For centuries, Scandinavians have been using saunas for their health benefits of cleansing and relaxation. In Finland, for example, there are roughly 2 million saunas for the country’s 5.2 million people. Sauna use in Scandinavian countries starts in early childhood.
8 health benefits of sauna:
- Improves lung function: Studies suggest that sauna improves lung function in people with asthma and chronic bronchitis by helping open up the airways.
- Improves heart health: In response to increased heat levels, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and “cardiac output/circulation” increases. Study has shown that using a sauna 4-7 times a week can significantly lower the risk of sudden cardiac death and other heart diseases.
- Relieves pain: Sauna relaxes muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints. In the heat of the sauna, blood vessels dilate allowing for increased blood circulation, which in turn speeds the body’s natural healing process.
- Cleanses skin: When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced - keeping your skin in good working condition. Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts.
- Improves brain health: A study conducted on healthy Finnish men who had 4-7 sauna sessions a week showed a link between regular saunas and a lower risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
- Lowers cholesterol levels: May help reduce total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
- Boosts immune system: Evidence shows that sauna can boost the immune system and bolster your defense against common colds and infections in healthy individuals.
- Reduces stress: The heat in the sauna helps us to relax and regulates the level of cortisol in our blood. Sauna reduces the levels of cortisol in our blood, and instead it stimulates the production of serotonin. Serotonin is our “happy hormone” that makes us feel good.