We all know that feeling of slipping into the bubbling hot waters of our inflatable hot tub for a long soak and a massage. There’s no better way to unwind or relieve the aches and pains of the day. But you might be pleased to learn that an inflatable hot tub also offers other, lesser-known, remedies and relief.
In this article, we are looking at five of the most unusual but highly effective inflatable hot tub remedies. So if you suffer from any of these problems, don’t automatically reach for the medicine bottle or pills. Instead, fire up your inflatable hot tub, slip off the cover, and follow our advice.
1. Inflatable Hot Tub Hangover Cure
I’m sure most of us have been there. The morning after the night before. Sure last night was great fun, but you’re paying for it now!
Well, help is at hand in your inflatable hot tub. That’s because the hot waters in your hot tub speed up the elimination of alcohol and its associated toxins, so you get over your hangover faster.
The main symptoms of a hangover are:
- splitting headaches
- nausea or vomiting
- sensitivity to light and sound
- rapid heartbeat
With the help of your hot tub, you can reduce or even eliminate these symptoms by following some simple steps.
Drink a glass of Gatorade or other sports drink to help replace any electrolytes you lost from your system. If you don’t have any of these drinks to hand, then a glass of cool (but not too cold) water is fine. In spite of what you might have been told, avoid coffee or sodas. They’re acidic, for a start, which is the last thing you want to put into your delicate stomach straight away! Also, both coffee and soda drinks are diuretic. This means they dehydrate you – the last thing you want when you’re already dehydrated.
Avoid Pain Relief Tablets
No matter how bad your headache is, avoid taking pain relief pills. That’s because these pills, such Aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen, are acidic, so they’re not a good idea to put into an upset stomach. Also, pain relief tablets act as mild blood thinners, and so they will increase the effects of your hangover, actually making you feel worse.
Soak In Your Inflatable Hot Tub
First off, make sure your inflatable hot tub is set to a minimum of 102F. Then, after your glass of sports drink or water, take the cover off your hot tub and slip into the hot water.
Stay in the warmth of the hot tub for a minimum of 15 minutes. That’s because it takes 15 minutes for your muscles to fully relax as a result of the hot water. Also, after 15 minutes your body tissue becomes softer and more flexible, and your pores are fully open. This all helps with the release of the alcohol toxins from your system.
While you’re relaxing back in your hot tub, breathe slowly and as deeply as you can without feeling like you want to throw up. You’ll find that as you relax, your breathing will become slower and deeper anyway, which helps move the toxins through your system so they can be eliminated faster.
Make sure you don’t stay in your hot tub longer than 25 minutes. That’s because it will start to dehydrate you a lot, which will make your hangover worse.
Drink Some More
No, we’re not talking about hair of the dog!
The thing is, the hot water in your inflatable hot tub will slightly dehydrate you. So you need to drink another glass of sports drink or water as soon as you get out. It’s also a good idea to take a glass or water or sports drink with you to sip while you’re in the hot tub, to make sure your body stays as hydrated as possible.
Take A Cold Shower
You’re probably going to need to be brave for this one! When you get out of the hot tub, take a cold shower.
We’re not going to water it down (pun intended!) but it will be a shock when the cold water hits your body. However this is a vital step. That’s because the cold water kickstarts your circulation and raises your heart rate. Both of these speed up the removal of any toxins still present in your body.
Keep On Drinking
Again, keep sipping glasses of cool water to stay hydrated. This intake of liquid will flush the toxins out of your system and speed up your recovery rate, so you’ll feel better much faster.
2. Hot Tub Headache Relief
If you suffer from headaches, then your inflatable hot tub can help provide a wonderful cure.
In fact, there is evidence that regular soaks and massages in your inflatable hot tub may help to prevent many types of headaches. As long as you have a cup of coffee as well!
Now that might sound totally weird – and a little contradictory. After all, a hot tub relaxes you while a cup of coffee fires you up.
But according to research carried out at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, there are three reasons why a soak in an inflatable hot tub along with a cup of coffee offer remedies and relief for your headache:
Many headaches are caused by stress and a tightening of your upper back, shoulder, and neck muscles. The tension in these areas then manifest themselves in your head.
Therefore having a massage in your inflatable hot tub relaxes these three key areas and helps melt away the headache.
The hot tub is perfect for eliminating the original stress which was the cause of your headache. Just lean back against the hot tub wall, stretch your arms out to the side, and allow the bubbling hot waters to do their thing.
Guess what a key component of many headache relief pills is. Caffeine! Studies have found that adding caffeine to pills such as Aspirin improves the success of the tablet by 40%.
That’s because when you have a headache or migraine, your blood vessels tend to enlarge which causes pain and that throbbing sensation. However, caffeine contains what are known as vasoconstrictive properties – basically it causes your blood vessels to narrow. So taking some caffeine will start reducing your headache as soon as it enters your system.
Now here’s the neat part: soaking in your inflatable hot tub increases your blood circulation. Therefore the caffeine moves through your bloodstream more quickly, as a result of the hot water. This means it can start working on your blood vessels faster – which in turn means your headache will go away faster!
