Sauna’s are getting more and more popular by day all over the world. Where does it come from we ask? The origin is mainly attributed to Europe and to the Nordic region. Finnish sauna culture is well-established and recognised. Saunas are small houses or rooms designed for having heat sessions, which can be dry or wet. Having a sauna session regularly can offer a list of health benefits no wonder the demand is getting higher to relax this way.
What are the health benefits of the sauna? Here you can read the top 5 reasons why it is good for you to have a sauna session.
1. Saunas make the immune system stronger
One of the best benefits of the regular use of the sauna is that it improves the immune system.
The sessions help the body to produce white blood cells which are responsible for fighting against attacking infections. The regular users of the sauna have higher amount of white blood cells, they stay healthier and fight infections at a higher speed.
2. Stress relief
Sauna use can help the body and mind adapt to stress and reduce the risk of depression and other mental health disorders. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside.
The heat from the sauna relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s all-natural “feel good” chemical, and their release provides a truly wonderful “after sauna glow.”
3. Saunas flush toxins
Many – if not most – of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating, however, has multiple proven health benefits. Benefits derived from a deep sweat can be achieved via regular sauna bathing. Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise and we begin to sweat. Deep sweating helps to eliminate the toxins in our body and by doing so the body is able to detoxify.
4. Cleanses the skin
Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies in terms of cleansing one’s skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced – keeping your skin in good working condition. Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality.
5. Can induce a deeper sleep
Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins (see above), body temperatures, which become elevated in the late evening fall at bedtime. This slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna bathers worldwide recall the deep sleep experiences that they feel after bathing in the calming heat of a sauna.
Pouring beer onto the coals
Beer and saunas go hand in hand in Finland, and one rather rambunctious habit is to pour beer onto the coals in place of water, filling the space with a beery scent.