Top 10 Health Reasons to Buy a Sauna
- Under high heat, your body releases endorphins, a naturally produced chemical your body uses to relieve pain. Using your sauna boosts your body's endorphin release and helps ease pain from things like arthritis or muscle soreness.
- Body temperature rising causes blood vessels to dilate and increase blood circulation. This increases your body's natural healing process, soothing aches and pains and speeding up the healing of cuts and bruises.
- Sauna heat relaxes muscles and elimates lactic acid and other toxins, thereby preventing muscle stiffness after physical activity.
2. Relieves Stress
Medical research clearly shows that stress can have a negative impact on our health. In fact, most diseases are stress related. Surveys of sauna owners and users have shown that "stress relief" is the #1 benefit that users receive when using their sauna. The release of endorphins is the body's natural "feel good" chemical, so after sitting in your sauna, you feel refreshed and stress free.
3. Induces a Deeper Sleep
Research has shown that deeper sleep can result from Sauna use. Also, when the the temperature is raised in the evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep.
4. Recreational and Social Benefits
Your Sauna can be a private retreat or a social environment for family or friends. A Sauna environment is optimal for openness, quiet conversation, and intimacy.
5. & 6. Flushes Toxins and Cleanses Skin
In today's lifestyles, many of us don't actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating has multiple health benefits. Regular sauna bathing provides the benefits derived from a deep sweat:
- In the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The blood vessels dilate, causing increased blood flow. As heat from the blood moves toward the skin surfaces and the core body temperature rises, the body's nervous system sends signals to the millions of sweat glands covering the body. As the sweat glands are stimulated they produce sweat. Sweat production is primarily for cooling the body, and is composed of 99% water - but deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel and mercury - all toxins commonly picked up from our environment.
- At the same time, skin is cleansed and dead cells are replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition.
- Sweat rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores improves the capillary circulation and gives the skin a soft, beautiful appearance.
7. Improves Cardiovascular Performance
- In the heat of a sauna skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to the heat, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and cardiac output increases. Medical research shows the heart rate can rise from 60-70/min. to 110-120/min. in the sauna (140-150/min. with more intensive bathing), and can often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage. With regular sauna use we not only train our heart muscles and improve the heart rate/ cardiac output, but we also positively influence the regulatory system.
- Further cardiovascular conditioning occurs when the sauna is taken in multiple "innings", with sessions in the sauna separated by a cool shower or a dip into a cool pool or lake. Every time you rapidly change temperature (from hot to cool or vice versa), your heart rate increases by as much as 60% - comparable to moderate exercise.
8. Burns Calories
In a sauna, calories are expended in at least two ways:
- First is the sweating process itself. It takes energy to sweat and that energy is derived from the conversation of fat and carbohydrates in a process that burns up calories. According to U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), "A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process."
- The body consumes calories by way of accelerated heart activity (cardiovascular section). As heart activity increases, demanding more oxygen, the body converts more calories into energy.
9. Fights Illness; Relieves Congestion
- German sauna medical research shows saunas significantly reduced the incidence of colds and influenza. As the body is exposed to a sauna's heat and steam, it produces white blood cells more rapidly - which in turn help fight illness and kill viruses.
- Saunas can relieve sinus congestion from colds or allergies - especially when used with steam (add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps clear up uncomfortable congestion and is a wonderful part of the Finnish Sauna experience.
10. Feels Good
A Sauna not only feels good, it's good for you. Whether it's the physiological changes that occur in the warmth of a sauna, or if it's simply the time spent in the calm, still retreat of the sauna, all who use saunas agree - it feels great! As we go through our daily stressful lives, the sauna provides a pampering retreat - where we can relax and restore body and soul.