A bath de­liv­ers 12 hours of calm

First For Women - - Health -

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.

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