A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

The lat­est re­search sug­gests a hot bath could wash away your risk of heart trou­ble

Men's Health (UK) - - Contents -

When was the last time you had a bath? Not an ice bath, but a nice bath. Weeks? Months? To many, it’s a time-con­sum­ing in­dul­gence you can do with­out. But, ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of Ore­gon study, there are gen­uine ben­e­fits to a long soak. Reg­u­lar hot baths can lower blood pres­sure, which, when too high, is a com­mon pre­cur­sor to heart dis­ease. “Pas­sive heat ther­apy” – or bub­ble bathing, as we pre­fer to call it – raises the con­cen­tra­tion of ni­tric ox­ide in your blood to di­late ves­sels. Sep­a­rate re­search sug­gests that re­peated ex­po­sure to hot wa­ter im­proves en­dothe­lial func­tion, which means the lining of your blood ves­sels work bet­ter to sti­fle an in­creased CVD risk as you age.

Sim­i­larly, Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity sci­en­tists re­searched the po­ten­tial health ben­e­fits of trans­form­ing into a prune. By rais­ing your core tem­per­a­ture by 1°C, a bath can burn 140 calo­ries – the same amount as a half-hour walk.

In­deed, one study found that when en­joyed three times a week, you’ll see an ex­tra kilo ef­fort­lessly washed away ev­ery month – thus re­duc­ing your risk of heart-harm­ing obe­sity.

All of which makes bathing the most re­lax­ing way to lower your health risks yet. So get run­ning. If any­one asks about the scented can­dles, tell them Men’s Health said so.

SINK YOUR CVD RISK AND LET CALO­RIES DRAIN AWAY WITH EASE

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