August 17, 2021
Do you ever wonder why people enjoying a good bubble bath take so long in the bathtub? Not only is it soothing and calming, but it’s actually good for you.
Of course, baths take longer than showers so it might not be as convenient, but the benefits of a bath far outweigh that of a shower.
Ileana Poules-Brunet agrees, and has written several lifestyle articles about it. However, American Standard has been in the bathroom business for almost 150 years, so we know a thing or two about bathrooms, healthy living, bathing science and health benefits.
Here’s why a Bath is better for your Health:
Youthfulness and Age Delay
Dermatologists will tell you that bathing can reduce skin complications like acne, and reduce the aging process.
For those that are frequently stressed by everyday life, circumstances, health (both physical and emotional), the stress hormone Cortisol will be elevated. Elevated Cortisol levels can increase blood pressure, cause weight gain, fatigue, irritability and headaches, but can also lead to anxiety or depression. According to Premier Health, Cortisol narrows the arteries, while another hormone Epinephrine, increases your heart rate, forcing your blood to pump harder and faster. This also increases blood sugar levels that your pancreas may struggle with, whether or not it can keep up with the demand for insulin.
Long-term elevated Cortisol can also suppress your immune system, thereby making you more susceptible to colds and illness, and the inability to reduce inflammation.
We know that Inflammation is at the root cause of almost all illnesses.
Sore Muscle Relief
When muscles are sore, we usually apply hot compresses or heating pads. A warm bath encourages the circulation of blood around your body. The increased blood flow provides your muscles with more oxygen and nutrients. This improves the elasticity of the connective tissues, releases muscle tightness, and relieves pain. Healthline states that heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to a particular area due to increased temperature, and can actually heal damaged tissue.
When you are bathing, you are submerged in warm to hot water, which not only relieves the muscles in your body, but the buoyancy in water relieves pressure from sore joints as well.
Muscle Recovery can occur in just 15 minutes
Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improved Blood Pressure
Always check with your doctor before starting a new therapy, but they usually agree that a warm bath may be the best option for you.
While exercise for seniors is important for overall wellness, as is a healthy eating plan; taking a warm bath might be just as good if you are looking to burn a few extra calories. Soaking in an hour-long hot bath can burn as many calories (around 140) as a 30 minute walk according to a 2017 study led by Dr. Faulkner at Loughborough University in London. Warm water raises your temperature and makes your heart beat faster. This is good for cardiovascular health, because your body must work harder to maintain the appropriate internal temperature, which accelerates the body’s ability to burn fat. Hot baths also improve the body’s anti-inflammatory response, just like exercising.
A new study from Japan reports that hot baths can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Bathing is a key part of Japanese culture, and they found that the risk for hypertension/cardiovascular disease and stroke is significantly decreased. 30,000 Japanese adults were tracked for 20 years during this study, which showed 26-28% lower risk, but by using hot baths, this number jumped to a 35% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
According to TheSleepDoctor and Princess Cruise Line’s spokesperson & Luxury Bed Developer Dr. Michael Breus, warm baths have been a well known remedy for years for people with insomnia, because warm water relaxes the body and helps core body temperatures to drop afterwards. It also signals the pineal gland in your brain to produce melatonin (your sleep hormone). The best time for a bath is 1-2 hours prior to going to bed. According to Dr. Shahab Haghayegh, it’s called the Power-Down Hour. Warm to hot baths help muscles to relax, reducing arthritic pain, and increases circulation to reduce swelling and inflammation. Reducing pain also helps you to get a good night’s sleep.
As with all stress-relieving techniques, some form of meditation is required along with wellness therapies. Some examples are:
- creating a calming atmosphere
- imagining the temporary feeling of escape from stressors
- Focussing on your muscles relaxing and the sensations that you are feeling
Meditating (or simple mindfulness) while the bathtub is filling, and during your bathing and hydrotherapy session will help to heal, and assist you on your wellness journey.
Some Baths Are Just as Clean (if not cleaner) Than Showers
If you are washing off or soaking from a normal day, a bath will clean you the same as a shower. If you have dirt or bacteria on you, then a shower may be a quick way to eliminate the dirt, however, bathtubs such as American Standard’s ComfortSeries™️ have an Ozone Sanitation System built in. This means bacteria is killed 3000+ times faster than chlorine, and eliminates any disease-causing organisms. It is completely safe, and actually improves the water quality in your bathtub; it eliminates dirt/grime ring that bathing may leave by oxidizing oils, salts & soaps by removing those particles from the water. It’s so much cleaner than a shower!
Taking a bath has many health benefits, from decreased stress to better heart health and blood circulation. If you are interested in promoting relaxation, easing fatigue and treating chronic pain, a bath might be the choice for you. With a ComfortSeries™️ walk-in tub, everyone can take advantage of this relaxing and beneficial therapy because it’s also accessible for safety.
The best way for you to take action & start to heal and reduce pain, is to reconsider what a bath can really do for you. And when you are ready to combine that with a universal safe option for bathing, our professionals will help: our personalized service team helps you determine the best product for your needs, and our professional installations take only just one day.
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