Until now, going for a cleansing steam at a sauna has been considered a luxury. But it’s about to become a healthy lifestyle instead of just another way to relax.
A study out of the University of Eastern Finland studied 2,300 men for over 20 years, and found that these steamy rooms are loaded with miraculous benefits. Who knew?
According to the study, those who used saunas on a regular basis (about four times a week) had a 63 per cent reduced chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke compared to those who did not.
Not enough to make you head for the steam room? Then maybe this will: regular sauna users had 66 per cent less of a chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s to boot.
But that’s not all — not by a long shot. Visiting saunas frequently improved overall blood flow, blood pressure as well as general heart health.
“We have not seen that a lifestyle factor can be so protective against [such a] number of cardiovascular diseases,” said Jari Laukkanen, the study’s author.
According to Montreal Heart Institute researcher Daniel Gagnon, “It resembles exercise… When we get hot, our heart rate increases, our blood vessels dilate or open up in the skin. It’s really that increase in blood flow that is thought to provide the benefits of heat in terms of cardiovascular health.”
And of course, enjoying a good steam means that you get to book some time off of your hectic schedule and just relax. Sounds like a win-win scenario in our books.