Bring on all the spa vibes.
The weather might be cooling off, but that doesn’t mean that exploring the most relaxing natural bodies of water is off limits. It’s time to venture into the world of hot springs, which are simply springs produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater. Many hot springs across the globe maintain temperatures that are perfect for bathing, and spending time among them can be truly therapeutic. Here are four benefits of taking a dip in these natural hot tubs every once in a while.
1. They’re full of good-for-you minerals.
Hot springs have especially high mineral contents because hot water can hold more dissolved solids than cooler water sources like rivers, streams and lakes. So when you go for a soak, you’re exposing your skin to a solid boost of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, silica, lithium and radium (all in healthy quantities). Think of it as a multivitamin for your skin. Folks who struggle with eczema can even see an improvement in their symptoms after spending time in hot springs.
2. They’re soothing for sore muscles.
There’s no better way to end a long and grueling hike than with a dip in a hot spring. The temperatures combined with the natural mineral contents make it feel even more therapeutic than an Epsom salt bath at home, helping with swollen joints, arthritis, muscle fatigue and ligament damage. A hot spring session can help your body relax, heal and find a deeper connection with nature all at the same time.
3. They can help you breathe easier.
The combination of heat, steam and sulfur (which is present in most hot spring locations) can work wonders for both chest and sinus congestion. So regardless of whether you struggle with seasonal allergies, asthma or frequent colds, bathing in a hot spring every now and then can provide natural relief that your home bathing ritual just can’t rival.
They’re the epitome of relaxing.
Yes, all of those natural spa vibes boost your health in a multitude of ways by melting your stresses away. By reducing the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, coursing through your body, you decrease your risk of developing health issues like high blood pressure, digestive discomfort, depression, anxiety and more. So if you live a fast-paced, stressful lifestyle, consider taking a vacation where hot springs are on the itinerary. Your hormones will feel nice and balanced in no time.