Scientific data show that people who use saunas get flu and colds ten times less than the average. We know that weather influences our health. Our body is influenced by temperature and humidity changes, winds, magnetic storms, etc.If our body’s defensive mechanisms are weak, we immediately feel adverse effects of weather changes on our health. Sauna is an excellent way to make our immune system stronger by the use of cool, hot, humid, and dry stimulants. Our body experiences constant changes of surrounding temperature:68-75F (20-24C) when we undress, 176-212F (80-100C) when we enter sauna, 86-104F (30-40C) in a hot shower, and 59-68F (15-20C) in a cool shower. Such alternately hot and cold shower is the best thermo-massage for the blood vessels of our skin and muscles. A hot shower expands blood vessels, while a cold shower produces the opposite (contracting) effect. This kind of therapy makes us immune to any weather changes.
Who can use sauna?
We know that prevention and immunity building are good concepts. We all agree with that, but we often find convenient excuses not to use these simple concepts in our life. The use of sauna does not require any effort and is beneficial for everybody – young or old, for those in good health as well as for those who are ill(with some exceptions mentioned in the next paragraph). There is a saying in Finland "Everybody who can walk to the sauna can use it."
Sauna and your heart
Swiss doctors use saunas in the treatment of high blood pressure. In most cases, it takes only 15 sessions in sauna to bring blood pressure back to normal. They proved that sauna helps regulate our blood pressure – decreases, increases, or stabilizes it according to need. People with heart defects should remember that our blood circulation is affected by not only temperature changes but also by humidity and the length of time spent in sauna. Please consult your physician before you decide to try the power of sauna.
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