There's nothing better than a nice hot shower—except maybe an ice-cold one. You've probably seen on holistic social media pages that cold showers are actually more beneficial than hot showers, though it's hard to know if there is validity to this or if it's just another health myth spreading like wildfire on social media.

The claimed benefits of cold showers

A study out of the Netherlands published in 2015, and updated in 2018, had participants between 18 and 65 years old take cold showers in 30-, 60- or 90-second increments for 30 days straight. After that period of time, 29 percent of participants reported a reduction in sickness but reported no difference in the number of days they were under the weather if they did get sick.

Of course, that's a fairly low number, and it could simply be attributed to the fact that everyone's body reacts differently to cold water.

Moving on to mental health claims for cold showers, one of the most popular is that they may decrease depression symptoms.

In a 2007 study with the