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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Cryotherapy vs. Ice Baths

Most of us know what an ice bath is, but what about cryotherapy? Cryotherapy is a sophisticated method of cold therapy involving three minutes of skin exposure to temperatures between -200°F to -250°F. Sounds fun, right?| While certainly fancier than a tub full of ice water, is cryotherapy any more beneficial than a simple ice bath? Coach Hayley explains in today’s daily podcast. Audio Transcript Haughey: Hey Runners Connect fans. We have a great question from Mark today. Mark: I’ve been hearing a lot about cryotherapy lately, so my question is, is cryotherapy a good recovery method in replace of an ice bath? Haughey: That’s a great question, Mark. Ice baths have long been used by runners, and there is evidence that following intense exercise, cold water mashing can reduce muscle soreness over the next few days. Other studies have found that [...]
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