Did you know that spending time in a sauna often can improve your life? It's true! There are innumerable sauna benefits, scientifically and holistically. At My Sauna World, we've experienced them all first hand.
But don't take our word for it! We're exploring the most popular and proven sauna benefits below.
Saunas help relieve stress, mentallyand physically. They give emotional relief and calm the physical manifestations of stress as well. The stress relieving emotional benefits come from the heat, the darkness, and sitting still.
When you're sauna level hot, it's hard to think about too many things at once. There will always be a drop of sweat tickling you to keep you present. Staying in your body and being present, is a form of meditation.
Even if you can't meditate in the traditional sense, your body is getting its om on in the sauna. Stress manifests itself outside of your brain. It can cause problems with:
and many, many others
When you let your body relax and flush out toxins, you melt away some of the stress as well.
Speaking of toxins, saunas have been scientifically proven to purify your body. You don't need any expensive teas or horse pills to clean out your liver, just some quality saunatime.
The way sauna detoxing works is through increased blood flow and sweat. When you're exposed to heat, your blood vessels widen. That makes your blood come up closer to the skin and flow more easily.
The quick flowing blood works more efficiently at depositing waste in the kidneys to be expelled. It also makes your body work harder and makes you sweat.
It would be impossible to figure out which drops of sweat are from heat and which are from blood activity. Both cases serve their purpose. When you sweat, the epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin.
The sweat passes through it, removing dead skin cells and residual heavy metals. Anything that you've been exposed to in your environment, can get absorbed by your skin. After you sweat out toxins in the sauna, you'll need to replace the water you've lost. There's no way for your body to refresh it's newly cleaned systems without it!
RELAXES MUSCLES AND SOOTHES ACHES
After a workout, it's hard to imagine wanting to sweat more, but you should consider it. During a hard workout, your muscles hold metabolic waste, known as lactic acid. Lactic acid build-up can make you sorer than you'd be without it.
Your muscles sweat too, in a sense. The blood flow going through the tissue cleanses muscles like sweat cleanses the epidermis layer. The more blood flow that comes through, the more lactic acid that flows out.
If you feel stable enough, do some light(!) stretches in the sauna cavern. The blood will rush to your muscles faster, increasing the sauna benefits. With a post-workout sauna session, you'll be ready to get back to working out faster!
The cold water closes the pores, blocking dirt and sweat from building up again.
The cleanser method works with moisturizers. If you have trouble getting the lotion to reach deeper levels, try applying after time in steam shower units. The open pores will gladly welcome the moisture and the lotion will work faster and deeper.
To capitalize on steam shower units benefits for moisture, dry off briskly after your shower. With skin still warm and moist, apply lotion. Rub it into your skin and pat dry with a towel.
If there's anything a sauna can't do, we haven't found it yet. Scientists in Germany found that sauna benefits even extend to our nervous systems. They studied adults exposed to the same germs and their sauna usage.
The adults who used the saunas more regularly saw fewer instances of the cold and flu than the other group. We're not suggesting sauna time is better than a flu shot, just that a little-added help never hurts!
CLEARS THE SKIN
Sauna Benefits don't work solely on the inside of the body, your outside benefits too! As the sweat detoxes and cleans your epidermis layer, your complexion gets clearer. It works the same way on your face as it does removing internal toxins.
If you suffer from acne, the cause of unsightly zits and blackheads is dirt and oil trapped in pores. Some of the dirt comes from the outside environment while the other type is made up of dead skin cells.
Whatever they're made of, the pores get clogged and the body does its best to expel the dirt. Sometimes, the skin gets irritated and creates a blemish. Steam helps the already blocked pores open up to allow cleanser and acne fighting products in.
TRAINS THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
When you change temperatures quickly, your body gets confused. Without getting into molecular science, your heart works harder or less intensely depending on your body temperature. Heart rates rise in heat and get lower in the cold (to conserve energy).
The Finnish started the practice of sauna "innings". They figured out that if you go from a sauna session to taking a dip in the pool, your cardio system experiences a shock. It's not big enough to harm you (unless you have pre-existing conditions) but it is big enough to burn calories.
If you do a few innings, letting your body regulate the temperature before you switch, it can be like a workout.
Did you learn something by reading these sauna benefits? What part of your life could benefit the most? Our experts are waiting to help you find a way to bring more sauna time into your life!