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Daily Smart Fact #27: Cranky, Overweight, or Tired? There’s an easy remedy for that.

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Note to self: Don't look up "shower" ever again on flickr.

Takeaway: A cold shower can increase fat loss, enhance pain and stress tolerance, strengthen immunity, ward off depression, and the list goes on and on and on.

A friend of mine recently shared an article about the great benefits of taking cold showers on Google+ (you know that facebook-like technology that only your friends who work at Google use?) and I found it quite intriguing, especially because I had heard something similar from Timothy Ferris’ 4-hour Body book about the benefits of cold showers, especially in the area of boosting metabolism and burning fat.  Essentially, Ferris recommends taking a 5 to 30 minute cold shower (working your way up in time, and working your way down in temperature) because “cold temperature activates brown fat, the fat-burning fat tissue in your body that burns energy to keep you warm.”

Besides boosting metabolism and increasing your ability to burn fat, cold showers have other great health benefits like:

  • Increasing and improving blood circulation
  • Increasing alertness (better than caffeine!)
  • Helping with insomnia
  • Improving skin texture and minimizing pores
  • Reducing stress
  • Stopping hair loss
  • Decreasing chronic pain

And the list goes on.  One of our good friends only takes cold showers and he happens to also be tall, skinny, and athletic – coincidence?? Probably, but still, I thought I would give it a try.  So I did. And holy crap I was miserable…for the first 30 seconds or so.  But then my body became acclimated and I felt good, dare I say, rejuvenated.  Nay, I felt freaking awesome.  I liked it, a lot.  I probably won’t be taking only cold showers but I’ve resolved to end my showers with an icy cold rinse, which is good for now.  And maybe I’ll become tall, skinny, and athletic too…

Photo credit: uzi978

Written by Bea

March 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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  1. Love me my long hot showers, but I might try now after reading this!


    March 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    • Eric, you should try it! It’s not pleasant at all, in fact very very terrible, the first 30 seconds but then it really does get pretty awesome. Ok, actually, it’s awesome AFTER you finish the cold shower but it’s really quite great.


      March 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  2. Hrm….might give this a try. My dad does this ALL the time. Though he has a pot belly so not sure if it’s helping him in the weight loss area. 😛 Strangely enough he looks normal everywhere else and pretty good shape for his age. Just his belly is round like a pregnant woman’s belly. 😛


    March 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    • Christine, you should try it! The cold showers are probably the reason why the rest of your dad’s body doesn’t look like a pregnant woman. Hahaha, j/k. I like how your comment quickly turned from cold showers to how your dad has a big pot belly.


      March 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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