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Can Far Infrared Saunas Promote a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?


While many things claim to be heart-healthy--from breakfast cereal to swimming--most people haven’t considered the heart health benefits that far infrared saunas have to offer. If your doctor has cleared you for sauna use, you should consider incorporating this gentle, natural technology into your daily routine, and here is why.

What Do the Studies Say?

Some of the most interesting studies about sauna use (or “sauna bathing”) come from Finland, the country most famous for its saunas. In a study with Finnish men who used a sauna 2-3 times per week, it was found that sauna users lowered their chances of fatal heart disease by 23%. That might seem remarkable, but the finding senses when we break down what people gain from regular sauna use. First, let’s look at types of saunas.

What is the Difference Between A Traditional Sauna And An Infrared Sauna?

When they picture a sauna, many people envision an old-fashioned steamy room full of middle-aged men in towels that we are familiar with from movies or stories about a country club. Old radiant-heat or steam saunas were complicated to use, tricky to maintain, and so expensive that, outside of Finland, most people could only use them at a club, hotel, or gym. However, modern technology has given us the far infrared sauna. In contrast to a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna heats your body directly, eliminating the need for hot rocks, steam, or wood-fired radiant heat. This enables you to experience the same benefits as a traditional sauna but at a lower temperature, and with easier installation, maintenance, and use.

How to Use Your Sauna For Heart Health

Any time you’re using a sauna, first check with your doctor to ensure that there are no special instructions that you should follow. For example, some people with heart disease will be advised to proceed with caution. Start with short session, and build up your tolerance gradually until you are able to spend about 15 minutes per day in the sauna. Make sure that you hydrate well before and after your sauna session, since the intense relaxation and vasodilation that some people experience in a sauna can cause blood pressure to drop, which might make you feel light-headed when you stand.

If you are already managing your stress, sleeping well, eating well, and exercising, why not add regular sauna use to your healthy lifestyle? Not only does it feel great, but your heart will thank you!


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