Recently I listened as a friend told me the many benefits of a cold morning shower. She proceeded to whip out a holistic health book that dedicated a whole section to why it was important to take a cold shower everyday. This thought had me shivering with fear. One of my biggest annoyances in life is being cold. I hate being cold. I read as the benefits went on and on, getting more impressive as the list lengthened.
I am here to report that yesterday I took my first cold shower and it absolutely positively WORKED. I was buzzing with energy after I got out of the shower. I felt the equivalent to drinking about 6 espresso shots or taking about 5 green tea capsules.
I think the trick is to take your normal warm shower followed by a quick 2-3 minute cold shower. In this time period I choose to rub in essential oils and wash them off with the cold water. After investigating further I found that if you do this everyday you are guaranteed to see many health benefits. Here is a little excerpt on some of the benefits of a cold shower:
"Cold Water Massage Therapy is the one of the healthiest and inexpensive of therapies. Simply massage the body with almond oil before taking a shower. Shower in cold water until your body temperature rises and no longer feels cold, but toasty and warm. Make sure the bathroom is heated. Never get out of a cold shower into a cold room.
*Brings blood to the capillaries, therefore increasing circulation throughout the body.
*Cleans the circulatory system.
*Reduces blood pressure on internal organs.
*Provides flushing for the organs and provides a new supply of blood.
*Strengthens the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
* Contracts the muscles to eliminate toxins and poisonous wastes.
* Strengthens the mucous membranes, which help resist hay fever, allergies, colds, coughs.
To read the whole excerpt go to: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/showers.html