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Ahh, just thinking about a bubble bath right now is making me feel relaxed. They’re warm, they smell nice, they’re relaxing and leave us feeling relaxed and smelling pleasant. What’s not to like?!
Well, add to that the benefits that bubble baths can give us for our hypothyroidism, and they’re just too good to resist…
1. They Help with Sweating Out Toxins
Hot bubble baths help us to sweat, and sweating is good for getting rid of toxins from inside the body. Daily sweating is essential, along with drinking enough water and regular bowel movements.
2. They Encourage a Good Night’s Sleep
When I feel tired, I have a bubble bath to encourage it and help me wind down for bed. The scents, the warm feeling and soft skin when getting in to bed just reinforces that ready-to-sleep feeling. If I have a shower before bed, it’s not always the same experience. I tend to feel less sleepy and more energised. However, with baths you can just lay back and relax. Getting enough sleep is essential for thyroid patients.
If you’re struggling to get to sleep at night, possibly due to high cortisol (adrenal fatigue) messing up your sleep patterns, then a bubble bath can help you get ready for sleep.
Close your eyes, concentrate on the warmth and smell of the bath foam, and relax. Light some candles and turn off the main bathroom light, if that helps create a better atmosphere. It could also help encourage your melatonin to rise, getting you ready for bed. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid to late evening, but light affects how much melatonin your body produces.
So avoid TV, electronics and harsh lights as you get later in to the evening. A dimly lit bathroom with a bubble bath should therefore help. Epsom Salts can also help to relax muscles and get you sleepy.
3. They Ease Aches and Pains
Bubble baths have worked wonders for my achy and painful hypothyroid muscles and joints. Especially at the end of a long day, where I’ve been on my feet a lot – or on a thyroid flare up day – bubble baths feel like heaven. The warm water soothes and relaxes muscles, but also promotes increased blood flow and circulation to the area, eliminating any lactic acid buildup.
I feel like the feeling of weightlessness also adds to the relief of muscle soreness and aches and pains in my joints. Adding Epsom salts can again, help with this.
4. They Can Help To Soften Hair and Skin
Using the right products and not over-bathing can of course help to keep hair and skin hydrated, moisturised and feeling and looking good.
Having hypothyroidism can mean hair becomes thin and dry, and skin becomes dry and flakey.
Organic products are often the best as they have less chemicals that can contribute to poor quality hair and skin. You should aim to wash hair just twice a week maximum to avoid over-washing and removing protective oils. Also, aim to moisturise your skin after a bath, too, to lock in moisture.
Do you find that baths help you thyroid symptoms?
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Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, blogger, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. She has two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.