Most of you, who have been to a gym before, must know what sauna rooms are all about. It is basically a small room designed to heat up at high temperatures, though the humidity level remains controlled. Traditional saunas have stones present in a fireplace, which gets heated up to high temperature, and water is poured over them from time to time, which evaporates into steam, heating the air within the room. In some modern saunas electrical heaters are used to generate heat. The latest is the infrared sauna that has far infrared rays which penetrate into ones body, heating it up.
Health benefits of a sauna
The heat that gets generated in saunas has a curative effect on one’s body. It does not only activate sweat glands that help that body get rid of toxins, but also increases blood circulation and heart rate. Some benefits of sauna are:
Be it a traditional sauna or the one using infrared radiations, all saunas work on the same belief that sweating is a great way to eliminate toxins from the body. Together with the kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and bowels, the skin also have an important role to play in detoxifying the body. Sweat glands are present all over your body. The heat generated in a sauna activates the sweat glands, resulting in excretion of toxins from the body through sweat.
Increases heart rate
If you find rigorous exercising too strenuous, a sauna is a perfect option for you. A sauna bath strengthens and increases the blood circulation, but does not cause any stress on any system of the body. If you opt for a 10- 20 minute sauna bath your heart rate will get increased by 50% – 75%.
Improves blood circulation
An increased heart rate consequently improves blood circulation. Due to heat of the sauna the blood vessels gets dilated and there is a good supply of blood even by the very thin capillaries. Owing to proper blood supply the cells get fresh nutrients, ensuring improved health.
Weight loss is one of the most popular benefits that saunas offer. Together with sweat, you will also lose lots of water from the body. This might show as quite a good weight loss on your weighing machine, but as you consume water you gain back the lost weight. However, as per recent studies an increased cardiac output experienced in the average sauna sessions results in burning off of about 300 calories.
The skin pores, through which sweat gets excreted, get clogged due to usage of deodorants, creams and because of dead skin cells. Owing to such clogged pores, skin problems like pimple, blackheads and acne start appearing. These pores gets opened up due to heat of the sauna, and with sweat flushing out of them, the poisonous substance also gets eliminated from the body, making the skin look fresh and young.
These are some of the health benefits of using a sauna. If you want to look young and beautiful, and enjoy a good health, make sure that together with eating right and exercising, you also visit the sauna regularly.