Waking up in the morning and taking a cold shower, I admit, is not the most tempting of habits, but wait until you read the enormous benefits of this daily ritual!
COLD WATER IMPROVES YOUR CIRCULATION
Even if it’s really hard to do, you should alternate between cold and warm water when you shower. You’ll see how quickly it wakes you up. The cold water increases the circulation in your body, which leads to a higher demand for oxygen. You automatically start breathing deeper – this fights off fatigue.
IT IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH
A cold shower in the morning does more than wake you up and improve your circulation. The cold and warm stimuli constrict and dilate your blood vessels, which strengthens your immune system.
COLD SHOWERS HELP TREAT DEPRESSION
They have a positive effect on people who suffer from depression because the cold sends more electrical impulses to the brain, which can help ease depression.
Keep in mind: Slowly turn the temperature of the water down until it’s about 20°C (70°F). Feel free to turn the temperature down even more if you want. You should take cold showers once or twice a day for several weeks for 2 to 3 minutes.
STIMULATE WEIGHT LOSS
Cold water works wonders, even helping you lose weight. Human beings have brown and white fatty tissue. Brown fat is the “good” fat that keeps us warm while we are exposed to the cold. White fat, in contrast, is stored when we consume more fat than we need. This is the fat that leads to obesity. If you take a cold shower, the brown fat is activated: body fat conversion increases and the body starts burning calories.
HOW TO DO IT RIGHT!
Start with showering in warm water.
Slowly make the water cooler.
First rinse off your right leg with cold water, starting on the outer side of your ankle. That is the spot farthest away from your heart. Work your way up gradually. Then rinse off your left leg.
Now it’s time for your arms: start on the back of your right hand up to your shoulder. Then start at your armpit down the inside of your arm to your palm. Do the same on your left arm.
Rinse the rest of your body with cold water. Repeat the above steps with warm water, then rinse your whole body with cold water one more time.
Such a simple thing to incorporate every day to get maximum health benefits!!