It’s 6 in the morning on a cold season, 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.
Health experts have warned men in specific against bathing with hot water always. Here are some of the health reasons to this;
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.
According to the researchers of the University of California, the constant exposure to the ‘wet heat’ can kill your fertility.
The study was conducted on a group of men who were used to hot bathtubs or hot water bath on a regular basis. They were exposed to water with a higher temperature for at least 30 minutes in a week. When their semen samples were examined, it showed low sperm production and poor sperm motility rate compared to those who were less exposed to this type of heat.
Men who have already been diagnosed with fertility disorders, overexposure to heated water can worsen the matter for them. However, the silver lining in this cloud is that the effect can be reversed.
If you discontinue taking hot water baths for a considerable time; things tend to change for good. Men who kept away from hot bathtubs or hot water baths could see an increase in the production of healthy sperm having good motility rate in their semen. Their sperm count increased up to 49 percent.
To conclude, constant exposure to wet heat can affect male fertility adversely. So, if you are eager to become a father, stop spending hours in hot bath tubs. It might be relaxing your mind and freshening up your tired body, but it is killing your fatherhood hopes silently.
It can cause dry skin:
A hot water bath during cold season 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.
“Dry skin is the most common cause of itchy, irritated skin so it is important to avoid overly hot baths and showers,” said Dr. Harry Dao, assistant professor of dermatology at Baylor. “I recommend taking lukewarm baths and showers.”
Extreme dry skin can develop into more serious conditions like skin inflammation and may even increase eczema. When the skin is red and inflamed, thinner emollients such as gels, lotions or creams can cause a stinging sensation as well, he said.
“The most important thing after a shower or bath is to pat – not rub aggressively – the skin dry, then to apply a preferably bland emollient, avoiding fragrances and other common contact allergens, onto the skin to try to lock the moisture from the bath or shower into the skin,” Dao said.
In addition to moisturizer, he suggests using mild soaps and shampoos. “Following these steps can help protect against dry skin, skin inflammation and, even more severe, eczema flares.”
It can cause the 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. Hot water strips skin of its natural oils, resulting in dry and itchy skin.
Dr. Megan Moore, a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, put it like this: “Our skin contains special proteins and fats that make up a protective barrier and lock in moisture to protect us from harsh outside environments.
Dry winter air, forced-air heating, extremes of temperature, and the frequent hot baths and showers we take all strip our skin of this natural protection.”
It can cause hair fall:
Pouring piping hot water on your head can damage the roots of your hair resulting in excessive hair loss.
Hot water is essentially unnatural and could, therefore, be damaging the hair follicles. Anything above 37 C 998F) is higher than body temperature and is therefore unnatural.
could damage the scalp, causing dryness. It could be causing inflammation, which in turn could cause hair miniaturilization that leads to hair thinning and loss.
Hot showers can also remove the essential oils from the hair and scalp that help protect itself from damage and leave the hair follicles vulnerable to wither and die.
It can become an addiction:
Bathing in hot water can turn into an addiction and your body might demand hot water even during hot days.
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.