10 Amazing Benefits Of Taking A Bath
What are some of the benefits you can get from taking a hot bath?
Hot baths are the one of those small pleasures in life that can turn an otherwise bad day into a good one. You know how it goes: You woke up late, stubbed your toe in the shower, burnt your tongue on coffee and missed your train to work.
Then, your boss ranted at you for something that wasn’t even your fault, before Bob from HR accidentally spilled his smoothie all over your top because he’s just so clumsy.
To make matters worse, the heavens opened on your way home and you got soaked in the rain.
It was just one of those days, and you thoroughly deserve a hot bubble bath when you get home! Soaking into the depths of the soapy warm water is such a replenishing feeling that the whole day is already a distant memory. You’ve got your bubbles, your glass of champagne and you’re not moving from here for a very long time.
As well as turning a frown upside down, let’s take a look at what other amazing benefits a hot has to offer you.
Hot Baths Can Improve Your Blood Circulation
Did you know that your blood vessels need exercise? They sure do. Without adequate exercise, your vessels won’t be able to transport blood with as much gaiety as you really need.
A hot bath is the perfect “workout” for your blood vessels. How? When you steep your body in hot water, a kind of physical pressure is exerted on you vessels, which in turn boosts your heart’s capacity.
What I’m essentially saying is that your heart works stronger and faster in the water. It might not be exercise in the regular sense, but it’s still exercise.
Hot Baths Can Improve Your Breathing
We never give a second thought to breathing when things are going well. But when we struggle for breath, we suddenly realise how important breathing actually is.
Immersing yourself in hot water with only your chest surfacing can boost your oxygen intake and lung capacity. The reasons for this are twofold: Firstly, the pressure the water exerts on your lungs and chest is key.
Secondly, because your lungs are beneath the water’s surface, you are require to take deeper and more prolonged breaths, which in turn boost your lung’s capacity.
Hot Baths Promote Sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, taking a hot bath before bed could be the answer.
How? Firstly, hot water relaxes your muscles. And when your muscles are relaxed, you’re pretty much ready to snooze.
If you’re feeling especially tense at the moment, it might be a good idea to take a hot soak before bed tonight.
Hot Baths Can Boost Your Brain
Hot baths can give your brain a boost. Sceptical?
Consider that being submerged in warm water both lowers inflammation and calms your nervous system.
Both are required for a better functioning brain.
Moreover, for anyone suffering with Parkinson’s Disease, taking hot baths has its benefits. It can reduce symptoms associated with the disease by providing postural stability.
Hot Baths Can Relieve Soreness After A Workout
I workout quite a lot, while my boyfriend plays soccer three times a week. One thing we used to complain a LOT about was muscle soreness after intense physical activity.
Now that we hit upon the idea of taking hot baths are working out, we no longer suffer from the same kind of muscle wear and tear.
The same goes with joint pain. If you suffer from an agonising amount of aches and pains after a workout, you should definitely consider taking a hot bath for instant relief.
Hot Baths Are Good For Your Skin
Got a nasty skin condition you can’t seem to get rid of at the moment? Regular hot baths can help.
Especially if other methods – such as exfoliating and moisturising – just haven’t worked, you might want to turn to a hot bath to help you out.
Hot Baths Boost Your Gastrointestinal Health
If you happen to suffer from anal fissures or haemorrhoids, you will certainly know that the pain can sometimes be rather unbearable. But hot baths can help.
How? Simply because warm water relaxes your sphincter and can promote faster wound healing.
And while don’t advise that you take a hot bath straight after eating, it’s worth mentioning that being submerged in hot water boosts blood circulation, which in turn improves digestion.
Hot Baths Can Lower Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that hot baths can help to regulate blood pressure and prevent dangerous spikes. This is especially fantastic news for anyone who suffers with heart conditions and as such has to keep a close eye on their blood pressure.
There is a caveat, though – hot baths can also raise your heartbeat. For this reason, if you o suffer from a heart condition, we suggest consulting a doctor first before taking a hot bath.
Hot Baths Provide Relief From Muscle Spasms
What are muscle spasms? Spasms are pretty common, but sometimes they’re REALLY painful. Often occurring as a result of too much activity or a physical handicap, such as scoliosis, muscle spasms appear in short but intense bursts – and they can make your life a misery.
Painkillers can help to temper the pain. But what you really want to do is double down on the spasms, and you can do this by taking hot baths.
Hot water soothes spasming muscles, and calms them down within moments.
Hot Baths Improve Your Mood!
Okay, so I started this article by pointing out that hot baths improve your mood. You already knew that. It’s obvious, right?
But did you know that there is an actual science behind it?? According to a study carried out in 2002, it was discovered that the reason a hot bath improves mood is because of a few factors which, when combined, are super effective. These factors include the warmth, the isolation, the comfort and the fact that you’re lying horizontal.
Do you know other benefits of taking a bath?
Stay happy and healthy!