Top 12 health benefits of a sauna - smartmak

1. Sauna improves overall health, wellness and performance

Not surprisingly, "stress reduction" is most often cited by sauna users as the number one benefit of using a sauna. Research shows that most illnesses are at least partially related to stress. For decades, peer-reviewed medical research on saunas has shown that saunas can provide far-reaching health benefits. A 25-year study with more than 2,300 participants at the University of Eastern Finland found that regular use of a sauna can improve cardiovascular health as well as many other health benefits. In short, a regular sauna session is a wonderful, feel-good and beneficial addition to your overall health and wellness program.

2. Improves Heart Health

In the heat of a traditional or infrared sauna, the skin heats up and the core body temperature rises. In response to these increased heat levels, blood vessels near the skin dilate and "cardiac output/circulation" increases. Medical studies tell us that heart rate can rise from 60-70 bpm (beats per minute) to 110-120 bpm (140-150 bpm, more intense baths) in a sauna, and often drop to low after cooling down Step down at a normal level. Regular sauna use has been shown to reduce the risk of all-cause death and fatal cardiac events, as well as the risk of stroke and high blood pressure.

3. Sauna aids recovery after exercise

Sauna relaxes muscles and relieves pain in muscles and joints. In the heat provided by a sauna, the body releases endorphins, which minimize pain and are often associated with a "runner's orgasm." As the sauna heats up, body temperature rises and blood vessels dilate, thereby increasing blood circulation, thereby accelerating the body's natural healing process. After physical activity, use the heat and steam of a sauna to help reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid and other toxins that may be present, thereby promoting muscle relaxation.

4. Sauna flushes toxins

Core body temperature starts to rise due to the heat of the sauna. Sweat is produced primarily to cool the body and consists of 99% water. However, sweating profusely in the sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemicals — all toxins that are normally absorbed through interactions with our everyday environment.

5. Improves brain health

A 25-year study of more than 2,300 participants at the University of Eastern Finland by Dr. Jari Laukkanen and colleagues showed that regular use of a sauna (4-7 times a week) at a temperature of 176 degrees Fahrenheit continued 19 Minutes Lowers Risk of Alzheimer's & Dementia.

6. Sauna for stress relief

The heat in a sauna helps us relax and regulates cortisol levels in the blood. Cortisol is the hormone we release under stress, and high levels of cortisol can lead to many health problems, such as immune system problems and sleep problems. Saunas lower the levels of cortisol in our blood and instead stimulate the production of serotonin. Serotonin is our "happy hormone" that makes us feel good.

7. Saunas Make You Sleep Deeper

Studies have shown that using a sauna can lead to deeper and more relaxing sleep. In addition to releasing endorphins, body temperature rises late at night and falls before bedtime. This slow, relaxing drop in endorphins is key to promoting sleep. Saunars around the world enjoy a deep sleep experience with the calming heat of a night sauna.

8. Saunas help fight disease

Medical studies have shown that saunas can significantly reduce the incidence of colds and flu in study participants. When the body is exposed to the heat of a sauna and steam (as is the case with a traditional sauna), it produces white blood cells faster, which help fight disease and help kill viruses. In addition, a sauna can relieve uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion caused by colds or allergies.

9. Sauna burns calories

Some sauna sellers often make outlandish claims to promote the sauna as the ultimate weight loss tool. While some people may burn a lot of calories to begin with—especially those who are in poor health to begin with—sauna is just one of many tools in our arsenal to burn extra calories in the long run. The sweating process itself requires a lot of energy. This energy comes from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in the body's calorie-burning process.

10. Sauna to cleanse the skin

Hot baths are one of the oldest beauty and/or wellness strategies when it comes to cleansing the skin. When the body starts producing sweat through profuse sweating, the skin is cleaned and replaced with dead skin cells - keeping your skin in good working order. Sweating flushes bacteria from the epidermis and sweat ducts. Cleansing pores has been shown to improve capillary circulation while making skin appear softer.

11. Recreation and Social Welfare

While social benefit is rarely talked about, it is actually very important. A sauna can be a private, personal area of ​​relaxation and solitude. However, it can also easily be a relaxing environment for socializing with family, friends and soon-to-be friends. The sauna environment is conducive to open, intimate, quiet conversation.

12. Feel good

Not only does a sauna feel good, it's also good for your body. Whether it's the physiological changes that happen during the sauna warm-up, or just a calm and still time in the sauna, every seasoned sauna-goer agrees - it feels great! As we progress through our stressful daily lives, saunas provide a place to unwind – a place where we can relax and rejuvenate. Sauna really makes you "feel better", "look better" and "sleep better"!

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