Why I regularly take cold showers and why you should too

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Why I regularly take cold showers and why you should too

For years I have finished (almost) every shower with an ice-cold jet of water for around 30 seconds. Yes, also (and especially) in autumn and winter. Why? The skin becomes rosy, feels taut and has good blood circulation, the circulation gets going, you generally feel awake and your body gets very warm afterwards. Afterwards I feel happy, balanced and satisfied – not insignificant, especially in times of Corona. If you think that’s crazy, please think back to your last thermal bath or sauna holiday : it’s not for nothing that every good spa hotel has a cold water pool.

Does a cold shower really help?
Even Sebastian Kneipp experienced first-hand that cold water is a life stimulus, because it has been proven that cold water is good for our body. He healed himself from pulmonary tuberculosis. Before that, Hippocrates treated various ailments with ice water. The cold kick releases adrenaline, which constricts the vessels and has an anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, the healthy brown fat tissue is activated by the cold and the unhealthy white fat tissue is broken down. Cold treatments activate the immune system and can even help with allergies, skin diseases, joint problems, rheumatic diseases and silent inflammations in the body and migraines.

If you don’t have an ice water pool, a cold lake or a pond on your doorstep, you can simply turn the shower on cold as far as it will go and try out a modern approach to cold therapy – the Wim Hof ??method .

Cold showers Hollywood style
Ever since lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the Wim Hof ??method to a huge audience in her (controversial) Netflix series The Goop Lab , half of Hollywood is said to have been taking cold showers. Wim Hof ??is known as the “Iceman” and has been experimenting with the healing effects of cold for years. After a stroke of fate, he healed himself with a cold shock and gradually added breathing and yoga exercises. His method is a ritual of breathing, yoga exercises and cold water stimulus.

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