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Why You Should Sweat In a Sauna This Winter

Why You Should Sweat In a Sauna This Winter

What’s better in winter than some alone time in a steamy sauna? Pretty much nothing. But as you sit there sweating all of your stresses away, you might wonder whether the sweltering heat is actually healthy. Fortunately, a swath of new research suggests that it is. For starters, sauna bathing might help you break out of the winter doldrums. “Some small studies have shown improvement in some symptoms of depression with sauna use, including hunger, pain, and ability to relax,” says Sagar Shah, M.D., a clinical instructor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Still, it’s important to remember a few safety tips. The risk of skin damage increases after 20 minutes of intense heat, so spend just 15 to 20 minutes steaming at a time, recommends Dr. Shah. Drink a glass of water before you [...]

Regular Sauna Baths May Greatly Reduce Risk of Strokes

“Steam rooms or hot tubs could produce similar results,” a researcher says “This long-term follow-up study shows that middle-aged to elderly men and women who take frequent sauna baths have a substantially reduced risk of new-onset stroke,” a study’s researchers concluded. Taking three sauna baths a week can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, and four to seven such baths are even better, a 15-year Finnish study suggests. “This long-term follow-up study shows that middle-aged to elderly men and women who take frequent sauna baths have a substantially reduced risk of new-onset stroke,” a team of researchers concluded in a summary of the findings published in the medical journal Neurology. For nearly 15 years the researchers tracked 1,628 adults age 53 to 74 who were free of stroke at the start. Some 155 “stroke events” occurred during that time. Subjects who took [...]

What do Heat Shock and Cold Shock Proteins do for your Body?

The body is an incredibly complex machine. Even before you think closely about something like cell division, it’s evident how many systems must work in concert for our bodies to function. Unfortunately, we don’t have an owner’s manual to the human body to tell us all the fine details. Figuring out the best way how to take care of ourselves is down to scientific and medical research. This empirical study into our bodies frequently contributes to the unlocking of more secrets about what goes on inside of us. For example, did you know that exposing your body to elevated temperatures or extreme cold can actually be very beneficial? Developments in contemporary research, including in-depth reports by Dr Rhonda Patrick, indicate that may be the case. Substances in our bodies called “heat shock” and “cold shock” proteins reveal these potential new benefits. These [...]
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Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

This post will explain how heat can be used to increase growth hormone, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance. It’s authored by Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D, and it’s comprehensive. But before we get started, you need to read some background and warnings… Heat is no joke. Ever since I was a premie, overheating and thermo-regulation have been my arch-enemies. On a few occasions, I’ve been hospitalized for heat stroke symptoms, and the symptoms hit suddenly and without warning. I’m extremely lucky I didn’t smash my skull on the ground after the collapses. To delve into this handicap, I even became a test subject at Stanford University in 2005. I underwent military-related heat marches to exhaustion, capturing data the entire time. Here are some choice pics. It was as fun as it looks (I’ll share videos another time, as they’re hilarious): After [...]

19 Incredible Science-Based Health Benefits of Regular Sauna Use

1. Saunas Help Detoxification A new study found that there were 200 toxins in a newborn babies umbilical cord, including ones, like BPA, known to cause developmental problems (R). The skin is considered a major organ of detoxification (R). Arsenic levels in the sweat of those exposed to high levels of the metal were seven times higher than those not exposed (R, R2). Similarly, high mercury levels can be normalized by frequent sauna use (R). Policemen exposed to methamphetamine had fewer symptoms after regular sauna use (R). People who go to the sauna regularly improve their sweat-detox pathways and can produce up to 2L/hour of sweat (R). 2. Saunas Increase Longevity A study of 2,315 Finnish men aged 42-60 found that regular sauna use led to considerably decreased risks of heart disease and a lower chance of dying from all causes (R). [...]
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