Do cold showers burn fat? If cold showers actually burn fat, then everybody would be doing cold showers every single day and not working out. If you believe in tall tale stories, then cold showers burn fat. But if you believe in science and truth then you need to know there is zero scientific research evidence that cold showers do anything for weight loss or burning fat. That is a huge pseudoscience myth but there are some benefits to cold showers.
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And those benefits are:
- Waking you up
- Relieving itchy skin
- Increase circulation.
- Reduce muscle soreness after a workout.
- Increase your heart rate.
When you take a cold shower in the morning it will increase your alertness right away, increase your heart and increase your oxygen intake. When the cold water hits your body, it triggers the circulatory system and helps reduce inflammation while helping to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Now that we know that cold showers don’t burn fat and we know the benefits of it.
Now what do hot showers do?
Hot showers help muscle relaxation, blemishes and can provide a little relief from the respiratory system.
The heat and steam from the water can help clear out your nasal passages and open airways. Hot showers can open the pores of your skin which can help clean out some of the trapped oil and dirt there.
Some of the cons of hot showers is that it can increase your blood pressure because of the heat. It can cause you to itch and dry out your skin, possibly causing eczema.
The Bottom Line is cold showers will not burn fat whatsoever. That is a pseudoscience myth and if that was the case everybody would be taking cold showers every single day.
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About Author- Obi Obadike
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A Mooventhan1, L Nivethitha2
1 Naturopathy Clinical, SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire, India
2 Department of Research and Development, S-VYASA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India