I take this with a grain of salt, or a cup of tea, but it's an interesting find.
: Hot baths.
. I love a long, hot bath with a book and a cup of tea. Who doesn’t?
. But otherwise, sure. It’s like being back in the womb, but with a book and a cup of tea. And it’s good for you. Better than exercise!
Well, in one narrow way, based on a single study with a small sample, perhaps
. How do we know this? Some scientist called Dr Steve Faulkner did this experiment at Loughborough University where he fitted 10 unfit males with rectal thermometers and other devices, then got them to have long, hot, relaxing baths.
I think I’d be more relaxed without the thermometer
. You get used to it. After the bath, the men got a meal, and on another day they did some vigorous cycling instead of the bath.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the bathers had peak blood sugar levels after eating that were 10% lower than the cyclists’. In short, the study suggests that hot baths might do a better job than exercise at lowering your blood sugar, which is the challenge in diabetes. The theory is that it is something to do with “heat shock proteins”.
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Interesting how the algorithm reordered my tag sequence. I get it that health should be first, but the rest of it is in odd order.