Summer is here, which means more activity from sports to beach days, to working hard to have the best garden or lawn on the block. Of course, after you’ve had an active day, nothing beats a good bath or shower to relax, refresh, and recharge. But did you know that some studies have shown that there’s a lot more that a shower or bath offers to keep you healthier. Well, the team at RIHI is here to share some of the benefits of both!
Benefits of Taking a Bath
Baths are great for relaxing your muscles, stimulating your nervous system, and gently exfoliating skin. Studies have found that participants who took immersion baths in warm water each day experienced less fatigue, stress, and depression. Additionally, baths are a great way to use different ingredients that are beneficial to your health. Here are some types of enhanced baths that are good for you:
- Oatmeal baths are soothing
- An oatmeal bath soothes inflammation and may be used to relieve symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, and to soothe redness and inflammation on your skin.
- Aromatherapy baths relax and refresh
- To relax your body and mind, a bath with a few drops of essential oils can be used to calm your mind and soothe tired muscles. Lavender and eucalyptus are especially relaxing.
Benefits of Taking a Shower
Showers also have benefits you shouldn’t overlook. Hot showers produce steam and warmth, which can soothe muscles and release toxins, while cooler showers can help burn fat and boost immunity.
- Showers can make your hair and skin glow
- Showers can improve circulation under your skin, also known as vasoconstriction. This stimulates blood flow at your scalp, improving the way your hair looks, and promotes a “glowing” look of healthy skin.
- Showers can boost your immune system
- Showering, especially cold showers, may boost your immune system. One study showed that taking hot-to-cold showers, where you start with hot water before reducing the temperature, resulted in adults taking fewer sick days over the course of a year.
- Cold showers may help your overall well-being
- Showers that start at a lukewarm temperature and are adjusted to slowly get colder have been shown to stimulate your nervous system, promote endorphins, and help improve symptoms of depression.
The team at RIHI hopes this gives you some food for thought as you may be looking at replacing that tub or shower. If you have any questions give us a call or click on the following link for a free, no-obligation estimate.