Doing an effective cleanse is all about removing as many toxins from your body as you can. This is true whether we talk about colon cleanses, liver cleanses or many of the other cleanses mentioned on this site.
Contrast showers are a simple technique that you can use daily to help your body process and expel more toxins.
Contrast showers work in a couple of different ways. Firstly they boost your circulation, which helps to remove toxins more quickly. Secondly they stimulate and strengthen your immune system. They are an easy way to boost the effectiveness of your cleanse, and you can very simply add them to your daily routine.
If you’re wondering how contrast showers actually work, it’s thanks to the effect of the hot and cold water on the blood cells closest to your skin. As the temperature changes they first widen (vasodilation) then narrow (vasoconstriction). Repeating this process frees up blockages, reduces friction and allows the cells to move past each other more freely.
Two Great Reasons To Try Contrast Showers
Improve your blood circulation
The circulation of your blood is the way by which toxins reach your liver, where they are processed and removed from your bloodstream. Improving your circulation allows these toxins to reach the liver and be processed more quickly. Contrast showers act to loosen up any bottlenecks in your blood circulation and speed up the process by which toxins are expelled.
Support your immune system
There are actually two elements to the circulatory system in your body. One is the cardiovascular system, which moves blood around the body. The second is the lymphatic system, which returns excess blood plasma towards the heart and acts as a filtration system that prevents pathogens from entering your blood stream. The hot and cold of contrast showers increases circulation in the lymphatic system, and both normalizes and strengthens your immune system.
Contrast showers – the basic technique
As you will see from these instructions, contrast showers are a really simple procedure that will take only a few minutes of your time.
Step 1: Shower in warm water for 3 minutes
Step 2: Turn off the hot water and shower under cold/cool water for 1 minute
Step 3: Repeat 3 times
Showering in cold water is not always comfortable, but try to keep as big a differential between the hot and cold temperatures as you can. This will give the best results.