1. They improve circulation

According to researchers Keatinge et al, cold showers have a powerful effect on circulation. They increase your heart rate, releasing a rush of blood throughout your body. This rush then boosts your circulation which encourages your arteries to efficiently carry blood more and your heart to pump more effectively. What’s more, the improved circulation carries over even after you leave the shower and improves the flow of blood to tissues and organs throughout the day.

2. They help prevent cardiovascular disease

Because exposure to cold temperatures stimulates the circulatory system, inflammation and the risk of cardiovascular disease reduces. However, a cold shower has the opposite effect on people with cardiovascular disease and hypertension. 

3. They improve lymphatics

Cold showers also dramatically improve lymphatic flow which depends on muscle contractions to move through the system. If the flow is stagnant or slow, it leads to lymphedema and pooling in the lower boundaries because it’s not carrying away waste products from immune related activity promptly. A cold shower leads to whole-body contractions which help to squeeze lymphatic flow quicker. This will help you feel fresher and your hair and skin will appear stronger and younger.

4. They help boost weight loss

Fat cells like brown fat generate heat by burning fat. They burn fat when you expose your body to cold conditions like in a shower. You can find these fat cells around the shoulder and neck area which are the best spots for showers!

5. They boost immunity

A cold shower can also boost the immune system. It does this by activating two important virus fighting cytokines. According to German study, interleukin-4 and gamma interferon are elevated and work more when you expose your body was to cold. Those who regularly take cold showers have been shown to have a lower chance of developing  colds, cancer, flu’s, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

6. They give your skin and hair a healthy glow

A cold shower helps tighten and constrict the blood flow which in turn gives your skin and hair a healthier glow.

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7. They help the body adjust to sudden weather changes

When you take a cold shower regularly, it helps your body to better adapt to extreme temperatures.  One of the most challenging environmental stresses you have to deal with on a regular basis is sudden weather changes.  This is why so a number of people get colds & flu’s when the temperature changes. However, people who take cold showers are more adaptable and thus their bodies respond to this stress better.

8. They improve sleep

When you take a cold shower an hour before bed, it could help your body stimulate sleep signals, giving you a deeper sleep.

9. They boost metabolism

Cold showers also have been shown to improve metabolism. This comes from the same brown fat cell properties we discussed earlier. Brown fat has more mitochondria than white fat and burns more energy in order to produce heat and boost metabolism. Brown fat can also helps to slow down aging, fight obesity and reduce the risk of degenerative disease.

10. They give an energy boost

Cold water will give your body a boost of energy like nothing else. Experience is the best teacher. So, give it a try.

11. They improve mental health

Cold showers can also improve mental health. According to a study by Dr. Nikolai Shevchuk in the stufy ‘Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression’, a cold shower can have a positive effect on those who suffer from depression: “A cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.”

12. They boost fertility

Heat can have a negative impact on sperm count in males. So, a cold shower can actually help boost fertility for men. In the late 1950s, various experiments showed that hot baths are an effective contraceptive. This is because when the temperature of a man’s testes is increased the sperm count decreases.

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