Most people are aware of how soothing and pleasurable a warm bath can be. But studies show that baths may provide numerous other health benefits, from boosting the immune system to improving heart-related conditions. Frequency, temperature, and a variety of other factors can determine how beneficial a bath is.

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1. Healthy Body and Mind

Bathing in a tub has deep roots in Japanese culture and several studies have explored the connections between bathing frequency and overall good health. Research shows that about 70% of people in Japan take a bath every day. Japanese participants in a 2010 study who bathed seven or more times each week said that they not only had good sleep quality but also felt they had good overall health. A 2018 Japanese study found that older people who bathed more frequently had lower incidences of functional disability.

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