Living Longer By Visiting The Sauna
New research coming out of Finland may suggest that visiting the sauna more regularly can help men live longer.
Researchers tracked a group of men (2,315 men to be exact) starting in 1984. The median age of the men was 53 years old.
Researchers found that men who went to the sauna 2-3 times a week had a 23% lower risk of having a fatal episode of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, compared to those who took just one sauna a week.
Men who went to the sauna 4-7 times a week had a 48% lower risk of similar incidents when compared to men who only used the sauna once a week.
The researchers did not think the same benefits would be seen for those who used hot baths, or steam rooms.
Researchers did not seem to know why risks were decreased exactly, but attribute it to the unique conditions of Finnish saunas.
The average time spent in the sauna for men was 14 minutes.
Body’s reaction to the sauna:
– increased heart rate
– increased blood flow to the skin and away from organs.
Although more research is needed this may be a good practice to adopt.
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