It’s not a surprise that people who frequently “take a sauna” report stress reduction as the number one benefit they derive from the sauna. It’s also not a surprise that stress can negatively affect a person’s health. So, it’s not a stretch to deduce that regular sauna usage can reduce risk factors for a majority of diseases, including cardiovascular diseases.
How does it work? The heat from the sauna relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins then go to work reducing stress and risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Studies have shown that using a sauna 2-3 times per week reduced the risk of fatal cardiac incidents by 27% and that reduction increases to 50% if you use a sauna 4-7 times per week.
A different, 3-month study of bi-weekly sauna use showed reduced occurrence of high blood pressure in study participants.
Finally, use of a sauna increases the heart rate similar to aerobic exercise, usually raising it to between 120-150 beats per minute. Long-term sauna use is associated with improved arterial compliance, meaning arteries are healthier and better able to handle additional stresses.
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