Cold Showers and The Freezing Cold Truth

Are cold showers really
better?


Written by Salvatore Marashi

I’m sure you’ve heard people
touting the benefits of a cold shower. In some cases, even acting like it’s the
cure-all to everything. So are cold showers really better? Let’s find out.
Cold showers gained popularity
from two men in particular. First was an outdoorsman and all-around badass,
Dutch Wim Hof. This guy literally climbed a snowy mountain wearing only swim
trunks. He touts that building a resistance to cold strengthens our bodies
against other things like sickness. stress and disease. Tim Ferris, the author
of the 4 Hour Body, supports this, saying that the cold will aid in immune
defense. Additionally, places like the National Health Institute and several
medical journals have all run tests and came to the same results.
Pretty great so far right?
Okay, time for some specifics.

The Many Benefits of Cold
Showers


Benefits of Cold Showers

No More Sore Muscles

Athletes the world overall
take time in ice baths to relieve the sore muscles and joints from the
pressures of strenuous activities. You can replicate this at home by cranking
down to icy cold water. This is particularly helpful after sweat-inducing
sessions at the gym.

Cold Therapy for Your Head

Hot showers may feel relaxing
but they are anything but for your hair. Warm and hot water damages your hair
and strips it of its natural, protective sheen. Turning the heat down allows
you to keep your mane clean without causing lasting damage.

Get Cold to Skip the Cold

Cold water has been proven to
increase antioxidant levels and help your body regulate its immuno-defense.
This compounds by strengthening your body overall to fight against things from
the common cold to cancer. So who knows, a cold shower might just save your
life one day.

A Boost When You Need It

Testosterone is something
every guy needs. One of the most common struggles that men face is a dip in
their testosterone. Well, I have some good news, cold showers have been shown
to boost those testosterone levels. The thought behind it is that it triggers
your body’s fight or flight response. That means both your mood and your libido
gets a boost.
This influx of cold also can
help fight off depression. It does so by stimulating testosterone and neural
pathways, which increases blood flow and endorphins. Not bad huh?

Jump In

The idea of jumping in a
punishingly cold shower may sound daunting. In reality, it’s something you can
get used to. Take the time to breathe and then just go for it. If you want to
test the waters (yes, I know I’m good with puns), take your shower like normal
but when it’s time to wash your hair, switch the water to its coldest setting.
That boost of cold will not only protect your hair but should give you enough
of the aforementioned benefits to make it worth it.
Ready to embrace cold showers?
Tell us if you believe the hype in the comments below!

Salvatore Marashi


SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.