A hot bath, or soak in hot water raises our body temperature. Several benefits of this rise include: Improved blood circulation, Improved lymph circulation, detoxification, increased metabolism and calmer nervous system. The result can be a healthier and more relaxed you! The best part is that soaking in hot water is inexpensive, pleasurable, and easy way to access these benefits! Let’s look closer.
As our body temperature rises we sweat. Sweating helps to bring toxins to the surface of our skin so they can be eliminated through the largest organ of our body, our skin. Toxins are eliminated through increased perspiration and lymphatic drainage (can help to fight a cold). Detoxification is enhanced even further by increased circulation. Heat encourages the deeper flow of blood and lymph fluids as the vessels dilate. Higher temperatures also boost body functions, including heart rate and metabolism. With our bodily processes efficiency increased, detoxification is enhanced. Be sure to drink water before and after the bath to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can reverse some of the benefits you just gained.
There are some complications from a hot bath if you suffer from a chronic condition, so check with your doctor before heat hydrotherapy. Hot bathing is also not recommended if you are pregnant.