Can hot baths protect your heart?

Taking a warm bath helps soothe aching joints, wash away stress, and promote sleep. Now, a study published online March 24, 2020, by the journal Heart suggests that daily hot baths are also associated with better heart health. Researchers analyzed self-reported health and lifestyle information from more than 30,000 middle-aged people in Japan.

Participants responded to a questionnaire at the start of the study and were then followed for about 20 years. Compared with people who didn’t take a tub bath more than twice a week, people who took a daily warm or hot bath had a 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 26% lower risk of stroke. The study is only observational and doesn’t prove that daily tub bathing staves off heart problems. But previous research has shown that the effects of tub bathing on the body are similar to those of exercise.

Use caution, however: taking baths in very hot water is also tied to sudden death due to overheating, confusion, or drowning. If you’re going to take a bath, keep the temperature comfortable and don’t risk overheating. Finally, this study says nothing about the possible cardiovascular benefits of hot showers.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Psalm 13:5-6 But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 91:16 “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”

Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:1-3 Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation,  I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation.

Jeremiah 8:15 We waited for peace, but no good came; For a time of healing, but behold, terror!

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?”

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