Warm up in the bathtub after fussy weekdays and the first winter frosts, watch foam bubbles burst, and steam with lavender aroma swirls in the air - an ideal plan for the evening. You probably want to do this more often when you learn about the 5 healing effects of water hugs, which science confirms.
A dozen unfinished business on the To-do list, a crowded subway car or exhausting traffic jams, coffee instead of sleep and a snack on the run are an annoying part of the daily routine, often leading to stress. A hot bath not only helps relieve stress after the challenges of the day, but also treats severe forms of depression. Scientists from the University of Freiburg in Germany found out what needs to be done so that the disease subsides after 2 weeks:
- take a hot bath with a water temperature of at least 40 degrees 2 times a week;
- After each procedure, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and relax for 20 minutes.
Hot water instead of antidepressants, pleasure and comfort instead of side effects!
To reduce blood sugar, we have many helpers: green vegetables, whole grain bread and brown rice, brisk walking, 15-minute daily workouts. But the most affordable and enjoyable way is a hot bath. Dr. Steve Faulkner, with a team of scientists from Loughborough University in the UK, conducted a study and found that taking a bath reduces blood sugar more effectively than doing cycling, so it is a good addition to the collection of your good habits for every day.
A hot bath makes our body feel the same way as during yoga or in the gym - sweating and losing calories. The same British researchers found that relaxing in a hot bath is equal to 30 minutes of walking and burns 126 calories. And the bath is one of the sources of youth. It lowers levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that depletes immunity, destroys muscles and increases pressure. What is no reason to make the bathing process a relaxing ritual: light a couple of candles, add a few drops of essential oil, cover your eyes and begin to breathe a little deeper.
Hot water is a good tool for those who suffer from insomnia. A study at the Cornell University in the United States showed (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9322266) that naturally lowering body temperature helps us sleep better at night. This explains the relaxation effect after the bath: we get out of hot water and after some time we feel drowsiness. Important rule: Take a bath 1.5 hours before bedtime. To enhance the effect, ventilate the room or sleep with the window ajar. A few drops of vanilla essential oil and chamomile tea will help to relax even more.
5 times a week, 15 minutes, 41 degrees - a bath recipe for a healthy heart and blood vessels from Japanese scientists. Their experiment showed (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-26908-1) that such a scheme improves blood supply, lowers blood pressure and protects against heart attack and stroke. A great occasion to complete a weekday, hiding in the bathroom with your favorite book. By the way, visiting the sauna gives the same effect, so you can combine these procedures.