You Need To Sauna

August 3, 2018

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Hot and steamy is how we describe a summer afternoon in Florida but new research confirms that a good sauna session is not only relaxing but good for your health. The Mayo Clinic report confirms an earlier report from Finland that spending time in relatively dry room heated to between 80 and 100 degrees, interspersed with periods of cooling can improve your vascular health in a variety of ways, from lowering blood pressure and risk factors for hypertension to reducing the likelihood of fatal heart disease. Sauna bathing has been shown to enhance lung capacity and function, potentially resulting in improved breathing for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis and may be the reason those who regularly sauna have fewer common colds and flus and a lower risk of pneumonia. People suffering from musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, report lessened discomfort after spending time in a sauna as scientist believe the heating and cooling boost the body’s natural painkilling response. And if that all weren't enough, the relaxation of a sauna can boost your mood. Time in saunas can boost the production of feel-good hormones such as endorphins, possibly leading to stress relief and an improved mood.


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