I joined a gym last week and they have a sauna, Ive heard there's alot of health benefits to getting into one, I'm healthy so I know it's safe, i do excercise 4 or 5 times a week and i also do yoga, any tips on how long I should stay in there or how often? I really want to detoxify my body that's the main and most important reason for wanting to do this!! I heard it helps with asthma(which i have) and it helps clear breakouts and give your skin a glow and cleans out toxins, Thanks to all who takes time to answer and give any advice or tips:-)
Here is some info from Harvard Health:
A saunas’ dry heat (which can get as high as 185° F) has profound effects on the body. Skin temperature soars to about 104° F within minutes. The average person will pour out a pint of sweat during a short stint in a sauna. The pulse rate jumps by 30% or more, allowing the heart to nearly double the amount of blood it pumps each minute. Most of the extra blood flow is directed to the skin; in fact, the circulation actually shunts blood away from the internal organs. Blood pressure is unpredictable, rising in some people but falling in others.
The November issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch explains how these changes may influence a man's health.
“All in all, saunas appear safe for the body, but there is little evidence that they have health benefits above and beyond relaxation and a feeling of well-being,” says Dr. Harvey Simon, editor-in-chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. However, heart patients should check with their doctors before taking a sauna. Studies show them to be safe for people with stable coronary artery disease. “But patients with poorly controlled blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, unstable angina, and advanced heart failure or heart valve disease will probably be advised to stay cool,” says Dr. Simon.
He suggests that sauna users follow these simple precautions:
Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes.
Cool down gradually afterward.
Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
Don’t take a sauna when you are ill, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, head for the door.
Hope this helps some.
Excellent information. My body can't handle a warm shower! Lol. I really don't know if they help the skin or not in comparison to say, running and sweating. in other cultures the sauna is actually serving as a time for quiet contemplation and cleansing the mind and soul.
Any ideas about detoxifying anything? Skin is our largest organ, we sweat out stuff from the glands. Is it beneficial considering risks? Hot yoga falls in the same category, I think. Thanks Dzoobaby.
great info dzoobaby, saunas and steam rooms are often confused,one being dry the other being wet. A sauna will usally have a pile of hot stones and a bucket of water and a laddle to add water to so the amount of dry heat can be controlled. Steam rooms do that on their own. I find steam a much better and safer way to ride the body of toxins.But same rules apply. Another very good idea is to never use either one while you are alone. This is just in case you should become ill and not be able to make it to the door. Both kinds of heat should have a timer at the door so you can set it to shut off just in case of an emergency. But there is nothing like a good steam,so enjoy... subzero58... pete :)
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