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How Short Saunas Keep Your Heart Healthy


How Short Saunas Keep Your Heart Healthy

It’s time to get hot and steamy, because a new study has found short saunas keep your heart healthy. Sweating in a small room never sounded so good!
Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the University of Bristol, University of Eastern Finland and University of Jyväskylä study revealed saunas do more than help you unwind and feel well.
A short sauna sesh can also reduce your risk of vascular diseases – such as cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure – as well as neurocognitive diseases, mental health disorders, pulmonary diseases, and even an early death.

How was the discovery made?

The review of 70 studies on the health benefits of Finnish saunas (exposure to 80°C (176°F) to 100°C (212°F) for up to 20 minutes), concluded a broad spread of health benefits.
"Sauna bathing, an activity used for the purposes of pleasure, wellness, and relaxation, is linked to a remarkable array of health benefits,” said study author Dr Jari Laukkanen.
"It is a safe activity and can even be used in people with stable CVD, provided it is used sensibly for an appropriate period of time. Sauna bathing may be a remedy to the call for additional lifestyle interventions needed to enhance health and wellness."
Better still, just five minutes of sweating in a sauna is just as good for you as physical exercise – like a brisk walk.
On top of that, your body’s physiological response to saunas is oni par with ‘moderate or high-intensity’ activities. And combining exercise with a sauna has added health benefits compared with each activity alone.
Sounds pretty glorious to us!

Who shouldn’t have saunas?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, it’s always wise to get a tick of approval from your health provider before hopping into a sauna.
Kids under eight are considered too young to use saunas.

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