Saunas have been in use for thousands of years, originating first in Northern Europe. Countries such as Finland had a sauna in nearly every home.
Over the years, saunas have evolved from fireplaces, stones and hot water thrown on top for steam to the modern versions of saunas we know today. A home sauna can help you unwind and relax in the comfort of your home.
A few minutes a day is all it takes to look and feel better. The body’s response to gentle, persistent heat is well-documented and proven day in and out by people all over the world. Which is why more and more doctors are recommending its purifying benefits.
A Sauna Can Benefit Your Immune System
Some commonly known sauna benefit include improved blood circulation, enhanced detoxification processes, deep skin cleansing, and stress relief. A #sauna can boost your immune system by raising the temperature of your body by giving you an “artificial” fever. Believe it or not, getting a fever is a good sign that your immune system is working, helping to fight infection or eliminate viruses. Raising your body’s temperature, (by inducing an artificial fever), helps kill bacteria and viruses by increasing white blood cells, antibodies, and other disease fighting agents. As your body works to lower its temperature, your immune system is “exercising”, and therefore being strengthened. Learn other ways to strengthen your immune system.This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes as a result of increased perspiration, will increase your immune system and reduce the stress put on your bodies health.
Since many viruses do not survive well in environments which the temperature is higher than normal body temperature, constant use of a sauna can help kill them before they are allowed to grow. At the very least, the sauna can help to reduce their growth rate, which will also make the healing process faster, and prevent further infection. In addition, it is possible that damaged cells repair themselves quicker in fever conditions due to an increase in metabolic rate. When fighting a cold, sitting in a sauna also helps to opens the nasal passages, assist the sinuses to drain. and relieves minor respiratory discomforts. By using the sauna does not mean you will never get sick, but repeated use can boost your immune system.
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Outdoor Living, LLC, is an authorized dealer of world-class Finnleo saunas. Customers can choose from a traditional sauna or infrared sauna. Whichever type you choose, research has shown they may offer tremendous health benefits.
Saunas Can Help Fight Illness
German sauna medical research shows that saunas were able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza amongst participants. As the body is exposed to the heat of a sauna and steam (in the case of traditional saunas), it produces white blood cells more rapidly, which in turn helps to fight illnesses and helps to kill viruses. In addition, saunas can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion from colds or allergies – especially when used with steam (tip: add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and overall enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps to clear up unwanted congestion and is a wonderful aspect of the Finnish sauna experience.
- Heart Health: Sauna heat can have a positive effect on lowering blood pressure, and frequent sauna use has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and hypertension.
- Alzheimer’s Prevention: Some studies have found frequent sauna use is linked to lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Physical Fitness: Sauna use can help with muscle recovery after exercise. Heat from saunas can help loosen stiff muscles, aid in pain relief and may even contribute to muscle growth and recovery through increased circulation.
- Stress Reduction: Some people have experienced lower stress levels related to frequent sauna use thanks to a release of endorphins when using saunas.
- Antidepressant: Some studies have found that saunas can help ease the symptoms of depression since short periods of elevated body temperature can be a natural antidepressant.
- Burn More Calories: Increasing your body heat can help you burn calories – it may raise your metabolic rate up 20 percent from regular sauna use.
- A 25-year study conducted with more than 2,300 participants at the University of Eastern Finland by Dr. Jari Laukkanen and his colleagues revealed regular sauna use (4-7 times per week) at 176 degrees F for 19 minutes lowered the risk for both Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Association includes sweating as an important way to improve brain health: https://www.alz.org/help-support/brain_health/10_ways_to_love_your_brain
Saunas Flush Toxins: Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. Sweat production is primarily designed to cool the body, and is composed of 99% water. However, deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemicals – which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.
The bottom line is, saunas help you relax, unwind and release body toxins in a natural, no-stress way.
Contact Outdoor Living LLC
Whether you’re in the market for a traditional sauna or infrared sauna model, you can find a wide range of choices from our sauna inventory at Outdoor Living, LLC. Contact us at 717-504-8627 or stop by our showroom in Chambersburg, PA, on 1782 Lincoln Way East to talk to us in person and discuss your options.