Water therapy (also called hydrotherapy) has been used for centuries to take advantage of our body’s tendency to adapt to harsher conditions. As a result, our bodies become more resistant to stress.
Cold showers are not the main source of treatment for any condition, but they may help improve symptom relief and general well-being.
Check out the benefits of a cold shower below.
1. Increases endorphins
For people with depression, cold showers can work as a kind of gentle electroshock therapy. The cold water sends many electrical impulses to your brain. They jolt your system to increase alertness, clarity, and energy levels. Endorphins, which are sometimes called happiness hormones, are also released. This effect leads to feelings of well-being and optimism.
2. Helps improve metabolism
Taking a cold shower 2 or 3 times per week may contribute to increased metabolism. It may help fight obesity over time.
3. Improves circulation
When taken regularly, cold showers can make our circulatory system more efficient.
Some people may benefit from cold showers as a way to help their blood move through their bodies more quickly. These include people with poor circulation, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
4. Helps fight off common illnesses
Our bodies are designed to become resistant to the elements we are exposed to. For example, leukocytes help fight infection in the body. The shock of cold water in the bloodstream stimulates leukocytes. This means that taking cold showers can help your resistance to common illnesses, like colds and the flu.
Here is a 7 days training schedule I have created to get started with Cold Showers:
- The ideal way to take a cold shower is to ease into the habit.
- Start by slowly lowering the temperature at the end of a usual shower. Get the water cold enough that you start to feel uncomfortable. Then, stay underneath the water for 10 seconds. Relax and start singing. This will help decrease your discomfort in your mind.
- The next day you try this exercise, try to last for another 15 seconds in the colder water. Breathe out for 6 seconds.
- Slowly and gradually, start increasing the time day by day in the cold shower. Relax and Focus on breathing.
After performing this activity for 7 days, you’ll find that you might even look forward to turning the hot water down.