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Around one year ago, I began using a hot sauna regularly after reading a blog post by Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Sauna use has been around for hundreds of years, but modern science is only beginning to scratch the surface on why heat therapy is so beneficial for your health. In this video I am going to show you the top 7 benefits of using a sauna.
Benefit 1: Saunas relieve stress
Most regular sauna users, including myself cite stress relief as the number one benefit of sauna use. In our adrenaline filled, go-go world, it is nice to just block out 15-20 minutes in a hot sauna and block out all external stimulus.
I always emerge from sauna session feeling less stressed, more energy, and an overall feeling of calm.
Benefit 2: Improved Endurance
Just today I was in the sauna and checked my heart rate after about 15 minutes, and it was at 120 beats per minute. That is the equivalent of moderate exercise on a treadmill. Think of using the the sauna as a “free” cardio workout.
In fact, Over the course of a nine-week study, six male runners undertook a series of three 3-week training blocks: one where every training session was followed with a 30-min sauna session, a “washout” period to eliminate any confounding variables, and a control period with the same training but no sauna use.
After each training block, the runners completed a treadmill run to exhaustion at personal-record 5k pace.
Regular sauna use resulted in a 30% increase in time to exhaustion, which, according to the authors of the study, would translate to about a 2% improvement in time in an actual race.
Benefit 3: Saunas help detoxify your body
Maybe you’ve heard of people saying they need to sweat out the alcohol in a sauna after a long night of a drinking.
Turns out, they weren’t far from the truth.
If you want to rid your body of toxic agents such as lactic acid, sodium, and uric acid that routinely occur in the body. The sauna may be just want the doctor ordered. The Increased circulation also improves blood flow and blood oxygenation. Enhanced oxygen levels help dissolve toxins in the blood.
Benefit 4: Sauna Use has been linked to decreased Heart disease
Most of us know that one of the leading causes of death in the world is heart disease. Heart disease runs in my family, so any preventative measures I can take, I do.
In an exhaustive study: Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland tracked 2,300 middle-aged men for an average of 20 years. They categorized the men into three groups according to how often they used a sauna each week. The men spent an average of 14 minutes per visit baking in 175° F heat. Over the course of the study, 49% of men who went to a sauna once a week died, compared with 38% of those who went two to three times a week and just 31% of those who went four to seven times a week. Frequent visits to a sauna were also associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Benefit 5: Saunas help you sleep better
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? The evidence would say that for most people the answer is a resounding yes. With the over the counter and prescription sleep aid business booming, most people are having trouble getting a good night’s rest.
Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins, body temperatures, which become elevated in the late evening,fall at bedtime. This slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep.
Benefit 6: Sauna use helps decrease muscle soreness
I do my best to stay active. Working out, participating in rec leagues, and chasing my 4 year old son around. My body gets beat up pretty bad. When that happens I turn to the sauna.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a pro athlete, jumping in the sauna will help your aching muscles recover. The high heat of the sauna releases endorphins, and creates a tranquilizing effect on your muscles. The increased blood flow increases your circulation and can help in the healing of minor bruises.
Benefit 7: Saunas can help fight illness
As I record this video we are about to head directly into cold and flu season.
German researchers have found that regular sauna use can reduce incidences of cold and influenza.
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