The Health Benefits of a Warm Bath
A stressful day can always be improved by finding time to take a warm, relaxing bath. A luxury you don’t have time for? You’ll think differently once you consider the several associated health benefits, including the following:
Humidity/heat: Keeping the water temperature comfortable, but warm enough to start sweating clears the lymph system of toxins, decreases bacteria that cause illness and body odor, and improves your immunity.
Skin: Soaking in a tub of warm water for 20 minutes helps to soften calluses and open pores. The end of the bath is a great time to scrub, buff, or exfoliate dry skin and rough spots. The lotions you apply afterward will be absorbed more easily, too.
Muscles: On a typical day, your muscles take a beating through any combination of going to work, doing chores, and chasing after kids or the family dog. A warm bath helps relieve sore muscles by relaxing them; it also relieves cramps and headaches.
Relaxation: Even just a twenty-minute bath is enough to help reduce stress, distract you from tomorrow’s chores, and make your cares and worries seem a little less important. So go ahead and allow yourself to enjoy the peace and quiet!
Essential oils: Adding essential oils to the water gives you all of the benefits those oils can provide. Lavender oil is wonderful for decreasing stress and anxiety, Sage helps to clear the mind, and chamomile can ease tension. Add a few drops to the bath and just breathe in the relaxation!
Salts: Bath salts take the health benefits to another level by relieving muscle tenderness and inflammation on joints and any associated swelling. Add your favorite bath bomb, or 1/3 of a cup of Epsom salts to the water to melt away the aches and pains from a long day.
Ready for bed: The warm water slowly raises your body’s core temperature; when you get out of the tub your temperature drops again. This signals to your brain that it’s sleepy time. Bathing also improves sleep quality.
Does all of that sound delightful except for one small detail: your tub’s either too small or not up to your standards of relaxation? Then maybe it’s time for a replacement tub, perhaps even a walk-in model with whirlpool action for even greater relaxation. Whatever the need, you can count on Connor Plumbing to turn your bathroom into the oasis you’ve always wanted. Contact us today for more information on how to get that done.