Yes, sometimes water can be painfully cold. And, it IS hard to get in there. That said- it’s good for you, and been deemed medicinal in most every culture for a very long time. Here are some very good reasons to “Do It Anyway…”
1. Increases Metabolism-
Your body has to work harder to maintain its normal temperature, and as it does, it significantly increases your metabolism.
2. Enhances the Appearance of Skin
Cold water maintains, rather than strips the oils on your skin- it also causes blood to rush to the surface, which gives you a natural, healthy glow. Same with hair and nails.
3. Improves Energy Level
Temperature sensors beneath your skin activate an increased your heart rate and send a rush of adrenaline throughout your body – wakes you up & gives you energy.
4. Enhances Mood
Cold water stimulates the ‘pleasure region’ of the brain- and releases endorphins. Major mood elevater!
5. Reduces Pain and inflammation/helps heal
Cold water reduces the flow of blood to the muscles, allowing them to fill back up with fresh, more oxygenated blood. It also gets the lymph system moving and increases circulation.
6. Boosts Immune Function
Cold water puts your system in a state of mild stress. Your body views this level of stress as somewhat of a mini “workout” and reacts in the same way that it would to the actual physical activity of a workout. As your body responds, it builds immunity to combat actual health threats. People who take2 minute showers 3 times a week have been found to have much higher white blood cell counts than those who don’t! (Good Covid care!)
7. Regulates Your Hormones
testosterone and estrogen, and neurotransmitters too. It’s all about getting those hormones, which regulate just about everything, in check.
Large bodies of water are reliably cold. especially Lake Michigan! (Consider this source, anyway! ) There’s also the cold shower option if you can’t get to the beach every day…just not nearly as much fun …