Benefits of Using a Sauna
Many of us utilize the warmth of a sauna for relaxation, to sweat out an over indulgence the night before or for rehab after a strenuous exercise adventure; but what does the sauna really do for your body? Here are a couple of facts about that favorite spot in the locker rooms. (Many of the sauna therapeutic trials used a regular schedule of at least 5 days a week and often daily for one to three months, then several times a week for extended periods)
- The sauna’s benefits can be used by the aged and even infants over 3 months (for short sessions <3 min) It increases your metabolism and pulse rates; thus increasing blood vessel flexibility and increases circulation to the extremities.
- Some studies suggest that saunas reduce the incidence of the common cold and can temporarily relieve their symptoms
- Saunas have been shown to help with depression and anxiety disorders
- It can improve endurance sports performance through the increase in red blood cell production, decreases systolic blood pressure and increases exercise tolerance.
- Saunas have been shown to help with chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome
The sauna has been shown to reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins, but can increase levels of cortisol hormones.
- Regular sauna combines with exercise has shown to efficiently clear organic chemicals, solvents, drugs, pharmaceuticals and heavy metals from the body.
If you do decide to use the sauna, start gradually. Stay in only as long as you are comfortable, increasing the time with each visit. Remember that a sauna can elevate your core temperature, and should be used after clearance of your physician if you are child or older person who has heart disease or seizure disorders and those who use alcohol or cocaine are especially vulnerable.