Why You Should Be Taking Cold Showers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I remember reading Katharine Hepburn's autobiography "Me: Stories of My Life," in college. A few things really stuck with me, only one of which I've actually implemented into my own life. She attributed her graceful aging and beautiful skin to taking cold showers. You may be thinking that sounds terrible! But maybe, just maybe, the benefits outweigh the discomfort. Let's see.

Katharine Hepburn's father was a successful doctor who swore by the health benefits of cold showers first thing in the morning. She heeded his advice & continued the practice into her 80s. "Exhilarating!" she called them. But cold showers aren't just a shocking wakeup. They have proven mental, internal, and beautifying benefits that we all could use.

Help Depression & Anxiety
Cold showers are therapeutic in that they release norepinephrine, an adrenal hormone that elevates your mood. Medical professionals sometimes prescribe cold therapy in this way to help patients struggling with depression.

Cleanse the Lymphatic System
Lymph nodes simultaneously bathe our cells in nourishing liquid and cleanse them of toxins and waste. They are directly connected to our cardiovascular and immune systems, but do not have a catalyst of their own to get them flowing. They depend on muscle contraction. Just like with exercise, when you expose your body to drastic cold after being warm, your lymph vessels "dilate" and pump out the lymph fluid and waste from our cells. This is incredibly detoxifying.

Promote Subtle Weight Loss
Cold temperatures - particularly ones that bring right on the verge of shivering, but not quite - stimulate "brown fat." This is a good fat in our bodies that, when activated, helps burn white fat.

They also reduce inflammation, tighten pores, and seal hair follicles for shiny locks.

It's a little hard for me to do it in the winter, but as long as I have warm, cozy pjs to jump into, it's usually worth it. The cold temperature shock makes me feel inexplicably vibrant, awake, and uplifted. It's very energizing! You feel brand new, and let's be honest, pretty tough for sticking it out.

I usually take a very warm shower, but finish off with one or two minutes of freezing cold. As low as it can go usually. My trick is: make sure you remember to take deep breaths (into your stomach, then your chest, and deep breath out). By focusing on your breathing, it almost becomes a peaceful experience & your focus is off the physical feeling of being cold. It just takes some practice. Make sure you get your back, front, and your face. Good luck! Let me know what you think.


  1. I can't do it I'm too weak

  2. I started taking cold showers a few months ago after reading up on some stoic philosophy that suggested it and then later on read up on the health benefits (pretty well documented!). Definitely takes some getting used to! But it's a better wake up than a cup of coffee, haha. :)

  3. Do you drink coffee Dayna, if so, how do you prepare and how much do you drink? Also, are you still vegan? Love all of your postings. You are such and inspiration..

    1. I actually stopped drinking coffee a couple of months ago and have never felt better. I have anxiety, so I cut out alcohol and coffee almost entirely. Now I just have a little green tea here and there if I need caffeine. I still consider myself a vegan, although the past few months I've been lazy and a bit uninspired and have been putting my healthy diet a bit to the wayside. I'm getting back on board now! :)

      Thanks so much for saying that xoxo

  4. I've been doing this for a while and loving it!! I was wondering if you could maybe do a post about love/relationships. Not disclosing anything private, but maybe sharing your philosophy of how to find a good, healthy relationship. Right now I'm kind of lost in that department :/

    1. I can definitely try! I can say I've mostly stumbled into my own. But the best advice I have is to get out there and do the things that make YOU happy, and you'll meet people with similar interests in those situations who are more likely to appreciate you for who you are :)

  5. Definitely going to try this! There's an outdoor spa in southern California that has a really hot pool and really freezing pool side by side, and you're supposed to alternate between the two a bunch of times and it is the most invigorating experience. You can practically feel your cells renewing themselves. I need to find something like this in New York but in the meantime will def try the shower :)

  6. It's such a coincendence that I stumbled upon this blog post this morning!
    I'm an Esthetician/skin-care specialist based out of Dallas, TX. Naturally, with skin being my proffesion and also passion, I'm always trying to discover new ways to improve the skin, not only on the face but the entire body to help me out and of course my beloved clients.
    About a month ago I discovered the Importance of cold water for the skin. When my whole life I
    thought for sure scolding hot water was the answer right? After all, we're all trying to kill that bacteria...Definitely wrong. Everything in this post of yours is on point my friend. And I love that you touched on lymphatic drainage! *round of applause emojis*
    I will defenitly apply what I just read to my now furthur knowledge of the benefits of cold water.
    So thank you Dayna!

    1. Amazing! Thank you for these nice words Katie :) It's always lovely to hear a professional confirm that my info is on the right track. It's also lovely to hear how open minded you are about your practice as well. It's more rare than you may think!

      xoxo Dayna



By Dayna Frazer