Sauna - Health Benefits
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cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/39345 > 2 years ago the USA was energy independent and exporting to other countries. > > If Joe Biden and the Democrats had not purposely killed the fossil fuel industry over the past 2 years, this new military base would be unnecessary.

10 Real Sauna Benefits That Sound Totally Made Up
- Decrease In All Cause Mortality by 40% - Improve endurance by 32% - Stress relief - Better Sleep - Combats Cellular Aging - Heat Acclimation - Mood and Depression - Reduces Inflammation - Cognitive Health Brain Speed Hormones Spike By Up to 900% - Improved Cardiovascular Health by 50%

What Is A Sauna & How's It Different From A Hot Car Or Exercising In Hot Weather?
I'm trying to pin down what's special about saunas for therapeutic usage With cold showers, apparently cold exposure isn't the same (just going outside in freezing weathers) but it may have some overlap in benefits So I was wondering with saunas, is the air humid? How is it different from being in a hot car in humid weather, or exercising outside in humid hot conditions? Is humidity essential to the sauna experience? So I am looking this up online, so far a couple quora answers don't seem to suggest much is different between a sauna and hot car - one objection is that you can't control temperature, but you could put AC on or open windows so you should be able to regulate it a bit. Ok, another post indicates that saunas are actually low in humidity - so could you get the same effect by being out in dry hot places? Another comment suggests saunas have stoves with water to put in the air - so again, I don't know how much humidity they have. It looks like it's pretty low. But temperature wise one page says they get up to like 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cars don't get that hot I don't think. So that's one issue. But are there still positive effects at cooler temperatures in a hot car relative to a sauna?

We rounded up a variety of home saunas—wood-fired, infrared, portable and more—coming in at price points starting at around $100 and running up to several thousand. Read on to find your perfect home sauna match.

Sauna use not only provides immediate muscle and joint pain relief, but can also improve circulation and reduce blood pressure, which may ultimately decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease in the long term. Research also suggests that it can lessen inflammation and pain from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. In addition to recovery, regular sauna use may enhance runners’ performance as well. In one study, a small group of male distance runners decreased their 5K time by nearly 2 percent after only three weeks of using a sauna after training for 30 minutes, four times per week.

Do your due diligence. In the meantime, the following are our top picks for the best home saunas, selected to offer a variety of styles. Enjoy!

A sauna has the potential to provide you with tons of health benefits. The exposure to heat, bursts of humidity, and slow, measured breathing is an experience that relaxes and rejuvenates both your body and your mind. But if you don’t know how to sauna like a pro, you may be walking away from the deeper benefits saunas can offer.

A typical sauna session will be set at a temperature maximum of 190 - 195 degrees Fahrenheit. For a hot yoga session inside your sauna, the recommended temperature is much lower, around 105 degrees F. If you have an electric or infrared sauna, it will be easy to set the temperature of your sauna to the exact temperature you need. If you have a wood-fired stove, you may need to do some fine-tuning.

Well, it's time to talk about the benefits of a sauna today and show that saunas are indeed "good for you."

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland tracked 2,300 middle-aged men for an average of 20 years. They categorized the men into three groups according to how often they used a sauna each week. The men spent an average of 14 minutes per visit baking in 175° F heat. Over the course of the study: - 49% of men who went to a sauna once a week died, - 38% of those who went two to three times a week - 31% of those who went four to seven times a week. Frequent visits to a sauna were also associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Dr. Raison and his colleagues have demonstrated some promising evidence that a technique called whole-body hyperthermia has the potential for real-world clinical efficacy as a tool in the fight against major depression. In Dr. Raison’s randomized, double-blind study published in JAMA in 2016, it was shown that a single session of whole-body hyperthermia (core body temperature was elevated to 38.5 C) produced a significant antidepressant effect in people with major depressive disorder compared to those who received a sham control. The improvements were apparent within a week of treatment and persisted for six weeks after treatment.

We aimed to investigate whether frequency of sauna bathing is associated with the levels of serum C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is a leading blood marker of systemic inflammation. There was a significant inverse association between the frequency of sauna bathing and the level of C-reactive protein.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick discusses how conditioning the body to heat stress through sauna use, called "hyperthermic conditioning" may cause adaptations that increase athletic endurance (by increasing plasma volume and blood flow to heart and muscles) and potentially even muscle mass. She also discusses the profound effects of hyperthermic conditioning on the brain including cognitive function.

cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/6383 > I started 2 new communities this week: > - Sauna - Health Benefits > - Ofuro Japanese Soaking Tubs > > because I learnt of research conducted over a 20 year period that suggests using a Sauna 4-7 times a week for 20 minutes at 174°F was able to reduce: > - All Cause Mortality by 40% > - Dementia and Alzheimers by 60% > - Stroke Risk by 40% > - Risk of developing Hypertension by 46% > - Helps with Depression and Anxiety > - Muscle Atrophy by 40%, and > - Helps your body get rid of Heavy Metals > > This research was conducted mostly at a university in Finland with a couple of thousand people over 20 years plus they eliminated compounding factors like exercise etc. So they were comparing like with like when they measured these risk reductions. > > It appears that this is caused by heating your core body temperature and a similar effect could probably be attained using an Ofuro Japanese Soaking Tub. I am told these tubs are part of their daily routine in Japan, there is a switch in the kitchen they click while preparing dinner - the tub automatically fills and heats so it is ready for you after dinner and before you go to bed. I was told it was a secret to Japanese longevity along with their diet. > > Upon learning this, I: > - was annoyed we had not been told about this before > - wanted to learn how and why it worked - was it BS or not > - could I get a Sauna in my house and if so, how much would it cost > - would an Ofuro Japanese Soaking Tub do the same job? If so, could I get one in my house, how much etc? > - which of those 2 options would be easier to use. > > So if you know about Saunas and Ofuros I would sure appreciate you contributing to the communities. If you don't, I am going to share useful links as I find them. > > I am not in the business of selling or installing Saunas or Ofuros - just generally curious if they can improve our healh and are practical for the average person to use. > > Imagine the impact this could have on our medical expenses and our enjoyment of life. I hope you find this interesting. > > I suggest you start with this video https://exploding-heads.com/post/6391

Whole-body hyperthermia is a therapeutic strategy used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including depression. Although whole-body hyperthermia and sauna use share some similarities, whole-body hyperthermia sessions are typically longer (an hour or more) and the participant's head is spared (often kept cool with ice or cool cloths), prolonging the participant's tolerance to the intense heat. Recent studies suggest that whole-body hyperthermia reduces symptoms of depression – with lasting effects. Some of these effects may be due to the way in which hyperthermia influences thermoregulatory function, which is often dysregulated in people who have depression. Dr. Mason and her colleagues will further investigate the effects of whole-body hyperthermia on depression in a three-year-long trial – which she describes as the "ultimate mind-body intervention." They'll combine cognitive behavioral therapy with sauna use and measure inflammatory biomarkers (which are often elevated in people who have depression) to gauge the intervention's effects. Ultimately, Dr. Mason's goal is to identify sustainable, implementable strategies that help maintain wellness and help reduce symptoms of depression.

Evidence indicates that sauna use reduces the risk of developing pneumonia, possibly due to its ability to increase immune cells and heat shock proteins. Heat shock proteins activate the innate immune system and inhibit influenza viral replication. Access to saunas is limited now due to quarantines, but some evidence suggests that hot baths may elicit similar effects to those of sauna use.

Recreational sauna use also induces hyperthermia, but critical differences separate the two practices. Typically, traditional sauna sessions are shorter (about 15 to 20 minutes, on average) and might be interspersed with periods of cooling. They usually expose the entire body to heat and only raise core body temperature to approximately 102.2°F (39°C). Saunas are typically wood-paneled rooms heated by infrared or conventional heaters. However, in recent years, single-person tent-like infrared saunas that spare the head from the high temperature have become popular.

High blood pressure is a robust predictor of future incidence of stroke, coronary heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, and cardiovascular-related death. Men who report using the sauna regularly tend to have lower blood pressure. Sauna's beneficial effects on blood pressure may be due to a variety of mechanisms, including regulation of the autonomic nervous system and improved endothelial function and arterial compliance. In this clip, Dr. Jari Laukkanen describes some of the mechanisms that drive healthy blood pressure among men who use the sauna regularly.


The Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, an ongoing prospective population-based cohort study of health outcomes in more than 2,300 middle-aged men from eastern Finland, identified strong, dose-dependent links between sauna use and reduced death and disease. Compared to men who used the sauna once weekly, men who used the sauna two to three times per week or four to seven times per were 27 percent or 50 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular-related causes, respectively. These findings held true even when considering age, activity levels, and lifestyle factors that might have influenced the men's health. In this clip, Drs. Rhonda Patrick and Jari Laukkanen discuss findings from a study that identified links between sauna use and lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Sauna - Health Benefits
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    Bathing oneself in heat for the purposes of purification, cleansing, and healing is an ancient practice, dating back thousands of years across many cultures. Variations of its use are seen today in the banyas of Russia, the hararas of Turkey, the sweat lodges of the American Indians, and, most famously, the saunas of Finland.

    Sauna use, sometimes referred to as “sauna bathing,” is characterized by passive exposure to extreme heat. This exposure elicits mild hyperthermia – an increase in the body’s core temperature – that induces a thermoregulatory response involving hormonal, cardiovascular, and cytoprotective mechanisms that work together to restore homeostasis and condition the body for future stressors. In recent decades, sauna use has emerged as a means to increase lifespan and improve overall health.

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