A warm bath can relieve fatigue and keep the body warm in cold weather. But did you know, it turns out that bathing in warm water has several health benefits. you know.
“A warm bath can increase relaxation because it increases the body’s core temperature so that blood pressure decreases,” said Jeffrey Gladd, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in Columbia, Indiana, and founder of Integrative Medicine.
Based on a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2021, it was stated that one hour after soaking in warm water, which tends to be hot, can provide changes in blood vessels that are similar or greater than those of exercising.
A functional medicine nurse and owner of Vital Journey Wellnes, Christine Petterson, DNP, said that bathing in warm, hot water is not only relaxing and easy to do, but physiologically it can also provide a number of benefits like running.
Quoting detikHealth, Health Expert Liza Andriani S.SiT, M.Keb said that bathing in warm water and cold water both have benefits for the body even though their properties are different.
So, what are the health benefits of bathing in warm water? see the discussion below.
1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
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The habit of bathing in warm water has been practiced for thousands of years because it provides a feeling of comfort to the body and calms the mind. Warm baths can also reduce fatigue, pain and stress.
Not only that, taking a warm shower 1-2 hours before bed can also help someone sleep more quickly and with quality. According to some data, spending as little as 10 minutes in 104°F water about 1-2 hours before bed can reduce the time needed to sleep by at least nearly nine minutes.
2. Improves brain function
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According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2019, soaking in warm water can increase neutrophils which at the same time can reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
The Age and Aging Study in 2017 also found that middle-aged men who bathed in saunas regularly had a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Hydrates the skin
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Certified dermatologist and founder of Central Dermatology Center in Chapel Hill, Beth G Goldstein, MD says soaking in warm water can hydrate the skin. However, you need to pay attention to the temperature of warm water because water temperature that is too hot can remove natural oils, causing dry skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends lowering the water temperature to lukewarm and limiting bathing time to approximately 10 minutes to avoid dry skin.
Goldstein recommends using moisturizer after showering to lock in moisture. Use a moisturizer that contains ceramides or lipids to help hydrate the skin.
4. Maintains heart health
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A 20-year study of more than 30,000 people in Japan revealed that those who showered in warm, hot water every day were 28 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 26 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who did not shower less than twice a week. .
Based on an analysis published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in August 2018, it was revealed that sauna steam is closely related to heart health because it can help lower blood pressure for people with high blood pressure.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, people who have low blood pressure need to be careful about bathing in saunas because it can cause blood vessels to dilate. This condition can make it easier for blood to flow, so that blood pressure drops, causing dizziness and light headaches.
5. Relieves joint and muscle pain
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According to the Journal of Applied Physiology in December 2020, hot water baths, including thermotherapy, have some of the same benefits as exercise, including improving low-grade chronic inflammation.
A small 2019 study published in the International Journal of Biometeorology involved 50 women aged 18-50 years with fibromyalgia, where they were asked to spend 20 minutes in a hot tub five times for two weeks or twice a week for five weeks.
As a result, pain intensity decreased significantly in both groups after one month.
If you feel tired, stressed, body aches and even muscle pain, you can relieve it by taking a warm bath. Not only that, a warm shower is also effective in removing oil and dirt on the outer layer of the skin so that the body becomes cleaner and shinier.
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