It’s 6 in the morning on a cold winter's day, and the thought of a nice hot shower is the only thing that motivates you to leave the comfort of your warm cozy blanket. However, that warm shower may wake you up, but that piping hot water is dangerous to your health. Most of us have believed that bathing in boiling hot water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil could alleviate any cold or cough and soothe those over-worked sore muscles; researchers, however, have proved us wrong.
Here's how a hot water bath could cause your body more harm than good:
It affects fertility: One of the papers presented by scientists’ state that having a hot water bath for more than 30 minutes can affect one’s ability to procreate. So, those who have fertility issues are advised by doctors to have cold water bath. Soaking in a tub of hot water is definitely not advisable.
It can cause dry skin: A hot water bath during winter can cause dry skin as it removes the moisture from your skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to keep away from bathing in hot water as it might cause rashes and other allergies.
It can make you lazy: A hot water bath makes you so relaxed that you will want to take a nap as soon as you come out of the bathroom. In other words, your morning bath will do nothing to heighten your senses to tackle a brand new day, instead it is most likely to make you lethargic.
It can cause skin to wrinkle faster: Everyone wishes for younger-looking skin, but regular hot water baths can make your skin look wrinkled and haggard way too early.
It can cause hair fall: Pouring piping hot water on your head can damage the roots of your hair resulting in excessive hair loss.
It can become an addiction: Bathing in hot water can turn into an addiction and your body might demand hot water even during summer.
So the next time you get out of bed, and in for a bath, pour two mugs of cold water instead; not only will you have an energetic day, your skin and hair will look years younger.
Last Updated 6:40 PM IST