For most, including myself, a warm bath is one of life's simple pleasures. Sinking into a tub of water full of bubbles can feel as if you are shutting out the world and living a life a luxury.
But did you know that bathing actually does wonders for your body and your mind?
Check out this list of health benefits to find out how!
Since the human body is made mostly of water, we are encouraged to drink plenty of it throughout the day. But, exposure to water through bathing and steaming is another amazing way to get hydration into the body. Hot water opens up the pores of the skin causing the body to naturally cleanse itself, by sweating. When bathing in cold water, the skin tightens to reduce sweating, while also opening the pores to allow optimal hydration. Adding essential oils, bath minerals and salts, can only enhance this experience and provide the body with even more healthy nutrients.
Scientific evidence has shown that bathing, whether in cold or hot water; at home in a tub or out in a natural body of water, can have many health benefits without adverse effects. Naturally regulating your body temperature is one of them. Taking a hot bath on a cold day or sinking into cool water during the heat of summer are pleasant and refreshing ways to help your body regulate itself.
Being immersed in water past your chest with your head out, can have a good influence on your lung capacity and oxygen intake. When the water is warmer and your heart is beating faster, your oxygen intake can be improved and the steam created can clear your sinuses and chest.
Not only does a warm bath, particularly with steam, make the blood flow easier, it also makes blood more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower. Taking a hot bath or spa can kill bacteria and improve immunity, relieving symptoms from cold and flus. There is also research to support that cold water baths can improve cell damage and decrease the risk of necrosis, and even some cancers!
Conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and some fertility issues can be assisted by bathing in colder temperatures. Hormones released by the pituitary gland such as adrenocorticotropic hormone, beta endorphin and cortisol can become more balanced when submerging the body regularly. Balanced hormones means healthier skin and healthier mindset! Alternatively, warm water bathing can increase levels of serotonin, which produce the chemical in the brain brain associated with happiness and well being.
Bathing equals joy!
The feeling of your body submerged in water is a feeling of freedom and lightness. It is a great way to practicing living in the moment and focusing your energy on truly relaxing.
To aid you in your relaxation endeavor, try Lica Cole’s Organic Bathing Minerals. With a paste like consistency, these minerals fizzle and turn into aromatherapeutic bubbles when added to your warm bath. They contain detoxifying and revitalizing properties so your body will be cleansed from the inside out, while you breathe in notes of Lemongrass, Sage and Lavender!