5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Taking a Bath

Which is better — taking a shower or a bath? The answer to the age-old debate comes down to personal preference, but it’s no secret that most Americans prefer showers. Roughly two-thirds of Americans shower on a daily basis, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

While you might prefer the quickness of a shower on a day-to-day basis, bathing relaxes your mind and body, like taking a dip in a hot tub or a hot spring. “Warm baths promote relaxation by raising your core body temperature and lowering blood pressure,” says Jeffrey Gladd, MD, an integrative medicine specialist in Columbia, Indiana, and the founder of Gladd Integrative Medicine.

Maybe this is why, despite the popularity of showering, many people aren’t ready to ditch their tub. It’s true that baths typically use more water, per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, so they’re not exactly environmentally friendly, but personal health–wise they evoke a greater sense of calm and tranquility.

Opting for a bath instead of a shower checks the boxes for both personal hygiene and relaxation. Ready to take a dip? Here are five benefits to soak up during bath time.

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