In many countries, saunas are considered luxury items – something you might try when at the spa or gym. However, the sauna may become mainstream as more people discover the health benefits of using one.
Saunas are available in different versions, from the dry heat to the steam sauna, and are accessible through gyms, spas, and hotels. People are even having saunas installed in their homes.
There are many health benefits to using a sauna:
- Detoxification – probably the most obvious benefit. As your pores open, toxins are expelled, leaving you feeling energized.
- Blood circulation – as blood vessels within your organs dilate, fresh oxygen and nutrients can circulate. This causes the body to relax and blood pressure to lower naturally.
- Strengthens the immune system – relaxing in a sauna results in your body heating up to a point that mimics a fever, promoting healing. Due to the high heat/low humidity combination, toxins are released from the body that may have been inhibiting the immune system.
- Stress relief – just sitting in a sauna promotes a relaxed atmosphere. Relaxing allows all of your muscles to recover and the increased blood flow will relieve any aches and pains.
- Clear skin – as your blood circulation improves, the skin’s pores will open and release the accumulation of toxins, dirt, and oil. Muscles in the face will relax during a 15 minute session.
Heart health can improve when using a sauna on a consistent basis. A Finnish study that was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that men who spent four or five days in a sauna were least likely to die of sudden cardiac death. Even men who only visited the sauna for two or three sessions per week had a lower risk than the men that rarely or never visited.
With all of these benefits, you can see why using the sauna is on an upward trend. Most people can enjoy the sauna, however there are a few exceptions. People with low blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, or dizzy spells should not use the sauna as it can cause complications. Since a large amount of water is lost through sweating, dehydration can occur. Drinking alcoholic beverages before using the sauna should be avoided.
Saunas are an effective and natural way to cleanse the body and promote healing.