We all love taking a dip in a hot tub, but have you ever thought about the medical benefits? It turns out there are some very real reasons to soak in a hot tub that go way beyond relaxing with a beer in your hand. In the graphic below we rounded up some of the reasons, all of which have been supported by scientific studies.
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Reduce blood sugar
The New England Journal of Medicine published studies which offer insight into the benefits of “hot tub therapy”. These conclusions have given new hope to the millions who suffer from diabetes, showing how a 30 minute dip can reduce blood sugar levels and promote a more restful sleep. The study concluded that people who spent extra time in hot tubs saw their blood sugar levels drop by 13 percent! The lead doctor added that hot tubs provide a great way to supplement exercise, but stressed that proper diet and exercise together with regular use of a hot tub would be the best route.
Promote restful sleep
When you spend 15 minutes or more in a hot tub, the brain releases endorphins which help promote a relaxful state of mind, and also lower stress levels. As a result when you go to bed afterward you’ll have a better chance of falling into a deeper, more restful sleep.
In a study of people with type 2 diabetes showed that 30 minute soaks in a hot tub every day for three weeks straight helped participants lose 3.75 lobs. They did nothing else except go for a dip in the hot tub.
We can all probably testify to this one. It’s a fact that nobody has ever stepped out of a hot tub and felt stressed out. Finding a peaceful and enjoyable place to relax is one of the main reasons people buy hot tubs.
Ever notice how nice it feels to soak in a hot tub after a long day on the slopes, or after a strenuous game of soccer? When your bloodflow increases it helps bring healing red blood cells to points of inflammation and pain. Together with the extra endorphins that are released as you soak, you’ll experience a significant reduction in pain and a boost in healing to sore areas.
Along with faster healing, the massaging jets and warm water can help reduce pain. This is especially true for those of us who suffer from stiff joints, headaches, and arthritis.
Heat also activates heat shock proteins in your blood, which can help relieve inflammation. People like Dr. Rhonda Patrick recommend spending time in a sauna, and it makes sense that a hot tub would deliver similar benefits.