A refreshing shower is only one of the many cold water bucket benefits. Most people use cold water buckets in hotels or spas after using communal saunas and steam rooms in an effort to cool down.
At Boutique Rooms, our guests have exclusive access to their own private cold water bucket at our gorgeous rustic property, The Retreat, allowing you to make the most out of the many cold water bucket benefits every day you stay with us!
But what are these various benefits? You might be surprised to know that in addition to a refreshing wake-up call, there is a wide range of other advantages to cold water bucket use, from improvements to your physical appearances to stress relief!
1. Relieves Sore Muscles and Eases Pain
One of the most well-known advantages of cold water is that it helps to ease sore aching muscles. Athletes often take ice baths after competing, where the cold water reduces blood flow to muscles. When our bodies re-heat, the muscles re-fill with new blood with less lactic acid.
Similarly to an ice pack, cold water can help prevent bruising and swelling after an injury or sprain.
2. Improves Immunity
A German study found that participants who showered in hot water developed more colds than those who showered in cold water.
A study found that people who took ice baths three times a week had higher levels of white blood cells, which aid in fighting infection, compared to those who didn’t.
The mild stress associated with taking a cold shower increases metabolism and tricks your immune system into thinking it needs to be doing something in response to the stress.
3. Increases Circulation
Taking a cold shower is a brilliant way to improve circulation. When your body is subjected to the cold water, blood circulation improves and your arteries pump blood more efficiently.
In addition, improved circulation also enhances your overall cardiovascular health.
4. Helps With Depression
Taking cold showers has the potential to reduce symptoms of depression by stimulating an area of the brain which produces noradrenaline, a chemical that has an effect on relieving depression.
Furthermore, the strong impact of cold receptors in the skin boosts mood and produces an anti-depressive effect.
5. Enhances Glowing Skin and Shiny Hair
It is well-known that hot water strips our skin and hair of its natural oils, resulting in a dry, dull appearance.
Showering in cold water reduces the risk of stripping oils, as well as giving our skin a healthy glow. This is due to our blood rushing to the surface of the skin in reaction to the cold water.
In addition, cold water closes the cuticles of your hair, resulting in smooth and shiny tresses, and strengthens hair’s grip to the scalp.
6. Lowers Stress and Improves Emotional Resilience
Taking cold showers help to reduce levels of uric acid whilst increasing levels of glutathione in our blood. The two combined result in lowering stress levels.
Furthermore, a study found that frequently taking cold showers encourages our bodies to develop a nervous system that is more resilient to the effects of stress.
7. Promotes Fat Loss
Taking cool showers activate “brown fat” in our bodies which generates body heat. This increased activity is an attempt to keep our bodies warm. It burns calories – at a rate almost 15 times higher than resting level.
Drinking very cold water is also said to have a similar effect!
8. Improves Sex Lives
Interestingly, there is evidence to suggest that taking cold showers improves our sex lives and intimacy!
Showering in cold water has been found to increase the sex hormone levels of testosterone and estrogen, resulting in improved sex lives, emotional connection and intimacy.
9. Improves Fertility
One of the less-discussed cold water bucket benefits is an increase in fertility levels and sperm count. Showering in cold water could potentially even reverse the negative effects of hot baths on fertility.
It was found that men who took a hot bath for half an hour every day for three weeks, became infertile for six months!
10. Provides an Early Morning Wake-Up Call!
You may often get told to splash cold water on your face to “wake yourself up” when you are feeling tired.
There is evidence that shows why cold water is very effective in giving us a new lease of life! Cold water actually activates cold sensors in our skin, which in turn, increases our heart rate. This results in a boost of adrenaline, causing us to feel more energetic and awake.
We hope this list has been informative and has provided you with the knowledge you were looking for to take your cold water bucket usage to the next level!
Remember to check out our property The Retreat to experience exclusive, private cold water bucket use for you and your guests!
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