Can hot tubs improve the old gray matter, a.k.a., your brain? Between ancient beliefs and modern research, evidence supports the benefits that hot water has on the brain. And you know where you can find a good source of hot water? A hot tub! Here are some examples of how hot tubs improve brain health:
Increase Blood Circulation
Good blood circulation is vital to your health. As your blood circulates, it delivers oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells and removes waste products. Since warm water increases blood flow, that means your brain will get some fresh oxygen and nutrients delivered to it.
Dopamine and Meditation
Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that functions as both a neurotransmitter and a hormone. It is the most associated with motivation and reward, as well as memory, attention, and body movements. When released in large amounts, it can make you feel good. That’s one of the reasons why you feel so great after a hot tub soak!
One positive way to raise dopamine levels naturally is to meditate. Meditation is the practice of focusing inward, clearing the mind, and letting go of the stresses that are weighing you down. It is also linked to improved mental and even physical health.
According to Healthline, “One study including eight experienced meditation teachers found a 64% increase in dopamine production after meditating for one hour, compared to when resting quietly. It’s thought that these changes may help meditators maintain a positive mood and stay motivated to remain in the meditative state for a longer period of time.”
A good place to meditate is a hot tub. Letting your thoughts float as you soak in swirling warm water is a great way to clear your mind and let go of everyday stress.
Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor
BDNF is a protein in the brain that encourages growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses. It is active in the areas of the brain vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking, like the cortex, hippocampus, and basal forebrain. Your brain releases this protein when your body warms up as you exercise. Hot tubs have a similar warming effect on your body. By submerging and soaking your body in warm water, you trigger your brain to release BDNF, promoting brain growth and restoration in the process.
There are many other ways hot tubs improve brain health. Do your brain a favor and get a hot tub today! Stop by one the Texas Hot Tub Company showrooms in the DFW area to see the Jacuzzi hot tubs we have in stock. Or better yet, schedule a test soak! Which hot tub makes your brain feel the best?