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Much has been made of the health benefits of sauna bathing. With good reason. Physically, nothing is more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat every day. Tension fades. Muscles unwind. Mentally, we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for whatever the day may bring.
A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body’s response to gentle, persistent heat is well-documented and proven day in and out by people all over the world. Which is why more and more doctors are recommending its purifying benefits.
Frequent sauna use has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension. Moderate sauna users (2-3 times per week) are 22% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death, and frequent users (4-7 times per week) are 63% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death.
The Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) Study showed that Men who used the sauna four to seven times per week had a 66% lower risk of developing dementia and a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, compared to men who used the sauna only one time per week.
Saunas help with recovery after exercise. Sauna also aids in pain relief, muscle tightness, and it contributes to muscle growth and recovery.
In a randomized controlled trial, participants who received four weeks of sauna sessions experienced improved appetite and reduced body aches and anxiety.
In a randomized, double-blind study of 30 healthy adults diagnosed with depression, participants who were exposed to a single session of whole-body hyperthermia in which core body temperature was elevated to 38.5°C (101.3°F) experienced an acute antidepressant effect that was apparent within a week of treatment and persisted for six weeks after treatment.
Heavy metals are naturally-occurring metallic elements that are toxic or poisonous at low concentrations. In a study in which the presence of various compounds (including heavy metals) in the blood, urine, and sweat of 20 adults was measured, markedly higher excretion of aluminum (3.75-fold), cadmium (25-fold), cobalt (7-fold), and lead (17-fold) was observed in sweat versus urine.
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