While most people today opt for a quick shower, the benefits of taking a bath could make you reconsider the way you scrub down. Read and see why taking a bath goes beyond just cleansing the body.

When I see a great bathtub  – one of those really beautiful soaker tubs – I just want to get in and take a bath. This usually happens on vacations at fabulous hotels (as my own NYC apartment bathtub is not much to brag about). When I lived in Japan, a bath was a daily ritual that my homestay mother strictly enforced. Her bath was a deep wooden box that, when filled with water, would reach my neck fully seated. It was divine.

A bath not only relaxes stress away, but may also help with improving circulation, detoxification, boosting the immune system, relieving muscle tension and may even help with weight loss.

Unfortunately, the ritual of taking a bath has all but vanished in modern society, especially in America. We are all about our 10-minute shower… Get in, get clean and get out! Many even multi-task in their shower: people brush their teeth, shave their legs and beards and recount their to-do list.

But taking a bath should not just be reserved for special occasions or for our children. Taking a bath should be, if not daily, at least a weekly necessity for improving overall health and wellness. In fact, a bath not only relaxes stress away, but may also help with improving circulation, detoxification, boosting the immune system, relieving muscle tension and may even help with weight loss. Imagine… Instead of running to the fridge every evening after arriving home from work, you take a moment to unwind from the day, peel off your clothes and took a nice 15-minute soak? I bet you would emerge calm and refreshed, and then you could prepare a nice healthy meal and eat it with enjoyment. You may even be able to lose those stubborn extra five pounds in no time with that routine!

Just remember — Don't take a hot bath if you suffer from high blood pressure. If you're pregnant or have any medical conditions, consult your doctor. As with anything, don't overdo it. A bath should be had for up to 20 minutes max. I like to keep a bottle of water nearby to replenish lost fluids — especially if you start sweating. Always get up slowly from a bath, and maybe cool down with a shower. Then put on your robe and lie down in your bed for 10 minutes and relax!

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