Which is Better for Your Health? A Shower or a Bath?

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When you are in pain, having bad anxiety, or feeling plain gross, taking a bath or a shower can usually help give you some relief. But when you are having one of your worse days, you might want to try this at home hydrotherapy that works best. So when it comes to finding relief, which is better? A bath or a shower?

Study on Immersion Bathing

Taking a hot or cold shower has shown to be very beneficial to your health from relieving tension in your muscles to boosting your immune system. But when it comes down to it, which is better? A bath or a shower? Scientists wondered the same thing and took two groups of people having one take showers and the other take baths. They were asked to grade aspects of their physical and mental health through a period of two weeks, and the results pointed toward soaking in the tub.

There are a couple of things that happen in a bath that make it superior to taking a shower:

  • Buoyancy
  • The thickness of the water
  • Change in body temperature
  • Pressure from the water

The most important thing that scientists found in taking baths was the rise in body temperature, also known as hypothermic action. With this increase in body temperature, heat-sensitive neurons get excited while the cold-sensitive neurons are inhibited which causes the inhibition of sympathetic nerves. This leads to your blood vessels relaxing to help increase your blood flow. Taking a warm bath can show an improvement in the following:

  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Happiness
  • Metabolism
  • Immune Function
  • Energy
  • Skin Condition
  • Muscle Tension
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger

Though the sample size was small, this study has led researchers to believe that submersing yourself in warm water can improve your health. However, this type of at-home hydrotherapy isn’t for everyone. In the study, the scientists note that seniors, especially those with cardiovascular disease, may find that taking baths isn’t as beneficial because of the pressure the water causes.

If you want to get the most out of your bath, you can go a step further in adding bath salts that have essential oils and CBD hemp oil.

Take a Bath with CBD!

Both essential oils and CBD hemp oil have shown in studies to be beneficial to your health, which is why we suggest using this CBD Bath Soak. If you notice any of the following symptoms, a CBD bath might be what you need to get back to your 110%.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Joint Pain
  • Sciatica Pain
  • Gout
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin Rashes
  • Dry or Oily Skin
  • Wrinkles or Damaged Skin
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Need an Excuse to Relax!
Sarah Potts

Sarah Potts has been writing about the wonderful benefits of cannabis for CBD Instead since 2017. Medical cannabis has changed her life and her goal is to show others how it might help them as well.


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