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Lao Tzu said, “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” As our adult bodies are made up 60% of water, there’s good reason to be in awe of its many health benefits. And better still, cold water.

Did you know a simple cold water technique practiced daily can improve your ability to manage stress?  If your nerves are getting the better of you, take a deep breath and splash some cold water over your face.  Studies have shown that you can trick your body into thinking it’s full water immersion in cool water. The instant effect allows you to use oxygen more efficiently, boosting your mood and relieving anxiety. It’s most commonly known as the mammalian diving reflex.

However, if you really want a greater long-term benefit, you must take a cold shower or bath daily. And while the thought of this may actually leave you feeling stone cold, it will do wonders for your longevity.

Improve Your Immunity And Circulation

Standing under a cold shower will ensure your blood circulates more rapidly throughout your body. Dr. Joseph Mercola explains,“ Cold works by lowering the damaged tissue’s temperature and locally constricting blood vessels. ”

“Exposing your whole body to cold water for short periods of time is used to promote “hardening.” Hardening is the exposure to a natural stimulus, such as cold water, that results in increased tolerance to stress and or disease. This was demonstrated by a study involving 10 healthy people who swim regularly in ice-cold water during the winter.“

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Helps You Burn Fat

Several studies have also suggested that drinking cold water, taking cold showers as well as other types of cold-water or ice therapy may also help boost your fat-burning abilities. Managing your weight is one of the key factors to enjoying a longer healthier life.

How does it work?

The process speeds up your metabolic rate, as your body must work to raise the temperature of the water. And there are no adverse side effects to this. As Dr. Mercola suggests; “This may be another simple and inexpensive tool to support optimal health and longevity.”

And if you think this is some strange modern-day trend. Think again. Thomas Jefferson was known to pour himself a cold foot bath every morning for 60 years in order to maintain his good health. Hollywood actress Katherine Hepburn,  lived a full and very active life. She attributed her good health and vitality to taking a daily cold shower from a young age.

So long as common sense prevails, cold water, in any or many of these forms can only be good for you.


Gisèle Wertheim Aymes

Gisèle is the owner of the Longevity brand and a self-proclaimed health hedonist. When she is not working, you'll find in her in a yoga class or active in the great outdoors. Gisèle is passionate about health and sharing information. You can follow her @giselewaymes on Twitter and Instagram or read her Linked-In profile for full bio details.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.