by: Jomel Bajar, PT,DPT,MS
Taking a shower means something different for everybody. By definition, it means to clean oneself. If you just had a long day, it may mean “relaxation” and that the work is done for the day. If you need to start the day early, it may be a “bothersome” and an interruption from sleep. Whatever the case, taking a shower is something that we need. It is a crucial part of our daily routine and personal hygiene. Without it, people would be left sick and dirty.
Majority of people use warm-hot water when they shower because of its soothing and relaxing effect on the body. However science, in fact, shedding the light on us to consider taking COLD shower. Research shows that taking cold showers brings out a lot of benefits and one of those benefits is that it increases your mood and your alertness. The moment the water hits your body, your breathing gets deeper because of the shock from the cold. This shock from the cold makes increases our overall oxygen intake in desire to keep our body warm. Besides keeping your body warm, it also increases your heart, thus, a blood rush through your body that helps you be awake the entire day. Taking cold showers is also said to have mood boosting benefits. The journal Medical Hypothesis claims that taking cold showers activates the sympathetic nervous system and decreases depressive symptoms by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and endorphins.