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People Are Pretending To Be Ramen Noodles (And You Can Too)


In 2014, Cory Williams filled his bathtub with scalding hot water and ramen noodles to bathe in. This was a stunt for his YouTube channel. Although he was concentrating on the funny aspect of the ritual, he didn’t invent the practice. For hundreds of years, people have to bathing in different broths to cure a variety of ailments from colds to weak bones.

Broth Bathing

Beginning as far back as the 19th century, people have believed that bathing in various mineral waters and broths were good for the skin and internal issues. It was believed that the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and collagen from the bath would be absorbed through the skin and into the body. At one point, doctors prescribed mineral baths to draw out mercury from those suffering from mercury poisoning.

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In the mid-1800s, a woman in Texas had a baby who was failing to thrive. A German nurse suggested bathing him in beef bone broth. She did and from then on he gained weight and thrived. Other stories around that time include using broth baths to strengthen bones, soften skin and recuperate from typhus.

Yunessan Spa House

The Yunessan Spa House in Hakone, Japan offers its visitors a chance to experience what it feels like to be a ramen noodle. The theme park spa has giant ramen bowls set up filled with pepper flavored pork broth to soak in.

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The ramen bath is supposed to benefit your skin and boost your metabolism. Not only can you bathe in ramen at this theme park, but they have baths filled with wine, green tea, sake and coffee! All of them have signs at the entrance telling you the benefits of the soak and reminding you not to drink the liquid.

Science Says

No extensive research has been done in the medical community to support or debunk the belief that bathing in broth has health benefits. The belief and practice are one of those cures that have been passed down by mouth from one generation to the next in certain communities.

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While it may not help cure your illness or solve your skin problems, it can’t hurt, right? So if you want to pretend to be a ramen noodle or soak in sake, enjoy!

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