International Bath Day is June 14 and offers a great opportunity to relax in a luxurious soak at the end of your busy day. Bathing is not just about cleanliness; a quick shower could accomplish that. Submerging yourself in a comforting tub of water does so much more, both for mental well-being and for your physical health. Whether it’s bathing in cold or hot water, numerous studies have shown that indulging in one can have many surprising health benefits.
Fundamentally, bathing offers valuable quiet time and can improve your mood and optimism. It is an excellent method to relax your body, relieve stress, promote better sleep, and relieve muscle pain. When you are cold, taking a hot bath can be just the thing to warm you up, and when it is hot, a cool bath may be the best way to cool down.
Warm water opens the pores and causes sweat, the body’s natural way of cleansing. However, cold water tightens skin while providing hydration. A warm bath can help your immune system function better by elevating your body temperature to help fight off infections. Yet when you are sick, a steamy bath can reduce cold and flu symptoms, helping to clear nasal passages and reducing inflammation. Additionally, warm water relaxes muscles, helping to relieve pain, and reducing inflammation.
Warm water bathing can also help your emotional well-being by increasing levels of serotonin, the chemical produced by the brain that is associated with happiness. It calms the nervous system, lessening anxiety and stress. Further, taking a warm bath can improve circulation, increasing heart activity, helping blood vessels function better, and lowering blood pressure.
However, taking a cold bath has its benefits too. Athletes use ice baths after exercise to alleviate lactic acid build up in their bloodstream and improve recovery time. Cold water also stimulates the production of noradrenaline and beta-endorphins which may help when you’re feeling blue. In addition, a cooler bath can help to retain the natural oils in your hair and skin.
Whether you take a warm bath or a cooler one, soaking can be beneficial and a great way to hydrate your body. So, celebrate the day by taking time out to relax with a luxurious soak, but remember, hard water can cause your skin to lose moisture, feel itchy and dry. Give yourself the soft, clean skin you deserve with a Brita PRO whole home water filtration and softener system.
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