Top 7 Health Benefits of Taking a Bath
There is nothing better than getting into a warm bath after a long, exhausting day. Whether it is hot or cold outside, submerging your body in water is historically one of our species favorite past times. Many longstanding cultural traditions point to this fact. Just take a look at the Roman Empire with its many bath-houses or the Japanese tradition of onsen, and you will discover an extensive history surrounding bath-time.
Both the use of hot- and cold-water baths can significantly benefit the body. Whether you enjoy bathing in the cooler months or taking a cold bath to relax your muscles, hydrotherapy is one of the best practices for ensuring total mind and body health.
Here is a list of the top 7 reasons you should jump in the tub the next chance you get.
- Bathing Cleanses and Moisturizes Your Body
One of the more obvious reasons why bath-time is excellent for your health is its cleansing and moisturizing qualities. Exposing your body to warm water opens your pores, flushes them out, and ensures hydration of the body in all aspects. It is a well-known fact that water makes up most of the human body, which is why we must drink plenty of it. But your outside also needs a healthy amount of hydration. You can do so by adding a soothing, softening, and moisturizing bath bomb into your bathwater.
Cosset Bath and Body's Cleopatra bath bomb is a wonderful choice for enhancing the cleansing and hydration qualities of your bath. Cleopatra's milk and honey formula softens skin, remove dead skin cells and unclogs pores, revealing a lighter, more radiant skin. To get the most benefits out of this bath bomb, you should fill your tub with warm or hot water and soak for at least 20 minutes.
- Baths Elevate Your Mood
Settling into a tub filled with warm water is good for the soul and your mood! Fortunately, once you drain your bath-tub, your elevated mood is there to stay. According to psychologist Neil Morris, who surveyed 80 people, bathing has the power to diminish feelings of depression and pessimism. He found that "baths give you...a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort." All in all, a good soak in the tub will help you feel submerged in warmth and all its associated feelings. So, the next time you need a picker-upper, jump in the bath and allow your mind and body to ease into its comfort.
- Bathing Reduces Pain and Inflammation
For centuries, hydrotherapy has been used to relax muscles. In fact, doctors with patients who have multiple sclerosis often suggest baths as a way of gently relieving the pain and discomfort in the spine. Submerging your body in water can also help you reduce the pain and inflammation in your body, as well as, calm your nervous system. By taking a bath, you will subsequently reduce the levels of stress and anxiety in your body, which has optimal effects for your internal health.
If you are planning on adding bathing to your health regimen, our Down to Earth bath bomb is the best additive for you. One of its key benefits is grounding because it is a great detoxifier and helps relieve muscle ache brought on by physical exertion. For best results, allow your body to soak in warm water for 20 minutes after adding it to the warm water.
- Baths Can Increase Heart Health
Another major benefit of taking a dip into a warm bath is that it can significantly benefit your heart. Taking regular baths have shown to reduce blood pressure, according to research. One study from Finland in 2015, found that frequenting saunas can help reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. That study was then supported when research from the University of Oregon showed that regular hot baths could lower blood pressure. By using warm water in your bath, you can increase blood flow and circulation and reap the benefits for your heart health.
- Baths Soothe Irritated Skin
Warm baths are great for your skin, especially when you combine it with a soothing bath additive from our bathing selection. However, make sure to steer clear of too hot of water if your skin is already irritated. Hot water can make the skin more irritated and leave you with red and itchy skin. Make sure to not exceed too far above your body temperature, and your irritated skin will feel better before you know it.
- Bathing Can Help Balance Your Hormones
One of the lesser-known benefits of taking a warm bath is that it can help balance your hormones. Those who have chronic fatigue syndrome and some fertility problems can use cold baths to help regulate their balances and find relief. Other hormones that can become more balanced through cold water submersion is the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and other hormones released by the pituitary gland.
On the other hand, warm water can help increase your levels of serotonin, the hormone that is associated with feelings of happiness and overall well-being. This means that a warm bath is great for those suffering from depression or anxiety, as well as anyone hoping to improve their mood.
- Baths Help You Breathe Easier
If you ever wondered why your mom forced you into the tub every time you had a cold or flu, it is because water immersion positively impacts your lungs. The main reason for this is because the temperature of the water combines with the pressure on your body helps open up your lungs and allows increased airflow. When the water is warmer, and you are submerged up to your neck, the steam will clear your sinuses and chest, allowing improved oxygen intake.
What are you waiting for? Bath time awaits.
There is no better time than now to enjoy your bath. Take a quick 20 minutes to relax, and you will soak in all seven of our top bathing benefits before you know it. For additional benefits, you can check out our online store for bath bombs, therapy bombs, and other bath essentials.