Health & Diet

All You Should Know About Taking Cold Showers

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Just like many other people, you probably see cold showers as dreadful things which you have never put yourself through of your own will. Instead, they are forced on you by circumstances which are beyond your control. Someone in your apartment used up all the hot water and now you don’t have enough for yourself.

You are probably frustrated, but what if we tell you that you should thank to that person? If you take a shower with cold water, you are doing a solid favor for your waistline and your health. There are many reasons why you should take cold showers. In this article we will tell you all about them.

First of all, we should tell you that hot showers are a luxury and not a necessity. Throughout the history, people had to bathe in whatever water was available to them. In case you have swum in a river or a lake, you can remember that the water was often cold. Although the Greeks invented heating systems for baths in the 1st century BC, many Greeks chose to take a bath in cold water, due to many health benefits. Two kinds of fat can be found in our bodies – brown fat and white fat. Brown fat is good and white fat is bad. White fat is well-known since it is fat we all struggle to get rid of.

When you consume more calories than your body actually needs to function and you don’t burn those calories for energy, those calories are stored as white fat, which tends to accumulates at your thighs, neck, lower back, and waist. As we already said, brown fat is good, even though you might never hear of it. Its function is to generate heat in order to keep your body warm. When brown fat is activated by extreme cold, it burns calories in order to keep you warm, which helps you to lose weight. Many athletes take ice baths after hard training to reduce soreness.

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You don’t have to do the same thing, but you can gain a similar benefit with a quick cold shower after you are done with your training. Almost every person feels a bit groggy when he or she take the first step out of bed. However, if you want to put some pep in your first step in the morning, take a quick cold shower before you go to work. When you pour cold water over your body, your breathing deepens due to the shock of the cold. In addition, your heart rate will also increase, which results in a rush of blood through your body which will help you get energized for the day.

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We already said that cold showers speed up your metabolic rate. The increase of this rate activates your immune system, resulting in release of virus-fighting white blood cells which help you get sick less often. In addition, quick cold showers also increase your overall blood circulation, which helps you avoid the hardening of arteries and hypertension.

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