The Benefits Of Bathing
For many of us leading hectic lifestyles, having a bath is little more than a luxury. However, taking time out to soak in a warm bath is one of the best things you can do for your physical and psychological health. In this blog we round up the top 5 health benefits of bathing and why you should dedicate more time to your bath tub:
Reduces Muscle Tension
Sore muscles causing you grief? Relaxing in a warm bath is a fantastic way to ease tense, overstretched muscles, whilst improving their elasticity and flexibility. If you exercise regularly, you may find your recovery is much quicker if you schedule in baths after intense activity – especially as the warm water helps to nourish damaged cells. Try adding some calming bath salts so you can really relax.
Promotes Better Sleep
If you find it difficult falling to sleep, or sleeping through the night, relaxing in a bath before bed will help to induce feelings of calm and relax your mind and body. Bathing in warm water helps to increase body temperature and it’s the rapid cool down period immediately after getting out of the bath that helps to put you in a deep sleep.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Recent studies have shown that bathing can greatly help to reduce your blood pressure as it improves circulation and dilates blood vessels. If you suffer from high blood pressure, having a bath a couple of times a week could make a big difference to your heart heath.
If you’re feeling stressed, worn out or tense, run yourself a bath, pronto! Numerous studies have linked regular baths to better stress levels, and recent research from Japan shows that the levels of stress markers (chromogranin and cortisol) significantly reduce in those who relax in a bath for up to an hour.
Soothes Dry Skin
The wrinkled effect on your fingertips that occurs after having a long bath is a very good sign that your body is locking in moisture from the water. It’s for this reason that regular bathing can do wonders for dry skin conditions. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, be wary about what you put in your bath as certain foams and gels can irritate the skin. Choose natural oils instead.
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