When you hear the words ‘luxury bathroom’, one of the first things your mind probably conjures up, is a bubbly spa; one in which you and your loved ones can be rid of tiredness, stress, and fatigue. New World’s gorgeous two-person, heart-shaped bath is an ideal choice for couples wishing to have a little ‘me and you’ time, though you even if you soak in your private whirlpool all by yourself, you just may be surprised by the powerful benefits you receive. One recent study published in the journal Experimental Biology (2018) found that regular use of a hot tub helped reduce inflammation and reduce insulin resistance in a group of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Of course, this is just one of many scientific findings that may seal the deal and inspire you to bring the goodness of a spa to your home. Here are four more great reasons to take the plunge.
Hot Tubs Help Reduce Blood Sugar
The above-mentioned study showed that hot tubs can improve insulin resistance in women, but another 2018 study found that it has similar effects of men, reducing inflammation and blood sugar. This is great news, considering that high blood sugar and insulin resistance are linked to increasingly high rates of Type 2 diabetes in the UK. To tackle this disease in a preventive fashion, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level is key. Diet is the primary way to achieve this, though regular hot tub use can also further this cause.
The Soothing Effects of Warm Water
A survey conducted of bathers in Japan found that 80% reported feelings of relaxation, relief from fatigue, and refreshment after being immersed in warm water. Those who bathed in hot water on a daily basis also reported better sleep and rest, significantly lower stress levels, and greater happiness. Yet other research has shown that bathing boosts general health, social functioning, and mental health, to a greater degree than showering does.
Hot tubs Can Help Promote Good Heart Health
A study published in the Journal of Physiology in 2016 found that immersion in hot water can help reduce blood pressure, and have other beneficial effects on the heart (including the reduction of stiffness of the arteries). Hot baths can also remove mycotoxins, which are toxins caused by mold with potentially harmful effects on your heart. Of course, keeping your body mold-free will also improve your general health and wellbeing, since mold is linked to allergies and respiratory problems. To reap the benefits of warm water, ensure that the water is slightly warmer than your own temperature and stay in the tub for a prudent time.
Can a Bath be a Workout?
A 2017 study published in T&F Online found that soaking in a tub can have similar effects to a workout. In particular, just one hour in warm water burns as many calories as a half hour walk. The secret is the ability of warm water to raise the heart rate, akin to what occurs when we take part in aerobic activities. A spa can indeed be very similar to exercise, in that both activities also quell stress and help boost our immunity.
A Spa as an Inspiration
If you are thinking of taking home a spa of your own, it might be time for a complete bathroom renovation. For countless people, the bathroom is the most relaxing room in the home, whenever it is fitted with luxury machinery such as infrared saunas, hot tubs, and even smart toilets. All these elements work well to turn a large bathroom into a spa; a place where you can leave the stress of the day outside as soon as you close the door and turn on the heat.
Spas are perhaps best known for their ability to reduce stress. However, the above studies show that immersing yourself in hot water can benefit many other systems and organs, including the heart. If you have the budget for it, make your spa space more appealing than ever by adding elements that will set the right mood for rest and relaxation, at any time of the day.