Bath bombs, bath salts, and bubble bath soap are common and still under-appreciated gifts we all have either received or given many times. Do you know that those might be one of the healthiest gifts you hot all season?
Hot baths are one of the most underrated health tools we have at our disposal. There are many amazing benefits to this relaxing activity which make this dual-purposed – get clean and also get healthy. What are these amazing health benefits? Check out the following list.
Improving your blood circulation
Dipping your body in hot water is kind of an exercise for the blood vessels. Since water creates physical pressure on your body it increases the capacity of your heart. In other words, when you are inside the water, your heart works stronger and faster. However, this is not a massive undertaking, but rather a light exercise. Several dips a week is great workout for your heart.
Staying in shape
Small sports injuries, over-stretched muscles and even joint pain can be relieved with a hot bath, which is great ending to physical activity.
Lowering your blood pressure
One study has shown that soaking in hot bath can lower your blood pressure. This is excellent for those heart conditions which have to watch out for spikes in their blood pressure. In case you have a heart condition, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor first, since hot bath will also raise the rate of your heartbeat. If you doctor says it is OK, then it’s an excellent way of bringing down your blood pressure.
According to one study, people who suffer from diabetes and soak in hot tub in a regular basis are able to reduce their levels of glucose and sugar in the blood.
Many of us experience a lot of stress during the day. However, a good soak can relax us. Hot bath is a great way to reduce daily anxiety.
Cleaning the skin
It is true that a shower is cleaner that a bat, but a good soak in hot water after a shown can open up the pores in your skin. If the water is clean, they can come in and clean some of the toxins and dirt in your skin. The result is a cleaner skin and fresh feeling.
Most headaches are caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the head. The positive effect of hot bath on your blood vessels can be used to alleviate the pressure on those blood vessels and cure your headache.
Helping your cough and flu symptoms
The hot steam can dry out the mucus accumulating in your throat, which is one of the most common reasons for coughing. Hot bath can also alleviate symptoms of the flu.
Helping you fall asleep
Hot water relaxes your body and prepares you for falling asleep. The hot water increases the temperature of the body and relaxes the muscles, when a tense body enters a warm bath. The hot bath will relax you physically and also mentally, which is what many of us need at the end of the day.
Moisturizing your skin
Although you may not like the wrinkled skin after hot bath, but it actually has a good effect on it. The warm water leaves your skin moist for longer, and therefore prevents it from drying up and getting those small cracks which often appear when it’s dry.