A sauna is a wooden, house-like structure meant to be used in bathing or refreshing the body through wet or dry heat sessions. There are two types of saunas, namely the traditional one and the infrared sauna. The main difference is that a conventional one heats the air around and raises the temperature of the room to transfer heat to the object. The infrared sauna heats the object directly. In comparison, infrared is preferred since it incorporates the elements of the traditional model into its structure. The traditional one uses sauna stones to emit heat, while the infrared one uses the heaters to emit heat.
Sauna induces fever into the body and makes the body respond to heat by trying to cool the body through sweating. Saunas have direct and indirect benefits. Doctors have proposed sauna to their patients suffering from different diseases, and it is ideal for those people who do not do physical exercises often. Naturally, the human body is meant to sustain itself with little or no health problems at all. However, due to the pollution of the natural environments, both eaten food and absorbed content in the body contribute to the impurities in the body. These toxins and impurities make the body fail to operate in a natural way, and sauna sessions seek to restore the body functioning to an equilibrium position.
The Benefits of a Sauna Session Include but Are Not Limited to the Following:
- Helps in Reducing Fatigue in the Body
After a whole day or week of activities, the body wears out due to the stretching of muscles and energy use. The inability to balance the energy intake and usage level also triggers fatigue. In a sauna, the rise in temperatures causes the arteries to expand and capillaries to carry more blood to all body tissues. The session gives a relaxing effect on the body.
- Helps Keep the Skin Soft and Tender As Well As Maintain Healthy Hair
The scalp has sebaceous cells that, when activated through heating, produce compounds that act as a natural moisturizer and hair conditioning agent. These chemicals help to nourish the hair and prevent it from breaking.
- 3. Reduces Incidences of Kidney Stones
High accumulation of toxins in the blood lead to the formation of kidney stones, and this overloads the kidney. Lack of enough water in the blood triggers kidney stone formation too. While sweating, most of the excess calcium, copper magnesium, and uric acids are excreted from the body. These are significant contributors to the formation of kidney stones. During a sauna bath, water is taken to replace that lost through sweating. Water is also healthy for kidney functioning.
- It Is Good Practice for Losing Extra Weight
Deposition of calories in the form of fats in the body either around the skin surface or inside the body around body organs leads to excess weight. A sauna session raises the heartbeat level. As a result, the body requires more energy to transport oxygen at a faster rate. Eventually, a general sauna session leads to conversion or burning of 300 calories to energy. Calorie breakdown reduces the fat deposits and eventually leads to weight loss.
- Leads to Improved Cardiovascular Muscles and Also Reduces Related Diseases
Exercises of any nature make the exercising organ try to develop resistance to applied force and, as a result, muscles stiffen. The same principles apply to both the heart and related blood vessels. When the heart gets used to pumping blood at a faster rate and capillaries get used to carrying blood at high pressure, their muscles are hardened, and this reduces risks associated with the heart. These may include high blood pressure and stroke.
- It Enhances Performance in the Execution of Strenuous Exercises and Sports
People who perform on scheduled timetables, like sports people, have to tune their bodies to hold or withstand a high temperature or rapid body changes. For example, for the footballers, it is good for them to stay energized throughout the session. Also, for athletes, it helps them withstand the increased metabolic rate during the race. The hot and cold surroundings both inside and outside the sauna make the body fluctuate its metabolic activities. These changes make the walls and inner body tissues withstand high heat or rapid changes in the surroundings.
- It Is a Good Detoxification Process and Also Helps in Healing Open External and Internal Wounds
Sweat is 99% water, and most body toxins are water soluble; thus, during perspiration, almost any kind of body poison can be removed. Infrared saunas have been known to remove up to 30% of a body’s toxins. The sweat also has antibacterial enzymes that are acidic and work on body germs to form neutral compounds and, thus, heal the wounds.
- Prevents Colds and Other Mild Diseases by Increasing Immunity Level and Even Kills Cancerous Cells
Fever is the body’s reaction to bacteria and other harmful substances trying to invade the body. Fever creates an alarm to the T-white cells that an urgent action is needed. As a result, the brain triggers manufacture of the white blood cells to guard the body well. The same principles apply in an induced fever through heating in a sauna. By raising the temperatures, the body seeks to kill the harmful invaders; and, still on the same basis, harmful disease-causing organisms get killed during sauna heating.
- Relieves Strain, Reduces Stress, Kills the Pain in the Body, As Well As Induces a Deep Calm Sleep at Night
Stress motivators include anxiety, anger, fear, tension, and negative results. Naturally, the body responds to these stimuli. Thus, the self-induced sweating also helps in the production of endorphins, serotonin, ghrelin, and dopamine. All these work to counter all the above-named negative body aspects.
- Restores, Maintains, and Makes the Skin Healthy
Since skin is the protective cover for the inner body tissues, it gets worn out on a daily basis as a result of activities and also as a result of sunburn. Sweat contains Dermicin enzymes that have been known to inhibit poor skin growth. The sweat also contains antibacterial compounds that work against bacteria on the body surface.
- 11. Sauna Session Removes Harmful Metals and Poisonous Chemicals in the Body
With the weak mechanism of getting rid of the body toxins, it can lead to accumulation of various toxic metal compounds in the body like mercury, copper, lead, and even Bisphenol-A. These metals have a serious, adverse effect on both born and unborn babies. Seventeen micrograms of lead in the body lowers the IQ by 10 points. Also, BPA has been known to cause defects and deformities in the fetus.
- 12. It Promotes Social Life
Sauna rooms have different holding capacities ranging from one to many people. A group can book to get into the sauna and enjoy the session together. The spirit of togetherness increases intimacy, trust, and creates openness; and all these are catalysts for a healthy social life.
Throughout the period of enjoying the sauna bath, the body should be properly hydrated by taking a lot of water. A cold shower is recommended both before and after leaving the sauna. The bath before is meant to reduce body odor that is emitted by sweating. The after shower ensures that the pores go back to their normal size.