When I read the news that taking cold showers is good for your immune system, I was surprised. But this news, about hot, relaxing baths, is even more surprising Japanese researchers, who reviewed heart attack data of 11, people over the course of two years, report that taking a hot bath on a cold day may up your risk for a heart attack. Scientists from Kyoto Prefectural University say that heart attacks were 10 times higher when bathing in winter months compared to summer.
I am a sucker for bath bombs, salts, and yummy-scented bubble bath. I love to peruse the skincare aisles and smell things while imagining myself soaking in the tub as my candles flicker next to my glass of wine. Before long, my troubles slip down the drain, and transform me into a relaxed version of myself who can ignore the chaos happening outside the closed door. Problem is, I can never make it seem to happen. Something or someone always gets in the way, or I guilt myself out of it, thinking I should really tend to the dishes or laundry. Kind of how we make excuses for working up a daily sweat, right?
Sari Harrar Health March 30, Soaking in a hot bath filled with scented suds is a stress buster right out of a magazine ad or TV commercial. Bubble baths, scented bath salts and strong soaps can be bad for women. This can increase your odds for uncomfortable dryness, vaginal infections and even bladder infections.
A hot bath is the original hydrotherapy — water treatment — and still the best. To get the most benefit out of a hot soak, here are several tips and tricks. You will probably be surprised by some of them. A hot bath is liquid psychotherapy. It is peaceful and soothing.