Everyone knows a hot bath is good for you, but do you know all the reasons why?
There are several, actually, and too many to squeeze into this one space. But we have several we’d like to share with you so you can start taking fuller advantage of the healing power that’s right inside your bathroom.
Research has shown that soaking in a tub is more effective at relieving anxiety than taking a prescription drug. Still, and for your own sake, consult with your doctor before abandoning any of your meds.
Stop That Itch
Adding a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil to your warm bath water can help relieve the itchy and flaky skin caused by psoriasis. The oil acts as a moisturizer, helping remove scales and making your skin less prone to infection. The trick, however, is to get out of the tub after no more than 10 minutes to prevent your skin from drying out. Once you’ve dried off, apply the moisturizing cream your doctor has recommended.
Try Some Oatmeal
No, we’re not recommending turning your tub into a giant cereal bowl. But yes, the avenanthramides in oats is a key compound for calming inflamed, itchy skin. To harness its power, place whole oats in a clean, dry sock. Seal the open end with a rubber band, and then drop the sock into a warm or hot bath. Soak yourself for 15 to 20 minutes.
Slipping between cool sheets helps trigger a drop in your body temperature, and that shift signals the body to produce melatonin, a natural sleep inducer. To sleep more soundly, take a warm bath just before bed time. That will serve to temporarily raise your body temperature. Once it cools off between the sheets, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Fight That Cold
A hot bath can soothe stuffy nasal passages and erase body aches. Plus, relaxation releases painkilling endorphins in the brain. You’ll feel better, and sleep better, too.
To prevent any interruptions in your hot water service, contact Anthony’s Plumbing today for our water heater performance and safety inspection. It’s a proactive way to ensure greater system reliability, longer system lifespan, plus fewer repairs along the way.