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Cold Showers Really Do Make You Feel Amazing — Here’s Why

Feb. 3, 2020If you knew a cold shower would help you start your day with more energy and focus, would you try it? Dare to get goosebumps tomorrow morning — it just might be worth it.



Tell anybody listening you take cold showers, and you’re likely to get a reaction bordering on the polite concern of someone who thinks you might actually be crazy. The horrified looks and stares are inevitably followed up with adamant declarations that, “Oh no, I could never do that,” because just about everyone likes their showers hot and steamy, thank you very much.

Why a Morning Cold Shower Is Your New Favorite Thing

Go with me here — I know it’s cold, and I know that most people prefer a boiling lava shower to an icy blast. The reality is though that science just isn’t on our side here. If you shower in the morning, you might need to consider switching over a cold shower, or at least letting the last few minutes of your shower be with cold water.

Here’s why:

  • Your skin will look better. Cold water has the effect of sealing your body’s pores, preventing you from losing the natural oils that are preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Score.
  • Your hair will be shinier and smoother. Taking a cold shower can also help to seal your hair’s cuticles, helping to lock in moisture and reduce that frizzy frazzled look, especially in curly girls.
  • Cold showers give you energy and focus. When you get that blast of cold water, the adrenaline triggers the release of norepinephrine, a hormone that improves your energy, focus, and physical performance.
  • Your immune system will be stronger. That jolt of cold water also jump-starts your lymphatic system, helping your body get rid of toxins faster and fight infection more effectively.
  • Your muscles will thank you. Still sore from yesterday’s workout? Your cold shower will help to soothe the inflammation in achy muscles post-workout and get you feeling ready to face your day.
  • Cold showers improve your circulation. When your blood is pumping, your body is running more efficiently. Improved circulation can do everything from stimulate hair growth to improve your complexion.

See? Now, who’s the crazy one.

We Tried It: Three Mornings of Icy Showers

When I first started researching for this article, I was perplexed. I figured cold water had some benefits in terms of waking up your body, but improving immune system function and skin health? It seemed like a bit of a stretch to me.

But now I’m a big believer.

If you’re a sleep-deprived, exhausted single mom who constantly has her hands full, a cold shower is a perfect way to start your day.

I started with taking a hot shower, and giving myself five minutes of cool water at the end of it. By the third day, I was advancing to an icy blast at the end of my showers, and now, I’m regularly jumping into cool water first, and then cold.

My advice is to start by trying a gradual transition to cooler water if you’re used to hot showers and to make the temperature transition as gradual as possible for yourself. The idea here is to jolt your system into high-function, so you do need a bit of a temperature shock, but I found it to be effective by starting closer to my comfort zone, getting clean, and then doing a therapeutic cold water rinse at the end.

If you choose the latter method, make sure you don’t skimp out on a quick dip and run — give yourself three to five minutes in the cold water so that you can fully feel the effects from the exposure, and your lymphatic system joins your brain in kicking butt and taking names.

 

What’s your limit with a cold shower? Tell us how many days in a row you tried it on Facebook or Instagram, and see if you can keep it up! @AvocadoMattress and #AvocadoGreenMagazine

Destiny Hagest

By Destiny Hagest

 —  Destiny is a freelance writer with a background in sustainability and natural health. She lives in the mountains of central Montana with her husband and young son. When she's not writing or chasing her toddler, you can find her wandering the quiet wilderness in search of wild herbs and antler sheds.

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