Reasons Baths are actually GREAT for you.
Bathing has a long and detailed history. Submerging ourselves in water is something we do for hygiene, leisure and health. Hydrotherapy has been practiced for centuries. The use of hot and cold water can have beneficial effects on the body. If done right, a bath is the best addition to your self-care, self-love routine.
Improves heart health:Bathing in high temperatures can put unnecessary strain on your heart (especially if you have a pre-existing heart condition), however a warm bath makes your heart beat faster and gives it a healthy work out.
Helps breathing: Immersing yourself in water past your chest with your head out, can have a good influence on your lung capacity and oxygen intake. Two factors contributing to this is 1) the temperature of the water and 2) the pressure the water places on the chest and lungs. Warmer water paired with a faster heart beat causes improved oxygen intake and the steam created clears the sinuses and chest.
Helps brain and nervous system: Submergence in water reduces pain and inflammation and calms the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety and improving mood. According to psychologist Neil Morris, bathing diminishes feelings of depression and pessimism because "Baths give you...a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort." The feelings of closeness we receive from being submerged in warm liquid "gives us connotations of being in the womb, and it is very comforting," Dr. John Harcup, chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British Spa Foundation, suggests. Overall, bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your body, to relax.
Helps blood and immunity: A warm bath makes blood flow easier, but also makes it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower, particularly when taking in steam. A hot bath/spa kills bacteria and improves immunity & can relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
Cleanses and moisturizes: Exposure to fluid through baths ensures hydration of the body in all aspects. The human body is made mostly of water and that is why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it. But soaking in it is also extremely beneficial.
Sleep Enhancer: One enduring theory claims that a colder core body temperature helps induce sleep, which is why some scientists recommend going to bed in a cold room. But a warm bath before bed can yield similar results. At night our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin. Soaking in a warm bath raises your body temperature and exiting will more rapidly cool it down, thus instigating the production of melatonin, and better preparing you for sleep.
How to draw the best bath:
1) Create a quiet space: For maximum relaxation, close the door and say no to endless interruptions.
2) Use warm (not hot) water: The water temperature shouldn't too far exceed your own body temperature. While a hot bath feels great, a warm bath is better for your skin and immune system. Some people may experience dizziness or weakness when the temperature is too hot. Keep part of your body, like your face, out of the water to prevent over-heating.
3) Use products that you find relaxing: Bubbles or bath salts may take your bath from enjoyable to life-changing
4) Soaking: Soak for 20-30 minutes, breathe, relax.