While baths are great for relaxing and aromatherapy there are some things to consider before deciding to make taking a bath your daily routine. First, think about how much water you use when taking a bath. I have read that it takes about 30-50 gallons to fill up your tub to comfortably sit in it, while when taking a shower we use an average of 20-25 gallons of water to get clean. If you are skeptical, try plugging up your tub when taking a shower and see how much water is actually used.
However, the main concerns I have been researching are the health benefits. Years ago, when I was having some health issues the doctor advised me to take less baths because it was why the issue was persisting. Since, I don’t always just take a doctor’s word for it, I started researching this theory. Consequently, I found that for women we do need to be careful when sitting in basically a pool of dirt because of our female parts. This doesn’t mean never ever take a bath, it just means if you choose to take a bath try not to sit in there too long. And if you want to un-whine with some candles, wine, and music in a tube of hot water with soothing bath salts then do that when you are already clean. It is suggested that you avoid bubble baths and do milk baths instead, as most bubble bath products are not healthy for the body especially parts where the sun doesn’t shine. You also might want to try a hot tub but be sure to clean the water jets thoroughly. If you don’t have a hot tub, try a heated pool and if there isn’t a pool try the beach if you live near one. I do think it’s healthy to find a way to sit in water and relax—just not in a tub of dirt when you are actually trying to get clean.
In my research, I found an article on Forbes about how our skin has bugs—actually helpful ones ( http://bit.ly/eNO7Mf). However, in another article I found that if we bath too often these helpful bugs will multiply. I don’t know about you but I am not sure if I would want that to happen—considering the thought of bugs anywhere near me makes me want to puke. Also, we have this layer of skin that is on the top layer of our epidermis, called the horny skin, that we should not damage—showering and bathing too often can cause that. One article I read suggested we don’t bath or shower daily. I may not want to damage anything with the word horny in it but is no way I was going to do that and stink up joints so I did some further reading and found this: http://bit.ly/fuyHIm. All jokes aside, when I am unsure I always like to find something on the net that Dr. Oz has suggested. I feel he is quite helpful. If you haven’t checked out the video yet, he suggests we shower or bathe for 15 minutes and when we wash the skin to do it gently with warm water.
In conclusion, I stand by not bathing but two days out of the week. I would take showers most days because this will combat any possible issues that could arise especially if you are a female. If you want to keep from smelling funky please do this everyday. There are articles out there that suggest it’s unhealthy but just reduce the time you are in there. Remember to just find other ways to relax in water if this is a daily routine. There are a number of things you can do that I didn’t suggest in this article.
Please don’t forget to check out the links above for more information and feel free to give me your thoughts on this concept of better hygiene.
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