What if I told you frequent sauna use lessens the risk of heart failure, reduces blood pressure, boots your memory, detoxes metals out of your system and is great for pain relief?
- Sweat may be an important route for excretion of cadmium when an individual is exposed to high levels
- Sweat-inducing sauna use might provide a therapeutic method to increase elimination of toxic trace metals
- Sweating should be the initial and preferred treatment of patients with elevated mercury urine levels11
Detoxing can also be of particular benefit if you have thyroid issues. Lack of sweating is a strong indication of an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroid people tend to feel cold much of the time, and are slow to warm up even in a sauna, and don’t sweat with mild exercise.
Finnish researchers evaluated medical records from more than 2,300 men who were part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease (KIHD) study, tracking their health for an average of 20 years.
Men who used the sauna four to seven times a week had a 66 percent lower risk for dementia, and a 65 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, compared to men who used the sauna once a week. The average length of each sauna was about 15 minutes.
The benefits of sauna usage extend throughout our entire body, including our heart. Using the same KIHD study data, researchers found the frequency of sauna use, and length of time spent in the sauna, correlated with a lowered risk for lethal cardiovascular events.
Sauna use was also associated with a reduced risk of death from any cause, and the more the men in the study used the sauna, the better. Men who used the sauna seven times per week cut their risk of death from fatal heart problems in half compared to those who only used it once each week.
In addition, frequent sauna bathing was associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal coronary heart disease and fatal cardiovascular disease. These findings remained stable even when confounding factors such as smoking, blood pressure and triglyceride levels were factored in.
The greatest benefits were found among those whose saunas lasted 19 minutes or more each session.