Hormonal Responses to Sauna Bathing

by admin on March 1, 2011

Sauna bathing in healthy individuals results is various endocrine changes that have many positive health benefits. Studies have shown that bathing in a sauna for a longer duration will increase heart rate and blood flow. Noradrenaline increases by about 100%-160%, prolactin levels can increase between 2- and 7-fold, beta-endorphin immunoreactivity at 100 D, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), growth hormone, testosterone also increase. Interestingly, cortisol decreases (Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1989;58(5):543-50). PMID: 2759081.

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