Want to start your day fresh? Next time you're in the shower, make it a cold one!
Coined as the “James Bond” or “Scottish" shower, the benefits of cold showers are becoming increasingly well known. Here's the top 5 reasons why turning off the hot tap can be great for your health:
1. Increase alertness
When you jump in a cold shower, your body's deep breathing in response to cold shock keep you warm and increases overall oxygen intake. This elevates your heart rate and blood flow, giving you a shot of energy.
2. Refine hair and skin
Cold water can help prevent your skin from being stripped of its natural oils too quickly, whilst making your hair shinier, stronger and healthier by flattening follicles and increasing their strength.
3. Improve immunity and circulation
Cold water improves circulation by encouraging blood to surround your organs, which in turn helps combat some skin and heart problems. As the water hits your body, your improved circulation boosts your overall heart health.
4. Stimulate weight loss
The human body contains two types of fat tissue - white fat and brown fat. White fat is accumulated when you consume more calories than your body requires to function. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep your body warm and is activated when exposed to extreme cold. A 2009 study found that exposure to extreme cold temperatures activated brown fat in 23 out of 24 participants by a 15-fold increase, meaning someone could lose up to nine pounds in a year though cold therapy alone.
5. Speed up muscle recovery
We've all seen professional athletes taking ice baths to reduce muscle soreness. Did you know a cold shower after your own session can be just as effective, especially in relieving delayed-onset muscle soreness? A 2009 study analyzing over 360 people who'd either rested or immersed themselves in cold water after training, found that cold water therapy was effective in relieving sore muscles for up to four days later.
So, there you have it! Love that cold tap and get even stronger!