Relaxing in a hot tub can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help with muscle pain, sleep quality, and respiratory conditions.
If you are looking for a simple and enjoyable way to improve your health and well-being, you might want to consider soaking in a hot tub. According to a new study by Coventry University, spending 30 minutes in a hot tub has some of the same benefits as going for a 30-minute jog²³. The study suggests that hot water immersion can enhance both cardiovascular and mental health.
HOW HOT TUBS HELP YOUR HEART
The researchers measured the heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow of 20 healthy participants aged 26 to 60 who used a Lay-Z Spa for half an hour over three separate days. They found that after immersion, the participants had increased blood flow to their legs by 345 per cent on average, which is comparable to jogging⁴. They also had higher heart rates, equivalent to walking briskly, and lower blood pressure, which is beneficial for people with or without heart disease.
HOW HOT TUBS HELP YOUR MIND
The researchers also measured the salivary cortisol levels, anxiety levels, mood, and thermal perception of the participants before and after immersion⁵. They found that after immersion, the participants had reduced cortisol levels by 22 per cent on average, which indicates lower stress levels⁶. They also had reduced anxiety levels by 10 per cent on average, which can improve mental well-being and prevent various health problems⁷. The participants also reported feeling more relaxed and comfortable in the hot tub⁸.
A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE ON HOT TUBS
The study's findings are consistent with the Jewish tradition of using hot water for healing and purification purposes. The Torah commands us to immerse ourselves in a mikvah (a ritual bath) at certain times, such as after menstruation, childbirth, or conversion. The mikvah is not only a physical cleansing but also a spiritual renewal that connects us to G-d and His will. The mikvah symbolizes the womb of creation, where we emerge reborn and refreshed.
The Talmud also mentions the benefits of hot water for health and hygiene. It states that bathing in hot water can cure skin diseases, remove dirt and sweat, relax the muscles, and open the pores. It also states that bathing in hot water before praying can enhance one's concentration and devotion. However, the Talmud warns against excessive indulgence in hot water as it can weaken the body and mind. Therefore moderation and balance are key.
The study's findings also remind us of the importance of taking care of our physical and mental health especially in these challenging times when we face many threats and dangers from our enemies. As Jews we believe that our bodies are sacred vessels that G-d entrusted us with and we have a duty to preserve them and use them for His service. We also believe that our minds are precious gifts that G-d gave us to learn His wisdom and fulfill His commandments. We should therefore seek ways to reduce stress and anxiety and increase joy and peace.
Soaking in a hot tub can be a great way to improve your health and well-being according to a new study by Coventry University. The study suggests that hot water immersion can boost your cardiovascular and mental health in similar ways as jogging or walking. However you should always consult with your doctor before using a hot tub if you have any medical conditions or concerns. You should also follow the safety guidelines and use comfortable water temperatures for short periods.
As Jews we can appreciate the benefits of hot water for healing and purification purposes as well as the importance of taking care of our physical and mental health. We can also use this opportunity to reflect on our relationship with G-d and His creation and to prepare ourselves for the coming of Moshiach. May we merit to see him soon in our days!
Source: Conversation with Bing, 2023-10-19
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