According to many sauna manufacturers, sauna health benefits are plentiful. Claims from as basic as relaxation and stress relief all the way to improved kidney function and removal of toxins can easily be found, but it is difficult to find scientific studies that prove these claims.
Sauna Health Benefits
- According to U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process.”
- Sauna health claims from manufacturers state that saunas can be used to remove toxins and impurities, by opening the pores and helping reduce the levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, and mercury.
- Saunas improve the health of your skin, cleaning out pores and keeping the skin in good working condition.
Sauna Health Risks
Like any exercise or health program, it is important to consult a physician before starting to use sauna therapy for health reasons. The high temperatures found in a sauna, can be hazardous to your health. This is especially true for those people with higher health risks, such as those with high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, or skin disease. According to the sauna society, most people, even those with these pre-existing conditions can still enjoy a sauna without any health risks. The key is moderation. Both in the temperature used in the sauna, and the duration of sauna therapy session.
For healthy individuals, with no pre-existing conditions, saunas can provide a pleasant and relaxing experience to refresh both your mind and your body.
A sauna used properly can provide health benefits, without health risks
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