The older you get the more grey starts coming into your life. You start getting more and more grey hairs and you have to pay more attention to sharpening that old grey matter that is underneath all of those grey hairs. Keeping your brain sharp is vital to feeling youthful as long as possible. This is where your Softub comes into play. Taking daily soaks in your Softub won’t get rid of your grey hairs, but it will go a long way in helping that other bit of grey.
Recently, research that was being conducted to determine the effects of hot tubs on fibromyalgia lead to renewed evidence that hot tubs increase brain function in some pretty incredible ways. During the study, middle-aged women exercised in either cool or warm water 3x a week for 16 weeks. The study found that the women who exercised in warm water not only saw relief for their fibromyalgia symptoms, but they also had increased cognitive function when given a cognitive ability test after their soak, as compared to the other groups.
As it turns out, the increase in blood flow that makes Softubs good for healing, also sends that increased blood flow to your brain. Then the heat exposure increases the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the prefrontal cortex. Studies have found that when that part of the brain is oxygenated for longer it improves your reaction time in addition to your cognitive ability.
Interestingly, these results can only be found when the body is heated radiantly by warm water. Meaning, these benefits do not occur when the body gets hot from air temperature like it does when you are outside during the heat of summer.
The heat of the water has also been shown to improve the function of the central nervous system by regulating stress response, stabilizing moods, and improving memory which all lead to better overall brain function.
Finally, the warm water causes the brain to release BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a protein that the body produces to aid in the regrowth and restoration of your nerves and brain cells. BDNF is also released when you exercise.
All of these benefits are truly remarkable and definitely point to the fact that Softub use is highly beneficial to your brain. Give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you and let’s start taking better care of that old grey matter today.