We all know the stress-relieving satisfaction of soaking in a hot tub or even a warm bubble bath. But did you know that it can be extremely beneficial to your health, too?
Numerous studies have shown that immersing yourself in hot water can be very beneficial to both the body and mind. In fact, there is substantial evidence that doing so can impact on your overall health and daily living.
A recent digital Health & Wellness Booklet from the National Swimming Pool Foundation and Dr. Jonathan B. Smith sheds some light on these surprising findings. Here are just some of the ways that you can benefit from soaking in hot water, as supported by a growing body of scientific research.
- Healing: Immersion in hot water increases blood circulation. More blood flow means more nutrients are available to help cells regenerate and speed the healing process.
- Muscle pain relief: The increase in blood circulation helps remove pain-causing chemicals that build up in tissues. As a result, muscle pain goes away faster.
- Joint pain relief: The buoyancy of water acts as a buffer against the effects of gravity on an injured joint.
- Lower blood pressure: Most people see their blood pressure go down when they are immersed in hot water.
- Healthier heart: When a person is immersed in warm water, the heart is working harder and more efficiently, similar to how it benefits from exercise.
- Stress relief: Warm water immersion provides a safe, relaxing way to unwind, reduce anxiety, and cope more effectively with the challenges of daily life.
- Improved mental health: Scientific evidence shows that immersion in water helps us reduce the effects of stress and contribute to improved mental health.