"Why do I need to know the benefits of hot showers?" I hear you cry.
"Because you need to know how your body works to be healthy!" I reply!
A lot of people now find themselves asking whether they should take hot, cold, or a mixture of both types of showers to improve their health.
Below are the reasons for taking hot showers but If you'd like to know why anyone would be so crazy as to take cold showers then definitely check out "10 Benefits of Cold Showers".
1. Cleaner Pores - Cleaner Skin!
Throughout our day, we come across thousands of toxins, irritants, and dirt particles that lodge themselves under our skin and embed themselves there. They clog up the pores and this result in many terrible things like acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
When exposed to more heat than usual, the natural response of the skin is to open up its pores (tiny holes in the skin) so that more heat can escape the body. This prevents your body from overheating on a hot Summer's day or whilst you're in the shower.
Luckily, this also gives the pores a chance to have all of the gunk that we collected throughout the day to wash away with the running hot water. This will improve your complexion too and give your face a cleaner look. Did you know that we can naturally tell the difference between a clean face and one lodged with dirt?
Having hot showers will leave you and your pores feeling fresh and clean, and that's just number 1!
2. HSPs - A More Resilient Body!
Heat Stress Proteins (HSPs) are like the protectors of our cells against all things stressful. They emerge in great numbers after our bodies have experienced any kind of stress that hasn't resulted in their deaths! This is so that next time, the cells will be better prepared for that particular stress a lot better than the first time. What doesn't kill them truly makes them stronger!
Their main stimulus being (hence the name) heat means that taking hot showers every day will result in the production and maintenance of these extra useful little proteins!
To highlight the importance of these proteins, it's important to note that research has and is continuing to be done on how best to use these proteins to help astronauts stay healthy (prevent muscle atrophy) in low gravity conditions! They are also now being considered in weightlifting regimes.
You might rightly ask: "so why don't our cells just become super strong in the first place?" and the answer is undoubtedly because it takes a lot more resources (i.e. protein) in the diet to maintain these more resilient cells. Evolutionarily, we tried to conserve all of our resources because we just didn't know when we would eat again!
With these super proteins only coming out when needed, the body will only become stronger when it has to, hence the need for a stimulus.
In the modern age however, there are many people who can easily afford to buy enough food to manage a higher maintenance but healthier body. Hopefully, this is you! Reap the benefits that our ancients couldn't!
3. It Relaxes You!
Long day at work? Children being difficult? Stressed with school work?
Why not take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to stand under a nice, soothing stream of tepid water...
Sounds good? Of course it does! And not just because of my use of positive adjectives either!
It sounds good because we can all appreciate the comfort of warm water on our backs after a tiring day.
This will be one of the key deciders for people who are tackling the question of "cold or hot showers?" A cold shower is simply (at the time) not a relaxing experience!
4. Relieves Muscular Aches and Speeds Up Recovery
After a marathon, sports competition, or just long day running around from here to there, our muscles require a chance to repair themselves! As well as sleeping, the application of heat to torn and fatigued muscles is vital to the healing process.
This is because heat is necessary for all metabolic reactions (all chemical processes) in our bodies to happen at a reasonable enough rate to do anything useful! As a rule of thumb, increasing the amount of heat will increase the rate of a chemical reaction, so increasing the temperature of your muscles for a while with a hot shower will help them heal faster too!
5. It Builds a Better Body!
Part of releasing copious amounts of Heat Stress Proteins (HSPs) is that our cells will become better suited to the stress of exercise! Exercise of course makes us very hot and so (by the same process as hot showers) it creates HSPs in the cells used! This means regular hot showers train our cells for exercise without the risks of pulling or tearing muscles, in turn promising better performance in the gym, school team, or work-sports competition! Brilliant!
If that were not enough, we now know that HSPs aid metabolic rates and the creation of muscle mass! In a test conducted on mice (sorry mice!), those that were exposed to a fixed increase in heat for an hour each day had a remarkable ~20% more muscle mass than those who were not!
All in All
All in all I hope I have enlightened you about some of the lesser known benefits of hot showers! That said, however, the more known value of a relaxing hot showers seem to be the ones stopping people from switching to cold showers which give many better benefits.
As a recap, the benefits of hot showers include:
- Cleaner pores
- A more resilient body (all round)
- Relieving muscular pains and speeding up recovery
- Better athletic performance and a better body!
