Let’s face it, DIY of any kind can be hard work. We use our bodies to the fullest, pushing through to complete difficult projects that may not always be the healthiest for our bodies.
We exhaust our feet, knees, hands and the muscles in our backs and necks. We push the limits of our bodies to attain often amazing creative satisfactions. So, in the end the results are worth it right?
Long before humanity had hospitals and healthcare professionals we used a number of reliable techniques to assist with physical recovery.
The most prevalent method has always been to apply heat to an area that needed extra blood circulation.
While this has diverse applications, the general understanding behind it is universal. Heat increases blood flow, and blood brings nutrients and vitamins to the entire body.
While steam baths have been used for millennia to assist in increasing circulation, we now have technology that allows us to upgrade that concept. Enter the steam shower.
1. Quick Muscle Recovery
Steam showers have diversified the application of heated water so that we can use it for a plethora of applications.
The most useful being that we can use steam for quick muscle recovery. Steamy hot water improves circulation over our entire body, which is designed to repair itself.
Whether muscles are strained, torn, or simply overworked, steam showers help dissipate lactic acid in the muscles to speed up recovery time while simultaneously improving circulation for the targeted area.
2. Improved Blood Circulation
Improvements in circulation are also good for the joints, helping to improve stiffness and flexibility with additional blood flow.
Whether they are sore from exercise, physical strain, or simply age steam showers are renowned for improving joint function and health.
3. Improved Metabolism
This advanced shower system is also good for improving metabolism.
Our bodies are endothermic, meaning that we regulate our internal temperature without external stimuli.
While we regulate temperature automatically in our bodies, they still respond to external stimuli which can assist is metabolic functions.
Steam showers increase the body’s natural metabolism which aids in weight loss.
Obviously prolonged exposure can be undesirable, but used in moderation the heat energy released in steam showers can help us lose weight and speed up our metabolisms.
4. Healthy Skin
Skin clarity is another easily observable effect of bathing our bodies in steam.
As our bodies began to warm up the pores in our skin dilate to help us sweat. This is the body’s natural way to cool down as evaporating sweat leaving the skin greatly helps dissipate heat.
However, these pores often get dirt trapped inside of them, resulting in acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and other imperfections in our skin.
Steeping in a hot steam shower is a great way to open the pores so these areas can be freed from dirt or other impurities.
5. Clears Congestion
Last but not least, steam showers help us fight colds.
In an interesting double header, steam helps free trapped mucus in our sinuses and airways. This helps release trapped bacteria that are stuck in our mucus.
Additionally, heating our internal systems is the body’s natural defense against infections.
Think of a fever. The natural function of a fever is to defend against viral and bacterial infections by making the body too hot for the organism to survive in.
This means steam showers have been twice as effective at clearing out colds and other basic infections. Pretty cool, right?
The health benefits of steam and hot water have been known to us for centuries. However, only recently have we been able to design an environment where we can utilize heat and steam to be so effective.
While it’s not a cure-all, the benefits of steam showers are measurable for a number of different systems in the body.
This is the perfect way to help heal and relax your body in the comfort of your own home.