The 6 Top Health Benefits Of Sauna

In almost any high quality gym, you’ll find a sauna. Why is that?

Well, they are popular – so the gym owners want to provide what customers want. But on top of that, most gym owners understand the health benefits of using a sauna.

Here are the top 6 benefits of using sauna therapy.

1. Circulation

Being in a sauna can help boost your circulation especially through your capillaries in your extremities (areas like your feet and hands) that in many people have poor circulation. In a sauna, blood flow to your skin can increase by as much as 50-70% and many people believe this extra blood flow helps nourish the skin and build healthier skin, especially if done regularly.

2. Heart Rate

In a sauna, your heart rate can increase by as much as 50-75% while just sitting and relaxing! That’s equivalent to the heart rate you would get from jogging a few miles and has a very similar metabolic benefit meaning that those of you who have a slow metabolism may find using a sauna could give you a gentle boost.

3. Sweat It Out!

Saunas and steambaths make you sweat (duh!). But that sweating can be very good for the body – it can aid it in eliminating toxins. It also helps open the pores of your skin and flush out toxins from the skin.

4. Killing Bacteria and Viruses

When you’re in a sauna long enough, your skin and core temperatures can increase to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit – above the normal body temperature by a few degrees. This fever-like state in the body can help your immune system kill bacteria and viruses that become weakened when they overheat.

Of course, just be careful because you can overheat yourself – never let your core temperature get above 102 degrees in a sauna – and of course, most saunas have a sticker on them telling you to limit your time inside to 30 minutes or less. It doesn’t take long to get the health benefits of using a sauna!

5. Pain Relief

Because of the increased circulation from using a sauna, many people find their joint pain, muscle pain and arthritis improve dramatically after using a sauna.

6. Respiratory Health

Many people also find that using a sauna can help clear your lungs – improving conditions like bronchitis, asthma, allergies, laryngitis, sinusitis and congestion.

First published here: The 6 Top Health Benefits Of Sauna