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Contrast Showers

Home Care Advice Provided by Vancouver Chiropractor and Naturopath

This morning habit will leave you energized all day!

Alternating or contrast showers are a simple yet efficient way to improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system, speed healing, modulate immune response and generally improve energy and detoxification.

During your morning shower, turn the water up to a comfortably warm temperature, and remain within the warm water for at least 3 minutes. Following this warm phase, turn the temperature down as low as you can handle, and stay under the cold stream for up to 30 seconds. Following the cold stage, turn the temperature back up, and enjoy the warm water again for 3 minutes, followed by another brief period of cold. Repeat this process up to 8 times, remembering to always end your shower on cold. If time does not permit, simply ending your shower on cold will impart significant benefit.

Contrast showers following resistance training are also an effective way to reduce fatigue and delayed onset muscle soreness.

To summarize contrast showers:

3 minutes hot, alternating with 30 seconds cold, always ending on cold.

Ending on cold has a warming effect on the body, as blood vessels are first constricted, then dilated as the body warms itself.

Please do not practice contrast showers if you are pregnant, have cancer, suffer from cardiac insufficiency, or have diminished peripheral sensation (often associated with diabetes or vascular insufficiency.)

Have a great day,
Dr. Kaleigh Anstett
Vancouver Naturopath

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