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Definition

Cold showers are showers with a water temperature lower than 70°F or 21°C. This type of water therapy has been used for centuries. The purpose of such showers is to improve the stress resistance of the human body. As the body adapts to harsher conditions, it becomes more resistant to stress.

Low-temperature showers may help improve general well-being. However, it is not a cure for all diseases. To enjoy the cold showers benefits, use them as a supplement to the general treatment. If you are not sure if cold showers good for you, consult a specialist.

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How to Do It

Follow these steps to take a cold shower:

  1. Turn on the water and set it to cold but not ice cold.
  2. Start with your feet because they get used to the temperature fastest. Then proceed with your lower body up to the stomach.
  3. Proceed with your hands and arms, then splash the water over your torso.
  4. Carefully put your head under the shower. Be aware that you’ll start breathing heavily so do not inhale any water through your nose or mouth. 
  5. Finish with the back. This is the hardest part because there are millions of nerve fibers in your spine, so you’ll be feeling something like an electrical impulse.
  6. Congratulations - you’ve finished taking a low-temperature shower.
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Benefits

The cold showers health benefits are as follows:

  • Improved metabolism. Cold water activates the so-called “brown fat”, which is a “good” type of fat, as opposed to the “white fat.” The brown fat is responsible for burning the calories to keep the body warm.
  • Glowing skin and shiny hair. Low-temperature water causes the hair cuticles and skin pores to close, preventing the dirt and oil from getting inside.
  • Good mood. Cold water releases endorphins - the happiness hormones.
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Time Commitment

Up to 5 minutes.

 
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Why it works

Cold water improves the blood circulation in the body by causing the heart pounding. At the same time, the brain and body release a lot of chemicals that raise the adrenaline level and contributing to a good mood and thus good health.

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Suggested Frequency

2-3 times a week.

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Side Effects

If you have high blood pressure, then low-temperature showers are not suitable for you.

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Required Equipment

Shower, cold water, towel.

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Miranda Kerr

Joel Runyon

Wim Hof

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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

  • Health
  • Productivity
  • Mood
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Suggested Time of Day

Morning

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Notes

If you regularly take low-temperature showers, you’ll get used to the temperature within a month.

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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Health  Sleep  Immunity  Fitness  Energy  Productivity
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