4 Benefits of Ending Your Showers Cold

Who would have thought that ending your showers cold could be a good thing?  For most people, a cold shower sounds like a nightmare and very uncomfortable. It did to me at first, but after doing it for so many years and feeling the benefits, it’s just part of my morning ritual now.

So what is so great about ending your showers COLD?

1-Improves Circulation

Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs and glands. This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation throughout your whole body, including the lymphatic system.

It prevents such problems as hypertension, hardening of the arteries, and the appearance of varicose veins, by circulation improvement.

COLD water stimulates blood flow to the CORE of the body, thus bringing FRESH blood to the organs and glands and ALL parts of the Body!

This means, OXYGEN & NUTRIENTS IN and TOXINS & PATHOGENS OUT!

2- Better Looking Skin

When you shower with warm water, it opens up the pores of your skin. So washing with warm water is good to cleanse the skin. Then after washing, it is a good idea to close the pores with cold water. Closing the pores will prevent the pores from being clogged with dirt and oil, therefore, preventing skin acne and other irritating skin conditions.

Coldwater makes your blood vessels constrict which will reduce swelling and puffiness. Another one of my favorite ways to improve circulation and create healthy skin is by dry skin brushing.

3- Healthier Hair

When it comes to hair care, cold showers can make the hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles. So let the cold water run over your head after washing.

4- Mental Benefits

Cold water energizes and invigorates your entire being with the essence of life.

In an article from PUBMED, they talk about the potential treatment for depression with cold showers.

Due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, ending your showers cold is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.

Give it a try, you will definitely feel more alive! I love ending my showers cold because it gives me that same invigorating feeling of jumping in a cold running river or jumping off the boat to get ready to water ski. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s a little shock, but a good refreshing shock.

How do you go about ending your showers cold?

DON’T TORTURE YOURSELF.  Start with a level of cold water that you can deal with, and slowly make it colder. It is recommended to stay in the cold water from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

I find that if I start with cold water on the back and top of my head it is easier. Then after I’m used to it, I’ll turn around and let the water run down the front of my body, and then my face. Oh baby it feels so refreshing!

Make it a habit to end your shower COLD or at least COOL and enjoy your day my friend!

 

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Condensed Cream Soup Recipe – No MSG

This homemade condensed cream soup recipe is a great tasting, easy to make alternative to canned soup. You can make all your recipes that call for canned cream soups without the MSG!
 
There are so many recipes out there that call for canned creamed soups. Have you looked at the ingredients in canned soup? One of the things I try to avoid when buying food is MSG, and most canned soups are loaded with this stuff. Well, it’s in a ton of processed foods.

 

What is MSG?

MSG, also known as monosodium glutamate, is a common ingredient and food additive used to boost the flavor of processed, canned and frozen foods. Why is it bad for you? You can read more about that here.

Back to the recipe! It’s super easy to make and doesn’t alter the flavor of recipes at all that call for canned soup. I am going to give you the cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, AND cream of tomato soup recipes.

I will list the ingredients for the cream soup base; which will be the same for all the recipes, then you can switch out the other ingredients for the different kinds of soups.

Cream soup base Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk or stock ( Chicken, veggie or even powdered milk can be used).

If making stock from bouillon or soup base, 1 tsp. per cup of liquid (McCormick Chicken and Beef Base from Costco doesn’t have MSG)

If you want to make a quadruple batch and freeze (which I like to do), here are the measurements:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups liquid
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt

Instructions:

  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add flour, stir with wire whisk until well combined.
  • Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Cream of Chicken Soup Base

This makes a really good chicken gravy  as well!!!

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder instead regular salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. instant chicken bouillon granules or chicken base
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked chicken (optional)

Cream of mushroom soup ingredients

  • 1 cup beef beef bouillon or 1 tsp beef base and 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms

Cream of celery soup

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery, saute with the butter

Tomato soup

  • 1 cup tomato juice instead of water or milk (For cream of tomato soup, add 1/2 cup tomato juice and 1/2 cup milk).

 

This isn’t quite as fast as opening a can, but when you can avoid MSG, it’s worth it!

I hope you’ll give it a whirl in your favorite recipes.

Cream of Chicken Soup Base - No MSG

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Make all your recipes that call for canned cream soups without the MSG! A great tasting, easy to make alternative. Make a yummy gravy as well.
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  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Yield1 cup
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
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Ingredients

Add these ingredients to the base soup ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup milk or stock ( Chicken, veggie or even powdered milk can be used)
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder instead regular salt
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. instant chicken bouillon granules or chicken base
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked chicken (optional)
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Instructions

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Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

 
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Add flour, stir with wire whisk until well combined.

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

3

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

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Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

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  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Yield1 cup
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
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Ingredients

Add these ingredients to the base soup ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup milk or stock ( Chicken, veggie or even powdered milk can be used).
    • 1 cup beef bouillon or 1 tsp beef base and 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
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Instructions

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Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

 
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Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

3

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

4

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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Cream Of Celery Soup

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Make all your recipes that call for canned cream soups without the MSG! A great tasting, easy to make alternative. Make a yummy gravy as well.
  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Yield1 cup
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
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Ingredients

Add these ingredients to the base soup ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup milk or stock ( Chicken, veggie or even powdered milk can be used).
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery, sauté with the butter
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Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

 
2

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

3

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

4

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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Cream Of Tomato Soup

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  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Yield1 cup
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
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Ingredients

Add these ingredients to the base soup ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup tomato juice instead of water or milk (For cream of tomato soup, add 1/2 cup tomato juice and 1/2 cup milk).
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Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

 
2

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

3

Stir in salt and liquid and whisk until thickened and smooth. (If you need it thicker or thinner for your recipe, adjust liquid amount)

4

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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