A simple change in your daily showering habits can lead to longer lifespans.
Research has shown that cold showers can boost the immune system and relieve symptoms of depression, and when it comes to living longer, many of us know that genes play a role.
However, it is also widely believed that certain lifestyle choices, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, are good ways to increase your chances. And one expert recommended changing your showering habits to extend your life for years.
Christopher Ball, co-founder of the Oxford Longevity Project, advocated for cold showers to prolong life.
In particular, he advised starting with a hot shower and moving to a cold one for as long as possible.
He told The Express: “Longevity in good health certainly requires good genes, but we can all increase our chances of living a long and healthy life by adopting a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude. I use the first five letters of the alphabet to remind myself about my daily routine to make sure my way of thinking and lifestyle is true So far so good I’m 87 years old and healthy and happy – I plan to live to 111 Health ploy because they stimulate the immune system so research shows that those who take it are less susceptible to cold hydrotherapy and has also been shown to relieve symptoms of depression, which we know is a risk factor for death.The trick is to take a hot shower (as hot as possible), then switch to a colder one by thinking about the challenges of the day and the week ahead and making sure you feel positive.”
One study published in the journal PLOS One analyzed the effect of cold showers on the number of sick days reported by workers.
The study included more than 3,000 participants aged 18 to 65 years without severe comorbidities (having more than one disease) and without the usual cold shower experience.
Regular bathing (hot to cold) resulted in a statistical reduction in the number of self-reported absences of illness but not days of illness in adults without severe joint disease.
Cold exposure is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system, increase blood levels of beta-endorphin and norepinephrine, and increase the release of synaptic norepinephrine in the brain.
In addition, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, it is expected that a cold shower will send a huge amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which can lead to an antidepressant effect.