How Do Hot or Cold Showers Benefit Your Health?

Similar to the water you drink or use to wash your hair, there are health benefits to both hot and cold showers.

Hot showers can help in the remedy of respiratory issues by helping to loosen phlegm, clear out nasal passages, and open your airways. They can also aid in the clearing up of skin blemishes by opening up the pores and facilitating a deeper cleansing of the skin. Hot water helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and is beneficial in relieving stress. We all know how excellent a hot bath is for relaxing sore muscles and easing tension in the body.

Hot showers and baths have also proven beneficial to improve sleep and some studies show they benefit the health of our brains and nerve cells. On the other hand, similar to when washing your hair, hot water can dry out and irritate your skin. Some studies show that hot showers can even raise your blood pressure.


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