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Five Health Benefits of Taking a Bath!

Looking to try a health-benefitting trend you may not have thought much of as an adult? Splish, splash, try taking a bath! Not only are baths fun and relaxing, but they offer multiple health benefits too:

Improves Mood

A warm, relaxing soak after a long day can do wonders for your overall mood. Whether it’s the feeling of warmth washed over you, the quiet and isolation, the comforting body positioning (lying down or sitting with legs extended), or the aromatherapy of fragrant candles, a bath can help you de-stress and relax.

Want to take your mood boosting bath up a notch? Try:

● Using a ‘bath bomb’ or essential oils in your bath with scents that bring you calming comfort like lavender, eucalyptus or sandalwood

● Find the best loofah for washing, exfoliating, and massaging your skin

● Turn off harsh overhead lights and light a candle or two

● Listen to calming music, an audiobook, or podcast that you love

Can Reduce Pain

When it comes to aiding stiff joints and sore muscles, baths of all temperatures can play an important role. Athletes are known for dunking down in ice baths following an intense workout or game, as the cold sensation numbs nerve endings and slows down the conductivity of pain signals. Exiting the bath into warm air then boosts blood circulation to muscles, flushing out unwanted toxins, lactic acid buildup, and waste byproducts, and boosting the body’s natural healing powers.

Warm baths on the other hand can help relieve muscle tension and pain for the average person, while salt baths provide soothing relief to arthritis sufferers. Lying in a warm bath suspended with salt actually helps the body’s cells release water, reducing inflammation and blocking pain signals being sent back to the brain.

Improves Sinus Pressure

Really feeling the ache of congested sinuses from a cold or infection? Steam from a hot bath just might do the trick for temporarily relieving your pain by helping clear out nasal passageways and relieving painful nasal tissues inflamed from constant sneezing or blowing of your nose.

Elevating your body temperature with a warm bath may also cue lymphatic immune cells to function more efficiently, helping you stave off an infection or fight a cold, according to a 2011 study. Optimize your congestion-fighting bath with a DIY mixture of epsom salt, baking soda, and peppermint and eucalyptus oils.

Promotes Better Sleep

Relaxing at room temperature after a 20 minute dip in a warm (not super hot) bath in the evening cues a natural cool down for your body that returns your temperature to normal and slows your heart rate back down. This process can trigger the body to release the hormone melatonin which is responsible for helping you fall asleep at night.

De-stressing and practicing self-care before bed are also great ways to prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Avoid blue light from TV or smartphones while taking a bath as that can negate the sleep-positive effects your bath has and can suppress melatonin release.

Hydrates (and Cleanses) Skin

Your body doesn’t simply stay hydrated from the water you consume, but can soak in moisture from a bath as well. An addition of some oils and salts can aid sufferers of skin issues like eczema or psoriasis and may even be recommended by a doctor. Hot bath water actually opens pores and may even cause you to sweat which stimulates the body’s natural cleansing processes.

As the skin is an organ, it too can go through a detoxification regimen that includes regular bathing. Exfoliating in the shower after a bath can help remove built up toxins, contaminants, and metabolic waste products which have collected. Taking a bath also improves lymphatic flow and boosts blood circulation by increasing your heart rate.

It’s important to remember when taking a bath to avoid overly hot water as it can negatively impact people with existing heart problems, and it can dry out and dehydrate skin. If you have an existing health condition or concerns, talk to your doctor before jumping into the tub!

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Five Ways to Combat Slow Metabolism!

You’ve likely heard all types of health banter around metabolism, “Oh she is so fit, her metabolism must be really high,” or “Watch out, your metabolism slows down as you age.” There are many misconceptions about metabolism, what exactly it is and what it means for your weight and health. Clearing up the confusion can put you on the right track to recognizing and tackling a slow metabolism the right way.

What is Metabolism?

When you eat and drink, your body breaks down what you consume, delivering minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to vital organs, and converting calories into energy. That process of converting what you consume into energy is called metabolism. Powered by hormones produced by your thyroid and adrenal glands, the metabolic process that takes place in your body can be affected by everything from your lifestyle and diet to genetics, age, gender, underlying medical issues, and your environment.

How Can I Tell If My Metabolism Is Slowing Down?

Many people are quick to blame a “slow metabolism” for their weight gain, but it is not common for metabolism alone to pack on the pounds. Diet and exercise are still the key factors to healthy weight management when other underlying medical issues are not present.

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When you intake the same amount of food regularly, but your metabolism slows down, your body is slower to convert calories into energy. This means less nutrients are reaching your blood system and therefore your organs, muscles, and brain, and more fat is being stored. Slow metabolism symptoms include chronic fatigue, sugar cravings, hair loss, headaches and trouble concentrating, dry or cracked skin, often feeling cold even in warm temperatures, difficulty losing weight, and general muscle weakness.

Recognizing a comprehensive presence of multiple symptoms definitely warrants a trip to the doctor to have a conversation about what you are experiencing and whether testing should be done to check your thyroid and adrenal glands.

How Can I Boost My Metabolism?

The good news? Activity, diet, and smart thinking can naturally help boost your metabolism and your overall health.

● Contrary to presumption, eating regular meals or smaller meals throughout the day can boost your metabolism. If you significantly cut your diet and go without eating for extended periods of time, your body will naturally slow the metabolic processes because it is aiming to conserve as much energy as possible.

● Getting enough sleep and staying hydrated are also important factors in boosting metabolism, helping you stay alert, active, and warm which cues your body’s metabolic process to keep burning calories.

● Ditch processed foods and meals with high sugar content (women should aim for eating around 24g of sugar per day) – they disrupt your body’s natural blood sugar regulation and slow down metabolic functioning.

● Get out and exercise! Incorporate light weight lifting into your cardio workout – muscle burns calories faster than fat, and regular exercise gets your body into a new routine of expending energy and building muscle.

● Limit caffeine and alcohol intake as both can affect your appetite, sleep, and calorie to energy conversion.

Convinced your metabolism is slowing down? Taking small, manageable steps to whip it back into shape starts with you. Start a new tradition of eating a protein-rich breakfast each morning, taking a brisk 20 minute walk every day, and working on getting to bed a littler earlier each night. Small changes can make a big difference, naturally!.

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