Hot Tubs and Illnesses: Possible Benefits

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As we hit the dead of winter around Utah and the rest of the country, illnesses like the cold, flu and COVID-19 are seeing their peaks. There are many relief methods people consider if they've been afflicted by one of these illnesses this time of year, and the use of soaking in warm water is increasingly popular here.

At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we're proud to offer high-quality hot tubs to clients around Salt Lake City, including from top brands like Viking, Sundance and others. We know many of our clients love to utilize our products for the numerous benefits of hydrotherapy and warm water - can illnesses like these be included here? This two-part blog series will take a look, both at the potential benefits of hot tubs in these settings and some precautions that should be taken.

Never a Cure

First and foremost, we want to be clear about something up front: While we'll go over some potential benefits that hot tubs and hydrotherapy can offer to people who are ill, it's vital to remember that these are not cures. No hot tub or similar product has the ability to completely cure any illness, nor should they be viewed as such.

Furthermore, while some people have success in warding off certain illnesses through regular hot tub usage, there is no firm evidence that even this is possible. It's important to take proper medical precautions and get the necessary treatments if you are dealing with an illness - hot tubs should only be viewed as a supplemental treatment method, not a cure or preventative measure.

Elevating Body Temperature

One of the chief possible benefits of hot tub therapy for those dealing with an illness is that it helps elevate your body temperature. This can help kill off bacteria and viruses in the body, speeding recovery from certain illnesses.

For cold or flu-like symptoms, for instance, a hot tub can help elevate body temperature and make the body's immune system more efficient in fighting off these illnesses. This is not to say it will cure them, but it may help speed up the process.

Relieving Symptoms

In addition, hot tubs can also provide relief for certain symptoms associated with colds, flu and COVID-19. The warm water and hydrotherapy jets can help relieve congestion, coughing and soreness in the body. They may also help with headaches and sinus pressure.

Keep in mind that this will not cure these symptoms or the underlying illness, but it can provide temporary relief and make you more comfortable while your body fights off the infection.

Improved Respiratory Cycles

In some cases, illnesses like colds or the flu may cause respiratory issues. The warm water and steam from a hot tub can help open up airways and improve breathing for those dealing with these symptoms.

In part two of our series, we'll go over some precautions to take if you choose to use a hot tub while dealing with an illness, plus some final reminders about proper medical care. For more on any of our hot tubs or accessories for clients around SLC, speak to the pros at Hot Tub Factory Outlet today. Our team is standing by to assist you with everything from finding the perfect model for your needs to understanding how best to utilize our products!

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