Here Are 6 Times When You Shouldn’t Have a Cold Shower

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“It’s a true fact that a sharp drop in temperature can cause cardiovascular diseases, and it did happen here just now,” exclaimed Ding Yahui, a doctor of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, after he spent hours trying to rescue a patient in the hospital’s emergency room.

“A 53-year-old male patient was rushed to the hospital by his family due to a heart attack. But he was in a coma as soon as he was taken out of an ambulance. Emergency room medical staff tried their best to perform standard CPR on him immediately, and I joined them shortly after that. But our efforts were in vain due to the infarction of a large area of ​​his vascular muscle and prolonged radiogenic shock,” he explained.

“In fact, this tragedy resulted from a bucket of cold water that was used by him to relieve the summer heat. Though he used to consider himself a strong man with a healthy body capable of killing a tiger with his bare hands, he suffered continuous chest distress and pain right after pouring the cold water on his body.

“When rushed to the hospital, a large amount of his heart muscle had been damaged. Regardless of how professional the hospital is, his situation deteriorated and he eventually died:

So, be sure not to take showers under the following six situations in the summertime:

1. When sweating all over the body

When sweating, blood vessels dilate and pores enlarge, so blood circulation is speeding up. If one suddenly takes a cold bath, blood vessels will shrink and sweat pores be closed immediately. The body heat dissipation channels are thus blocked. Once the body heat cannot be dissipated, it tends to result in an acute heart attack.

2. After drinking alcohol

Alcohol inhibits the liver’s functions, hindering the release of glycogen. When taking a bath, glucose consumption in the body increases. If you take a bath after drinking, the blood glucose cannot be replenished sufficiently. It tends to result in dizziness, vertigo, hypoglycemia and even a coma.

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3. After meals

When taking a shower after meals, the blood vessels of the skin all over the body will dilate due to hot water stimulation. As blood flows to the surface of the body, the blood supply in the abdominal area is reduced. It will affect digestion and absorption, causing low blood sugar, even collapse, or faintness.

4. After work

After strenuous work or brain work, one should rest a while before taking a bath. Otherwise, it’s likely to cause inadequate blood flow to the heart or the brain, and even lead to faintness.

5. When having a fever or low blood glucose

If one’s body temperature is over 38 degree Celsius, his calorie consumption can increase by 20 percent. He is liable to have an accident if taking a bath under this circumstance. When taking a hot bath, the water temperature can dilate human blood vessels, which can lead to collapse as a result of inadequate blood supply to brain.

6. Don’t take baths after 9 p.m.

Yang and yin qi in human body vary with the change of time, as yang qi flourishes in the morning, while yin qi rises in the evening. People shouldn’t take cold baths in the morning, as the flourishing yang qi will get hurt. In the evening, yin qi is stored in the internal organs, and the skin is less protected. Taking a bath in the evening allows for dampness to enter the body. So, people shouldn’t take baths after nine o’clock at night.

Translated research by Aizhu Lu.

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