Sauna is a therapeutic method that has existed for thousands of years ago and is still popular until today. It is said can help people to relax and remain calm, other than its purpose to provide health benefits.
What are the benefits of a sauna in terms of health? Here are some facts that you might want to know:
- A sauna is a place where individuals find comfort from the dry heat.
- It is beneficial for cardiovascular health such as exercising
- Taking alcohol before the sauna can be dangerous
- Individuals who have cardiovascular or pregnancy problems should seek medical advice before doing a sauna
What is a sauna?
Sauna is usually a room with a temperature between 70°C and 100 °C. Traditional sauna in Finland usually uses dry heat, relative humidity between 10 and 20%. For other types of sauna, it may be using higher humidity. When the skin temperature rises, it will indirectly produce sweat. Heart rate will also increase to maintain body temperature.
There are several types of the sauna;
- Wood burning – usually has low humidity and high temperatures.
- Electric heating – just like a wood-burning sauna, this type of sauna has high temperatures and low humidity.
- Infrared Room – FIRST infrared sauna (FIRS) is different from wood-burning and electric heating. Special lamps that use light waves are used to heat up the body, not the whole space. Usually using low temperatures but still causing an individual to sweat. The average temperature of this sauna is about 60 ° C.
- The steam room – it’s different from the sauna. Not using dry heat like another sauna, the steam room contains high humidity and humid heat.
What are the benefits of a sauna?
Increased blood circulation may help to reduce muscle soreness, improve joint mobility and reduce arthritis pain. The heat will stimulate endorphins and also have a good effect on the pain, thus helping speed up the natural healing process.
The sauna can help reduce stress. The heat from the sauna will stimulate the production of endorphins – natural chemicals that make your emotions better. Other than improving blood circulation, it also promotes calmness. It can enhance your sense of peace and well-being.
Get rid of toxins
Sweating in the sauna helps to reduce lead levels, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemicals – toxins are commonly absorbed when the body interacts with the surrounding environment.
Clean the skin
The sauna cleans the skin. When you sweat, your skin becomes clean and your dead skin cells change – making your skin to function. The dry sauna will dry your skin during the sauna. Individuals with psoriasis will find the symptoms lessened during the sauna. But for individuals with atopic dermatitis, it may be worse.
Improve cardiovascular performance
As your body temperature increases, your heart rate also increases. When the body tries to cool down, the heart rate goes down. It gives the heart a healthy workout. Sauna is also associated with lowering blood pressure and improving heart function.
Better quality of sleep
Doing a sauna is said to make your sleep better. Studies show that decreasing endorphins, decreasing slowly after endorphins help ease your sleep.
Individuals with asthma may experience some asthma-related symptoms during a sauna. The sauna helps to become more open-air, relieves phlegm and relieves stress.
The sauna is also believed to be a way to reduce weight with minimal effort. While in the sauna, your heart rate increases. Studies say that a sauna session for 20 minutes below 76°C can burn more than 500 calories. Body metabolism will increase as you do physical exercise and it is the best way to maintain weight.
23rd May 09:45