Whether it's early in the morning or late in the evening, most people feel reluctant bathing with cold water. But did you know it has many benefits to offer regardless of making you feel cold? Below are 5 benefits of bathing with cold water.
A recent study conducted on more than 3000 adults revealed that people who bath with cold water were 29% less likely to call in sick at work. Experts theorise that to the presence of dissolved oxygen in cold water, which helps your body produce more red blood cells. Coldwater also causes your body temperature to rise. Free radicals need a moderate temperature to thrive; they find it hard to survive when it's either too hot or too cold.
2. It Makes You Alert and Active
Coldwater has the ability to make you feel more alert and active. This is mainly due to the way it affects your body's physiology; increasing your heart rate, which is a good thing at the same time and also increases your respiratory rate, causing your body to get more oxygen, hence, making you feel more active. Another interesting thing is that cold water boosts metabolism.
3. Boost Moods
Taking a shower with cold water can help you feel more relaxed and happy, more importantly, it can help with anxiety and depression. This is mainly because cold showers activate the sympathetic nervous system of the brain and help release norepinephrine and endorphins; chemicals that promote the feeling of relaxation. So the next time you're feeling down try having a cold shower, it’ll help you cool off and feel less depressed.
4. Reduces Pain
Coldwater can restrict the blood vessels in your body, and reduce swelling and slow the speed at which the pain receptors transmit impulses to the brain. This helps to ease the pain, hence, acting as a painkiller.
5. Helps Reduce Weight
Your body has two types of fat; brown fat and white fat. White fat is harder to burn while brown fat is easier and bathing with cold water is one of the many methods to activate brown fat production, which the body burns it and calories to stay warm.
Just in case you missed the one on warm water, read it right after this to know when to bath with what kind.
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