Starting in the United Kingdom and making its popularity known in the United States, vertical bathtubs are a space-saving design to bring the benefits of a bath to homes that don?t have room for a full-sized tub.
In this article, we will review the benefits of a bath and compare those benefits to the vertical tubs to see if the psychological and physical benefits remain. We will also look at other benefits of a vertical tub over a standard bathtub and find out if a vertical model is right for you.
Hot water in baths also has its risks. Being submerged in too hot water can prevent the body from regulating temperature. This can cause overheating, and have adverse effects on hair and skin. If the water is too hot, it can damage the hair follicles, especially on the head, which can cause hair to stop growing or fall out.
Bathing itself isn?t known to have as many adverse effects on the body or the skin; it is the temperature of the water and the frequency of the baths that can. If you take a bath every other or every third day and use cool to lukewarm water, most, if not all, of the adverse issues can be avoided. Keeping your bathtub clean is also important to taking healthy baths.
There are several physical benefits of taking a bath as long as you follow the advice of a doctor if needed and keep the temperature of the water to a lukewarm and manageable level. If the water is too hot (evidence by your skin turning red) you can experience breathing difficulties or other effects as talked about earlier.
However, one of the biggest benefits of a bath is the ability to have the body fully relax. The muscles will stop being so tense when you are buoyant in water. Being in the water for half an hour can alleviate pain and tight muscles.
There is also the relaxation benefits. Relaxation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Being in a bath can induce calm which relieves anxiety. When you emerge from the bath, you will have an overall feeling of relief, calm, relaxation, and a lack of stress.
The bath water can also help keep the skin moisturized and clear. While taking a bath, your skin will retain moisture from the water and while soap can help, cleaning with water will unclog pores, help prevent skin level problems such as ingrown hairs and can promote healthy skin.
With regular, but not excessive bathing, you can keep skin firm which reduces the appearance of wrinkles as you age.
Some studies suggest that warm baths can help control blood sugar levels and may, in turn, help those with diabetes control their weight. It doesn?t mean that taking a bath will cause weight loss, but the management of blood sugar from regular bathing immersion can help.
There are numerous psychological and mental benefits to a bath as well. For instance, you can release hormones which can boost energy levels by taking a warm bath that isn?t longer than 10 minutes. Longer than that will reduce the energy levels and result in the calming effects we talked about earlier.
You can also release a chemical known as ?noradrenaline? if you choose cold water instead of warm. Instead of a boost in the energy level, the noradrenaline has shown to reduce depression. This is generally triggered by shocking the body with the cold water. A quick dip can stimulate the release of the anti-depression chemicals.
Cold water immersion can also refresh the skin and promote blood flow to the brain if done first thing in the morning. This will not only help you wake up but will keep you alert and improve the functionality of internal organs.
Hot baths also help you breathe better by allowing the lungs to open up. While steam can help open air passages and sinus cavities, the pressure from the water on the chest can help the lungs provide more oxygen to the blood.