it, so I have been told. Keep it up!

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 years ago from Midland MI

      Hi Margaret,

      I did it! I must admit that it wasn't ice-cold, but very cool. I think I need to ease into this venture. I wouldn't want you to have to bear the burden of knowing I gave myself a heart attack :) blessings.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Leland from Midland, MI: Thanks for reading and responding to my cold shower article. I wrote it, but I admit I am not brave enough to try it even though research claims the benefits are great. Since you are brave enough to try it, hopefully, you will get the results you desire!

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 years ago from Midland MI

      Margaret,

      I'm convinced. I'm going to give cold showers a shot. I've been practicing immersing my hands and wrists in ice water post workout because it helps reduce swelling and painful inflammation. I've heard people talk about the benefits of cold showers, but never in the educative context as represented here in your article. I'm a little jealous! Great article- one that is well articulated and carries the weight of being influential. thank you for writing it. You've provided a true service by doing so.

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