HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAUNAS
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. Heavenly Sauna Australia makes no claims as to the specific benefits of sauna use for individual users.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New and exciting research regarding psychological sauna health benefits indicate that heat can improve mental health, relieve depression and exert calming effects on people with mild to moderate anxiety. Scientists think that stimulating the skin and underlying tissues with heat activates serotonin-releasing cells in the brain. A neurotransmitter regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and motivation, serotonin is also vital to enhancing feelings of well-being and happiness.
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.
So you have probably heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away – well the same can be said about a Sauna a day...
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. There is a reason almost every house in Finland has one – don’t miss out on the following health benefits that you may be rewarded with when you have a sauna every day.
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