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7 Amazing Benefits of Getting in the Sauna ...

By Lisa

Have you ever wondered what the health benefits of getting in the sauna are? Aside from being one of the main staples at a day spa, saunas are actually quite good for your health! According to Harvard Health, the average person sweats out a pint of sweat in one short sitting! So, if you have access to a sauna at your gym or even your home, make sure you take advantage of it! I’ll introduce you to seven benefits of getting in the sauna that you might not have been aware of!

1 Stress Relief

Stress ReliefIn my opinion, one of the most overlooked benefits of getting in the sauna is that it can help relieve stress. Who isn’t stressed these days?! I think we all know what a killer stress can be on our health and our appearance, so why not sweat out your stress? Saunas are quiet so it’s perfect if you want to think or clear your head, and the warmth can be comforting.

2 Promotes Healthy Skin

Promotes Healthy SkinOur skin goes through a lot each day. We apply tons of products, expose it to the elements and toxins and we don’t always care for it like we should. The sauna can actually help increase blood flow to the skin, which in turn makes more nutrients available to our tissues. It also helps cleanse the skin by sweating out bacteria. This can help improve the look and condition of the skin!

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3 Promotes Deeper Sleep

Promotes Deeper SleepSweating in a hot room might not appear to be the key to falling into a deeper sleep, but it does help! According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, who is known for being a guru on alternative medicine, saunas help raise body temperature and then it will fall once you get out of the sauna. The drop in body temperature actually facilitates sleep as it signals your body that it’s time to sleep.

4 Helps Keep Us Healthy

Helps Keep Us HealthyAnother one of the fabulous sauna benefits that I love is that it can help keep you healthy! Believe it or not, there was a study done at the University of Venice which tested a group who used the sauna regularly and those who didn’t. At the end of the study, those who used the sauna on a regular basis were found to have fewer incidences of colds. While the study remarked that more research was needed, the North American Sauna Society cite Finnish and German studies that found that using the sauna regularly led to a 30% less chance of getting a cold and flu!

5 Detox

DetoxDetoxing might be one of the most popular benefits of sauna use. When we use the sauna, the heat releases toxins which are eliminated through respiration. It also induces perspiration, which helps us sweat out bacteria as well as other toxins like heavy metals. NaturalHealthWay.com notes that saunas increase the detoxifying capacity of our skin by stimulating the sweat glands.

6 Helps Joint Pain

Helps Joint PainHelping relieve joint pain is another popular reason for sauna use. People with arthritis or muscle aches are often encouraged to try using a sauna as it can improve circulation and relax tendons and ligaments. The high heat of saunas is also attributed to the release of endorphins, which can help soothe aches and pains as well as relax you!

7 Burn Calories

Burn CaloriesUsing a sauna can also help you burn calories! If you can, find an infrared sauna, which is different from the traditional sauna as it replicates the rays of the sun but filters out the UV radiation. Dr. Oz explained that using an infrared sauna lowers blood pressure, increases the metabolism a bit, increases blood circulation and increases your heart rate, which helps burn calories!

If you’ve never tried a sauna, give it a go! It has many health benefits but best of all, it makes us feel good and relaxed! But remember, saunas use very high heat so it’s not for everyone. If you have a medical condition, be sure to talk to your doctor before you try it out. Do you like using the sauna?

Sources: articles.mercola.com, health.harvard.edu, nytimes.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, saunasociety.org, naturalhealthway.com, livestrong.com, drlwilson.com

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