A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that people with diabetes that spent only half an hour soaking in a tub of warm water could lower blood sugar around 13%.
Separate study in Japan showed, a 10-minute soak in warm water could improve heart health of both men and women, help them to live a better exercise test, and reduce pain.
What are the benefits of a bath, and how long should you take? Here are some fun and healthy bathing instructions:
Warm bath around 32-35°C opens pores that can help to remove toxins. Warm bath can also help to lower blood sugar, heal sore muscles, and keep the colon working properly. The recommended time is for 10-20 minutes.
If you were really experiencing stress, cold shower would be the right answer. Temperatures are around 12-18°C. Cold shower is very good to relieve tensions. Instead of warm water, cold water bath can narrow blood vessels and improve sugar.
For certain skin diseases, such as eczema, rash, or itching, add baking soda into the tub. It can make a big difference. Sodium bicarbonate acts as an antiseptic. Fill with lukewarm water, add about 1 lb. of baking soda and stir until blended. It's advisable to soak for 10-20 minutes.
Yeast infections such as thrush can be helped by adding cider vinegar into the tub. It's also good to remove toxins from the body because the vinegar can rebalance the acid. Add into the warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes.
5. Flu, headaches
Soaking feet in warm water can help to cure colds and headaches and also refresh tired feet. Put warm water in the tub to cover the feet and ankles. Add a few drops of oils, such as lavender, peppermint, or lemon. When it's finished, rinse with cold water. Do it for 10-20 minutes.
Soaking the feet in cold water is very good for those with insomnia. This treatment is also useful for tired legs, nose bleeds, colds, and constipation.
Try soaking the feet alternately between warm and cold water if you have circulation problems. Start with soaking the feet for 1-2 minutes in warm water then 3 minutes in cold water. Try to do for 15 minutes.
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