If you have a cold shower in the morning (a cold blast for just 30 seconds), your body releases a neurotransmitter in your body that makes you more alert, focused and attentive for the rest of the day. How many of us are walking into work in the mornings feeling sluggish and not fully awake yet? When we have noradrenaline running through our brain and body we have no choice other than to be on peak. I know I’d certainly prefer to start my day feeling alert and ready rather than feeling like I need a rest before I’ve even begun!
Studies have shown that when people take cold showers over warm showers it causes their white blood cell count to increase. Cold water immersion also has links with increases of T and B lymphocytes which are the cells used to defeat pathogens, meaning it increases and strengthens our immune system.
Sarah had been on anti-depressants since the age of 16. Then, simply by exposing herself to cold water just twice a week for 3 weeks she was able for the first time in 8 years to half her medication.
Cold exposure is proven to defeat inflammation, reduce stress and depression.