Surprising Health Benefits of Ice

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 07, 2014

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All it takes to turn a usual drink into a refreshing one is a few cubes of ice in the glass. A glass filled with icy cold water can scintillate your senses and fill your body with energy. But, there is much more those little ice cubes can do to your body. Have a look at the benefits here.
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    The Ice Bucket Fun

    Despite watching celebrities shower themselves with ice-cold water, you might not lured enough to take the ice-bucket challenge. But, had you been aware of the health benefits of ice you surely wouldn’t have missed this opportunity. However, the best part about getting an ice treatment is that you can have it anytime and anywhere you want it. So, here are the benefits of getting drenched in icy cold water.

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    Burns Calories

    When you pour a bucket full of ice on your body it instantly starts working to go back to its normal temperature. While doing this, the metabolism of your body increases up to 550 percent which results in burning of more calories.

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    Makes Skin Glow

    Hot water can remove the essential oils from your skin but, when you rub an ice cube it does something completely the opposite. Rubbing an ice cube on the face makes the blood rush smoother on the skin surface hence, giving you an amazing glow.

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    Makes Hair Shine

    Washing your hair with icy cold water can make the cuticles of your hair lie flatter and this makes your hair reflect more light.

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    Refreshes Senses

    When you pour a bucket filled with ice on your skin, it activates the sensors lie just under the skin. This in turn increases the heart rate and adds a surge of adrenaline which lets you feel alive.

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    Makes you Happy

    It has been proven by neuroscientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London that eating ice cream can make a person feel happy by stimulating the orbitufrontal cortex of the brain. So, if ice cream can make you happy so can a glass full of ice-water.

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    Eases Pain

    Besides making you feel alive, ice can also ease off the pain by distracting the brain from niggling aches. This is the reason why rugby players are made to sit in ice baths after playing a match.

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    Boosts Immune System

    When you immerse yourself in cold water there is an increase in the number of white blood cells in the body. These are some cells that help keep the infection at bay. Also, it has been found that people who showered for two minutes in ice water developed fewer colds than those who took hot shower.

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    Boosts Sex Life

    Yes, it is true that it is important to heat up things in the bed but, to make this happen you must first cool down a bit. Having an ice water bath can improve the level of the sex hormone testosterone and oestrogen in the body.

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