The sauna is a tradition that comes directly from the northern countries and especially from Finland. The trend has been spreading all over the world. It is very effective in preparing the body for winter and has many benefits for the whole body.
What are the real health benefits of the sauna?
The sauna, what is it?
The practice of sauna goes back almost 2,000 years in Finland. Some say that the Vikings themselves practiced this ritual. Today it is widely used in Northern Europe, US, Russia and even in Japan. More precisely, the sauna is a “steam bath”. The cabin, made of wood, can seat people on more or less high seats arranged in layers. The heat provided by the volcanic rocks on a stove rises to between 70°C and 100°C.
What is the sauna for?
Why should you lock yourself in such a warm room with other people? In practice this may seem strange. But making the body sweat a lot – you lose up to 1.5 liters of sweat – has many advantages for the whole body. Ideally, you should take a cold shower after 10-15 minutes in the sauna, two or three times to tighten the tissue and reduce the pores of the skin. In some Scandinavian countries they roll in the snow afterwards.
What are the health benefits?
The list of health benefits is long. For example, you should know that this practice stimulates the blood circulation. The heat of the sauna dilates the blood vessels and helps the cardiovascular system to function properly. Studies show that regular sauna visits (up to 7 times a week) reduce the risk of heart attacks and coronary artery disease.
The sauna is a good anti-stress option: with the heat, the body releases endorphins that relax the person. The ritual is also recommended for people with breathing difficulties (asthma, bronchitis). The enlarged pores also help to deeply cleanse the skin. If possible, you should visit the sauna before and during the winter, as it stimulates the immune system and helps fight viruses such as the flu. The sauna can also you if you suffer from rheumatism and joint pain.
Can I lose weight in the sauna?
No, you do not lose weight in a sauna. Your body loses water, not fat. However, it is recommended to go to a sauna while on a diet.
Are there any contraindications?
People suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure are not necessarily forbidden to use the sauna, but it is recommended that they keep the temperature below 90ºC and avoid ice baths. In any case, ask your doctor for advice. Some skin diseases, such as psoriasis, do not necessarily go well with sweating. If you are pregnant, you should not raise the temperature above 70ºC. Most importantly you should not go to the sauna If you have a fever, an inflammatory disease or have been drinking alcohol.