10 Changes You'll Notice If You Start Showering With Cold Water

Although you probably think you should shower with hot water, cold showers provide many benefits that are sure to surprise you. Here are 10 good reasons why you should get used to the change. It'll be worth it
10 Changes You'll Notice If You Start Showering With Cold Water
Leidy Mora Molina

Reviewed and approved by the nurse Leidy Mora Molina.

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Yes, it’s true that a warm or hot water bath after a long day makes us feel pleasantly relaxed and relieved. However, it’s important to know and take into account the great benefits you could get when showering with cold water .

Although it may be hard for you at first, you’ll see that your body will gradually get used to the change.

Showering with cold water will become an enjoyable experience, especially if you are aware of its health benefits.

A cold shower not only gives you energy, but it also has amazing properties.

Try cold water showers after reading these 10 reasons why you should start showering with cold water today!

Reasons Why You Should Start Showering With Cold Water Today

It Improves Your Mood

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If stress was the highlight of your day, a cold shower will help you with your bad mood and reduce your irritability.

This is because the cold water affects the “blue spot” area of the brain that produces the hormone norepinephrine, which fights depression.

When you take a shower with cold water, you can experience a sense of rejuvenation, freshness, and increased energy. 

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It Improves Your Concentration


Since cold water improves the transport of nutrients in the body and fills your cells with oxygen, it’ll improve your concentration.

You’ll feel less tired and will be able to concentrate on a task for a longer period of time.

You’ll Be Much More Efficient

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A cold shower definitely activates your senses fully during those mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed. It activates your cells, as well as blood circulation.

When your body is exposed to cold water, it immediately begins to take more blood to the organs and internal tissues, thus considerably improving blood flow.

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It Improves Your Willpower


Forcing yourself to take a cold shower is already a positive step. Doing that helps you train your willpower to deal with other situations and you’ll, therefore, notice that it’ll be easier to say “no” to certain things.

It’s a great way to learn to develop self control!

You’ll Have Greater Resistance

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A regular cold shower trains your endurance and your strength. It also will help reduce muscle pain.

If you had a long day at the gym, the cold water will help reduce swelling and restore damaged tissues.

It Contributes to Fertility

High temperatures affect sperm count and quality. In men, avoiding exposure to very hot baths or showers can prevent a decrease in sperm production.

In any case, the best option will always be cold water.

You’ll Catch Less Colds

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When you shower with cold water, your body reacts by stimulating your metabolism and therefore your immune system. This way, it’ll be easier for your body to fight infections caused by viruses.

If you take a cold shower every day, you can rest assured you won’t catch a cold because doing so strengthens your immune system considerably. This is because you’re helping to produce immune cells. These cells kill bacteria and viruses, as well as pathogenic microorganisms.

It Strengthens Your Blood Vessels

Low temperatures help constrict blood vessels, thus helping blood circulate through the body faster.

This can protect you against varicosis, hypertension, and other vascular disruption-related diseases.

You’ll Lose Weight Faster

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Cold showers accelerate the process of removing toxins from the pores of the skin and the circulatory system. As a result, you’ll begin to lose weight faster.

Also, it enables the division of brown fat that accumulates in your body to protect you from damage.

It Improves Your Skin and Hair

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Unlike cold water, hot water washes or removes the fat found naturally on the surface of your skin.

Thus, hot showers tend to dry out the skin, which is evident in its lackluster and even scaly appearance.

The same goes for the scalp since cold water closes the hair follicles and pores. Thanks to this, your hair will begin to shine, it won’t get dirty so quickly, and the inflammatory processes in the skin will disappear.

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