A Dip a Day: The Surprising Health Benefits of the Japanese Bath

The Japanese take more hot baths than any other people in the world. Bathing has been an important part of Japanese culture since ancient times. Today, there is growing evidence that the custom of regular bathing in hot water is part of what makes the Japanese one of the healthiest and longest-lived populations in the world. One of Japan’s leading researchers on the science of bathing is Hayasaka Shin’ya, who has been studying the health benefits of hot springs for more than 20 years.

The Relaxing, Health-Giving Properties of a Hot Bath

Many Japanese people take a bath more or less every day. In some parts of the world, people may refer to showering as “taking a bath,” but not in Japan. In Japan, simply showering does not count. In Japanese, the phrases nyūyoku (bathing) or ofuro ni hairu (to take a bath) normally involve immersing the whole body in

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US Frozen Food Sales to See Longer Term Growth After Slight Dip in 2020

Improving quality, health profile of frozen items to support demand

CLEVELAND, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — US demand for frozen foods is forecast to grow 2.4% annually in nominal terms through 2024, according to Frozen Foods: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Advances will be driven by factors such as growth in population and disposable personal income. Suppliers are attempting to improve the health profile of frozen foods, as well as the marketing, to stimulate sales. Enhanced spending power will enable consumers to purchase more expensive frozen items that offer high-quality food in a convenient format and spur sales for the foodservice industry, which relies on frozen food for many of its menu items. However, the perception among many consumers that fresh food is healthier than frozen food will continue to restrain demand.

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