A cold shower a day could keep the doctor away, according to new findings shared in last night’s episode of The Truth About… Boosting Your Immune System.
The BBC programme, presented by Dr Ronx Ikharia, explored a number of methods people could use to help defend themselves against coronavirus and how to boost the immune system during the cold and flu season.
‘There was a really interesting study showing that if people had a normal shower and then for the last 30 seconds or so every morning, they switched it to cold. The people who were having the cold showers, they reduced their sickness days from work,’ a researcher told Dr Ronx.
‘It was 30% lower in sickness rate in those people, so that’s quite a big drop.’
‘That’s really significant,’ Dr Ronx agreed.
‘It’s possibly because that cold part of the shower in the morning was initiating this stress response which was helping initiate some of these beneficial mechnicisms,’ the researcher continued.
If a cold shower isn’t your cup of tea, Dr Ronx also suggested that public speaking and watching a scary film has also proven to have a similar effect as short term stress can give immune systems a temporary boost.
Elsewhere, Dr Ronx found out new science is revealing that the human body’s most extraordinary structure – a complex fighting system powered by five litres of blood and lymph – has the capacity to be supercharged and improved if we have the science know-how to do it.
The Truth About… Boosting Your Immune System is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.