Author Archives: Dr. Andrew Gessert

Benefits of Cold Showers

Is the idea of hopping in a cold bath or shower completely unappealing? You’re not alone. But, while most people favor a hot or warm shower, this is a fairly new norm. For most of human history, using hot water for bathing was a luxury. Instead, people made due by cleaning themselves in frigid ponds and streams or using other readily-accessible water sources.

And in societies where hot water was publicly available—places like ancient Greece and Rome? Many people still preferred to bathe in cold water. Why? It turns out that exposing your body to chilly water has some surprisingly—and very powerful—health benefits, including:

Increased Energy: Stepping into a cold shower instantly ramps up your heart rate, and the rush of blood through your body will quickly wake you up. You might even find that a few minutes under cold water is just as effective as a piping hot cup of coffee.

Natural Depression Treatment: Research from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine revealed short cold showers can activate the “blue spot” in a person’s brain. This area is the brain’s main source of nor-adrenaline, a leading feel-good chemical known for relieving feelings of depression.

Faster Recovery for Athletes: After a strenuous workout, it’s common for athletes to relax in an ice bath. Not only does this numb them to any post-workout pain, but the cold water reduces inflammation and speeds up the recovery process. You can get similar benefits from taking a chilly shower after intense training sessions.

Healthy Skin and Hair: Does your hair or skin feel extra dry after a long, hot shower? It’s not uncommon. Hot water strips moisture from your skin and hair almost instantly. To avoid this moisture loss, turn down the temperature when you jump in the shower—your hair and skin will look and feel a lot better in the long run.

Increased Testosterone: File this one under strange but true. Taking cold showers has been linked to a stronger sex drive in men. Prolonged exposure to cold water has also been shown to increase testosterone production, boosting the libido and enhancing overall strength and energy in the process. Likewise, cold showers keep the body at a cooler temperature which may increase sperm counts.

Better Circulation: Good cardiovascular health depends on getting enough blood pumping through your veins. An easy way to boost your circulation? Alternate between hot and cold water in the shower. While cold water causes your blood to move towards your organs to conserve heat, warm water brings it to the surface of your skin instead.

The Secret to a Health-boosting Cold Shower What’s the best way to get the benefits of cold water exposure? Turning the water to freezing and hopping in isn’t always effective. Not only is it unpleasant, but you’ll probably jump out of the shower before your body gets any benefits. Instead, start off with hot water and slowly adjust the temperature until it’s cold but tolerable. Spend at least five minutes under the water before getting out to enjoy the health and energy boost all day long.

Personal Training with Specific Correction Chiropractic

I had a recent conversation with a patient a few weeks back about getting a personal trainer. His concern was that the aggressive workouts he performed with the trainer were going to “throw his adjustments off.” Basically undoing what we worked so hard to accomplish over the past few weeks. Exercises performed with proper technique…Continue Reading

Recovering from Injury

Summer is in full swing and with the warm weather most of you are going to be spending more time outside. Whether its running, cycling, hiking, or starting a landscaping project, these activities come with a risk of injury. When an injury does occur soft tissue like muscles, ligaments or tendons are damaged. This occurs…Continue Reading

My Headaches are Such a Headache

According to the World Health Organization roughly 50% of the global population is affected by headaches and headache type disorders. Among these individuals 30% of them reported migraines. Headaches that occur 15 days or more in duration per month affect 1.7-4% of the world’s adult population. Headaches and headache disorders are a global problem affecting…Continue Reading

Could Your Gut be Making You Sick?

In the complicated process of breaking down a meal into living breathing tissue we fail to realize that there are a few helpers along the way, in fact about 100 trillion helpers. Our gut (digestive tract) is home to nearly 100 trillion bacteria. These bacteria out number our body cells nearly 10 to 1. Of…Continue Reading

As the Twig Bends So Grows the Tree

During a complimentary consultation I briefly discuss what normal and abnormal structure is and how it affects the function of our body. A prospective patient must be familiar with this to have a better understanding of their secondary condition(s) or symptoms. A question that may come up is, “how many people come into your office…Continue Reading