Links for (Scientific) Minks!
- 10 Health Benefits of Cold Showers
Find out the benefits of cold showers!
- Bodybuilding.com - Heat Shock Proteins: Scientific Discovery Shocks Nutrition Industry!
- The Power of a Hot Shower
Julius Ndanga Nje on July 21, 2018:
The article on cold and hot shower..is good.I will combine both.countries with ecessive cold need hot bath and vice-versa.
T.Rajasekhar on February 07, 2017:
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Kiss andTales on July 21, 2016:
Very interesting I wanted to read this hub based on I love hot water ,hot showers are a delight to me ! Thanks for sharing why !
Sam on October 14, 2015:
Cold is actually better for preventing delayed onset muscle soreness. It reduces the bodies inflammatory response to the "micro tears" in muscles after a hard workout through vasoconstriction.
Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on November 17, 2013:
Not many people are aware of the benefits of hot showers. It improves circulation, cleanse the skin, helps in warming up, gives relief from stiff shoulder and neck, helps in reducing insomnia & stress and gives relief from cough.
DK (author) from London on August 30, 2013:
Thank you Tastiger!
tastiger04 on August 30, 2013:
So very true....I love how hot showers really loosens your muscles up at the end of the day. Great hub, voted up and useful :)
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on April 11, 2013:
Interesting hub. I like hot showers because of the pore cleansing effect. And they are super-useful (and natural) for treating muscle aches.
humayuniftikhar from Planet Earth on December 09, 2012:
I love taking long hot showers in winter. They help me in fighting off the colds.
DK (author) from London on November 19, 2012:
Thanks a lot - I'm glad you enjoyed it! (:
IntegrityYes on November 17, 2012:
That is terrific and I voted up.
tipstoretireearly from New York on November 02, 2012:
The relaxation benefit alone makes hot showers worth it!
DK (author) from London on July 29, 2012:
ah hah, that's very unique! I see you've also read my hub about cold showers and so know that there are immense benefits to it! My hubs are about showers but of course all of the points are only intensified with baths!
drsohel from Dhaka, BD on July 28, 2012:
Nice to know the benefits. But I like cold bath. Thanks for sharing.
DK (author) from London on July 27, 2012:
T4an, haha it's only human nature to worry about the bad things! Things like dry hair and dry skin only come from showering too much in general! The body is so good at adapting that you can bet that any form of stress (heat stress is stress) will make it adapt. It's a good rule of thumb (but doesn't work for things like toxins - no smoking!)
T4an from Toronto, Ontario on July 27, 2012:
Great, now I don't feel bad about taking hot showers anymore. All I have heard is negative things about hot showers. Great hub. Voted up!
DK (author) from London on July 27, 2012:
Thank you very much catmalone, glad you appreciate it! Hot showers can be the highlight of my day sometimes :o
catmalone on July 27, 2012:
Nice hub! When I take hot showers I do feel much cooler, cleaner and relaxed especially on hot days.
DK (author) from London on July 27, 2012:
Mmm thank you very much and you're welcome!
Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on July 26, 2012:
Very interesting. After some of the most stressful days of my life I have sought refuge in a hot shower or bath. It is so healing and relaxing. Thank you for providing the proof of the healing powers of hot water.
DK (author) from London on July 26, 2012:
Ahh thank you! I didn't know that there were no comments, I'll add a capsule!
Thanks a lot :)
KenWu from Malaysia on July 25, 2012:
Just read about your hub on benefits of cold showers at https://discover.hubpages.com/health/10-benefits-o... but notice that you didn't place a comment section there hence thought of doing it here, hope you don't mind.
It is another great article, I never know cold showers could have such great benefits. Increasing metabolism and weight loss, I've never thought of that. But again I believe the coldness of water here at my place is not as cold as in places in the west.
Anyway vote up again with pressing all button except 'funny'.
DK (author) from London on July 24, 2012:
Ahh , thank you for sharing again Ken :D, of course it's different for people in very hot countries, but here in the UK it's usually very cold and so most people take their showers hot!
KenWu from Malaysia on July 24, 2012:
I rarely take hot shower. Here, in Malaysia the weather is pretty warm and so everyone love taking cold shower. I do take one in a while particular when I fall sick.