Is there anything better than a bath for rest and relaxation? It's a glorious way to treat yourself and yet so many of us are reluctant to press the pause button and take a little time to recharge and that's why we've decided to give you a little encouragement.
Here are 6, health boosting, healing reasons, to draw yourself a bath TONIGHT!
1. Breath Easier
When you have sinus troubles and/or nasal congestion, breathing can feel like a chore. Submerging your body in warm, steamy water can help to clear things up for you. Breathing in steamy air is a great way to reduce inflammation and clear your nasal passages. And if you're suffering with a cold, a bath can actually help to bolster your immune system. When you're suffering from a virus, it is recommended that you keep yourself warm, as a recent study found that an elevated body temperature can help your immune system function more efficiently.
2. Calm The Nervous System
Pain and inflammation in the nervous system can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Hydrotherapy, through a warm bath, can help to calm these ills. If you suffer with back or nerve pain, the warm water can ease the pressure enough to offer you some relief. This relief can put you in a better mood, too. Whenever your pain and discomfort is lessened, you can't help but be happier!
3. Relieve Those Achy Muscles
If you've been smashing out your favorite BodyRock workouts in SweatFlix
, than you're bound to feel sore and achy from time to time. You've worked those muscles hard and you can show them a little love by sliding into a warm bath. The bath acts like a heat pack or warm compress, raising the temperature of the muscle, blocking pain sensors and reducing pain. If you are serious athlete, you might consider hopping into a cold bath. Cold baths constrict the blood vessels and drain lactic acid (which builds up during intense exercise) from the muscle. When you get out of the tub, fresh blood, minus the pain causing acid, floods the muscle, reducing your recovery time!
4. Silky, Smooth Skin
Taking a warm bath can help to open up your pores and promote sweating as a natural cleaning process. If you want to increase these benefits, add salts, soaks, and oils rich in natural minerals.
5. Stress Reduction
Having a bath can significantly reduce your stress levels and lift your sense of comfort and optimism. If your life feels out of control or you've had a crazy long day at the office, a bath may be just the thing for you. Studies have found that being enveloped by warm liquid and reclining in the horizontal position is reminiscent of being in the womb and can trigger feelings of safety, security and comfort. Furthermore, baths can function as private, quiet, meditation time in an over-scheduled, over-connected world. Baths give you a chance to step away from the demands on your time to focus on you and you alone.
6. Get Better Sleep
If you want to be healthy, you need to sleep. Taking a warm bath before bed can help you fall asleep more easily. Our body temperatures drop at night, triggering the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin. You can help this process along by slipping into a warm tub. When you get out, your body temperature will drop immediately, leaving you with nothing to do but slip into bed and drift off to sleep. Adding oils like lavender or chamomile can also help.
Now that you know how healthy bathing can be, why not take the experience to the next level? Below are DIY bath salts and soaks that will enhance and elevate the very benefits we just mentioned. Don't just relax, luxuriate!
Tell us, do you feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a nice, warm bath?