There's nothing better than finding out something pleasurable is actually good for you.
So get ready for the best news you'll hear all day: relaxing in a long, hot bath actually has health benefits. So what's so great about getting into the tub? Here are seven reasons you should run a bath tonight...
Of course, being relaxing is the obvious one - bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, just like the good old days back in the womb, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your body, to relax.
Although many believe that sleeping in a colder room gives you more of a chance of getting your 8 hours in; a warm bath before bed has also been proven to make you sleep better.
A hot bath is also great for relieving muscular pain. Useful for those recovering after exercise. Adding epsom salts to your bath can reduce inflammation in your joints caused by arthritis or other muscular diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of salt baths have also shown to have positive effects on people suffering from metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes.
If you're feeling under the weather, a hot bath can help those suffering cold and flu symptoms to speed up your recovery. The steam can really help with a stuffy or blocked nose.
To read the full list of benefits, click the link and head to netdoctor.co.uk.
How to have the ultimate healing bath
The water temperature shouldn't too far exceed your own body temperature. While a hot bath feels great, a warm bath is better for your skin and immune system. Add oils like rose, lavender, calendula, aloe, oil, or coconut and also oatmeal for your skin. Epsom salt is great for your muscles and reducing any chances of infection. Keep part of your body, like your face, out of the water to prevent over-heating. Soak for 10-15 minutes, breathe, relax, enjoy.