A bath delivers 12 hours of calm
The blissful sensation of slipping into hot water increases your brain’s production of the calming hormone oxytocin by 24% in two minutes, report researchers at Brown University. And soaking for 20 minutes can cut stress for up to 12 hours.
+ STEADIES BLOOD SUGAR! A hot bath balances blood sugar more effectively than the same amount of time spent bicycling, U.K. scientists say. How? When your temperature rises, the body releases proteins that heighten insulin sensitivity so you burn more sugar for fuel.