Earlier this month the temperatures finally hit past 100 degrees for the first time this year, so it’s safe to say summer is fully here! Last time on the blog we answered some water heater FAQs. This time let’s go the other direction and look at the blue side of the thermometer. While it might not be ideal for some, cold showers have some surprising benefits – so if your water heater is on the fritz and cold showers are in your future here’s what you have to look forward to!
Benefits of Cold Showers
Believe it or not, a cold shower can have a number of benefits for you including:
- Soothing itchy skin
- Waking you up
- Increasing circulation
- Reducing soreness in muscles
- Better hair and skin
- Even weight loss!
Let’s look a little closer at each of these!
Soothe Itchy Skin
This one is pretty straight forward. Itchy skin or skin conditions that make you scratch can be beaten by the cold! The cool water overcomes the sensation, relaxing the skin irritation – at least for a little while.
Wake You Up
Cold showers are a classic way to wake you up in the morning! The cold water creates a bit of a shock reaction in your body which means increased oxygen, increased heart rate, and alertness! It’s a small shock that primes your body for getting done what it needs to get done!
This benefit follows off the last one. Cold increases your heart rate and constricts the blood and circulation near the surface of your skin. This then in turn increases the circulation of blood throughout your body as it tries to catch up to keep your body temperature ideal.
Reduce Muscle Soreness
Have a particularly tough workout? A cold shower can start you on the way to recovery! Cold water will reduce inflammation and help flush out the build-up of lactic acid. All of this gets your muscles on to the recovery stage faster.
Better Hair and Skin
Cold showers might be just what the doctor orders for your skin and hair. According to some studies, cold water tightens the blood flow near the surface of the skin which can create a healthier-looking glow. Unlike hot water, the cold water won’t dry out the sebum layer on your scalp that protects your skin and air, keeping it healthy.
Even Help Lose Weight?!
That’s right, well, maybe. Some doctors argue that certain fat cells called ‘brown fat’ can generate heat by the burning of fat. They do this when your body is subjected to cold, like a cold shower!
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows with cold showers so be aware! If you’re already cold or in a cold environment the cold water won’t help you warm up and get your body going any faster, and if you’re sick the cold might be too big a shock on your body to help your immune system work as it should!
Whether or not you enjoy a cold shower is your choice but don’t let the cold shower be the result of a faulty water heater! Get yours fixed right away so you have a choice in the matter!