Therefore, have a cup of good coffee, then get into your inflatable hot tub for a soak and a massage. It is recommended that you only stay in for 10 minutes. If you do, the combination of the three factors will have you headache-free in super-fast time.
3. Inflatable Hot Tub Cold Relief
OK, so there is no cure for the common cold. But there are ways you can relieve the symptoms and reduce the effects on your well-being.
One way we love to combat a cold is to soak in our inflatable hot tub. It’s an awesome way to tackle those well-known symptoms of a stuffy nose, your head feeling like it’s in a vice, and that grim lack of energy.
Using a hot tub to alleviate a cold isn’t a new idea. The Ancient Greeks and then the Romans knew of the therapeutic value of laying in piping hot water when you have a cold. It’s just that now, with the increased availability of inflatable hot tubs, it’s an option open to more and more people.
So, if you’re suffering from the onset of a cold – or if one has its death hold on you – then take a 20-25 minute soak in your inflatable hot tub. Turn on the massage system if you want, to melt away the aches and pains in your muscles; but most importantly, lean back and relax.
That’s because soaking in your portable spa works in four important ways, known as the 5 Rs:
An increasing number of studies from all over the world are finding how much a part stress has in either causing illness or being a major contributing factor. At the same time, being relaxed means you are less likely to get ill – and to be able to fight off any illness should you get one.
Getting into your inflatable hot tub helps you relax, thereby improving your immune system. In turn, this gives you a better chance to fight off the cold.
Raising Body Temperature
As you soak in your hot tub, your body temperature increases. Now if you go back in time or check across different cultures, one of the common threads through all cold cures is to keep your body as warm as you can.
That’s because increasing your body temperature makes you sweat, which helps to reduce the infection load which is causing the illness. At the same time, raising your body temperature increases your blood circulation, which helps flush out the infection internally.
If you ask any doctor or medical advisor what to do when you have a cold, they’ll tell you to rest.
In fact, if you have a family pet, you’ve no doubt seen what they do as soon as they’re ill or even under the weather. Rest! And we need to do the same.
The very act of getting into your inflatable hot tub and switching off for 20 to 25 minutes means you are allowing your body to rest. This gives it the time it needs to fight off the cold.
Your body and brain have a complex in-built memory relationship. The very fact that whenever you use your inflatable hot tub you are enjoying yourself and feeling good about the world and about your body is captured deep down in your brain.
So when you have a cold, or are getting one, the act of getting into your inflatable hot tub and enjoying the hot waters and the massage stirs up those memories. This triggers your brain to deliver well-being, healing factors to those parts of your body which are under the weather.
As well as using your inflatable hot tub to relieve the symptoms of your cold, remember that it is always important to drink lots of hot fluids when you have a cold. This is doubly important when you use your portable hot tub as part of the remedy, as the waters will dehydrate you a little. So as soon as you get out of the hot tub, slip into something warm, and curl up with a hot drink.
4. Inflatable Hot Tub Insomnia Remedy
I don’t know about you, but there are nights when I can’t fall asleep for hours, and other nights where I drop off but I’m wide awake by the early hours. And there seems to be nothing I can do about it.
I’m loathe to turn to sleeping pills to help me fall asleep. So when we bought our inflatable hot tub, I was delighted to find that it was a natural way to help me sleep faster, deeper and longer.
At first I thought it was simply because it helped me relax more. But there are other reasons, as well.
According to a study carried out by Cornell Medical Center: “Your body temperature naturally dips at night, starting two hours before sleep and bottoming out at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m.”
Therefore, in order to fall asleep faster and deeper, you need to raise your body temperature higher than normal before you go to bed. The natural process of cooling down will then relax you and help you fall asleep faster.
If you raise your temperature a degree or two before bedtime. . . the steeper drop is more likely to put you into a deep sleep.
Therefore, if you have trouble sleeping, you should soak in your inflatable hot tub for about 20 minutes, two hours before you go to bed.
5. Banish Lower Back Pain
Seeking relief for lower back pain is the number two reason why people in the U.S. go to the doctor, with the number one slot being for colds and flu. That’s because one in four Americans are suffering from this life-limiting condition at any one time! It’s also the number one cause of disability among the under 45s.
Traditional pharmaceutical relief for lower back pain includes anti-inflammatory medications such as Tylenol, Motrin or Aleve.
However a scientific study over in the United Kingdom by the British Journal of Rheumatology showed how hot tub therapy has short and long-term benefits for people suffering from lower back pain.
The study found that with three weeks of daily hot tub therapy, patients suffering from lower back pain showed better improvements than a test group who only took medication. After six months of regular use, there was a significant improvement in the hot tub therapy group, while their use of anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics and decreased.
That’s because soaking in a hot tub relaxes your muscles and also stimulates the release of endorphins which are your body’s natural pain killers.
So if you suffer from lower back pain, you should use your inflatable hot tub for 20-25 minutes at least once a day – and if you have the time twice a day, such as at weekends. In this way, you’ll be helping yourself on your way to a pain-free future.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these unusual benefits of inflatable hot tub soaking. And we truly hope they help you with any of the problems you might have. Thanks for reading!