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Down? Take a Cold Shower

I know that when I'm feeling down and out, the idea of taking a two to three minute cold shower sounds like the worst idea in the world, but new research disagrees. Researchers recommend taking a cold shower — around 68 degrees — for two to three minutes once or twice daily as a treatment for depression, preceded by a five-minute gradual adaptation to the temperature.

Sounds wacky but the cold-shower idea is linked to the phenomenon of homeopathy, where small doses of something harmful may actually promote healing by stimulating the body's repair and recovery systems.

Fit's Tip: This is new research, so those suffering from depression and interested, especially heart patients and other already at-risk patients, should talk to your with their doctor.


carol01 carol01 8 years
Are Homeless people not depressed? Are they not out in the cold rain when it is in their area? Hummmmm. Who and how did this discovery get paid for? Your taxes maybe for such research. Just a thought.
who_arexyou who_arexyou 8 years
I learned in elementary school that Native Americans took cold baths followed by a hot steam session to try and rid themselves of illnesses. that's a random fact that's stayed with me for years.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
I shower in cool water in the winter to keep from drying out my skin. Good to know it's helping my mood.
SabreBabeSarah SabreBabeSarah 9 years
ive heard cold showers are also refreshing for your body, and can help get rid of dead skin cells, they just feel SO GOOD
hexentanz hexentanz 9 years
i'm with julieulie, i'd rather a nice hot shower or bath in this weather
julieulie julieulie 9 years
If it's moderate to warm outside, I definitely agree -- I love cold showers. But right now as I'm sitting here bundled up in my super oversized Steelers sweatshirt (with the hood pulled up over my head) and wrapped in a heavy knit blanket, there is NO WAY I would consider taking a cold shower! I shiver enough in the apartment when fully clothed; it would take me hours and hours to recover from a cold shower. I think I must be cold blooded or something, because the only way I am not chattering in the winter is when I take a super hot shower!
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I LOVE cold showers! People tell me I am crazy when I mention that I take them every now and then.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
During the Summer, I took showers on my atrium when it rained. It was AWESOME. It was cold/refreshing, and so fresh! I would definitely recommend running into a cold shower for a pick-me-up.
AlecksNWondrland AlecksNWondrland 9 years
Catherine Hepburn was known for taking a dive in her cold swimming pool first thing in the morning. She said the shock of the cold water kept her going. She lived until she was 80 so i guess they're onto something.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I'll just stand outside in the middle of this snowshower while it's this cold out....
emalove emalove 9 years
I'll have to remember this, I didn't know that!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I'll try too!
missbanana missbanana 9 years
hiya! im gonna try that. ive been down lately
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