Happy New Year to all my readers. I am, like most people heading into 2019 with a bit of a health kick and thought January would be about making myself feel better both mentally and physically. So, I am going to have a theme for my posts throughout January: Detox & Get Healthy!
My first post of the year will help you relax after the stress and over indulgent Christmas period. January is the time we all decide we need a bit of a detox to get our health, skin and bank balance into order. I have a guest post today from Kara Whittaker from Ghergich & Co. They have teamed up with Health Perch to create an article on the benefits of taking therapeutic baths. Enjoy the post…
Some days itmight seem like you don’t have time to get yourself clean, much less block outtime to just relax in a long, soaking bath. In fact, just about 1 out of every10 people regularly have a long bath. And we might be missing out on some goodbenefits, too. That’s because baths do much more than just offer time to relax.A long soak, in fact, may be just the same as a workout—and helps to relievemuscle pain post exercise as well. And if you take that bath at nighttime, youmight be able to get a better night’s sleep, too.
Instead of just running the water and filling the tub, you can do more for your bath by boosting it. For starters, consider some Epsom salts, which might affect magnesium in your body. What else can you do? This graphic helps to explain it.
In our fast-paced culture, it’s onlynatural that just 10 percent of Americans prefer a bath toa quicker, more efficient shower. But it may be worth it to regularly soak inyour tub. In the past, doctors prescribedbaths for various ailments, and modern research suggests thesedoctors were on to something.
Not only are baths the ultimatestress busters, but they also offer a number of surprising health benefits.Keep reading to learn about the superpowers of soaking in your tub, anddiscover what to add to your bath water to boost the therapeutic benefits.
Could a long bath be as healthy foryou as a workout? It sounds too good to be true, but a small study suggests anhour-long soak in 104-degree water may provide some of the same health benefits as moderate intensityphysical activity. In the study, 14 men were randomly assigned to cycle or takea bath. Cycling burned about twice as many calories, but the bathers had loweroverall blood sugar afterward. Both cycling and bathing produced a similaranti-inflammatory response.
Moreover, research suggests taking awarm bath provides other health benefits. Soaking for 45 minutes before workingout helps prevent exercise-induced muscle damage. It may not be realistic to set aside 45 minutes to an hour per day tobathe, but you’ll likely see benefits from taking shorter, less frequent baths.Bathing in warm water, for example, may relieve pain for people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.Additionally, warm baths increase circulation, lower blood pressure, andimprove heart function in healthy people, according to several other studies.
Furthermore, taking a warm bath about60 to 90 minutes before bed may enhancethe quality of your sleep. That’s noteworthy because every year, 60 million Americans suffer from sleepdisorders; remember that restful sleep is vital to good health. And it’s calledbeauty sleep for good reason: Getting seven to nine hours of sleep improvescomplexion, reduces swelling and dark circles under the eyes, and improves thehealth and fullness of hair.
How to Take a Therapeutic Bath
You’ve probably been taking bathssince you were a kid, but a few simple tips can help you boost the health andbeauty superpowers of that water time. That means you’ll look and feel amazingafterward, instead of withered or sluggish.
First of all, baths may not be foreveryone. Sitting in a hot bath strains the heart and may be harmful if youhave a heart condition. If in doubt, talk to your doctor first.
As with all things, moderation isbest when it comes to bathing. Too many baths (or showers) can strip the skinof its oily protective barrier and disrupt the ecosystem of billions ofmicroorganisms on the skin, which helps you stay healthy.
In general, it’s best to keep your bathwater warm but not too hotto prevent injuring the outside layer of your skin. Keep your head, hands, orfeet out of the tub while you’re bathing to allow your body to release heat, and drink water while you’re inthe tub to prevent dehydration.
Bathing in warm water by itself ishealing. Alternatively, add one of these all-natural ingredients, which mayboost the therapeutic benefits of your bath.
People have been raving about thebenefits of magnesium sulfate crystals since the 17th century. That’s when thesubstance was discovered in an underground spring inEpsom, England; observers noticed it quickly healed the wounds of grazing farmanimals. Soaking in bathwater infused with Epsom salt may help boost magnesiumlevels in your body, according to a small, non-peer-reviewed University ofBirmingham study in the United Kingdom. Magnesium iscrucial for neuromuscular health, which may explain why so many people creditEpsom salt with relieving aches, pains, and other complaints. Add two cups ofEpsom salt to your bathwater to give the water a silky feel.
Humans have been swimming in theocean for thousands of years, so it makes sense that bathing in sea salt wouldbe healing. Sea salt contains up to 82trace minerals. One study suggestsbathing in a bath infused with salts taken from deep layers of the Dead Seahelps improve the skin barrier and lowers inflammation, when compared tobathing in regular tap water. Sea salt bath water may also be helpful for treating psoriasis, osteoarthritis, and acne.Add a quarter cup to a cup of sea salt to your bath.
Oats have been used topically to healskin disorders and burns for centuries, and they’re a key ingredient innumerous body and bath products. At least one study suggestsoatmeal, when applied topically, relieves skin dryness, scaling, roughness, anditchiness. To make an oatmeal bath, ground a cup of rolled or quick oats in afood processor or blender until it turns into a fine powder. Mix the powder into your bath while thewater’s running to transform your bath water into a milky, skin-softeningelixir.
Sodium bicarbonate, a natural saltused to leaven cookies and quick breads, may also benefit some people in thebathtub. It’s an alkaline substance that alters the body’s pH levels. Usuallythat’s not a good thing because the pH of the skin should stay slightly acidic. However, a half cup of baking sodadissolved in a bath may help heal an itchy or irritatedskin rash or dry, scaly skin.
Bathe Your Stress Away
Don’t wait for vacation to unwind andrelax. Light some candles, run a warm bath, and turn your bathroom into arelaxing getaway. Your bathtub may be the miracle cure you’ve been looking for.
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