Why You Should Know The Differences Between Hot And Cold Showers


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Written by: Kirsten Cowart

In the United States, a little over 70% of men and women shower daily and it appears that these showers are mostly with warm or hot water. Believe it or not, the temperature of your shower can have a huge difference on your day, health and general wellbeing.  

Depending on your goals for the day and when you shower, you should make sure you know what the different temperatures do so that you can get the most out of your day.  

First of all, let’s go over the most common temperature of shower and how it benefits you.  

8 Reasons Why You Should Take A Hot Shower:

1. Relaxes the muscles

2. Lowers body tension

3. Alleviates migraine headaches

4. Reduces swelling

5. Reduces anxiety

6. Removes toxins from skin

7. Acts as a nasal decongestant

8. Opens pores and cleans the skin

Most of my life, I have found myself switching the water to warm when I shower. Now, if it is the morning time, I find that I am generally slowed down by this choice and it takes me even longer to get going or to feel good.  

Whereas, if I choose to take a warm shower at night before bed, it helps me calm down and relieves stress or body pain before resting for the night. Warm showers also assist with removing toxins from your skin and help open up your sinuses so you can breathe better while sleeping.  

So, my general rule of thumb is to focus the warm showers after I am no longer needing to stay alert and I am trying to relax.  

I have met quite a few people who have actually never tried taking a cool or cold shower and for most of my life, I admit that I was one of them. Though it does take some adjustment, the experience of taking a cold shower gave me a powerful boost of energy and a renewed sense of life that I didn’t know was possible. Check out the other benefits many have found from taking cold showers.

8 Reasons Why You Should Take A Cold Shower:

1. Stimulates the immune system

2. Increases alertness

3. Prevents colds

4. Stimulates anti-depression hormones

5. Accelerates your metabolism

6. Frees up the mind

7. Tightens the skin

8. Reduces hair loss

As you can see, there are benefits to your immune system, skin, hair and metabolism on top of the happy and alert mental state when you take a cold shower. Now, if you were to take a cold shower right before bed, you may find yourself having a hard time calming down and getting to sleep.  

If I take a cold shower, I try to keep it early and use it as my secret boost to have a day full of energy and focus. I strongly recommend trying it out and seeing for yourself how good you feel throughout the day.  

What temperature of shower do you prefer? Is there a temperature that you recommend after exercise or other specialized activities? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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