Dr Mosley: Expert reveals exact time you need to stay in a cold shower to improve health

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There is growing evidence that suggests that cold water swimming on a regular basis can boost your mood, lower stress, improve your cardiovascular health and strengthen your immune system.

“If you don’t live by the sea you can of course have a lovely cold shower at home,” said Dr Mosley.

He continued: “When having a cold shower, it will trigger a stress response and you will start hyperventilating, your heart rate will shoot up and your body will be flooded with adrenalin.

“Gradually over time you will adapt, and your stress response will fall becoming more muted and it is thought that by exposing our bodies to small amounts of stress in a controlled way we get benefits.”

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