Thanksgiving means gathering with family and enjoying delicious food—sometimes a little too much food. If you’ve indulged in a few too many servings of mashed potatoes and can’t envision moving for several days, take heart: Jump-start your recovery by relaxing in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and letting it aid in your digestion.

The Basics of Digestion

When you consume a meal, your body begins the process of breaking it down and absorbing nutrients. Blood flow is diverted to your stomach and intestines to assist in this matter. According to a study on PubMed.gov, the heavier the meal, the harder your body has to work to break it down—which requires more blood. Now multiply that by several helpings of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and dessert: your body has a tough few hours ahead.

Post-Meal Vasodilation

You can give your body a hand by slipping into your hot tub for at least 20 minutes after a large meal. When you spend time in warm or hot water, vasodilation—the widening of blood vessels—occurs. Vasodilation, according to The Mayo Clinic, makes it easier for blood to flow through your arteries and reach various parts of the body. The burden on your heart is eased, and your blood pressure will drop. Since circulation is improved, your stomach can digest its contents more readily. By assisting in vasodilation, your spa will help you begin to digest your undoubtedly enormous Thanksgiving meal.

The Mental Benefits

Beyond its physical benefits, your hot tub is also a welcome place to retreat after a great deal of time spent gathered around the dinner table. While your hot tub is aiding your digestion, it will let you spend additional time with friends and family—and relaxing together will help you absorb and metabolize your big meal, as well.

Next time you indulge in a big meal, whether it’s on Thanksgiving or not, climb into your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for afterward and expand your health and wellness.