Why a cold shower could be good for your health

Chances are that at some point in your life you've taken a cold shower - and it's likely that you won't have wanted to repeat the experience any time soon.

However, taking a cold shower is something that a small proportion of the population swears by. Why? There are suggestions it can actually carry several health benefits.

Better hair and skin

Unlike hot water, cold water doesn't have a tendency to dry out your skin - meaning it is much better for looking after your natural appearance.

If you've ever jumped into a plunge pool or poured a bucket of ice water over your head after spending time in a sauna, then you'll know that cold water is also used to seal your pores, stopping dirt from getting in.

Help to lose weight

Exposure to the cold can aid weight loss, according to a study published in the New England journal of medicine.

This is because colder temperatures activate brown fat cells, which is the good fat in your body that's used to keep you warm - helping you to burn calories to produce energy. So although a cold shower might seem unpleasant, it could be used as part of a strategy to help you slim down and tone up.

Strengthen your immunity

Cold showers help to speed up your metabolic rate, which subsquently activates your immune system - releasing white blood cells that work to fight off viruses so it is less likely you will become sick.

They can also boost your blood circulation, reducing your risk of hypertension and stopping your arteries from hardening.

In fact, when you look into it, there's loads of research to suggest there are numerous benefits to taking the odd cold shower. It's even been known for some Hollywood actors and actresses to include a cold shower as part of their daily 'looking good' routine.

Is that enough to change your mind? Give it a go! Although we won't blame you if you decide a nice warm shower is still the best option for you.

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