A cold shower is a great way to boost circulation in the body and give your overall health a real jumpstart to the day. A cold shower, every now and then, can work wonders on your mental and physical clarity, and can leave you feeling warm and fresh when you’re done. Here are the many health benefits to taking a cold shower when you just feel really run down.
A cold shower boosts the circulatory system and helps cleanse out toxins from the body. Cold showers flush out the organs and encourage a new supply of blood to them, and helps reduce the blood pressure on our vital organs for overall inner productivity. They also strengthen the mucous membranes so we are less susceptible to allergies, colds, and and other irritations. The sympathetic nervous system (which helps us sweat) is also given a workout as well.
A cold shower will raise your body temperature naturally in response, so your body wakes up with ample blood flow, and your brain and physical clarity increases to the shock of the cold water. Within minutes, a cold shower will actually begin to feel warm as your body naturally heats to compensate for the cold, giving you the perfect boost for the morning. A quick, 5 minute cold shower may be all you need to get ready for the day and be on full alert. A cold shower a few times a week, or every now and then, can really help to clean out your body and get you moving internally and outwardly for overall health.
To most benefit from a cold shower, shower in a warm room, so heat that bathroom up. Vigorously rub your body as you shower to help get the blood and oxygen pumping to your body, and rubbing your body with almond oil prior to hitting the cold shower can have a calming, soothing effect on your skin and make it more supple when you get out of the shower. Shower for up to 10 minutes, and try to refrain from a cold shower if you are a menstruating female, as the cold water can cause discomfort to your cramped muscles. Instead, take a lukewarm shower instead for the best benefits.
When you get out of the shower, you will feel calm, invigorated, and have ample energy. The cool water boosts chemicals in your brain that encourage activity and productivity, and your awakened muscles and organs with fresh oxygen and blood are just raring to start the day. It’s a great way to get a good start on an otherwise groggy morning.