Taking a bath may seem like a typical daily routine to us, it tends to be monotonous and we no longer take pleasure in doing it. What if you found out that giving yourself a nice warm to moderately-hot bath is not just pleasurable but beneficial on your health as well. Care to find out why?
Getting in a hot tub could soothe your stress away. As stated by Mayo Clinic:
Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.
Furthermore, the health institution also listed Relaxation Techniques (which includes taking a hot bath) as one act to effectively manage stress.
Hot tubs are therapeutic for people suffering from diabetes, Diabetes Health Journal declares:
According to a pilot study that appeared in the September 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), “hot tub therapy” helped a group of type 2s reduce their blood sugars, lose weight and improve sleep patterns…
It may be especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise.
Another (maybe not-so-surprising) positive effect of warm water is that it is actually proven to relieve our body pain. An article from Arthritis Today tells us that even 20 minutes of soaking in a warm tub could do you and your body aches a lot of favor:
Soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of medicine, and there’s good reason why this practice has stood the test of time. Research has shown warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal complaints, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and low back pain.
“The research shows our ancestors got it right. It makes you feel better. It makes the joints looser. It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion,” says Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane.
Don’t forget to get yourself hydrated before and after dipping into the hot tub, says Dr.Becker in an after-note.
A natural way to increase our body’s immune system is by elevating our body temperature:
Now if words are not enough to convince you that a warm bath is beneficial to your health, watch this video showing a new bathing system, an innovation done by orthopedics and occupational therapists themselves:
Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing time in a spa, tub, sauna or jacuzzi right? But if you are in a bit of a hurry or these utilities are simply unavailable, keep in mind that the effects of taking warm to moderately-hot shower can give you just the same results.
Since showers are different from tubs in a sense that the water from a shower flows freely and directly on you as you bathe, you have to make sure that the shower system you are using provides just the perfect water heating temperature to avoid burning you skin.