Why Sauna is good.
When you take a sauna,
the heat pumps up blood circulation near the skin and stimulate
sweating. It helps the body rid itself of unwanted materials and
improves general circulation. In medieval times, healers relied on
saunas to cure illnesses, and priests used their heat to chase away
evil spirits.?(Dr. Andrew Weil)
misunderstood as a symptom of disease, fever actually is a part of
the body's natural healing response. Steam baths, sauna, and other
heat-inducing treatments elicit similar healing responses in the
body, and consequently are often called "artificial fevers".
Sweat bathing helps by
stimulating the autonomic nervous system, the pituitary gland, and
the adrenal glands.
Flu and Cold
Researchers aren't clear
about the exact role saunas play in prevention, but one 1989 German
study found that people who steamed twice a week got half as many
colds as those who didn't. One theory: When you take a sauna you
inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, a temperature too hot for cold
and flu viruses to survive.
Prevention of Heart
"If you have [tendency
to] high blood pressure or heart disease, saunas may be good for
you" (Dr. Andrew Weil).
In recent research provided by Japan scientists came to the
conclusion: "Sauna baths help the heart the same way exercise does."
"Repeated sauna treatment improves [blood vessel] function,
resulting in improvement in cardiac function and ... symptoms,"
write study author Takashi Kihara, MD, and colleagues from Kagoshima
University and Nanpuh Hospital in Kagoshima.
Sweat bathing, acting as
a general toxic eliminator. The heat produces an artificial "fever"
and urges every organ of the body into action. While outwardly
relaxed, your inner organs are as active as though you were jogging
or mowing the lawn. At the same time, you are being cleansed from
inside out by the skin, your body's largest organ and its excretion,
sweat. The utilization of heat stress for removal of poisons from
the body dates back to ancient times. Through a variety of
non-invasive detoxification modalities such as sauna therapy,
nutritional detoxification, and other supportive physical therapy
procedures, toxic residues can be significantly reduced from the
body. This is the only method of detoxification evidenced in current
nutritional, medical, and bio-chemical literature capable of
significantly reducing or eliminating stored toxic residue with
scientifically proven safety, according to Dr. David W. Schnara,
Science Advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency. 20 minutes
in the sauna equals 24 hours work by the kidneys.
Immune System Stimulant
There is evidence that
artificial fever works as an immune system stimulant by increasing
the number of white blood cells in the body. In a 1959-review of
studies on the effects of heat treatments, Mayo Clinic researchers
found that the number of white blood cells in the blood increased by
an average of 58% during artificially induced fever. Researchers
also have found increases in the activity of the white blood cells
during induced fever. As production of white blood cells, the
primary agents of the immune system, is increased, the rate of their
release into the blood stream also goes up. The generation of
antibodies speeds up, as does the production of interferon, an anti
viral protein that also has powerful cancer-fighting properties.
In addition, as in the
case of bodily-induced fever, the raised temperature during the
artificial fever reduces the growth rate of most bacteria and
viruses, giving the immune system time to mobilize its own forces.
Indeed, many regular steam or sauna bathers have experienced that a
good, long sweat bath at the early onset of a cold or flu can help
ward off the disease before in manifests as actual symptoms.
With the strong increase
in blood flow (not blood pressure) and the subsequent removal of
excess lactic acid the pores in the skin are opened up and deeply
and thoroughly cleaned, clearing away oil, dead skin cells,
cosmetics, blackheads and acne-producing bacteria. The skin will
look healthier, fresher, and more youthful. The increased blood
circulation also promotes the healing of skin cuts by bringing a
greater supply of red and white blood cells to the surface.
Problems of Athletes and Bodybuilders
Intense muscles activities cause
muscles to become sore. This is due to the build up of large
amounts of lactic acid and carbon dioxide in the muscles. The
faster this waste is cleared, the faster the stiffness in the
muscles disappears. In sauna excess lactic acid, which builds up
during exercise is removed, tired and sore muscles relax, and
joint stiffness is relieved. Athletes often use saunas after
Note: You should always check with your doctor or physician first.
Your physician will notify you of any restrictions related to the
Infrared Saunas and Health
Users of Infrared Saunas report a variety of positive health
effects ?weight loss, pain management, skin improvements,
detoxification and general stress reduction. With Dream Line
Infrared Sauna you get the benefits of heat therapy for aches,
pains and stiffness. Far Infrared Sauna heat increases circulation
and oxygen flow, which reduces inflammation, treats pain of
arthritis and reduces joint stiffness. Since Far Infrared Sauna
heat does not heat the sauna room to high temperatures and works
by having infrared heat waves penetrate the body, many people use
their Infrared Saunas every day for relaxation and health.