Relaxing in a hot bath improves both inflammation and lowers blood sugar levels, suggests research.
Inulging in a warm soaking for an hour triggers the release of a chemical that combats inflammation in the same way as exercise.
If you take some time in the bathtub, you also release a substance that lowers blood pressure, also found the study.
Researchers from Loughborough University analyzed ten sedentary sedentary men after they either sat at 38 ° C 100.4 ° F bath or rested for an hour.
Blood samples were taken before, immediately after and two hours after immersion to test men's glucose and insulin levels, and to look for markers of inflammation.
Speed, blood pressure and body temperature recordings were also taken every 15 minutes under the bath.
The men who had the hot bath then asked to have ten more home over two weeks before they went through additional blood tests.
The results showed that only a hot bath increases the levels of inflammatory chemical IL-6 in the blood. This also increases during exercise, which triggers an inflammatory response.
Tops in IL-6 are followed by emissions of substances that fight unhealthy levels of inflammation.
A single hot blot also triggered the release of nitrogen oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and thereby reduces blood pressure.
After the men's daily home bath, their blood sugar and insulin levels were lower while they fasted and rested.
The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The researchers, led by doctoral student Sven Hoekstra, believe that a bath can "improve the aspects of inflammatory profile and improve glucose metabolism in sedentary, overweight men".
They allow a hot blot "can have consequences for improving metabolism in populations that can not meet current physical activity recommendations."
A person can not work out if they have suffered injury, asthma or brain injury.
However, the participants reported that they felt uncomfortable during the long-term bath, which may be due to the temperature of the water or how much time they spent in it.
About one in four adults worldwide suffer from high blood pressure.
If it is consistently high, this adds an additional strain on the heart that has been associated with a higher risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke, as well as kidney disease and even dementia.
Inflammation has been linked to everything from asthma and celiac disease to Crohn's and even organ transplant rejection.
This comes after research released earlier this month suggested exposure to blue light lowers a person's blood pressure.
After 14 healthy men exposed to blue light for only half an hour, their blood pressure levels decreased as much as medication, according to a study by University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf.
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