Which is Better: A Cold or Hot Shower?

If you spend a lot of time on the internet or keep up with health trends, you've probably heard that more and more people are beginning to take cold showers for their supposed health benefits. But are cold showers actually better than hot ones--or do they just have different benefits? Let's find out!

6 Benefits of Cold Showers

  1. Improves Circulation
  2. Lowers Cortisol Levels
  3. Reduces Pain
  4. Reduces Muscle Soreness & Fatigue
  5. Increases Metabolism
  6. Strengthens Your Immune System

6 Benefits of Hot Showers

  1. Improved Cardiovascular Health
  2. Improved Muscle & Joint Health
  3. Improved Brain Health
  4. Improved Sleep
  5. Opens Pores & Removes Toxins From The Skin
  6. Natural Decongestant

 How to Take a Cold Shower 

As you can see, there are many benefits to both cold and hot showers! If you want to begin taking cold showers, however, ease into it- allow your body to get used to the temperature first. You can do this by either splashing yourself with cold water or gradually decreasing the temperature of your shower, going from lukewarm to cold. If you choose not to take it slow, you could shock your body.

Not everyone should make this lifestyle change, however. If you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, or are recovering from a recent illness such as a cold or flu- do not try this health trend.