Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cold Water Therapy

Over the past 25 years, I've almost exclusively taken warm bubblebaths or SCALDING HOT showers. Last night, the heat and humidity got the best of me and I decided that a cold shower would probably be a nice reprieve. I was right! The icy water was a bit uncomfortable at first but after a few moments, it felt unbelievably great. I don't know why I wasted so many years without ever giving this alternative a real shot. I often splash cold water on my face or spritz it from a bottle but showers? Nope. How wrong I've been!

I felt so wonderful after my shower session that I did a bit of research to find out if this sort of activity might be beneficial to my health. It turns out, cold showers are actually really good for you!

1. Healthier scalp and shinier hair
2. Detoxifies the body- nice during a hangover
3. Improves your sex life
4. Cranks up the metabolism
5. Regulates blood pressure; improves cardiovascular health
6. Invigorates the mind and body to be more alert
7. Tones, heals and rejuvenates the skin
8. Decreases depression and anxiety
9. Reduces swelling
10. Strengthens the nervous system
11. Boosts fertility
12. Cuts down on the cost of utility bills
13. Provides a natural dose of energy
14. Studies show it decreases the risk of cancer (increases disease-fighting cells)
15. It cools you off!
16. Contracts the muscles to eliminate poisonous wastes
17. May strengthen nails
18. Beneficial to mucous membranes which fight off colds and resist allergies
19. Decreases duration spent in the shower; less water used and more free time
20. Wonderful for your complexion

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