Do you look forward to a long soak in the tub, or are you more of the hop in the shower kind of gal? Me? I’ve always been more of the shower type. I start my day with a nice hot shower, but research shows that taking the time for that soak in the tub can be good for your heart.

There are so many people who look forward to sinking into a nice warm bath at the end of a long day to relax and slowly soak away the cares of the day. But, soaking in the bathtub may do more than just relax you. Research published in the journal Heart, after following 30,000 middle aged adults over a 19 year time span, showed that those who took a bath at little as three times a week reaped heart health benefits, but those that took a bath most days of the week, lowered their risk of developing heart disease by 28% and the risk of a stroke by 26%.

The thought behind this is that the heat from the water improves the long term function of the vascular system, (similar to the way it does when you exercise). 

Research also suggests that taking regular baths can help to lower your blood pressure, and improve your quality of sleep. So go ahead indulge in the nice, hot, soaking bath to relax and possibly give a boost to your heart health too. 

Want to soak away the slight aches and pains of over doing it, or possibly the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia? Go ahead and had some Epsom Salts to your bath. Research shows it may help with inflammation and reduce swelling. 

Resources:

Habitual tub bathing and risks of incident coronary heart disease and stroke | Heart (bmj.com)

Epsom salt detox: Benefits and how it works (medicalnewstoday.com)