There are plenty of mental benefits to ending your shower with cold water. The ancient samurai warriors used to pour buckets of cold river water on their heads every morning in a Shinto practice called Misogi. This was a purification ritual on a spiritual level. They believe that it cleansed their spirit and helped start a new day & new adventure fresh. Cold water obviously helps waking you up, which is what you want in the morning. Also, it energizes you and invigorates your entire being with the essence of life. Give it a try, you will definitely feel more alive! It can also lift you up if you are feeling a little down or unmotivated.
Ending your shower with cold water clearly has its advantages. Many benefits to cold showers, as you can see. I know this is something that can be very difficult for many people to do. The key is to not torture yourself. Go about it gradually. Start with a level of cold you can deal with, and slowly make it colder after each shower. As long as you get your feet wet (no pun intended!), and begin adding this routine at the end of your showers, you will be on your way to making a habit out of it and enjoy the benefits that this practice can bring you. Who knows, maybe you can avoid gray hair altogether like my friend! Maybe the fountain of youth is made up of very cold water?!
Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs. This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation in your blood by forcing the blood to move. The ideal practice would be to switch numerous times between hot and cold water, but merely ending the shower with cold water does help with circulation. Why should you worry about having good circulation? Well, it prevents such problems as hypertension, hardening of the arteries, and the appearance of varicose veins. Good circulation improves the performance of your system and thus help looking and feeling better.
Recent popularity of thermogenesis grew from findings that it can help burn fat and increase your metabolism without the strain of physical exercise.
There are three approaches which humans can use to achieve a state of thermogenesis: exercise associated, non-exercise activity and diet induced thermogenesis. One of the safest methods for humans to achieve a state of non-exercise thermogenesis is by shivering.
Ice baths are not a new thing and have been used in sport therapy and injury rehab to help heal and renew strained or overworked muscles. Polar bear dips have been around since the late 1800’s as a healthy jolt to reduce swelling.
But how realistic is a bath full of ice cold water? Aside from the cost of filling your tub with ice, placing your entire body in freezing cold water is not pleasant. If you manage to submerge your body, you probably won’t last very long.
You may think icing just your face won’t burn fat on the rest of your body but you are sorely mistaken thanks to the vagus nerves. These cranial nerves intertwine control over the nerves of the heart, digestive tract and skeletal muscles right from your head. By throwing the vagus nerves in thermogenesis with an ice cold face bath, you can effectively influence the nerves to burn fat throughout your body.
Thermogenesis is used by animals in the wild to hibernate for months at a time. Thermoregulation is integral to deep sleep cycles and our bodies naturally dip in temperature closer to the evening to encourage slumber. Modern stimulations can often throw this dip into turmoil which is why a cold face plunge can help your body prepare for a deep and sound nights rest.
Blemishes like pimples, dry skin and rashes also benefit from a routine of icing your face. Keeping pores tight with a cold body temperature helps to eliminate the chance of bacteria and infection finding a home in the crevices of your skin. Furthermore, by stimulating the body into a shiver, the skin develops a healthy flush on account of increased blood flow.
Cold temperatures restrict the flow of blood to the surface which is why professional athletes often use cold plunges to limit muscle swelling post training session. Not only will a face plunge minimize puffiness around the eyes, it can influence blood flow throughout the body and eliminate the strain of inflammation in joints and surrounding muscle tissue.