Cold Hands, Better Health: The Benefits of Ice Cold Water
Most of the time, when we’re exposed to freezing cold water, it’s because we’re in a hurry or the hot water in our home has gone out. However, what if we were to tell you that drinking and bathing in icy cold water is actually super-beneficial to your health?
Exposing the insides and outsides of our bodies to ice-cold water can have real health benefits. It can help improve the appearance of everything from our skin to our hair, as well as support the ongoing health of our brains and internal organs.
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Today, we’ve brought you some practical suggestions for using cold water to improve your overall well-being. It’s so easy, you can start today!
1. It improves the overall appearance of your skin
Most skincare companies for the last 50 years have been advocating for people to wash their face at least twice a day — in the morning and at night.
While most people crank the faucet all the way toward hot water when they wash their face, it’s actually a combination of warm and cold water that has the most benefits for our skin. Hot water strips away our skin’s natural oils, and is super-drying. When we wash our faces with warm water, it helps open our pores, so the cleansing or exfoliating products that we use will be more effective. Afterward, you should always do a final rinse with cold water, to re-tighten pores.
2. It increases your metabolism
Researchers have found that drinking cold water helps speed up our metabolism, and will gradually help you shed pounds. While all humans are supposed to consume between 11 and 15 cups of water per day, making at least six of these cups icy-cold water has been shown to help raise our metabolism. The body works harder to raise the temperature of the water to match our body temperature, burning extra calories in the process. It’s estimated that a person drinking six cups of cold water per day will lose around five pounds per year just by making this little switch.