Studies show a correlation between sauna use and added health benefits
Only your doctor can confidently determine how using a sauna may benefit you as an individual, but generally speaking, health studies and the experiences of veteran sauna users tend to support each other by confirming that regular sauna use carries with it a wide range of health benefits. The following are some examples of how an Almost Heaven Sauna could be an important part of a healthier lifestyle.
Enhanced Immune System
A sauna doesn’t just help get impurities out; it also helps your body generate some good stuff too. As your core temperature increases, your body is tricked into believing that you have a fever, so it kicks up its production of white blood cells. For people who are on the go all the time, using a sauna is one way to decrease your chances of getting knocked off your feet by cold or flu.
Spending time in a sauna can also be a responsive measure after you get sick. For those suffering with chest congestion, bronchitis, or plugged sinuses, the steam generated from throwing some water over the heated saunas stones often does a world of good. Sit back and breathe deeply.
Endorphin Release and Stress Relief
Endorphins are responsible for that pleasant sense of wellbeing and satisfaction you get at the end of a workout. They may be one reason why spending time in a sauna is a good way to shed the stress and tension that often builds up during the day. Many sauna users claim that regular usage helps them overcome the effects of insomnia and sleep better at night.
Being immersed in a pocket of hot air is good therapy for sore joints and achy muscles. For those who suffer from arthritis or other painful ailments, a sauna can be a good way to find relief; for those who live an active, physically demanding lifestyle, a sauna is a good way to reward your body for doing everything you require of it.
Healthy Skin Tone
Spending time in the sauna helps remove dead cells, relaxes facial tension, improves skin elasticity, and rinses out bacteria, leaving your skin soft, moist, and youthful looking. Some people claim it gives them that “just tanned” look year round.
Improved Blood Circulation
Another benefit of sitting in a hot room is that it gets your heart working faster which pumps the blood harder. To accommodate this increase in blood flow, the blood vessels expand raising your blood pressure. This rise in blood pressure is the direct result of an increased heart rate. Studies show that after a sauna session, both blood pressure and heart rate begin to drop lower then when you initially entered the sauna. Ultimately resulting in lower blood pressure after a sauna session.
Calorie Burn and Weight Loss
Sitting in a hot environment causes an aerobic effect: your heart rate increases which causes your metabolism to rise which prompts your body to burn more calories. Using a sauna regularly can be a satisfying addition to any fitness program, a way to keep things fresh and fun. Note: it is important to rehydrate after a sauna session, replacing any water weight you may have lost.
Note: Only your doctor can recommend specific sauna benefits for you. Never consume alcohol in a sauna. Be sure you are well hydrated before and after use. Do not use if you are pregnant or have a heart condition. Almost Heaven Saunas makes no claims as to the specific benefits of sauna use for individual users.
Additional Reading Material on Sauna Health Benefits
Sauna For Health
You’re likely familiar with a sauna health benefit or two. But did you know that nearly every part of your body can be positively impacted by the high temperatures and/or humidity of a traditional steam sauna?
How Sauna Could Save Your Life
A recent study involving over 2,300 Finnish men found that sauna time affects the health of our most basic and glorified organ: the heart. Our infographic breaks this study down for you!
Sauna and Exercise Together are Great for Health
Professor Laukkanen, a practicing cardiologist, has been involved with this ongoing study since the 1990s, focusing on sauna, fitness, and activity level. We interviewed him to get more details.
Enhance your Life with a Sauna
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that stress accounts for nearly 75% of all doctor visits. Sauna use has been associated with a 50% reduction in heart and all-cause deaths in a study from Finland.
Heat Makes the Brain Happy
Regular sauna use is linked to a wide variety of physical health benefits. It also positively impacts your mental health. Explore the relationship between sauna heat, your brain, and happiness!
Can Sauna Replace Your Morning Cup of Coffee?
Many of the same health benefits that caffeine gives us can be replicated by a sauna routine. A morning sauna, in addition to coffee, is a great way to start your day!