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Cold showers: not always fun, but always healthy

Cold showers: not always fun, but definitely healthy

Taking a cold shower isn’t a nice prospect to wake up to, for a lot of people. Despite cold showers not always being fun (especially in the beginning), the pros seem to outweigh the cons. Having a cold shower is pretty healthy: it reinforces your immune system, helps the circulation of blood and even betters your happiness! It’s not just wild guesses, scientific research has proven the benefits of cold showers.

Research among employees of a company has proven to lower sick leave by 29%, within the group of cold showering employees. We’ll go deeper into the reason why cold showering is as healthy as we claim down below.

1. It improves your immune system

When your body comes into contact with cold water, multiple reactions occur. Your body starts making extra white blood cells and immediately increases your metabolic rate. The white blood cells help the attack on harmful pathogens. This is an automatic reaction of the body to protect you from the cold you’re experiencing. By having a cold shower on a daily basis (15 seconds, really cold), you can boost your immune system easily and be better protected against a lot of disease-causing agents.

2. Stimulates the circulation of blood

One of the reactions of the body when exposed to cold, is narrowing blood vessels. When your body warms back up, your blood vessels eventually open up widely. This stimulates the circulation of blood and, in turn, pumps a lot of oxygen to your organs and brains. Are you feeling energetic and sharp after a cold shower? You should be.

3. Production of brown fat

Another interesting reaction of the body when exposed to cold, that’s gotten a lot of scientific attention lately, is the production of brown fats. These special fat cells, primarily found around the neck and spine, function as little space heaters for the body. Unlike white fat cells, brown fat cells can not store energy. Brown fat cells can however produce energy, by using the white fat cells as ‘fuel’. When experiencing cold, the body stimulates the creation of brown fat cells. The more of those cells there are, the more white fat cells you need to fuel these ‘brown-fat-heaters’. So indirectly, cold showers help burn ‘bad fats’ and lose a little extra weight.

4. Cold showers make you happy

You might think differently during your cold shower, but afterwards the effect should really help your happiness overall. This is caused by the production of endorphins due to the exposure to cold. And as you might know, endorphins carry the nickname of the happiness hormone. The hormone has a proven effect to counteract any stress hormones, causing you to feel happy and stress free at the start of your day. Seems like a great way to start off!

Want to start your day off even more healthy and happily? Then take a Jake Shake after your cold shower. Our shakes contain all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally. All quick and easy in one meal. Want to try Jake? Click here.

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What Makes Jake Healthy?

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When we say Jake is healthy, what exactly does this mean? Here, we’ve summarised some of the key nutrition facts that make Jake a good choice for any meal of the day.

Jake is high in protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient with many functions in your body. One of these functions is to support muscle building and the growth of muscle mass. Protein is also important for the composition of your bones.

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Jake is a source of potassium

Each serving of Jake provides you with 25-33% of your daily needs of potassiumSource: Jake. Potassium is a mineral which helps maintain normal blood pressureA normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg.
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Jake is a source of these vitamins and minerals:

  • Iron and copper

Iron and copper are minerals, which your body can’t make itself. They both contribute to the normal functioning of your immune system.

Every Jake meal provides you with 25-33% of your daily RDA for iron and copperSource: Jake.

  • Calcium and magnesium

Calcium and magnesium help you keep your bones strong and they’re good for your nervous system.

Every Jake meal provides you with 25-33% of your daily RDA for calcium and magnesiumSource: Jake.

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D increases calcium absorption in your bones. It also supports the normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in your blood.

Every Jake meal provides you with 50-67% of your daily RDA for vitamin DSource: Jake.

  • Iodine, thiamine, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12

Every Jake meal provides you with 25-33% of your daily RDA for iodine, thiamine, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12Source: Jake.

Afraid to miss out on essential nutrients your body needs? You can always take our Jake meal replacement shakes or one of our delicious meal replacement bars.