Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The benefits of a Cold Shower [UBC Post 10]

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I am the kind of person who feels cold most of the time. And it does not help that my home does not get enough direct sunlight. It is a blessing in the summers but you can imagine the situation during winters for a person who anyways feels cold all the time. So, 60% of the time I am found wearing socks. Yesterday my husband started laughing at me for wearing socks. As if that was a new sight for him!

I am also prone to throat pain and cold very frequently. So, I usually avoid cold things like chilled water, cold drinks, ice creams and the likes. I am anyways not too fond of any of those. I am the luke warm water type. Whenever we will go out for dinner with friends, I would always order salted lime water (luke warm water) while ordering drinks. It also helps digestion. My friends were quite used to it. They would know what to order for me. The situation turned 180 degrees when I was pregnant. I used to feel nauseous most of the time. I had read that chilled water helps in nausea. So, during those times when I will go out for dinner with friends, I would order salted lime water (chilled water). My friends were totally shocked at this turn-around.

But I digress.

I have also been the person who takes warm water shower 80% time of the year. But it was not helping my tendency to catch cold. Now, my uncle, who himself used to take bath in hot water 365 days a year, converted into a cold shower fan. He found that he was falling ill less, and he started recommending it to all of us.

My husband started taking cold showers from this season. And when I came to know about it, I thought, may be I should try that as well. So, for about last 20 days I am taking a cold shower. I have not got used to it yet but I will certainly continue. But it is not as terrifying as it sounds. I even wash my hair in cold water now.

Many people have vouched for the benefits of cold shower. So, I finally did a little research to find out the facts.

Health Benefits of Cold Shower:
  • Improves immunity
  • Burns fat
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Better body temperature regulation
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Better metabolic rate
Read more about the benefits here.

Well, I cannot personally prove any of the above benefits; they have been culled out of the internet searches. But one thing I can completely vouch for, a cold shower saves a lot of water. One can stand in a warm shower for a long time. Cold shower? It is always short and sweet. Thank you very much!

21 comments:

  1. Nice advice..hard to follow at-least being in Bangalore.We take warm shower round the year...but for sure benefits of cold shower are very tempting specially fat burn, for which I am aiming for almost 3 years now...Lolz.. :)

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    1. I know! Pune has similar weather conditions. So, I used to take warm showers too, and my blanket and socks are lying outside round the year too. But cold shower has enormous benefits. Try it. Once you get used to it, it feels exhilarating :)

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  2. We delhiwalas are strongly weather dependent ..In winter it has to be warm and in summer it has to be cold water :-) No other option..

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    1. I know! Delhi has pretty extreme weather - too hot, too cold!

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  3. My tolerance for cold is very low as compared to most people around me. I like to keep layers of clothing on me. But the summers are so hot here that hot water showers are a strict no-no. Nice benefits you have shared.

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    1. We share one more similarity Shilpa. But looking at my tendency to catch cold, I thought I need to do something. So, I am trying cold shower. So far, so good :-)

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  4. When I was in hostel I always used to take cold shower because getting hot water was difficult but I survived. I survived despite staying in a place like Roorkee which is verrry cold or Banasthali which is also very cold!!!

    It is said that when u take bath from hot water u feel cold later (temp change) and that doesn't happen with cold water :D

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    1. You are right about the last line. Because of that we catch cold, temperature difference.

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  5. nice and informative!

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  6. ohhhhhh brrrrrr no I don't think i can do this...but i know the benefits are true.. my dad and grand dad always had cold showers...and they always reaped the benefits :)

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    1. Wow! So you got proof too. You must try then.

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  7. Very interesting!!! I wonder if all those things are true about the cold showers. All those benefits are really tempting. I might just have to try it.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, they are true. You must give it a shot for sometime to see for yourself.
      Thank you for dropping by :-)

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  8. I need at least luke warm water! Cold water is tough...
    I didn't know there are so many benefits!!

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    1. So far, I used to take warm water shower. Cold water is tough in the beginning but later you will enjoy. I don't know if I will say this even in winter!

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  9. I enjoy taking cold showers a lot. So well I am happy at least one healthy habit is there. But yes come winters this becomes a fast warm one and I would be honest the only charm of winters is a warm shower. Now I know that warm showers are harmful :(

    anyways back to topic I hope you can carry on with the habit of taking cold showers and remove all reasons of fun from your husband's conversations :D

    Richa

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    1. Wow, so you had a good habit without even knowing it. Good for you. I am also waiting for the winter to see what will I do in chilly weather. It is cold during rains too in Pune.

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  10. Reema, I love COld Showers as my body always burns like a furnace.. Everything cold is How I like my water as..Now U tell me its good for the body.. I am gonna dance in front of my with this post cuz she keeps chiding me for not taking a warm water bath or having things hot.. THanks A TON!!

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    1. You are the opposite of me. I am always cold. So I used to take warm water showers all the time. But I thought I need to do something about my cold problem.
      Thank you for dropping by and taking time to comment.

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  11. I always take cold showers, I never knew there were health benefits to it. Good to know :)

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