Did you know sweating is good for your health? While you might associate a healthy sweat with exercise alone, sauna use has also been found to have many health benefits. In fact, the body’s response to continual, gentle heat is nothing short of amazing. Read on for the top six health benefits of regular sauna use.
1. HELPS COMBAT STRESS
Stress, when left untreated, can result in a multitude of health problems. Not only does the heat relax tension and stress-induced muscle tightness, it stimulates chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. Not only can these feel-good chemicals reduce pain, but they also improve your mood.
2. OFFERS PAIN RELIEF AND HEALING
Sauna heat causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in improved circulation. As blood quickens, it is pushed to sore and injured parts of the body, an important part of the healing process, as oxygen is integral to the healing process. Not only are minor aches and pains soothed, but it can also help bruises and other injuries to heal faster, while offering pain relief to arthritis sufferers.
3. AIDS IN RECOVERY AND MUSCLE GROWTH
Sauna use is ideal after a hard workout. Not only does it encourage muscles to relax, it aids in the elimination of lactic acid buildup. Although temporary due to exertion, a build-up of lactic acid can be painful and can even cause nausea and weakness. Routine use of the sauna can also increase growth hormones, resulting in improved recovery and muscle tone.
4. HELPS STRENGTHEN IMMUNE SYSTEM
The heat produced by saunas encourages the body to produce more white blood cells, a key part of fighting off illness. Regular sauna use has not only been found to reduce the incidence of cold and flu among users, but it is also great for those with allergies and sinus issues.
5. FLUSHES TOXINS FROM THE BODY
Deep sweating in a sauna can help decrease the levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and other chemicals in the body. This type of detoxification has many health benefits from increased energy levels to better digestion to healthier skin and improved mood. Routine detoxification can even aid in weight management.
6. IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY
Sauna use is a great way to de-stress and relax, making it an ideal pre-bed pastime. As an added benefit, the heat provided by your sauna sends messages to your brain, telling it to produce melatonin. This sleep hormone helps induce a night of deep, relaxing sleep.
Upon exiting the sauna, your core body temperature drops gradually. As your body slowly loses heat, it naturally prepares itself for sleep.
WCI POOLS & SPAS
If you are ready to experience all of the health benefits that a sauna can offer, get in touch with us at WCI Pools & Spas. As a top provider of the Finnleo sauna line in Iowa, we have an extensive range of saunas for sale. If you’re interested in an infrared sauna, come visit us at our Ames or Urbandale showrooms or message us with any questions you might have. We’ll help you find the home sauna that’s right for you.