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How a Dip in the Tub Could Help You Fend Off the Common Cold This Year

Unless you’ve taken to living in a cave somewhere, or you simply have a bullet-proof immune system, it can be a tough task to avoid the common cold when winter rolls around. If you’ve not yet found yourself reaching for the oh-so-soothing balmy tissues, we’ve got some news that might just cheer you up: taking a regular bath can actually help you avoid catching a cold. Don’t believe us? Get ready for some science!

The health benefits of taking regular baths

Before we get into the specifics of exactly why taking regular baths can help you fight the common cold, let’s first consider the holistic benefits of bath-time. A few of these you’ll probably already know, but it’s always good to have a refresher, right?

  • Improved circulation. It’s actually been scientifically proven that taking a dip in a warm-to-hot bath can gently increase your heart-rate, strengthening your circulatory system in the process.
  • Respiratory benefits. When you’re immersed in the bath, the increased water pressure – even though it’s minor – actually improves your lung capacity over time.
  • Benefits to your musculoskeletal system. There’s a reason that hydrotherapy has become so popular among professional sports people – it really helps sooth tired muscles and promote tissue healing.

The scientific link between warm baths and the common cold

So, it’s clear that a regular bath brings a host of benefits, but how do any of these help you stave off the dreaded common cold? Well, to get specific, the main beneficial factor is the increase in your core body temperature. As the name suggests, the common cold’s most exacerbating factor is a drop in your body temperature. Regular warm baths help keep you nice and toasty warm, meaning you’re far better protected against the nasties that cause the common cold. In addition to this, taking regular baths also relaxes your body and mind, bolstering your immune system and preserving energy for fighting off those bugs.

The ultimate cold-busting bathing experience…

Now that you know the secret, you’ll need the right equipment. While any bathtub will do the trick, there is evidence out there – especially within the realm of hydrotherapy – that spa and whirlpool baths are the most beneficial to your health. With this in mind, it’s definitely a good idea to explore our full range of whirlpool baths and see if anything catches your eye. You may just be surprised at quite how affordable a new whirlpool bath can be. With fine-grain control over the power of the jets and the temperature of the water (depending on the model), you’ll have everything you need to keep the common cold at bay for years to come.

If you’re worried about when exactly the common cold might catch up with you this year, we hope we’ve given you a little reassurance and advice. And of course, if you need any expert advice on buying the perfect whirlpool bath for those long soaks, you can call our friendly team anytime on 0800 028 6174.


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