Health Benefits of Sauna
Life Time recently shared a great post on the health benefits of sauna – it turns out, not only do saunas feel good, but they are also good for you!
There are several health benefits to taking a sauna, including:
- Enhanced Hormone and Neurotransmitter Production: Growth hormone enhances muscle growth, bone formation, and tissue regeneration after injuries. It also increases fat metabolism. Growth hormone can increase two to five times normal levels.
- Detoxification: Toxins are released through sweat!
- Improved recovery: taking a sauna improves your ability to combat free radicals, which speeds recovery from exercise and improves muscle tissue regeneration.
- Pain reduction: Research shows that using the sauna reduces C-reactive protein levels and arterial stiffness. It may slow the progression of degenerative diseases (including Alzheimer’s according to some research) and has been shown to reduce the progression and pain associated with arthritis
- Improved heart health: Thirty to forty-five minutes of sauna therapy a day for four weeks reduced total and LDL cholesterol. HDL (good) cholesterol may also increase with sauna usage.Because the sauna lowers levels of inflammation, the lower inflammation levels may also improve cardiovascular health, especially for those with heart disease.
- Immune function: As a short-term stressor, saunas stimulate white blood cell production, which enhances your immune system.
- Stress reduction: The sauna is a great place to take a break from the rest of the world. You can think, pray, or meditate if you’re alone.
Care to learn more? Read the full article at the link below!
Article and image Source: Life Time