Cool temperature has its benefits, although we may often come across different information according to which warm beverages, meals or beauty treatments like sauna have numerous health beneficial effects too. However, one of the things which can definitively improve our everyday life cold is – water. Find out more about all the benefits of cold water and see why you should use it more.
Cold water stimulates weight loss
Cold water can help you lose weight. It promotes calorie burning and the best of all, the amount of water necessary for this is not that big. It takes a half liter of water to burn 17 calories. So, just imagine, if you would constantly drink cold water, what a difference that would be? Surely you would realize that. Besides, the body absorbs faster the water which is cold than the warm one, meaning that it’s better to drink cold water in case of dehydration. The explanation for this lies in metabolic reactions, and now it’s probably clear why we yearn for something cold every time we are thirsty, isn’t that so?
Cold detox cocktail
Put several slices of lemon in 2 dl of water. Add a few mint leaves and several slices of cucumber. Put this cocktail into a fridge for a half an hour. It will help you eliminate harmful substances in addition to it being great way to burn calories. Apart from that, it tastes delicious!
Gorgeous and fresh looking skin
A hot shower will rob natural oils of your skin which will result in a dull and dry skin. On the other hand, a cold shower will preserve oils and stimulate circulation which will have a positive effect on your skin. You’ll look gorgeous and fresh. Sadly, the story behind opening and closing of the pores is not founded. A cold shower will additionally stimulate the work of your metabolism. You can speed it up to 550% in comparison to hibernation. Just imagine how much calories we burn by taking only 1 cold shower.
Final rinsing in cold water is a very simple trick hairdressers use to make your hair shinier and also to close cuticles.
Wakes you up
Are you familiar with the feeling of going out from a warm room to a colder one? After a short time, you feel excited with no special or at least, obvious reason. It’s because low temperature increases heart rate simultaneously releasing a hormone adrenaline thanks to which we feel so ecstatic.
Ice compressions or ice baths are excellent for athletes. Have you ever wondered why cold reduces temperature? The answer, again, lies in adrenaline. Adrenaline “confuses” brain by distracting attention away from pain. This is possible because our brain is able to handle only one piece of information from the same field coming at a certain time.
Stimulates immune system
A research conducted in Germany has shown that people who took 2-minute long cold showers were less susceptible to cold. The other group of the examinees took hot showers only. This phenomenon was explained by the shock on the body. A small stress such as this confuses immune system which activates as a response to this shock. Czech scientists made another research and came up with same conclusions. People who took 3 cold showers a week were less sensitive to cold. Blood analysis revealed that these people had increased white blood cell levels, responsible for protecting the body against infections.
Several studies confirmed that cold water stimulates the production of testosterone and estrogen. We are not really cold how much of this is really true, but we leave it up to you to find out.
Though cold water, the same as hot water, has its benefits, still, don’t exaggerate. Not everyone tolerates cold water well so don’t force yourself. Avoid cold water and cold baths if you’ve just finished exercising and rather choose to shower at room temperature.
All being said, we wonder which type of shower do you prefer and will you listen to any of the advice?