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    Bath Vs Shower. Bathing Pros And Cons

    When it comes to choosing between a long, hot, rejuvenating shower, or a soothing and moisturizing bath, there is much to be said for both. It mostly depends on the individual’s preference. Or, how much time he has on his hands before he must rush off to that all-important interview, or to meet that special someone at their favourite restaurant. 

    However, there are some more practical reasons people choose one over the other. So, let’s look at some of them:

    Which one uses the least amount of water?

    Most people might be surprised to learn that the shower uses less water than the tub. The image of a constant flow of water streaming out of a showerhead can be a bit deceiving. But, any plumber will tell you that a regular showerhead only pumps out about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. 

    That translates into 25 gallons of water for a 10-minute bath. Compare that to the average bathtub, which holds about 50 gallons of water. So, even though you get the sense that you’re using less water with the tub because the flow isn’t constant, you’re using more; unless, of course, you’re in the habit of standing under the showerhead all day.

    However, a full bath every so often won’t bust your budget.

    How does safety figure into the deal?

    One does not normally think of the shower and bathtub as health hazards, but both present significant health risks if necessary precautions aren’t taken. Showers take the lead in this category. Everyone is probably familiar with at least one case where someone slipped and fell in the shower.

     The injury could be fatal, especially if they hit their head on the bathroom fittings or something. However, the bathtub has its own health risks. People have been known to fall asleep in the tub and drown. Others have let the scented candles burn down and set the house on fire.

    But, these incidents a relatively rare compared to slip and fall accidents associated with showers.

    Which is better for your personal hygiene?

    Most people probably won’t have much difficulty with this one. It is easy to imagine the bathtub as being a reservoir for all the dirt and dead skin cells while you bathe. 

    However, it is the tub that is best equipped to remove all those dead skin cells and dirt in the first place. The answer: rinse off in the shower after you’ve taken that deep-cleaning bath.

    Again, take showers if economics is an issue, but be sure to take a deep-cleaning bath every now and then for better hygiene. 

    Which is better for people on the go?

    There’s no comparison here. Showers are universally accepted as the fastest way to get cleaned up and be on your way. As stated earlier, the average person takes about ten minutes to shower. Now, compare that to the bathtub were just filling it can take as long as eight minutes.

    So, if you really got to be there, go with the shower.

    Which one is better for your overall health?

    This question is not so clear-cut as the previous one. Both the shower and the bathtub have their own unique set of health benefits.

    Hot baths have long been known for their therapeutic properties. In addition to being physically soothing, they also reduce fatigue and that feeling of loneliness. Plus, there’s nothing like a good hot bath to wash away those waves of stress.

    Hot showers have also been known to work wonders on stress and anxiety. But, that hot spray beating a cadence on your back is a virtual panacea for sore back muscles. Not to mention the job the steam from the hot shower does clearing your sinuses.

    Although there’s a lot to be said for hot showers and baths, cold showers have their health benefits too. For example, cold showers can wake you up in the morning and have you raring to go. Plus, cold water doesn’t dry out your skin and hair the way that hot water does. Studies have also shown that cold showers boost your immune system.

    As you can see, there are plenty of pros and cons for both showers and baths. And as stated in the opener, it mostly boils down to a matter of personal choice. 

    However, the evidence seems to point in favor of the shower. So, I recommend taking showers through the week, then treating yourself to some hot, soothing and relaxing baths on the weekend.

    About the Author
    Ethan is the person who used to write on the various topic of social issues and he is the author of many website as well magazines such as Boomerang.

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