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Why a Cold Shower May Be More Beneficial for Health than a Warm One

Why a Cold Shower May Be More Beneficial for Health than a Warm One

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  • Exposure to cold temperatures via cold water and ice baths, otherwise known as cold water immersion or "cryotherapy," may offer wide ranging health benefits, including speeding your recovery after exercise and reducing delayed-onset muscle soreness
  • Exposing your whole body to cold water for short periods of time may also promote “hardening,” which results in increased tolerance to stress and disease
  • Cold showers, and other types of cold-water or ice therapy, may also help boost your fat-burning abilities by activating your brown fat
  • Always use common sense when engaging in cold-water immersion. Listen to your body and work up to the more advanced ice therapy techniques gradually.

By Dr. Mercola

When you're stressed or just finished up a hard workout, jumping into a warm shower probably seems only natural. The warm water promotes blood flow to your skin, helping to soothe tired, achy muscles and helping you to relax. However, there may be good reason to turn the faucet to cold when you shower,both after a workout and on an intermittent basis.


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