Furthermore, when combined with alternating warm and cold water, these seemingly ridiculous showers clean out the lymphatic system.
Most simply put, the lymphatic system helps carry waste out from your cells and is a major key in defending your body from unwanted infections. When the lymphatic system is blocked, you can get frequent colds and unexpected joint pain.
These contrast showers — exposing your body to the cold water immediately after a warm shower — cleans out your lymph vessels and drastically improves your immune system.
Cold showers also help activate brown adipose tissue (BAT), which in turn generates heat, raises your metabo- lism, and burns off fat. It also seems to increase the amount of BAT in the body, leading to more calories burned and a leaner body.
Now as useful and sought-after as fat loss is, I was also intrigued by the potential productivity and performance enhancements that cold showers can deliver.
After extensive research I came to this conclusion: I definitely feel energized after a shower, but it wasn’t the miracle cure for procrastination that many of my loyal cold shower enthusiasts have sworn by.
The biggest benefit that I’ve found is simply that a cold shower takes a lot of mental strength to accomplish.
Point blank: they’re hard. Like really, really hard.
And as research shows, people who do hard things early in the day tend to accomplish more and procrastinate less.