Being able to submerge ourselves in a hot shower after a busy day of work is bliss! But do you know that there are a few health benefits that will make you want to jump in the bath right now?
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Here are five benefits of a hot shower, according to Healthshots.
#1 It lowers blood sugar
Some research found that a hot shower helps lower blood sugar and burn calories.
Don’t believe it? Scientists have recruited 14 men for the study and measured their blood sugar for 24 hours after each hot shower and they found that the men burned as many calories as a 30-minute walk and had lowered blood sugar levels. Interesting!
#2 Relief from respiratory symptoms
Scientists have proven that standing in a hot shower with steam helps open airways, loosens phlegm in the respiratory system, and clears out nasal passages.
#3 It gives you cleaner, healthier skin
A good hot shower can open up the pores of the skin and wash out some of the dirt and toxins from it.
This can result in a fresher and cleaner skin!
#4 Moisturizes the skin
Standing under the hot shower for long can cause wrinkles to the skin, however, experts have the opinion that it can actually have a good epidermal effect.
The warm water leaves the skin moist for a longer time and prevents it from drying.
#5 Helps sleep
Hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles in the body. This soothes us physically and mentally.
Have trouble sleeping at night? Maybe you can try a hot shower! A warm and steamy shower will help your blood circulation to take place from the body’s core to the hands and feet, removing heat and allowing the temperature to go down, which helps to improve sleep quality.
So, if a hot shower is what your body craves in the morning, you’re not alone! We enjoy hot showers in the morning, too.
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat