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3 Health Benefits Of Hot Tubs

Irene Montgomery

You might want a hot tub just because it is nice to sit and relax at the end of a long, hard day at work. Or maybe you just enjoy the warmth after a busy day on the ski slopes or snowmobile trails. But hot tubs are good for more than just relaxing and warming up; they can also be good for your health. Here are three unexpected benefits from hot tubs that you may not have been aware of.

Hot Tubs Are Good For Arthritis And Chronic Pain Conditions

In a hot tub, the body is essentially weightless. The water buoyancy relieves any pressure on your joints, and your body is free to just float and relax. You can also do strengthening exercises and work on range-of-motion workouts. Exercises done specifically in water is called hydrotherapy, and you can find ideas online, or if you have had recent surgery, such as a knee replacement, ask your physical therapist for ideas. They may not be aware you have access to a hot tub.

Hot Tubs Are Good For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, sitting in a hot tub considerably lowers blood sugar. Patients sat submerged in a hot tub for a half-hour per day, six days a week, for three weeks' total. At the end of this period, the average fasting blood sugar went from 182 per deciliter to 159. Researchers believe the water temperature simulates exercise, which most diabetic patients have difficulty performing.

Hot Tubs Help You Get Rid Of A Cold

Soaking in a hot tub will definitely help relieve your aching muscles, common symptoms of colds and the flu. But the heat of the water can also help kill the germs that are making you sick. Most hot tub manufacturers and health professionals recommend a temperature no higher than 104 Fahrenheit. This is the perfect temperature to induce a temporary fever. After decades of believing fevers should be suppressed, doctors now believe a fever serves a purpose, primarily stimulating the immune system and making it more difficult for invading bacteria and viruses to thrive and multiply. A hot tub soak will also open your nasal passages and help clear your sinuses, so be sure to have tissue paper nearby while you soak.  You'll also want to stay hydrated, and the hot tub can be mildly dehydrating, so have a glass of water or juice nearby as well.  


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My husband and I are considering selling our small brick home in the near future. While we’ve completed some work on this house recently, we know we will need to do a few more things before we put it on the market. For instance, we need to replace some of the flooring, paint some of the walls, and replace some of the siding on the front porch. In addition, we may want to add a pool to the backyard. Because we live in the hot southern United States, many of our neighbors have pools. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of pools to install in a home you may sell in the near future. Enjoy!