What is a Sauna?
A sauna is a small room designed to be heated to 185 Fahrenheit. When you sit or lay down in a sauna, your body will produce approximately a quart of sweat per hour.
Health benefits of using a Sauna?
There are many health benefits associated with using a sauna. Some of the health benefits are listed below:
- Detoxifies the body of harmful chemicals. The high tempearatures inside the sauna caues the body to sweat. The skin eliminates toxins through sweating.
- Increases blood circulation in both deep and surface tissues.
- Accelerates healing from wounds, injuries, and surgeries.
- Improves skin nourishment/skin condition.
- Warms muscles. Warm muscles are more flexible, perform better, and minimizes exercise related injuries.
- Stimulates deep cleansing of skin pores. Heavy perspiration in a sauna is an excellent way to combat skin blemishes including acne. Acne is caused by blocked pores.
- Burns calories. About 600 calories burned in 30 minutes while sitting in a sauna.
Be careful when using a sauna:
- Don't drink alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and counteracts the benefits of the sauna.
- Older people need to avoid or limit their time in the sauna.
- People with heart ailments or respiratory diseases should avoid the sauna.
- If you have chronic ailments, talk with your doctor before you use a sauna.
- Don't eat before you use a sauna.
- Avoid drug use and prescribe medications before using a sauna.
- If you experience dizziness, problems with breathing, or a general feeling of ill health, leave the sauna immediately.
- Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes.
- Cool down gradually afterward.
- Drink two to four glasses of cool water after leaving a sauna.
- Don’t take a sauna when you are sick, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, leave immediately.