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Feb 2, 2013

9 health benefits of sauna use


1.Relieves Stress The number #1 most cited benefit of sauna bathers. Medical studies clearly show stress in our daily lives affects our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease is stress  related


2.Relaxes Muscles and Soothes Pains in Muscles and Joints 

 Under high heat, the body releases endorphins—the body’s naturally produced pain relieving chemical. Endorphins can have a mild and enjoyable tranquilizing effect and the ability to quell the pain of arthritis (and muscle soreness from an intense physical workout). 

3.Flushes Toxins In today’s lifestyles, many of us don’t actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating has multiple health benefits. Regular sauna bathing provides the benefits derived from a deep sweat

4.Cleanses Skin Saunas are one of the oldest and most famous beauty and health treatments for the skin. When deep sweating occurs, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition.

5.Induces a Deeper sleep Research shows a deeper sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins, when body temperature is raises in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep.  

6.Improves Cardiovascular Performance  
In the heat of a sauna, skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to the heat, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and cardiac output increases. Medical research shows the heart   rate can rise from 60-70/min. to 110-120/min.

7.Burns Calories Saunas are promoted as a weight loss tool. While some individuals may experience high amounts of calories burned initially particularly those individuals in poor shape over the long term, saunas are simply treated as another tool in our arsenal to burn additional calories.

8.Fights Illness  German sauna medical research shows saunas significantly reduced the incidence of colds and influenza. As the body is exposed to a sauna’s heat and steam (traditional), it produces white blood cells more rapidlywhich in turn help fight illness and help kill viruses.

9.Feels Good A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for you. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur in the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calm,