You Should Be Taking Cold Showers: Why Do They Cause Health Problems?
Cold showers cause health problems because they increase your body temperature to dangerous levels. When you go through a cold shower, it causes your blood circulation to slow down, which means that you will not get enough oxygenated blood flow throughout your body. Your heart rate slows down too, which may lead to arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol level or other medical conditions, then taking cold showers could worsen them.
Also if you suffer from allergies or asthma, then going through a cold shower might exacerbate these issues. Also if you suffer from depression or anxiety disorders and take cold showers regularly, it could make your condition worse. If you suffer from cancer and take cold showers frequently, it may affect your treatment results.
What Are The Benefits Of Taking A Cold Shower?
Taking cold showers can be beneficial if you want to lose weight. You should know that regular exercise helps you burn calories and reduce your fat mass. Regular exercise helps you lose weight and keep it off. So, if you want to shed some pounds, then taking cold showers might help you do so. However, there are certain risks associated with taking cold showers such as dehydration and heat stroke. You can avoid such risks by drinking enough water before, during and after the cold shower. You can also keep yourself warm by wrapping a towel around yourself or jumping into your bathtub immediately after taking the cold shower.
Cold showers have proven effective in treating depression, anxiety and other mental conditions. According to clinical psychiatrist David S. Goldmeier, cold showers cause an increase in the amount of adrenaline your body produces, which helps you feel energized.
This rise in adrenaline helps treat your depression and anxiety by forcing you to focus on the present.
Is There Any Kind Of Cold Shower That Is Safe For Your Health?
Yes, there are three kinds of cold showers that are safe for your health:
1. Moist cold showers: Moist cold showers are showers in which you add a bit of temperature to your cold shower.
There are shower attachments that can easily increase the temperature of your shower by a few degrees. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a cold shower without having to suffer the frigid temperatures, then you should consider getting such an attachment. These attachments are easily available online and in local hardware stores.
2. Everwarm shower system: The Everwarm shower system is a plumbing system that you can easily install in your bathroom.
With this system, you only have to turn a knob to get a cold shower. This system also keeps the water at a consistent temperature throughout the year, meaning that in the summer, it will not produce ice-cold showers and in the winter, it will not produce scalding water.
3. Take a cold shower gradually: If you are not used to taking cold showers, then you can start off by taking lukewarm showers and slowly transition into colder ones.
Most people can take a cold shower if they go slow enough.
What Are The Risks Of Taking A Cold Shower?
1. Risk of infection: When you take a warm shower, the warm water washes away dirt and grime and soap washes them away as well.
However, when you take a cold shower, all the dirt, grime and soap stay on your skin. If you have any cuts or abrasions on your skin, the dirt and grime will get inside and could get infected. Also, since you do not wash the soap off completely when taking a cold shower, it can also get into any cuts or abrasions you might have and lead to an infection.
2. Risk of hypothermia: Most people feel uncomfortable when they get out of a really cold shower.
Some people might even feel shiver a bit after coming out of one. However, if you feel very cold after taking a cold shower, then it is a sign that your body is at risk of developing hypothermia. In such a situation, you might want to wrap yourself in a towel and get dressed right away lest you catch a bad cold.
3. Risk of getting a cold: Your body goes through various changes when you take a cold shower.
One of the major changes is that your blood vessels constrict. This change in blood vessels is one of the reasons why your body starts shivering. However, when your blood vessels constrict, it reduces the flow of blood to your immune system.
Since your immune system is already weak due to illness, this could lead to a cold or the flu.
4. Risk of falling: If you suffer from any kind of disease or condition that affects your balance or your overall coordination, then you are at risk of falling when you take a cold shower.
If you have conditions like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, then you should avoid taking cold showers.
5. Risk of slipping: Wet floors are very slippery.
The risk of slipping is even higher when the floor is wet and when your feet are bare. If you have taken a very cold shower and the floor of your bathroom is wet, then you could slip and injure yourself.
6. Risk of getting sick: Taking cold showers can actually make you more susceptible to getting sick.
This is due to a condition called vagal inhibition. When your body is subjected to a stressful situation like being exposed to very cold temperatures, your body slows down various functions in order to enable it to cope with the stressful situation. When the stressful situation ends, your body then speeds up these functions back to where they were before.
This is a protective mechanism that enables people to go into stressful situations without their bodies shutting down completely. However, in this case, the cold shower continues and so the speeding up of functions does not occur. This causes various body systems to work at a slower rate than they should be. This can lead to an increased susceptibility to infections.
7. Risk of injury: There is always a risk that you might slip and fall when you take a cold shower.
Since you will be under a lot of stress due to being cold, you will not be able to catch yourself or brace yourself for the fall. This could result in any number of injuries, especially if you fall hard onto a solid surface. In addition, you could also suffer an injury if the shower curtain gets drawn back while you are naked and wet.
8. Risk of hypedrification: If you are not accustomed to taking cold showers, then there is a risk that your body might overreact to the cold stimuli.
In such a situation, your body tries to conserves as much heat as possible. This response is called vasoconstriction. In addition, your blood vessels will also dilate in order to increase blood flow to the skin and away from the internal organs.
This is a protective mechanism that helps prevent organs from freezing.
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