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Benefits of Sauna: 8 Ways It Makes You Healthier and Happier

Benefits of Sauna: 8 Ways It Makes You Healthier and Happier

Although historical evidences provide solid ground for us to believe the benefits of saunas in the Americas, their origin is mainly attributed to Europe, particularly in the Nordic region. The Finnish sauna culture is well-established and recognized all over the world.

Wherever it might have originated, sauna culture has spread all over the world in modern times. This is because of the recognition of health benefits offered by a sauna session, by therapists and common people, alike.

Saunas are basically small houses or rooms designed for having heat sessions, which can be dry or wet.

In this article, we’ll look into the unexpected benefits of sauna, if we are to have a session or two.

1. Saunas flush toxins.

One of the ways the human body removes toxins from the body is through sweat.

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Profound sweating is a highly effective way to remove toxins the body might have absorbed in several ways. And sauna does just that.

In the intense heat sessions in sauna, a lot of sweating can be experienced, which helps flushing toxins from the body in a great way.

2. Saunas help in weight loss.

Sauna therapy is a great way for weight loss, with minimal effort. During a sauna bath, the heart rate increases substantially due to the dry heat.

Scientific calibrations suggest that a 20-minute session at around 170 degrees Fahrenheit burns over 500 calories. The body’s metabolism speeds up similar to the way it does from physical exercise and is a great method to maintain weight.

3. Saunas make the immune system stronger.

Another one of the major benefits of sauna is that it helps to create a stronger immune system.

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Sauna sessions help produce white blood cells. The white blood cells of the body are its medium to fight against attacking infections and ailments.

As the regular users of sauna have higher count of white blood cells, they stay healthier and if illnesses occur, they heal faster.

4. Saunas promote social interaction.

    This benefit may not be up for the grabs for users of the small-sized private sauna. However, they provide a great medium for social interaction among friends and relatives, if you or you acquaintances have a grand private sauna or you use public saunas.

    If this is not an option, you can easily go to the nearest public sauna.

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    5. Saunas help improve performance during endurance sports.

    Our body has a certain level for heat tolerance. Regular use of saunas increases the heat tolerance threshold. This leads to significant improvements in endurance sports as regular sauna users have a higher heat tolerance level and thus, feel less fatigue and can maintain their energy level over a prolonged period of time, improving performance.

    6. Saunas make hair look great.

    We have a special gland called the sebaceous gland on our scalp, which releases compounds that help condition and moisturize our hair. Spending some time in the sauna activates this gland, which will then release these useful compounds, thereby helping to make hair look great.

    There’s no need to spend a fortune on risky hair care products.

    7. Saunas help to recover from workouts.

      Nowadays, a lot of gyms have a sauna and there are plenty of good reasons for this. Saunas are highly effective ways to recover from workouts. The metabolic wastes are eliminated while sweating in a sauna. The blood flow to tired and strained muscles increases through sauna, helping them to recover quickly and feel relaxed much quicker.

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      8. Saunas help you look younger.

      One of the significant organs of our body, your skin also needs regular exercise and saunas are a great way to exercise skin.

      As we grow older, more of the dead cells accumulate onto our skin pores, as the skin becomes less elastic. A few sessions in the sauna improve blood flow to our skin, which aids the growth of new skin and also removes all the dead cells that were building up previously.

      The oils, which are the natural moisturizers and antibiotics present in our skin are mobilized through saunas. This helps us to look younger in a significant way.

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      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

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      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

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      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

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