Everyone loves showers. You can shower pretty much anytime, anywhere, with anybody. Some people shower once a day, others shower two or three times. If you ask me three times is a little bit excessive and this type of person probably has really dry skin but hey, I'm not judging. Some like it hot and some like it cold. There are also those daredevils out there who prefer to shower in medium temperature waters. Some people don't shower at all, and others only take baths. But in all seriousness, there is a serious debate going on out there in the scientific community regarding what types of showers are most healthy for you, your body and your skin.
To start off I will talk about hot showers. For the purpose of this blog post I will ignore medium temperature showers. As far as everybody is concerned, if your going medium you are probably more on the hot spectrum. The positives of a nice steamy hot shower are as follows:
Negatives of hot showers can include overheating your internal organs and reducing your sperm count (if you are a man). There is no scientific proof that hot showers can lower the fertility and egg count in a woman, but I would suggest that if you step in to a shower with a man to not turn the water super hot, or you may be killing off your future children. If the man moves on because he doesn't like you anymore, then you are just being rude to the next lady in line.
In regards to cold showers, we all know them to be extremely unbearable and at times intimidating. However unbearable and intimidating they may be, they are also pretty darn healthy for you. Since the beginning of time, even the mighty Spartans were a major advocate of the cold shower. They viewed hot showers to be for the weak and unmanly. Cold water showers have many benefits which include:
Your circulation is improved when taking cold showers because it allows the blood to rush to the organs, whereas the blood rushes to your skin when you take a warm shower. It improves your skin because it closes your pores, whereas with hot showers it opens them. Your hair is improved by taking a cold shower because it makes it more shiny and manageable. And honestly, who doesn't want shiny and manageable hair?
Other scientific research has shown that taking cold showers can relieve depression, strengthen immunity, increase fertility and increase your energy levels and overall well-being.
From all the readings I did I think it's safe to say there are more health benefits to taking a cold shower. I personally am not as manly as the old-school Spartans so I advocate a mixture of hot and cold showers. Maybe you can start hot and finish cold. Or maybe you prefer to start cold then finish off hot. At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Just be aware that your skin, hair, internal organs, fertility, testosterone levels and many other things hang in the balance.
I just hope you have good water pressure. If not, enjoy the bath.
Good luck and may the water pressure be forever in your favor.