4. Stress Relief:
According to scientific studies, sitting in a hot tub for 15 minutes for 6 days straight can drop stress levels by 11%. When immersed in a hot tub your muscles relax, your breathing slows, and cortisol levels decrease. Why is that important? High cortisol levels can trigger high fat, high sodium or junk food cravings in effort to soothe stress, which leads to weight gain and inflammation. High cortisol can also prevent new muscle buildup, slow calorie burning down, slow the healing process for muscles and increase body fat – especially abdominal body fat. Decreasing cortisol levels is a big benefit to soaking in the hot tub!