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Why a Bath Helps You After Surgery?

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

After your surgery, you will be depleted mentally and physically. A boost in the right areas will provide positive steps towards accelerating your recovery period. Eating right, exercising correctly, quitting smoking, having a support network and reducing your alcohol intake are just a few areas to support your recovery.

Simple But Yet Remarkable

A common concern after having any form of surgery is how best to maintain your personal hygiene for your general wellbeing and to reduce the likelihood of infection.

Reducing the Likelihood of Infection is Essential

Having a regular shower or bath routine well help towards boosting your wellbeing and increase your recovery period. As we all know, 'your Health is your Wealth' so we can not take it for granted

Showers and baths have been proven to have real scientific health benefits.

Should I Shower or Bath? This has to be down to your own personal preference and current circumstances. Since one size

Your Health is Your Wealth

does not fit all, however, continue to read and you may find some surprisingly quick facts that could sway you to prefer one over the other. With the ultimate goal of improving and maintaining your general health. We can all relate to the sensation of a feel-good-factor after we had a bath or shower.

If you find this blog useful you should check out our 'Why Shower After Surgery?' blog.

Interesting Bathing Benefits

Improve Your Heart Health: Having a warm bath makes your heartbeat quicker enabling you to have a good work out while relaxing. The net effect will be increased

blood circulation throughout your body. A warm bath can also improve your blood pressure and general heart wellbeing. People with pre-existing heart conditions should always consult their physician for further guidance.

Help You to Breathe Easier: They say "The trick to life is to just keep breathing". The ability to exercise and increase your oxygen intake to your lungs can be invoked by

submerging your chest in and keeping your head out of the water. You will then benefit from the temperature and the pressure working directly on your chest and indirectly on your lungs.

Improves Brain and Nervous System: After a long day or even a short day, your mind and body can be mentally and physically exhausted. On top of the exhaustion add

in a touch of stress and general anxiety of what the next day holds can be a recipe for a dive in your general state of mind.  Bathing improves your brain and nervous function by reducing pain and calming your nervous system. 

Bones, Joints and Muscles Benefit: I'm sure you have seen the iconic picture of the

great boxer Muhammad Ali submerged in a pool shadow boxing.  Yes, it may have been a marketing ploy, but it has been proven stretching and moving in water reduces the impact on your muscles, joints and bones, but you still receive the benefit of a workout through the resistance of the water - hydro exercise.

Improved Gastrointestinal Health: Your digestive system is comprised of 10 organs, covering 9 metres with 20 specialised cell types involved in the body's most complicated

system. It transforms raw food we eat into the nutrients that keep us alive. Well, having a simple bath will improve your blood circulation and aids in general digestion. Bathing may also reduce sugar levels in your blood, which could help people with diabetes to manage their weight.

More Balanced Hormones: Our Endocrine system orchestrates change throughout our body - regulating everything from your sleep to your beating heart. These changes are

maintained by 10 hormone-producing glands - three in your brain and seven in the rest of your body. Conditions such as chronic

fatigue and even some fertility issues can be relieved when bathing in cooler temperatures. Also, bathing in warm water can increase your serotonin levels a hormone that assists your well-being.

Optimal Body Temperature: We are warm-blooded and our core temperature is

37°C. A rapid way to regulate our temperature is through bathing. This is usually the job for the Hypothalamus via our nervous system -sweating when we are too hot or shivering when we are too cold. Having A hot bath for when we are cold, and a cold bath for when we are hot will quickly adjust our bodies appropriately.

Final Thoughts

While researching this subject area we were SO surprised to find so many benefits for bathing and showering. We at H2OGuard encourage you to continue the research and let us know how we can improve this blog.

If you found this blog informative or otherwise feel free to leave a comment.

Finally, don't forget to see our 'Why Shower After Surgery?' blog.

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