Battle Depression With A Hot Bath

October 29, 2018

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Depression affects nearly 10% of the U.S. population and is a leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44.  While talking with your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan is something you should defiantly do, new research suggests that a bath could be a fantastic aid in battling depression and is more effective at treating depression than exercise. While physical activity has always been suggested to help shake it, a German study followed a group of people with depression and had them take a 30 minute soak in a warm bath every day for eight weeks, followed by 20 minutes of relaxing, wrapped in blankets and a hot water bottle. The group were then given a depression scale to describe their mood, which showed that on average, the mental wellbeing of the group improved by six points, scoring three points better in the scale than those who were asked to do 45 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. The theory is that as a warm bath helps to increase your core body temperature, it can strengthen and synchronize your body clock or circadian rhythms. In depressed people, this rhythm can be disrupted or delayed by several hours.  Plus, a little pampering always makes you feel better!


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