The benefits of starting your mornings with a cold shower
By Esther Karanja | July 2nd 2020
We are halfway
through 2020. Skip the hot beverages and energize your mornings with a cold
reasons, in public boarding schools, cold water was the last thing you want to
readapt to any part of your life. The wake-up call notwithstanding, starting your
mornings with a cold shower has significant health benefits. It is known to
stimulate mood-boosting hormones that can uplift and revive your physical and
mental wellbeing. Athletes also use Cold Water Immersion (CWI) post-workout as
a performance benefit.
the research on the effects of cold showers is scanty, and therefore, evidence
on its effectiveness is inconclusive. Not everyone will ease into cold showers
similarly. Furthermore, people with underlying health issues are discouraged
from any contact with the cold.
you’re interested in knowing how your mornings can benefit from a cold shower,
here are a few.
circulation and strengthen the immune system
water makes contact with your skin, the blood vessels contract pushing blood to
flow within your body and keep it warm. Increased circulation raises the blood
oxygen level, delivering nutrients and antibodies vital to the health of your
organs. More antibodies strengthen your immune system to prevent illness and
fight against diseases.
you’ll feel a spike to your energy levels throughout the day, fresh mental
alertness, and reduce the recovery time from an injury. Next time you’re
feeling sluggish and struggling to wake up, jump into the shower and turn the
water temperature down.
risk of depression
shower can uplift your mood. When your body is exposed to cold water, a
significant amount of electric impulses is sent from the outer nerve endings to
the brain producing an anti-depressive effect.
cold water activates the sympathetic nervous system that helps to regulate your
response anytime you’re faced with a stressful situation. Regular cold showers
can increase your tolerance to stress and help regulate your mood. Opt for the
cold shower instead of the caffeine to perk up your morning mood.
skin and hair
with cold water retains both the skin and hair’s natural oil, sebum. The
absence of sebum can result in itchy chapped or cracked skin, hair breakage,
and aggravate conditions like eczema. Taking a cold shower keeps the oil locked
in by tightening the skin’s pores and giving it a healthy glow.
hair and scalp, regular use of cold water rejuvenates the hair follicles,
prevents frizz by smoothening the hair shaft, and retains the natural oil
giving the hair more shine. A cold shower ensures you have that fresh morning
some downsides to taking a cold shower. Exposure can lead to a rise in your
blood pressure and an accelerated heart rate. If you suffer from high blood
pressure, have a heart condition, arthritis, or any other health risk, it’s
best to avoid cold water.
periods of exposure to cold water can cause hypothermia, hyperventilation, and
a drop in your muscle function and threaten your health. The best way to adopt
cold showers to your mornings is by gradually acclimatize to it. Adjust the
temperature down every time you shower to build up your tolerance progressively
to the cold.
a little more convincing to start, think of how much you’ll save on your
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