Health benefits of a cold shower

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 25, 2015

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If you take a cold shower instead of a hot one in the morning, you are doing a big favour for your health. Read on these benefits of cold showers to know why.
  • 1

    Activates immune system

    Cold showers speed up metabolic rate, and this increase activates immune system to release virus-fighting white blood cells to give you resistance against infections and illnesses. Moreover, cold showers increase your overall blood circulation. Need more reasons to take cold shower?

  • 2

    Beauty benefits

    Taking hot bath dries out skin, whereas a cold water shower tightens cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged. Also, cold showers give you shinier, more attractive hair by not letting dirt accumulate in your scalp.

  • 3

    Recovery post workout

    Taking a cold shower after every workout is a good routine. It fights fatigue, reduces soreness and relaxes muscles.  Alternating between cold and hot shower at least 3 times for 15 minutes is another way to recover post workout.

  • 4

    Fast fat burn

    Yes, one of the benefits of taking cold water bath is weight loss. According to "Human Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Uncoupling Is Associated with Cold Induced Adaptive Thermogenesis, fat burning process increases in response to cold temperatures.

  • 5

    Improves mood and alertness

    Everyone feels a bit of groggy in the morning. Take a cold shower before you go to work or school. The response to cold deepens breathing and increases heartbeat slightly. This leads to rush of blood through your body to energize you and make you ready for the day.

    (Images:Getty)

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