12 Sauna Health Benefits + Safety Tips & Precautions

Scandinavians have long appreciated the health benefits of regular sauna use. However, only recently have saunas, particularly infrared saunas, gained global recognition as performance, detox, and wellbeing enhancers. This post will explore the main benefits of sauna and reveal the tips for using it safely and effectively. Potential Health Benefits of Sauna The skin is super-important for detoxification, with sweating as a chief mechanism [ 1 ]. Arsenic levels in the sweat of those exposed to high levels of the metal were seven times higher than those not exposed [ 2 , 3 ]. Similarly, sweating is one of the mechanisms for mercury detoxification [ 2 ]. In one study, policemen exposed to methamphetamine had fewer symptoms after regular sauna use [ 4 ]. People who go to the sauna regularly improve their sweat-detox pathways and can produce up to 2L/hour of sweat [ 5 ]. A study of 2,315 Finnish men aged 42-60 found that regular sauna use was associated with considerably decreased rates of heart disease and a lower chance of dying from all causes [ 6 ]. Those who enjoyed a sauna 4-7 times per week had a 48% lower risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack over those that used the sauna once per week [ 6 ]. A review of clinical trials suggested that sauna may benefit heart health by improving heart muscle contractions, reducing arterial stiffness and blood lipids, and lowering blood pressure [ 7 ]. Worms exposed to heat stress for no more than 2 hours showed increased longevity. The heat stress appeared to protect the worms against age-related frailty [ 8 ]. Heat shock proteins produced during heat stress are important for basic cellular maintenance e.g. preventing harmful accumulations of unhealthy proteins. Flies repeatedly exposed to heat stress had a […]

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