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Sauna Health Benefits : Are saunas healthy or harmful?

A sauna is an enclosed room which can be heated with the use of an electric heater, infrared heater, or wood stove. The elevated temperature in the room can be made more intense with the use of steam, or left dry, depending on the taste of the sauna bathers.

– During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure.
– Blood vessels become more flexible and there is increased circulation to the extremities.
– One of the main health benefits to owning a sauna is that using it rids your body of unwanted materials and helps to improve overall circulation.
– Another health benefit to owning a sauna is that it can help prevent heart disease.
– Steambaths and saunas induce sweating to provide a comprehensive cleansing of the skin and sweat glands.
– When 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 stimulates the immune system resulting in increased production of disease fighting white blood cells, antibodies and interferon.
– Relief from the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
– Steam is an excellent treatment for respiratory problems, such as; chest congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis.
– Revives tired and strained muscles after physical exertion.
– The cleansing effect of profuse perspiration helps provide healthy skin and a clear complexion.
– Burns calories. About 600 calories burned in 30 minutes while sitting in a sauna.

Precautions before using sauna

– Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
– Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes.
– Cool down gradually afterward.
– Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
– Don’t take a sauna when you are ill, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, head for the door.
Pregnant women, heart patient with low or high blood pressure condition or suffering from any disease which has negative effect of sauna bath should first consult a physician regarding their physical condition and the length of period they can take sauna bath.

NOTE : Using a sauna for weight loss is not a sole method. Used in conjunction with eating correctly and getting regular exercise a sauna can help a person to lose weight. It is also a great way to relax after a stressful way, which will also help keep the body healthy. A healthy body losses weight much better than one that is not healthy.

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