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Sauna v. Dementia

Frequent sauna use helps combat major brain disease

They’re not sure why it works, but a recent study out of Finland indicates that it does. According to the study published late last year, frequent sauna bathers are less likely to develop dementia.

Here are the facts: over 2,000 men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s participated in the study. The organizers initially tested the participants in the 1980s. They followed up with them about 20 years later and found that cases of dementia decreased in proportion to the number of times an individual visited the sauna each week. Those who visited more frequently were less likely to have dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and one third of all seniors will die with some form of dementia. That means that many, many people love someone who is increasingly and incurably disconnected from reality, and in time, it may be their turn. So although the study’s findings may not help anyone who is currently suffering with dementia, it still spells hope.

Traditional sauna use is a practice that has been around in some form of another for hundreds of years and has received credit for a number of remarkable health benefits. These findings only serve to justify what traditional sauna lovers have believed throughout history: that time in the sauna is time very well spent.