A cold shower early in the morning or after you return from your daily workout can be a little tough, but when you consider the health benefits of a cold shower then you will surely go for it without any second thought.
When we consider the benefits of a cold shower a new research report says that cold showers in the morning drastically decrease the amount of sick days you take from work. While a cold shower is by no means a cure for an illness, but it was found to make people feel more able to go to work.
According to the research it was found that routinely having a cold shower for at least 30 cold days resulted in a reduction of self-reported sick leave from work but not illness days in adults.
3,000 participants were taken into consideration for the study and were split into four groups. One group taking normal shower, second group took 30-second blast of cold water, third group took 60 -second blast of cold water and the fourth group took 90-second blast of cold water.
Those who took a cold shower reported a slight improvement in their overall quality of life. 60 days after the 3-day experiment, close to two-thirds continued taking a shower with cold water.
Studies on animals suggest that "exposure to cold releases beta-endorphins which make dealing with pain easier" may be the reason for the positive reaction, the report revealed.
Researchers of the study call for further research on the benefits of cold showers. The study was originally published in the journal PLOS One.
Meanwhile, also know the other major benefits of cold showers. Take a look.
A cold shower helps to improve the blood circulation. Cold water causes your blood to move to your organs to keep them warm. When there is a good blood circulation it helps in keeping your heart healthy.
After your workout, strenuous exercises and work your muscle and joints might have a severe ache. At this point of time taking a cold shower actually helps. It aids in healthy blood circulation also speeds up recovery time from strenuous exercises.
A cold shower helps to stimulate the brain's blue spot which is the major source of noradrenaline, which is a chemical that helps to mitigate depression.
Boosts Immune System:
A cold shower can help to boost the immune system. Cold shower increases the number of virus fighting white blood cells and this activates the immune system.
A cold shower is believed to increase the sperm count in men and this has been related by several studies. As the sperm count in men increases this leads to the increase in fertility as well.
Taking a cold shower after you get back home from a stressful work or exercise can provide you the needed energy. Though there is no such specific evidence but as per the practice it has been proved that taking a cold leads to rushing of blood through your body and helps increase the energy.
(With Agency Inputs)
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