Are you in need of some serious R&R? Are you already dreaming of your next vacation – which if all goes according to plan will be centered around ultimate relaxation? If so, you may want to look into a destination complete with natural hot springs.
Hot springs – which are found in many locations around the globe – occur due to hot water from deep underground springing through the crust of the Earth. While all hot springs have their own unique characteristics, for just one example, the Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria, Australia, flows with water between 97 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
We all know that it is important to drink water, but the act of immersing ourselves in it has important health benefits too. The water found in hot springs is naturally rich in minerals, and this plus the heat make it especially therapeutic. Hot springs have been used for a variety of healing purposes by cultures throughout history.
The following are just a few things bathing in natural hot springs may help you to do:
Oxygenate your blood
Hot springs may help to increase your circulation by introducing important minerals into your skin. This may help to increase the oxygen flow in your blood, which is important not only for your heart, but for all other systems of your body.
Besides boosting circulation, hot springs can help with detox in several ways. The circulation boost can also help to trigger metabolic activity, and get things moving along in your bowel. Plus, the mineral-rich hot water helps to open your pores and lets you sweat out accumulated toxins.
Unwind your mind
What’s more relaxing than a hot bath? Try an ultimate hot bath in a hot spring and it may spoil you for life. Some deep breathing in a natural hot spring can help all that tension just melt away.
We all know hot baths can make us sleepy, and there’s science behind this. The change of temperature your body undergoes after cooling from a hot soak can make you sleepy and ready for a night of sweet dreams.
Enjoy natural pain relief
After a long workout, soaking in a hot spring can help with that muscle pain and tension. Regular trips to hot springs may also help sufferers of painful conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Note: As hot water is serious business, make sure to get an okay from your doctor before visiting hot springs if you have a medical condition.
A hot bath made by Mother Nature? Count us in.
-The Alternative Daily