Hot Tubs for Everyday Health and Wellness
We all know it’s important to stay hydrated when sick, but what many hot tub owners know that others don’t is that they have a powerful ally for fighting cold and flu symptoms just footsteps away in their own backyards. As recently evidenced by CBS’ “The Doctors,” the Emmy-winning show covering health and wellness issues, the health benefits of hot tubs are extensive and undeniable.
Whether they’re relieving congestion that keeps you from breathing right, or relaxing your body and mind before a much-needed good night’s sleep, here’s a simple breakdown of just how powerful hot tubs can be in promoting good health:
HELP GET RID OF NASTY VIRUSES
Did you know that using the heat from your hot tub to “induce” a slight fever at the first sign of a cold may help your body defeat the virus sooner? Fevers can actually be good for your body when you’re sick. Ron Eccles, director of Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre, states, “Very high temperatures can stop the cold virus in the nose from reproducing, killing the cold.”
When you consider that the fever you naturally experience during a cold or flu acts as a defense mechanism to rid your system of the virus, you can see how the similar, low-grade “fever” a hot tub provides can boost your immune system, and therefore help you purge harmful germs and viruses.
SOOTHE ACHES AND PAINS
Every hot tub owner knows that the powerful combo of water heat and jet massage give instant relief from everyday aches and pains. By quickly increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles, hot tubs offer a type of relief that taking pain killers can’t always provide.
When you consider that bodily aches and pains are also notorious symptoms at the onset of a cold or flu, it’s easy to understand why hot tub owners immediately look to their backyards for quick and long-lasting relief from these symptoms.
RELIEVE STIFLING CONGESTION
You know that terrible nasal congestion that just won’t go away when you’re sick; the type of congestion that makes it seem like you can’t breathe, eat or sleep normally? Relief can be as simple as a quick dip in your backyard hot tub. As you immerse yourself in the hot water, the heated, steam-filled air quickly enters your nasal passage, helping to shrink swollen membranes, induce drainage and let you breathe a sigh of relief.
GET THE SLEEP YOUR BODY NEEDS
Sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself when sick. But, as we all know, sleeping when sick is easier said than done. Hot tubs help you relax and de-stress when you healthy, and also help you induce sleep when you need it most.
When you consider that both missed sleep and high levels of stress increase your vulnerability to illness, it’s easy to see why a hot tub is the first place you should turn.
By soaking in the hot water, your body responds the same way it would during meditation or other relaxed states. Once you get out of the hot water, your body temperature decreases, bringing on natural feelings of sleepiness just when you need them most. You’ll get more sleep, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll recover faster.
For more information on the many health benefits of hot tubs, including video clips from CBS’ “The Doctors” episode on the power of hydrotherapy, clicking here.