Every morning I dry body brush for 5 minutes and jump into a cold shower before I do anything else. Not only does this immediately wake up my mind and body, but it also has some incredible health benefits too!
Cold Water Therapy (cold showers included) has an array of surprising health benefits.
1. Improves Lymphatic Circulation
Cold showers improve the way your body manages lymph fluid and enables your body to eliminate these fluids from building up in certain areas. Cold water has also been shown to trigger our white blood cells which attack any substance in your body which should not be there. This is a win:win whereby not only is the lymphatic system being forced to eliminate a build up of fluids but the white blood cells are also being triggered to destroy these fluids at the same time- all from immersing yourself in cold water!
2. Reduces Inflammation
Cold showers have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. When the body is highly inflamed it is more likely to develop disease, cause a weakened immune system and make us feel fatigued. When we are immersed in cold water, our blood vessels constrict and our body temperature decreases. This assists with reducing any swelling or inflammation as well as bringing immediate relief to any pain going on within the body.
3. Improves Our Mood
Cold water therapy has been proven to boost our happiness levels and has been used as a tool to treat depression! When we take a cold shower, we are flooded with mood-boosting neurotransmitters, which make us feel happy! I mean, if this is the only benefit of taking a cold shower then I'm in!
Try incorporating a cold shower into your routine and see if you start to notice the difference in your mood and the way your body feels!