5 Sauna Facts Relating to Overall Health October 11, 2021 11:20

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A sauna by definition is a small room designed for a person to experience wet or dry heat which allows them to perspire. In modern society most Americans view a sauna as a way to unwind and relax. There are many benefits that come from the use of a sauna and its spa like elements. Here we list 5 of these benefits.

Relieve inflammation - the heat from a sauna increases your core temperature which stimulates your cardiovascular system. The increase in blood flow can lead to a production of white blood cells which help to reduce inflammation according to research from Mayo Clinic.

Rid Toxins - the perspiration that our body releases from a short sauna rest can help eliminate toxins through our sweat glands. Sweat is an important route for which toxins can leave our bodies. The Riordan Clinic says that "Repeated use of the sauna can help slowly restore the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Released toxins are then eliminated from the body by perspiration and through the intestinal tract. Sauna detoxification is thought to lead to the removal of fat-soluble chemicals from the body by encouraging their elimination through sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy material) and sweat glands."

Reduce Stress - infrared sauna treatment promotes relaxation which helps level the body's cortisol levels. When cortisol is high in the body - stress is high. Reduction of the cortisol hormone will reduce stress. 

Relaxes Arteries - studies from the National Library of Medicine show that long term sauna care may lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension and improve blood flow and circulation. Additionally, Mayo clinic findings show that sauna therapy may also exert its effects via the changes in levels of blood-based cardiovascular biomarkers such as markers of glucose metabolism and insulin resistance.

Recede Depression - the National Library of Medicine has significant research that shows sauna treatments can recede depression.  A 15 minute sauna treatment can create a euphoric feeling. This feeling is caused by an increase in serotonin levels. The serotonin hormone stabilizes mood and feelings of well-being. While these feelings may be short lived, regular sauna treatments will lead to everyday happiness.