Happy Memorial Day Sunday. To all of you in the path of Hurricane Dorian, stay safe.
Benefits of a hot bath
I don’t know about the rest of you but I like to take advantage of heat therapy, either a good hot bath or the sauna a couple times a week. It helps me relax. Heat therapy is shown to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and control blood sugar levels. A good long soak may also help you get a good night’s sleep.
Keep in mind, a heat therapy is not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, but for those of who can’t exercise enough to reduce stress, this might be the ticket for you.
Inflammation is a natural process
Inflammation after exercise, such as sore muscles and redness is normal. During physical stress (exercise) inflammatory markers rise and interleukin is produced. To combat the rise in inflammation, your body begins to produce anti-inflammatory chemicals. However, if the anti-inflammatory process is not robust enough, you may be left with chronic low-grade inflammation.
This is not good for you and can result in health conditions like obesity and diabetes. But what if you can’t exercise to heal yourself and reduce inflammation? Try some heat therapy.
Recent research suggests that the spike in body temperature from a heat therapy, bath, or sauna may influence the body’s inflammatory response. Additionally, higher body temperatures increase the production of nitric oxide which improves blood flow and the transportation of glucose throughout your system.
As your body temperature slowly drops, your body moves toward rest and repair. This may be what helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Heat therapy and aromatics
As I mentioned at the top of this article, I am always up for a hot bath. But I also like to use essentials oils, bath bombs, and Epsom salts as part of my heat therapy. By now, you might be thinking all this frou-frou stuff is not for you, but it doesn’t take any more preparation time than filling the tub with hot water, as hot as you can stand it, and throwing in some of these ingredients.
Some of the products I include in my bath are DrTeals Epsom salt soaks. My favorites aromas are
- Almond Oil with Lavender
- Eucalyptus & Spearmint
- Ginger & Clay, and
- Pink Himalayan.
You also can drop some of your favorite essential oils directly into the bath water with unscented Epsom salts. I enjoy
- Ylang Ylang, and
If you like some effervescence, try a bath bomb. The only difference between the above options are the bubbles that are created as the bomb dissolves. They are hard packed and can include essential oils and Epsom salts. We sell bath bombs to support relaxation, de-stressing, and sleep that includes 100mg of water soluble CBD isolate.
Are you a fan of heat therapy
I would love to hear from you. Drop your comments below. Till next time.
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