Down? Take a Cold Shower

I know that when I'm feeling down and out, the idea of taking a two to three minute cold shower sounds like the worst idea in the world, but new research disagrees. Researchers recommend taking a cold shower — around 68 degrees — for two to three minutes once or twice daily as a treatment for depression, preceded by a five-minute gradual adaptation to the temperature.

Sounds wacky but the cold-shower idea is linked to the phenomenon of homeopathy, where small doses of something harmful may actually promote healing by stimulating the body's repair and recovery systems.

Fit's Tip: This is new research, so those suffering from depression and interested, especially heart patients and other already at-risk patients, should talk to your with their doctor.

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