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Sauna Risks

Saunas present very few health risks for healthy individuals with no pre-existing health concerns. Just like anything else in life, moderation is the key to enjoying and benefiting from the sauna experience. Traditional Finnish saunas can reach temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, and as such, extremely long durations or competitions for who can handle the heat for the longest can have serious negative effects. As long as the humidity is kept very low, the body can handle the extremes of temperature for short periods of time. Increasing the humidity could lead to instant scalding. If you're in a sauna and would like to get a feel for a slight increase in humidity, just breathe onto your arm. Even the small amounts of moisture in your breath will cause a considerable increase in how the temperature feels.

People with low blood pressure, or pre-existing heart conditions are not recommended to use saunas. The high heat and abrupt temperature fluctuations can cause sudden shocks to the body. If you have low blood pressure you should be aware that a sauna can significantly lower your blood pressure. If you insist on still trying the sauna experience, make sure you start very slowly with short durations to lower the risk.

Lower your sauna risks

  • Avoid drinking alcohol before and after your sauna session.
  • Limit your suana session to 15 - 20 minutes
  • Make sure to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids before and after your sauna session to reduce the risk of dehydration.
  • Do not sauna if you feel ill, and immediately leave the sauna if you start to feel under the weather.

Always consult a physician before starting a new sauna routine to access your risks.

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