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The Health Benefits Of Sauna

Various types of saunas are often touted for their benefits in weight loss, removal of toxins, reduction of cellulite and much more, but it is difficult to find evidence backing these claims.
There is a valid reason why human beings have used sweat baths for hygienic and health purposes since the Stone Age. It’s because sweating has proven its effectiveness in flushing out toxins and disease and maintaining optimal physical as well as mental health.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and through the pores it plays a major role in the detoxifying process alongside the lungs, kidneys, bowels, liver and the lymphatic and immune systems. The skin produces cool sweat to regulate the body’s elevated temperature. It also has the ability to transform toxins from lipid-soluble or oil-based, into -easier to eliminate- water-soluble forms. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores.
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal. Scientists and doctors are finally acknowledging what our ancestors instinctively knew, that regular sweating restores good health through the elimination of toxins.
Therefore the sauna is not for luxury if you aim to achieve and maintain good health. It is a necessity, and a very reliable way to help your body stay healthy by eliminating toxin surcharge.

Benefits of the Sauna

Many of us don’t sweat, especially during the winter months. Modern synthetic fibres or tight clothing that doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, can damage our skin and our natural ability for elimination..
Regular use of the sauna gradually restores the skin’s elimination ability. Sweating removes toxic chemicals and metals faster than other detox method. It is a good habit that pays many health dividends.

The sauna’s benefits are numerous. Not least because it is so relaxing and leaves your body soothed and your mind serene. It’s main advantage lies in the fact that it promotes sweating, helping the body to rid itself of toxins. Also  it is  believed that exposure of the skin to heat stimulates the production of white blood cells and strengthens the immune system.

1.Stimulate your heart rate

The sauna increases and improves the rate of blood circulation and breathing. When our bodies are exposed to the heat in these saunas in the lower temperature ranges, our heart rates can exceed 100 beats per minute. When the temperatures are in the high range, our heart rates can exceed 150. These heart-rate responses and the increase in our heart output can mimic exercise training.

2.Weight loss

Sauna is similar to mild exercise, it burns about 300 calories per average session. Regular sauna treatments combined with a healthy diet and moderate exercise will help you lose weight and stay fit and healthy.

3.Physical and mental relaxation

Our bodies, minds, and hearts need time to relax. This simple act of taking time to relax lowers stress and anxiety, improves our ability to accomplish tasks, improves creativity, lowers risk of burn out, decreases our blood pressure, and can lower our risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms.

4.Improved blood circulation

The sauna increases and improves the rate of blood circulation and breathing. In a sauna, our blood pressure often lowers. In addition, the very small blood vessels that are vital to the function of our body organs relax and dilate. We call the ability of the blood vessels to relax and dilate the endothelial function. People who frequently use a sauna have better endothelial function. When endothelial function is lost, we are more likely to develop coronary artery disease, stroke, and abnormal heart rhythms.

5.Saunas relieve stress

Not surprisingly, sauna bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease  is at least partially stress-related. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside.The heat from the sauna relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins.

6.Skin cleansing

Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies in terms of cleansing one’s skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced – keeping your skin in good working condition.Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts.  By continually flushing body waste through individual cells, one eventually brings back vitality, tone and a healthy glow to the skin. Sauna usage is certainly not a cure for acne, but it can very often help – due to the deep cleansing it provides from a deep sweat.

7. Saunas bring about recreational and social benefits
While the social benefit is rarely talked about, it’s really actually quite important. The sauna can be a private, personal area of relaxation and solitude. However, it can just as easily be a relaxing environment for socializing with family, friends and soon-to-be friends. The sauna room environment is conducive to open, intimate and quiet conversation.
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