Health Benefits from Saunas
First and foremost, saunas and steambaths should be viewed as leisure products. They provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment to help you kick back and unwind. A place to find peace of mind, relaxation and contentment. In other words, a way to deal with daily stress with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
Having said that, there are all kinds of established and professed health benefits from saunas and steambaths. We have reviewed the literature and listed some of most significant health advantages:
During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. The increased cardiac load is the equivalent to a brisk walk. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow.
Blood vessels become more flexible and there is increased circulation to the extremities. During a sauna, blood flow to the skin increases to as high as 50-70% of cardiac output (compared to the standard 5-10%). This brings nutrients to subcutaneous and surface tissue resulting in glowing healthy skin.
and saunas induce sweating to provide a comprehensive cleansing
of the skin and sweat glands.
Skin is the largest organ in the body. 30% of body wastes
are passed through the skin.
Profuse sweating enhances the detoxifying capacity of the
skin by opening pores and flushing impurities from the body.
taking a sauna, skin temperature rises to 40°C (104°F) and internal
body temperature rises to about 38°C (100.4°F). Exposure
to the high heat creates an artificial fever state. Fever is part
of the body’s natural healing process. Fever stimulates the immune
system resulting in increased
production of disease fighting white blood cells, antibodies and
interferon (an anti viral protein with cancer fighting capability).
and other such therapeutic facilities utilize saunas and steambaths
in conjunction with massage to loosen fatty tissue and assist
in the battle against cellulite.
- Many regular steam and sauna users claim that a “good sweat” at the onset helps relieve and ward off the most severe symptoms of cold or flu.
from the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
is an excellent treatment for respiratory problems, such as; chest
congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis.
tired and strained muscles after physical exertion.
- The cleansing effect of profuse perspiration helps provide healthy skin and a clear complexion.