Why is it every other sentence I'm telling
you to take a shower? Are you wondering if you smell?
Hello - I'm on the Internet - I can't smell you!! No, hot
showers are just great therapy. Yes, you shouldn't waste water,
yes, they waste energy, but sometimes you've just got to take
care of yourself.
The advantages of a hot shower:
- Time alone: nobody can bother you
in the shower. Savor this moment.
- Stress relief: Hot water can
really wash away stress. Relaxation is important. Less
stress means more milk, less sickness, and you might even be
nicer to people.
- Decongestant: The steam from a hot
shower increases the blood supply to your sinuses. At first,
this might make you feel more congested, but the blood
brings with it valuable immune cells that fight the
infection causing the congestion in the first place. You'll
get better faster with steam. I'm a doctor*, you
have to trust me on this.
- General Health: Any cold or flu is
going to benefit from
If you don't have time for a shower, get one of those
steam inhalers and take
time every day to inhale a little steam when you're feeling
under the weather.
*OK, I'm a PhD doctor, not a medical
doctor, but I did study physiology, so does that count?
And my father, who is a real doctor (ENT) highly recommends the
healing power of steam, and can usually be found in the shower.