Sauna Health Benefits
In the near future an e-book will be made available on this website covering in depth the scientific and clinical evidence on how sauna therapy is used to treat in some form or fashion:
- congestive heart failure
- normalize blood pressure
- lower coronary risk factors
- treat arthritis
- help prevent diabetes
- treat chronic pain
- promote weight loss and muscle gain
- treat skin diseases
Many cultures have embraced sauna use for many decades, and as such it’s built up much folklore and legend. While most people believe it is best used as a method of detoxification, there are many other aspects of sauna use that most of the public continues to be unaware of. We all know knowledge is power, and the more you know the better you can protect yourself and more importantly your health.
Sauna Benefit: Chronic Pain
One of the ways sauna use can be helpful is the impact it can have on pain disorders such as fibroymyalgia. The reason for this is because sauna use increases the level of beta-endorphin, those feel good chemicals that boost feelings of well-being and alleviate pain. Beta-endorphin is what keeps people coming back to the gym week after week. Beta-endorphin is a natural painkiller in the human body, and interacts with the opioid system — the same system that pharmaceutical painkillers interact with.
Sauna Diabetes Benefits?
In studies performed on animals sauna use has also been shown to help the survival of insulin producing cells. In another separate study, also on animals, exposure to similar heat conditioning helped moderate both insulin levels and blood sugar levels. Both of these studies together show that saunas are likely beneficial for both forms of diabetes, though since the studies were performed in animals some may say that the jury is still out on this one.
Sauna Hearing Benefits?
Here’s a particularly strange one: One study on animals found that heat conditioning was able to protect against noise-induced hearing loss. Exposing rats to elevated levels of heat prior to exposing them to what is ordinarily a damaging level of noise actually reduced the amount of hearing damage they experienced when compared to controls.