Start Soaking in Hot Water to Improve Your Health

Soaking in hot water is more powerful than you might think. A hot bath raises your body temperature, thus it can improve blood and lymph circulation, work as detoxification, increase metabolism and calm nervous system. And the result? A healthier and more relaxed you! The best part is that soaking in hot water is inexpensive, easy, and pleasurable. Clinical evidence has shown that taking a hot bath has a lot of benefits. 

Here are some its health benefits to be gained:

Reduce Headache
Most types of headaches are caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the head. The positive effect of the hot water on our blood vessels can be used to alleviate the pressure on those blood vessels and cure your headache.

Lose Weight
Hot bath increases your heart rate, energy expenditure and calorie burn. The number of calories will depend upon your body weight, height, sex and age. However, weight loss you experience is usually related to fluid loss from sweating. To fully utilize the calorie burn, it's important that you not eat additional calories to offset the loss.

Lower Blood Pressure          
A recent study has shown that soaking in a hot bath can lower your blood pressure. But if you have a heart condition, then consult your doctor first, because a hot bath will also raise the rate of your heartbeat.

Improve Blood Circulation
Dipping the body in hot water to the neck is kind of an exercise for your blood vessels. This is because water creates physical pressure on the body and so increases the capacity of your heart -- your heart will work faster and stronger.

Improve Sleep Quality
When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically, but also mentally. It prepares us for falling asleep and has a good’s night sleep.

Reduce Cough and Flu Symptoms
The hot steam of a hot bath can dry out the mucus accumulating in our throat, which is one of the most common reasons for ongoing coughing. In addition, a hot bath can also alleviate symptoms of the flu. We can't make the common cold vanish, but getting yourself submerged in hot water targets two different elements of cold-management: steam therapy and overall body temperature. And it's recommended that you keep yourself warm when you're suffering from a virus.

Balance Hormones
Warm water bathing can increase levels of serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain associated with happiness and well being.

Boost Immunity
Taking a hot bath or spa can kill bacteria and improve immunity. Not only does a warm bath make the blood flow easier, it also makes it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower, particularly when taking in steam.

Cleanse and Moisturize Skin, Hair and Eyes
Soaking in water is extremely beneficial as drinking it. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath. Hot water opens our pores and causes us to sweat, which is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself. Sweating during heavy exercise, in a hot tub or in a sauna, may help you excrete heavy metals and other toxic elements you've acquired from your environment.

Note: If you and your spouse are trying to have a baby, you'll want to steer clear of the hot bath. As your body heat rises, so does the temperature of your testicles, reducing your fertility. You'll also want to avoid the hot bath during pregnancy as it may cause fetal abnormalities.

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