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A 26-year-old male asked:

Is it harmful in any way to take a cold shower ~5 times a week? (i turn the water as cold as it can go for 2 min, then take 2 min hot.)

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
I don't think so: Extreme cold showers for 2 minutes are probably not harmful, however, going from very cold to very hot may cause your body some shock. However, I am sure there are folks out there that will justify literally any practice they follow. I am not sure why you are shocking your body this way, but it seems like the benefit of it from the medical standpoint is minuscule.
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