How a Shower Can Help Your Cold Symptoms
It is cold and flu season and you can’t stop coughing and sneezing, but did you know that taking a shower can make you feel good when you are at your worst? A hot shower will stimulate the flow of blood to the rest of the body and deliver benefits that can lessen your cold symptoms.
Taking a shower when you have a cold
Showers have been identified as beneficial because of their ability to clean and refresh the body. However, there are many more benefits that are associated with taking a shower such as boosting the immune system and fighting cold symptoms.
A lukewarm shower in the morning will get your immune system going whereas a hot shower in the evening will lower your blood pressure and help you to relax after a hard day. In fact, you can even boost your immune system by taking cold showers. Of course, you might also get a little sick in the process.
If you have a cold, and not influenza, there are many benefits that may come of a hot shower. To start, it can help warm you up if you are having chills. It can also ease chest congestion along with clearing your nasal passage. Finally, as every cold sufferer knows, your nose can get very dry from the excessive tissues. What better way to bring a little moisture to your nose then through the use of a hot shower? Of course, you should always monitor the water temperature and ensure you don’t burn yourself.
Finally, if you are not in the mood for a shower but still have a cold, you should still consider the idea of filling your bathroom with steam while you sit and relax for a few minutes. You could turn the shower on while using the bathroom, or even while quickly brushing your teeth. Yes it’s still a bit wasteful, but in small amounts shouldn’t be too much of a strain on your water bill. And if it gets you feeling better, can you really put a price on that?