We all know how relaxing and soothing a quick soak in a jacuzzi is.
Or how great a warm bath is for back pain. But did you know that having your own walk in tub makes you healthier? No, really it does. The high water temperature coupled with an air jet massage boosts blood circulation, which in turn strengthens your immune system.
Below are 7 unusual health benefits of walk in tubs you’ve never heard before.
1. Better Sleep
Have you ever noticed how refreshed and energetic you feel after a hot shower the night before?
You’re not the only one. Cold temperatures can disturb your normal sleep patterns. While warm temperatures relax your body, allowing you to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.
Countless medical journals state that getting quality, REM sleep has a multitude of positive effects on just about everything – from your mood to your mental agility and even how hungry you get.
Soak in a warm tub before bed if you want to sleep better and wake up rejuvenated.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
Studies show that the combination of hot water, massage water jets, and the feeling of weightlessness can significantly relieve both mental and physical stress along with anxiety.
Doctors note that when you’re not feeling stressed, you’re less likely to yell at the neighbor’s kids, which means no teepee insurance needed this year.
Don’t get teepee’d – get in the tub!
3. Increased flexibility
Bathing in warm water provides much-needed relief for anyone who suffers from arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and other bodily aches and pains.
As the buoyancy rises from the bubbles created by the tub’s jets, we begin to float. Our blood circulation increases with the heat, while our muscles relax and painful inflammation is reduced.
In this state, a sore aching body experience heightened flexibility and a wider range of motion. It’s no wonder so many people see significant benefits from hydrotherapy during recovery.
4. Lowers blood sugar
Initial research studies imply that soaking in a warm bath may lower the blood sugar level of people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr.Hooper asked subjects with type 2 diabetes to spend 30 minutes partially immersed in a hot tub. After doing this for 6 days a week for 3 weeks, subjects saw an average drop of 13.5% in blood glucose (BG) levels (from 182 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl).
Doctors agree that the high temperatures in the tub simulate the beneficial effects of exercise, making walk in tubs perfect for type 2 diabetics and anyone who can’t exercise
5. Lowers blood pressure
One of the best health benefits of soaking in a walk in tub is lower blood pressure.
It makes sense. Your heart works harder and faster to spread excess heat when you’re in a hot tub. In the process, your increased blood flow transports extra oxygen which revitalizes your cells.
While your blood pressure may first rise, your increased body temperature causes your arteries and veins to dilate, lowering your blood pressure.
As always if you have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or any cardiovascular disease talk to your doctor before jumping into a hot tub.
6. Healthier, younger looking skin
Walk in tubs are a perfect and relaxing way to healthier, beautiful hair and skin. The warm water in the tub opens skin pores, helping get rid of toxins that damage skin.
Similarly, the warm water reduces oil production, lowering shine and making your hair healthier.
Since Stress and anxiety are leading causes of premature aging, walk in tubs do a great job reversing the damage done to your skin and hair.
7. Migraine relief
For those of us who have regular migraine episodes, a soak in a walk in tub is a godsend.
How can sitting in a tub help with my headache you ask? By decreasing tension of course.
Migraine sufferers often report a small tension headache before a migraine. While in the bath your muscles relax, your aches and pains flutter away, and you’re left feeling comfortable and relaxed.
Soaking in a walk in tub is also a great way to relieve a painful stuffy nose. The warm steam works magic on your congested sinuses, opening them right up.
Soaking in a walk in tub is not only a great way to relax and have fun, but is also an easy way to get healthier.
See you soon!